At Jeremy Electrical, we love to help Kansas City homeowners update their homes. One of our favorite rooms is one of the busiest in most homes – the kitchen. The kitchen inevitably is the place guests gather, food is prepared, and good times are shared.
Because it is such a busy room, any improvements that will make it more convenient and easy to use are always welcomed. In that spirit, we’d like to share some of the best placements for electrical outlets we have seen. We hope they will inspire you to improve your kitchen or give you some great ideas to add to your remodel.
Under Cabinet Outlet Strips
Today’s backsplashes are really works of art. Glass tile, metal accents, rich stone…sometimes you don’t want to break up that design with disruptive outlet panels. If you want to keep your backsplash clean and continuous, then the under cabinet outlet strip is for you. Instead of outlets dotted across your backsplash, the outlet strip hides the under your cabinets. They are just as accessible and convenient for plugging things in, but they are out of the visual field leaving your backsplash to bask in all of the glory.
There when you need them…gone when you don’t. Pop-up outlets are ingenious in their functionality. You can hide several outlets under the counter and only use them when you need them. Otherwise, you have full use of your countertop for preparing a meal. These outlets come in several different styles – some horizontal and others vertical. Just choose the style you like the most.
Hidden Island Outlets
These outlets are pretty traditional in their design, it’s just where you place them that makes them clever. Extra outlets are always handy on the island, but now you don’t have to look at them cluttering up the sides of your beautiful center island. Tuck them under the edge or cover them with a simple hinged drawer front that disguises the outlet and leaves your island looking sleek and clean.
USB Port Outlets
With all of the electronic devices we use these days, a USB outlet in the kitchen makes complete sense. Cell phones, tablets, computers and more no longer need long extension cords or clunky adapters. Just plug them into the dual outlet or add an outlet that is just USB ports. There are plenty of styles to choose from. One will be right for your family and lifestyle.