ISSUE 47  |  Dining and Entertaining

Design Sleuth: Pop-Up Outlets

November 21, 2012 9:30 PM

BY Janet Hall

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Here's a solution to eliminate electric socket eye sores in the kitchen: flush pop-up outlets.

Above: A closed pop-up outlet (often used in labs and corporate office floors) is concealed within the cabinetry of a kitchen designed by Denver-based Design Platform.

Above: With an easy push, the outlet flips open. Images via Design Platform.

Above: The Mockett Small Flip-Up Grommet features two outlets and is available in aluminum satin (shown) or black; $162.65. Another option is Lew Electric's PUFP-CT Countertop Pop Up Outlet, designed specifically for residential applications; $139 at Best Electric Supply.

Above: The UL-rated outlet lays flat when closed, and pops open with a simple touch to the cover (just be sure to check with your electrician to be sure outlets meet kitchen code standards in your location).

NB: Another alternative is to dress up your existing outlets; see our earlier post 10 Easy Pieces: Switch Plate Covers.