How to Drill Holes Through Your Desk for Power Cords

With so many electronic office gadgets--from computers to pencil sharpeners--it’s easy for a desk to become cluttered with power cords.
Drill a hole through your desk to accommodate computer cords.Drill a hole through your desk to accommodate computer cords.
A hole in the top back of a desk provides a channel for all the power cords, helping with organization. While many modern desks come with these holes built in, if you have an older one made from wood, you can drill the holes yourself.

Step 1

Locate a core drill bit large enough for power cords to fit through, perhaps an inch in diameter. Place the bit on the desk at the location where you’re planning to drill. Trace around the drill bit with a pencil to mark the location.

Step 2

Attach the core drill bit to your drill. Line up the drill bit with the pencil mark, press down on the drill’s trigger and push.

Step 3

Continue to drill until you break through to the bottom of the desk. If the desk is thicker than the drill bit, stop the drill once you reach a depth where the top of the bit is even with the desktop. Position a chisel at an angle and chip away at the wood plug of the hole until it breaks free. Remove the wood plug and continue to drill until the hole is fully formed.

Things You Will Need

  • Core drill bit
  • Pencil

About the Author

Sarah Schreiber has been writing since 2004, with professional experience in the nonprofit and educational sectors as well as small business. She now focuses on writing about travel, education and interior decorating and has been published on Trazzler and various other websites. Schreiber received a Bachelor of Arts in mass communications.