Whether you have a small home office or a giant space in a commercial building, you need data cabling. However, you may not like the aesthetic of cables running all over the place. Luckily, there are lots of ways you can hide your data cables. Take a look at these ideas:
1. Put in Raceways
Raceways are small channels made just for data cabling. Basically, these are pieces of plastic that you can fit along the floors or on the walls of your office.
To explain, imagine there's an Ethernet port in the wall of your office, and you need to run a data cable from that port to a desk on the other side of the office. In this case, the raceway would run from that port to the desk. Typically, raceways take the shortest route whether that involves going along the ceiling, the walls, or both.
2. Hide Cables in Crown Moulding
Don't like the look of plastic raceways? Then, you may want to opt for the classier appeal of crown moulding. Crown moulding is decorative pieces of wood that fit between the wall and the ceiling of your office, and they can be a convenient place to tuck away a range of data cables.
To complete this look, you may want to run cables through decorative pillars. A contractor can help you add these elements.
3. Position Cables Behind Baseboards
If you don't have crown moulding and don't have the budget to add it, you may already have a solution in place with your baseboards. To hide data cables behind baseboards, you need to remove the baseboards. Then, you need to hollow out a small path for the cables in the baseboards.
To ensure you don't accidentally cut all the way through the baseboards or break them in half, you may want to hire a specialist to do this for you. When the slots are ready, hold the data cables in place, position the baseboards over them and then, attach the baseboards with small nails as usual.
4. Consider a Raised Floor
Most people are familiar with the idea of a dropped ceiling. That's when the ceiling you see is set on a grid that holds a series of tiles, and the actual ceiling is slightly above that. You can hide all kinds of wires and data cables in this type of ceiling.
However, that's not the only option. Instead, you can do a raised floor. It's the same concept but in reverse. The floor you walk around on is a few centimetres or so above the regular floor, and all your cables are hidden in between. A date cabling specialist can help you set this up.