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Nobody likes to look at an unsightly tangle of cables when watching television. You can easily counteract this problem with a cable duct. A cable duct not only hides the unsightly cable clutter, it also prevents the creation of tripping hazards and sources of danger for you. There is something for everyone on the cable duct market.

The channels come in many different materials, colours, sizes and shapes. To find the right cable duct for you, simply take a look at our guide. There you will also find more detailed information about the difference between cable ducts, cable trays and cable conduits.

The most important facts in brief

  • Cable ducts hide unsightly cables. They can be laid on the floor, on a wall or on the ceiling.
  • Cable ducts can differ in the way they are fixed, the material, the shape, the colour and the dimensions.
  • Cable ducts protect cables from breaking or other damage. In addition, the channels prevent cable tangles and tripping hazards from arising and thus ensure order.

The Best Cable Duct: Our Choices

Buying and evaluation criteria for cable ducts

So that you are not overwhelmed when buying your new cable duct, we have picked out the most important buying criteria for you. These are as follows:

In the following paragraphs, we will explain what the individual criteria are.

Fastening

The cable duct can either be self-adhesive or screwed down. Both options have their advantages and disadvantages. In the case of self-adhesive trunking, there is usually an adhesive strip on the trunking, which you can use to fasten the trunking very easily.

Adhesive trunking can be removed at will. Screwed cable ducts, on the other hand, are more suitable for permanent use. The holes in these ducts are usually pre-drilled.

Material

Most cable ducts for private use are made of plastic. On construction sites, trunking made of stainless steel is often used. However, trunking made of PVC is much cheaper and is sufficient. If you want to protect your cables more, you can also use aluminium trunking. These offer greater stability than PVC trunking.

Colour

Cable ducts are available in many different colours. You should therefore consider beforehand where you want to lay the cable duct and then choose a duct that is most discreet in terms of colour. On a white wall, white cable ducts are best. For a wooden floor, you can use brown or wood-coloured ducts.

Shape

There are rectangular, triangular and round cable ducts. So everyone can decide for themselves which shape they like best and which will blend in most harmoniously with their home.

Dimensions

Cable ducts come in many different sizes, so there is something for everyone. You have to decide beforehand how many cables you want to fit into a channel and how long they should be.

If necessary, you can also connect cable ducts with an adapter plug. Depending on how many cables you want to fit into a duct, the ducts will be thicker or thinner. For example, a cable duct can be 60 x 40 or 15 x 20.

Guide: Frequently asked questions about cable ducts answered in detail

In the following, we would like to answer the most important questions about tanning capsules. We have selected the most important questions for you and will answer them shortly.

What is a cable duct?

Cable ducts are very versatile. A cable duct helps to lay several cables neatly, hidden and bundled. The type of cable does not matter. Cable ducts protect cables from breaking and prevent cable clutter. Cable ducts can be laid on the floor, on the wall or on the ceiling.

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No one wants to sit in front of such a messy workplace in the office. Not only does it prevent productive work, it is also dangerous. To counteract this, you should use cable ducts. (Image source: Matrijn Baudoin / unsplash)

What types of cable ducts are there?

There are basically three different types of cable ducts.

  1. The cable duct: A cable duct completely encloses the cables. Cable ducts usually have a click closure so they can be opened and closed easily. They also look very good and can be easily integrated into the room.
  2. The cable tray: Cable trays are mostly used on construction sites. They are used for electrical installations and are therefore often made of stainless steel. A cable rack can organise many cables. However, it is not necessary for private use.
  3. The cable conduit: A cable conduit is similar to a cable shaft. The round tube adapts very well to the course of the cables. It is best used for cables that run from top to bottom.

What does a cable duct cost?

Depending on the material, shape and size, the prices for cable ducts differ.
Price range available products
Low-priced (5 – 10 euros) cable ducts made of neoprene or polyethylene which are not very stable
Medium-priced(10 – 20 euros) plastic cable ducts with a diameter for 3 – 8 cables
High-priced (20 euros and more) cable ducts made of steel or other higher-quality materials, usually very stable ducts

How do I fix a cable duct?

Cable ducts can be attached to skirting boards, door frames or directly to the wall. It is essential that they are fastened to prevent them from slipping. However, there are two different ways to attach the cable ducts:

  1. Self-adhesive cable ducts: Many cable ducts are already covered with adhesive tape when purchased. All you have to do is remove it and stick it to the wall where you want to use it. This variant is very simple and can be easily attached and also removed again. They can therefore be used several times. This is particularly advantageous in rented flats.
  2. Cable ducts for drilling into the wall: The second option is cable ducts for fixed drilling. The holes are usually already pre-drilled, which makes installation easier. Here, too, you simply place the cables as desired in the duct and then drill it into the wall. These channels are much more stable on the wall, but they cannot be removed without leaving residues.

Conclusion

Cable ducts are very different and versatile. They are a practical helper in both the private and business spheres. A tangle of cables in the living room can be prevented by the many cables from the television, DVD player, receiver and games console. Cable ducts can be cleverly hidden anywhere thanks to the versatile differences in shape, fastening and colour and thus also ensure order and safety in the study or children’s room.

The use of cable ducts is also becoming increasingly relevant in the business sector. With the help of the channels, you can hide the cables of the various monitors, computers and devices and thus ensure a tidy workplace.

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