If you walk into the average home, you’ll find outlets scattered around the room near the baseboards. Sure, they get the job done, but placing outlets in this way isn’t very convenient.
Why are outlets installed this way? Well, contractors will install outlets only where they need to in order to pass the safety inspection. Minimizing outlets also helps them save money. Outlets aren’t installed with the homeowner in mind, but you’re the one who’s going to be stuck with those outlets for years!
Having many strategically located outlets is important because it allows you to live life your way. Their placement doesn’t have to mess with the aesthetic beauty of your home either!
Here are some of the best places to put outlets that will make living your life much more convenient.
- Outlets above shelves and tables
Many people put their phones, laptops, and tablets on a shelf or table when they are at home. Why not charge those devices while they’re sitting there?
Entry outlets placed above shelves or tables make convenient charging points, ensuring you never leave home with an uncharged device.
- Floor outlets
Ever walk into a room and see wires crisscrossing the floor? These wires destroy the aesthetic appeal of the room, in addition to causing a tripping hazard. Floor outlets can solve this problem.
Install a few extra outlets near the floor and eliminate the need for extension cords. You can even consider installing outlets directly in the floor, to further reduce tripping hazards.
- Wall-mounted outlets
Wall-mounted TVs are common in many homes today, which means unsightly cords drooping down the wall to the outlet. You can eliminate the need for such cords by installing a wall-mounted outlet that specifically caters to your TV.
Your TV area will remain clean and uncluttered because you can also use the conduit hidden in the wall to connect your TV to other electronic devices, like DVD players and gaming systems.
- Bathroom outlets
From electric razors to hair dryers and straighteners, you can find a lot of electronics in the bathroom. The trouble is, the bathroom can be humid and wet, so paying special attention to bathroom outlets is important.
It is convenient and safe to have specific outlets dedicated to each item. For example, you can have outlets on both sides of your sink so that two people can use electric devices at once without an extension cord.
- Outlets for the kitchen
Homebuilders will always have outlets ready for large kitchen appliances, but you might have to install outlets for small appliances on the kitchen counter.
You can have countertop outlets powering toasters, teapots, and blenders. You can also dedicate other strategically placed outlets to power laptops, phones, and TVs. Outlets can be installed on walls, under kitchen cabinets, and directly on the counter, depending on the placement that works best for you.
- Outlets for your office at home
Computers and tablets and printers, oh my! Home offices sure do have a huge number of electronics!
These devices run simultaneously, which means extension cords and power strips are common. Unfortunately, these cords are inconvenient, they make an office look messy, and they can even be dangerous.
Instead, place outlets above the desk in your office to eliminate the mess of cords on the floor. Install as many outlets as you need to make sure that every electronic device in your office has its own dedicated outlet and you can avoid the power strips and extension cords altogether.
If you’re looking for a few extra outlets in your home that will make living life easier, call Penna Electric. Our knowledgeable, experienced staff will get your electrical work done right the first time, every time.