Cable ties, also known as zip ties, are incredibly useful products that can be found in almost every household, workshop, or industrial setting. They are commonly manufactured out of nylon or stainless steel, making them suitable for an array of projects no matter how big or small. In this blog post, we are going to explore the many uses of cable ties, from a myriad of general-purpose projects to more unusual, creative uses.

Most Common Uses

Organising cables

One of the most common uses of cable ties is for organising loose cables. Whether it’s behind your entertainment unit or in your office, cable ties are a handy product to keep your cables neat and tidy. By bundling cables together, you can prevent them from becoming tangled and reduce the risk of tripping hazards. Additionally, if you are installing new sockets or lighting, cable ties can help to keep the wires running where you need them to.

General DIY projects

Cable ties can be used for all sorts of DIY projects and home repairs. Especially for adhering materials together, cable ties can be used to hold pieces together whilst the adhesive sets, acting as a temporary clamp.


For holding up plants and vines, cable ties can be used to ensure plants grow upwards along trellises and fences. They can help the plants grow straight and tall, preventing them from falling over. Even within the agricultural industry, cable ties are commonly used to attach harvest tags, secure mesh bags, and support small fruit and veg trees.


Stainless steel cable ties are very popular within the construction industry, to hold wiring, scaffolding, temporary fencing, signs, and other building components. Stainless steel ties are particularly useful for this industry as they are corrosion-resistant and can withstand high temperatures, making them suitable for a range of outdoor and indoor environments.

Aerospace and automotive

Cables ties are used widely in the automotive and aerospace industries, to secure wires, cables, hoses, and pipework. This ensures all components are organised and easy to find, making potential problems straightforward to locate.

Unusual ideas


Especially during the holiday season, cable ties are a fantastic, cost-effective way to hang ornaments, fairy lights, and wreaths. Not only are they stronger than small bits of tape or blue tac, but once the season is over, you can use the ties to secure the decorations and lights in a tidy bundle ready for storage.

Locking luggage

Are you tired of losing your keys to your suitcase lock? Maybe you should try cable ties! Nylon ties are a great way to keep your luggage secure, especially if you don’t have a lock on hand. Plus, you can purchase cable ties in an array of colours to personalise your suitcase, so you know which one is yours.

Makeshift zip bag lock

Cable ties are an excellent organisational solution, even for food! Particularly for snacks that are not provided in a resealable package, cable ties can be used to ensure your food stays nice and fresh. Simply twist the top of the wrapper or bag until it's tight and secure a cable tie around it.

Securing hubcaps

If your car has hubcaps that keep falling off, cable ties could be your answer. It is not uncommon for people to use cable ties for their hubcaps, as they are a relatively cheap and effective way to keep them in place. The hubcaps can be secured by fastening them to the wheel rims with cable ties - just make sure to stay clear of the brake rotor.


If you need a temporary childproofing solution, cable ties can be used to secure cupboards with cleaning products, cutlery, or medicines inside. Not only can they ensure the safety of your children, but they will leave your furniture damage-free.

Here at BS Fixings, we offer a wide variety of nylon and stainless steel cable ties to help you get any job done right! Please feel free to browse our selection of products on our website today or for any questions, contact us on 03330 117818 or email and we will be happy to help.