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Forum topic by rydonmf posted 01-29-2012 07:27 PM 947 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-29-2012 07:27 PM

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I am building a dining room hutch type thing and I’ve got a question. There is a perfect place in my dining room/ kitchen for it. I am going to use it as a “coffee center”. Problem is, the plug is going to be right in the middle of where I want to put it. And it is in a place where it is inconvenient for it to not be flat against the wall. The only thing I can think of would be to cut a square in the back of the project where the plug-in will fall and make it look like it was supposed to be there and then cut a hole in the top for the cord to come up through. I’m sure this problem has been ran into and dealt with millions of times and I would like to get some suggestions on what to do. Thanks all.

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#1 posted 01-29-2012 07:35 PM

Either cut it as you suggested or recess the back enough so that the edges will sit flush with the wall while there is still enough room for the plug. Or. Move the electrical outlet.

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#2 posted 01-29-2012 07:38 PM

If I understand you correctly, you can cut the outlet into the back, get longer screws for both the outlet and faceplate and install that way. As for going through the top, they make covers for this, usually used on computer desks.

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#3 posted 01-29-2012 08:51 PM

Your solution sounds realistic.

What material is the top? Is there likely to be liquids spilled on it? The grommets that nailbanger referred to might be access for the spilt moisture to be a bad guy.

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#4 posted 01-29-2012 09:17 PM

2 other options are to


Purchase a flat plug extension cord.

If this will give you enough room then route the extension cord to a convenient location for its use. Under the piece or around the side.

Second option

change the outlet box to a recessed outlet box. Then use whatever extension cord will work for you. Or make the wire and plug long enough to reach the outlet.


Sounds like the piece is a sideboard or short piece. I was thinking of a tall hutch with light inside . The flat plug rerouted to the side or under it sound like the best solution.

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