Studio cable management gets out of hand. There seem to be a million cables plugged in everywhere for even small home studios — there’s just no way around it. Fortunately, you can invest a little bit of money to better organize your studio.
Why You Need to Tame That Tangle of Cables
Cable spaghetti is not delicious. It’s messy, and worst of all, it can easily turn an otherwise neat and tidy space into a disheveled sty. In some situations cables might pose tripping hazards, or even just take up valuable floor space in smaller rooms. Ultimately there’s no way to reduce the number of cables we need, but we can use simple studio cable management to keep things under control. In addition to tidying up the stuff we already have connected, cable management can also include storage.
- RELATED: Does Speaker Wire Gauge for Your Monitors Really Matter?
- RELATED: Understanding Different Audio Cable Types
7 Studio Cable Management to Quickly Organize Your Space
CableBox by Bluelounge is an innovative design for quick and easy cable management. It’s a box large enough to house a power strip and extra cable lengths wound up inside. Just load it up and close it up to hide the mess.
A cheap and practical fix, cable management sleeves like these ones from Joto let you bundle up cables into a single sleeve so they’re not strewn about and dangling everywhere. The company also recommends cutting holes in the sleeve so cables can pop out wherever they need to.
Nothing fancy to see here, just a quick utilitarian solution for out of control cables. Ideally, you’d use several ties to consolidate your cable runs into a more tightly packed “snake.”
Designed specifically for rack gear, this lets you keep all of your cables inside a rack nice and organized. Just run them through the dedicated slots to prevent them from tangling with each other and getting messy.
When we think of studio cable management, we’re usually talking about organizing all of the stuff we already have plugged in. But what about easy, practical cable storage? The Gator Frameworks Wall Mountable Cable Hanger And Organizer offers just that; either install it on a wall or even inside a closet to hang all of your cables for quick and easy access.
A smaller version of the regular CableBox, the Mini suggests desktop placement with a built-in 4-socket surge protector. Laptop/mobile rigs might benefit from the CableBox Mini to keep their space uncluttered, especially if there isn’t a ton of room to work with anyway.
D-Line’s Cable Organizer Box is similar to the Bluelounge idea where you can route and hide cables inside of sleek little box. It comes in both small and large sizes depending on the size of your power strip or the number of cables you’re trying to organize.