DIY Cord Organizer for Under Your Desk


Organize your home office and hide the cord clutter with an easy DIY cord organizer using a decorative box.

I’m Keri from One Mama’s Daily Drama and this week I want to share a craft that’s really practical. If you’re struggling with messy cords under your desk, this DIY cord organizer is an easy solution that looks great.

Easy DIY cord organizer under a computer desk in a home office.

I’ve seen a few tutorials for ways to hide cord clutter completely, but I’m not too worried about that. After all, I work here and everyone knows my computer has a few cords. What I did want was a space that looked tidy and organized.

I found a pretty decorative box at Michaels that was perfect for a DIY cord organizer. It fits just between the legs of my desk and is close enough to my wall color that it blends in nicely.

I was hoping that with the handles on either end, I could run all the little cords in the back and the surge protector out the front. It didn’t quite work that way because surge protector prongs are huge, but I think you’ll find that the end result of this project is just as nice.

Before photo of a messy pile or cords under a computer desk and chair.
After photo of an organized box to hide cords under a computer desk and chair.

Why use a cord organizer? I like how it reduces the visual clutter of my workspace. It also keeps the cords from attracting so much dust, which is always a problem around electronics. As a bonus, it’s much easier to vacuum under my desk when I don’t have to worry about cords!

How to Make a DIY Cord Organizer

This project is simple, but you’ll probably need to customize it to fit your own workspace.

What you need: 

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These are the ingredients you’ll need. All the exact amounts are in the printable card at the bottom of this post.

Computer cord organizing before and after.

DIY Cord Organizer Tips:

How do you deal with too many cords?

Make sure you don’t have any cords you don’t need. Follow along each cord to make sure it goes to a device you’re using. If you have more than a handful, it may be best to move something (like a phone charger that can be plugged in anywhere) to a different location.

How do you roll up cords neatly?

Having a long cord makes it easy to reach an outlet from anywhere in the room, but long cords and cables can also get tangled. Take any excess and roll it into a circle and secure it with a twist tie.

How do you make a cord organizer for free?

You can make a DIY cord organizer using any clean, empty cardboard box. Repurpose a shoebox or shipping box and make it pretty by covering the outside in decorative paper, paint, or even fabric.

Closeup of a decorative box hiding several cords between the legs of a wooden desk.

Are lots of cords a fire hazard?

The cords for your computer, printer, and other desk accessories are low voltage and shouldn’t be getting hot. If they are, it might be time to replace them. According to the CPSC, extension cords can overheat and cause fires if they are damaged or overloaded with too many devices. Use a surge protector in your office, not an extension cord or power strip, and follow these safety tips.

For this project specifically, do not crowd cords in the box or stack anything around the box that blocks airflow.

Instantly clean up your desk with a DIY cord organizer.

DIY Cord Organizer

Work Time30 minutes
Total Time30 minutes
Author: Keri Houchin
Cost: $20-30



  • 1 surge protector
  • 1 decorative cardboard box
  • 1-5 rubber bands
  • 1-5 twist ties


  • Choose a pretty box and surge protector.
    Start by choosing a cardboard box to hide your cord clutter. Make sure it is large enough to hold the surge protector, but small enough to fit under your desk.
    A white box with blue floral pattern hiding cords that go in one side and out the other.
  • Straighten desk cords.
    Turn off everything and unplug cords. Untangle any that need it and run them as neatly as possible along the back of your desk and down the side.
    The top of a desk with electronics cords running neatly toward the back.
  • Measure and cut box opening.
    Place the surge protector in the box, making sure it will reach the outlet where it will plug in. Use a pencil to mark where the surge protector cord will go out the side of the box, then cut it with an X-acto knife. Cut a second hole for all the small cords to enter the back of the box if necessary.
    Closeup of a box with a cutout square that a surge protector cord fits through.
  • Plug in cords.
    Run each cord through the opening at the back of the box and plug them into the surge protector. Plug in the surge protector at the nearest outlet.
    Inside view of a decorative box hiding a surge protector and several long cords plugged into it.
  • Secure cords to hide.
    Use rubber bands and/or twist ties to secure the cords along the desk leg. Place the lid on the box.
    Several cords attached to the top of a desk leg with rubber bands and twist ties.
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Overhead view of a tidy home office with a computer and printer on a desk.

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