It occurs regularly. Designers work for hours, weeks, and sometimes months to create a stunning kitchen for a customer. Then there’s the matter of dealing with the outlet covers on the backsplash. Nobody likes it when an outlet cover detracts from a well-coordinated decor. Kitchens are increasingly becoming living places, and everything from cabinets to countertop appliances has kept up with the need for attractive kitchen components, except for the dreaded electrical outlet.
Electrical outlets have mostly remained unchanged for decades, and we don’t expect that to change very soon. While more cordless goods are on the market every day, kitchen workhorse countertop appliances like mixers, blenders, espresso makers, and toasters still need corded power.
1. On the Wall Behind the Backsplash
The majority of current kitchen outlets are on the wall, and if you aren’t planning a redesign, the trick is to limit the prominence of the outlet covers. There are various methods for reducing the visual effect of outlet covers. Because these solutions can be bought and fitted by a homeowner using a screwdriver, this is generally the most cost-effective option to handle the backsplash coverings.
2. Underneath the Cabinets on the Upper Levels
According to the electrical code, hidden outlets should not be placed higher than 20 inches above countertops, with certain exceptions for physically challenged people and islands or peninsulas when this height limit cannot be satisfied. Depending on when they were placed, your upper cabinets are typically 15′′-20′′ above your wardrobe (popular today is positioning them higher at 18-20′′ to suit taller countertop appliance designs). If you’re renovating your hidden outlets behind higher cabinets, keep in mind the height of your cabinets while making your selection. With today’s open shelving designs and tall horizontal door cabinets, it’s simple to place your top cabinets too high for an under cabinet outlet mount to be code compliant. However, if you have higher cabinets, this is a terrific choice.
3. Countertops Underneath
Finally, we’ll look at outlets that are built into countertops. Pop Up Outlet Towers, Pop Up Socket Towers, and Power Sockets are just a handful of the names for them. In essence, they are hidden outlets that are mounted in a tower and hidden behind the counter until you are ready to use them. Then you push a button on the top to elevate the outlets above the countertop for usage, or you may use a control to activate a motor that raises the hidden outlets for access.
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Even though they are visible on the countertop, installing these allows your backsplash to remain the unbroken focus point it was intended to be.
When not in use, the flat cover on the tabletop is all that is visible.
White plastic, black plastic, and brushed silver are the most common colour and finish choices. So think about the colour possibilities and how they’ll appear after they’re put on the countertop of your choosing. These would look finest and be less invasive when placed in a black, white, or grey surface from a design standpoint.