I am a purest when it comes to home decor ~ purely form over function. I know, I know, there are necessary evils in every home, and many of them are unsightly, but when at all possible, I will choose pretty over practical and attractiveness over amenities. Sometimes, it creates extra work or causes me to think outside the decoration box, and it frustrates the daylights out of my husband, who is my contractor, but I can't help it.
If it doesn't look right, I don't care how it well it works.
This is especially true when it comes to managing unsightly wires or cords.
My kitchen office is a perfect example.
I spent a lot of time designing this desk space and I didn't want an unsightly tangle messing up my visual. Of course, I needed to have very easy access to the computer charger and the adapter for the house speakers, but frankly, I didn't want to see any of them.
No problem, I had a quick fix...something we'd used in our old house...on our old desk.
It is called a cord or cable grommet and it magically makes all of your mess go away.
This super inexpensive piece of hardware organizes and guides all of the cords below a desk or behind a piece of furniture to an out of sight outlet, leaving you with nothing but a clean surface.
Plus, it's easy to install.
I have seen cable grommets used on laminate countertops (like mine), wood furniture, sheetrock, particleboard furniture and natural stone slabs, like granite. As long as you (or someone with the proper know how) have the right bit and can drill through your material, you are good to go.
My handy husband borrowed a bit from a professionally handy neighbor and drilled a two inch hole through the formica.
Then he slipped the first ring right into the hole. No glue necessary, it just sits in the space.
The opening is wide enough to grab the cords, that are plugged into an outlet below the desk. When all the necessary wires have been fed through the grommet, the next ring is snapped on to secure them. There are openings to fit a variety of wire widths.
Lastly, the flat cover gets snapped into place and voila! All of those ugly cords are hidden and I can focus on that gorgeous fabric on my cabinets.
And my tulips!
I'm still not thrilled with the outlet that peeks over my laptop, but honestly, it fades away since it's empty.
An added benefit? Without the big plug sticking out or a handful of wires gathered on the desk, my computer can sit flush again the wall, giving me extra space to work.
Form and function.
It's a win-win for under five bucks!
I love it when I don't have to choose.
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