Cable management for your office furniture


Most businesses, when budgeting for their new office furniture, don’t always allow an amount to cover any additional cable management requirements which they may have.
Most office desks will have some form of cable management, although on some of the budget office desks, the facilities will be somewhat limited.
So you should spend some time to work out exactly how your new office desks will be used, and what level of cable management you will require.  Different styles of desk need different forms of cable management so it is important to get it right before deciding on they style of desk you like.
Also you need to look at you current office wiring, as perimeter cabling and  floor boxes need different cable management systems.

Another important factor is where you site your CPUs. The best place is in a CPU holder which is mounted to the underside of the desk, but again you have to be careful as some desk frames are not CPU friendly.

 Also if you go for sliding  top desks, which offer the most accessible types of cable management, you have to make sure that your CPU holders will work with them. If not, every-time you slide the desk top forward you risk pulling the cables out from the back of the CPU.


You also have to consider what sort of power outlets you want available for your staff. Many people nowadays work on laptops, which they connect to power and data everyday, so these units need to be securely and safely mounted within easy reach of the desk top. 
 Just having them stuck in a cable tray under the desk is not really advisable. You may also think about an additional power outlet so that your staff can easily charge their mobile phones for instance.
These can usually be charged from the USB port of the computer, but sometimes these are hidden away at the back of the unit, which makes plugging them in almost impossible.
Ideally all cabling should be kept clear of the floor, for aesthetic and well as safety reasons, and most desk will have a removable panel on the leg frame to accommodate the cabling. These areas are usually segregated in order to keep power and data separate.
If your office desks do not have this facility then lengths of cable trunking can be cut and fixed to the leg frames, or elegant cable spines can be used to safely contain and carry the cables to the desk top or the under desk cable management facility.
And even if your desks don’t have any provision for this, it is a simple matter to screw on a drop down cable tray or basket which will do the job more than adequately.

However, by carefully thinking out your requirements you should be able to get your ideal desk, without having to add on bits ( which can be expensive) at the end to make the desks work the way you require.

As with all things, careful planning and understanding of what you really need, will save you a lot of time, money and effort.