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Kitchen design tip: plugmold.

by LiveModern Webmaster last modified Jan 13, 2014 01:05 AM
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by becky last modified Jan 12, 2014

Ugly but necessary This post on houzz prompted me to share this design tidbit. Gotta have power in a kitchen for countertop appliances. They might not be out all the time (counter clutter Do Not Want), but when they are, you can’t just drape power cords all over the place. (A story about that in [...]




 

 

Ugly but necessary

undercabinet plugmoldThis post on houzz prompted me to share this design tidbit. Gotta have power in a kitchen for countertop appliances. They might not be out all the time (counter clutter Do Not Want), but when they are, you can’t just drape power cords all over the place. (A story about that in a minute.)

Outlets are just plain ugly, whether you can see them or not.  Here’s how we handle it: we spec under cabinet outlet strips commonly referred to as plugmold. It gets you plenty of plug in options, but because it’s nestled on the underside of the cabinet, it’s not visible.

Unless you’re crawling on the floor. & if you are, then I want an invitation to your next party, please.

I told you it was ugly. In this shot the end coverpanel on the wall cabinet hasn’t been installed yet. When that goes up, the end of the plugmold is covered (which is why it’s mounted flush with the edge of the cabinet).

The other great thing about having outlets like these? You don’t have to interrupt your backsplash for wall outlets.undercab plugmold

& if you wire tie most of the length of the power cord in a bundle, it keeps the cord at the outlet & appliance, not all over the counter.

Oh yeah, that story.

Back in my college days, we partied in people’s apartments that had older appliances. They still worked, why not? Rent money is rent money.

Check out this gem of an appliance from the late 50′s.

1950's GE push button range

Like lore says, the party ends up in the kitchen. Imagine lots of drunk college kids parked in a tiny kitchen with one of these. Buttons on the front that get turned on & off by butts leaning on them.

Thankfully someone noticed the smoke rising from the range top. It was the power cord from the hot weenie crock pot that was draped across the glowing orange burner. Good times.

No flames, and the party rolled on, but oh, what could have been that was not.  Cord control, people.


 

 

 
 
 

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