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Looking for gadget to make appliance cords retractable

Posted by marie26 (My Page) on
Thu, Sep 13, 07 at 18:42

Almost all of my small kitchen appliances on my counters do not have retractable cords. How do you keep your appliance cords neat and out of the way?

Is there a gadget that I can purchase that will make these retractable? If yes, is it only one "gadget" per appliance or is there a product that will hold several cords at once?

Along the same lines, is there a product that is retractable that will work for my upright vacuum cleaner?

Thank you for any help with this.

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RE: Looking for gadget to make appliance cords retractable

I don't know about *retractable* (as in automatically retracting using a spring), but you could get something that you manually wind the cord around (even if it's just a piece of cardboard w/ notches in each end).

There's a rubber donut-shaped thing you could use (though it's sort of big for a small appliance; it might be best for the vacuum, as long as you can figure out how to attach it to the vacuum--a strip of elastic w/ a Velcro closure?

There are small cord winders that you can buy--or that could inspire you to make a discreet one you can use for the small appliances. \

There are those rope cleats that might be useful for an undercabinet installation. And you could use them to inspire a cord winder as well.

Here's another cord winder that sounds as if it's be a bit easier to use.

these rubbery donut-shaped ones are only 2" across

here's a cord winder that's basic--but very small, I think. I might inspire you to make one out of cardboard or foam board. Interestingly, that stores on the cord itself. You could maybe cut some slots in a cardboard one and slip the cord through, then wind the rest of the cord around it.

RE: Looking for gadget to make appliance cords retractable

What great ideas! Thanks, Talley Sue. I now have to decide which cord winder would work best. When I searched online, I never thought of the term cord winder. You always seem able to come up with the terms needed to do a proper search.

RE: Looking for gadget to make appliance cords retractable

I'll make a confession--sometimes I get the proper term by finding one example of it through other means (I go to an organizing-gadgets site, and search on "cord" and then notice that they've named sometime a "cord winder").

RE: Looking for gadget to make appliance cords retractable

I have some of those wind-up donuts (or "turtles," they're also called) for a lamp and something else.

But for the toaster, blender, etc., I prefer to use velcro ties. You can wrap them up tighter and tuck them behind the appliance and they're a lot less noticeable than other similar wrapping gizmos.

RE: also:

Oh--and the velcro ties are also a lot cheaper. I got mine (pkg of different colored ones) from the Container Store. But you could also get a roll of them from Home Depot, Lowe's, etc.

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