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6 Clever Outlet Solutions for Eliminating Electrical Cords

The beginning of any remodeling project is full of excitement amidst a whirlwind of planning. Adding new appliances or bath fixtures, flooring and more is sure to improve your home’s aesthetic appeal, efficiency, and comfort. Your remodeling project may include plans to upgrade your electrical system, or maybe add a few more outlets to rooms where there just aren’t enough of them.

If so, now would be the perfect time to add a few electrical features that aren’t as obvious as a new floor or new countertop, but will improve the functionality of your space nonetheless. Consider adding some of these clever electrical solutions to your home remodeling plans:

Pop-Up Countertop Outlets

pop-up outlets on tabletop

You’ve likely experienced the frustration of adding a new countertop appliance and realizing the nearest outlet is across the room or out of reach.

While a mess of wires streaming across the counters are pretty unsightly, four or five outlets lining the wall beneath the kitchen cabinets isn’t exactly a desirable look either.

Pop-up countertop outlets can offer a much sleeker look while maximizing your kitchen’s functionality, not to mention they can eliminate the mess of wires at the same time. Another option would be to have an outlet installed on the side of a kitchen island, where it’s both inconspicuous and handy at the same time.

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Outlets In Drawers & Medicine Cabinets

outlets in cabinets and drawers

Installing outlets in kitchen and bathroom drawers or cabinets is another overlooked option.

You can easily stash your hairdryer in the bathroom vanity, and have the outlet right there, out of sight and residing with the appliance that needs it.

In-Floor Outlets

Installing your outlets in the floor offers convenience and efficiency, especially in a living or family room where furniture is often set up for ease of conversation – away from walls and outlets.

in-floor outlets

Being able to plug lamps into the floor directly eliminates the need for extension cords and wires running across the floor or underneath rugs.

 

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Crown Molding & Baseboards

If you’re home has a lot of electronics that reach across entire rooms, this is a great and inexpensive option.

hollow crown molding for wiring

You can buy crown molding or baseboards at most home improvement stores that are hollow on the inside.

These are perfect for hiding the wires and cords for those electronics . Not only will this help keep your room organized and wire free, this decorative feature can can add extra character and elegance to a room.

Shower Curtain Rod

This is another easy, do-it-yourself project to hide the wires and cords in your home. This tip is especially popular for hiding mounted television cords. All you need is a hollow shower curtain rod. String the cords through and secure the rod vertically to the wall. Painting the rod the same color as the wall will make it almost indistinguishable.

False Paneling

false paneling behind tv

Like crown molding, false paneling is a popular home improvement project, but it’s also a great way to organize your home while also adding more appeal.

When mounting your television on your wall or mantel, make it the focal point with this easy technique.

All you’ll need is hollow paneling so that you can hide the wires inside. Make the design a symmetrical, geometric pattern. This project is beautiful and a useful addition to any room.

If any of these projects seem like too much to take on alone, call the Fusion Electric Team.

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It’s easy to overlook these sorts of conveniences when planning a remodel. But sometimes small, seemingly insignificant changes pay big dividends!

Contact us at (913) 563-7975 for more great electrical ideas and solutions!

Kitchen Remodeling Trends

Spring and summer are the peak remodeling months of the year. If you fall into this group of homeowners who are taking on a new project, make sure not to forget updates to the electrical work in your home. One of the most popular and best investments in remodeling projects is the kitchen. Here are three of the biggest electrical trends we are seeing included in many kitchen remodels this year.

Add More Electrical OutletsPop-Out Outlets

Besides lack of  counter space, one of the biggest complaints we hear from homeowners is the lack of electrical outlets they have. It’s a pain to have to unplug all of your devices and find another place for them when you need to use a different appliance. A great addition to any kitchen that easily solves this problem is pop-out outlets. These look like a single outlet from the wall, but when pulled out, there are three to four more outlet spaces. This almost triples the amount of outlets you would normally have in one space. Add several of these throughout your kitchen and you’ll never be lacking for outlet space again.

USB OutletsCharge Smart Phone With USB Outlet

With so many smart devices and other technologies that have become an integral part of our everyday lives, it’s important to have USB charging capabilities throughout your home, especially the kitchen where you usually use your phone or tablet to look up recipes or play music while you cook and entertain. While most devices come with a plug-in that converts a USB cord into a charger for an electrical outlet, those little blocks can be easily misplaced or lost. How many USB cords can you usually find around the house without the corresponding block? You’ll never have to worry about finding those pesky little blocks again if you install USB outlets in your kitchen. These outlets are great because they don’t take the place of a regular outlet, but just add another permanent component to them. It’s like a two in one.

Ribbon Tape LED Cabinet LightingRibbon Tape LED Lights

Lighting is another thing many people are making updates to in their kitchens. Having a bright kitchen is ideal for cooking and entertaining. No one wants to feel cooped up in a dark kitchen. Besides adding more overhead lighting with chandeliers and other lighting fixtures, another way to add a little more brightness to your kitchen is with ribbon tape LED lights. This is often used just below or above cabinetry throughout the kitchen. It’s easy to install, and doesn’t require any more fixtures or space in your kitchen. The added light also comes in handy shining directly over the countertops when you need to get a close look at what you’re doing.


For help installing electrical updates to your kitchen remodel, call the most trusted Kansas City electricians at Fusion Electric at 913-563-7975.