During construction, your home will only be installed with the minimum number of outlets required for each space in your home. This is typical and considering the electrical planner doesn’t have an idea on the final look and arrangement of the house. The electrical planner will place those electrical outlets in strategic locations where they would be required most of the time.
In most cases as well, you will discover that these outlets are not enough and you may need to add more. Having more of these strategically located outlets enhance the functionality of your home. Moreover, it adds to the overall aesthetics of the house.
If you get a chance to talk to your electrical planner, before or during build, you may want to raise your preferred and proposed outlets. You will need to explain why and where would be the best position to add them based on your need to use them. It is the same exercise when you plan on placing important electrical outlets to your home.
We have a general guide to help you out in that exercise to make sure all spaces in your house are covered. We have compiled six places to consider when placing important electrical outlets to your home.
- Entry outlets
This is by far one of the most strategic locations to place an outlet at your home. Having an outlet above a table or shelf or even in a cubby is very convenient and provides a great space to leave your electronic devices, such as phones, tablets, laptops to be plugged in for a charge. Having this conveniently placed in a strategic location enables you to keep track of where you have plugged in your electronic devices at the same time remind easily to unplug them whether you are taking them on your way out or when they’re fully charged to avoid electrical risks.
- Floor outlets
One of the wisest ways to reduce the need for extension wires is to place floor outlets in your house. Having convenient and strategically placed floor outlets in your house removes those unnecessary wirings that you have all around that mess up with your house’s overall aesthetics quality. Moreover, having those wirings lying around everything produces a great risk of hazard. So, basically floor outlets will remove that piece of hazard as well in your house. These floor outlets are greatly used for lamps as well as other electronic devices. It can even transform a dining table into a fully functional work center.
- Wall-mounted TV outlets
Wall-mounted TV outlets provide great aesthetics and functional value to your house and TVs. You will be able to get rid of the eyesore cords running from the back of your TV to where it plugs in, may be an outlet near the floor or an outlet on the counter. It is not only applicable to TVs, wall-mounted outlets can be good for any type of electronics. Having these wall-mounted outlets near to any electronic device can take away the need for long extension cords as well as any cord connections between TV and other electronics. Adding a hidden conduit on the wall also augments the overall functionality and aesthetics by using this to pass through other cables, such as HDMI or RCA cables used for connecting TVs to components, speakers, etc. Plan this carefully and you will achieve a very beautiful, uncluttered and tidy TV area.
- Bathroom vanity outlets
This is a tricky but really helpful way to minimize hazard. Bathroom vanity outlets are definitely a need for every bathroom. These outlets should be placed strategically on the side of every sink so that there’s no cord running from side of the sink to another. These bathroom outlets, if placed thoughtfully, will be convenient for toothbrushes, razors, curling irons, hair dryers, and other electrical equipment that you use inside the bathroom. There should be outlets for every electrical equipment, such as the back of the drawer containing the hair dryers and curling irons or inside the medicine cabinet for razors and toothbrushes. One important thing to keep in mind is to make sure to use outlets that are GFCIs or ground-fault circuit interrupters to avoid electrocution. Make sure that you check all of the building codes before you finalize the outlet locations.
- Kitchen appliance outlets
If you notice, the large kitchen appliances already have their own respective outlets. However, there are many smaller kitchen appliances that will require power as well. That said, it is very important to plan where to place the outlets dedicated for these small kitchen appliances. Plan thoughtfully where you would want to use your toaster, coffeemaker and blender and then the outlet for these appliances. Moreover, it would be great to plan for another outlet placed at the counter top for TV as well as a charging outlet for other electronic devices, such as mobile phone, tablet, laptop, etc.
- Home office outlets
Having an outlet for the computer, desk light and even printer in your home office is a sure great way to minimize the clutter of cords running across the walls or the floor to be connected to a power outlet. Most importantly, there’s not going to be any need for an extension wire for these home office machines.