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Location: Edmonton, AB, Can
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There are lots of ways to trim out a wiring closet. The best way depends on the complexity of the wiring, how neat you want it to look, how much flexibility you want in wiring it, etc.
In my wiring closet behind the theater, I will have a half-dozen conduits coming in from various parts of the basement. Plus a bunch of loose wiring from other existing rough-ins. One option is to simply put up a big piece of plywood, then use tie-wraps or wire staples to bundle the wires logically and attach them. (I like the tie-wraps that have a screw head fitting - you screw them to the board where you want them, then pull the wires together and tighten the tie wrap down). You'll wind up with a look similar to the way your electrical panel and telephone service probably look now. If that's okay with you, there's nothing wrong with it.
If you want a more professional look, you can buy aluminum boxes to put your stuff in, and that's what I'm doing. For example, all the cable TV cables will be pulled together into a conduit in the ceiling, and the conduit will run down the wall and be screwed right into the metal service box. Inside that box will be the splitters, amplifiers, modulators, etc. The metal box is grounded. This prevents stray RFI from causing problems, gives good mechanical connections to everything, protects the wiring from damage, etc. You can do that with every box, and run conduit between the boxes for wiring components together. This is more expensive, and more work to install, but in the end it looks great. Since the room this is being added to is going to be a combination wiring closet/hobby room, I don't want any of that stuff exposed.