Over unsightly electrical plugs? Flush mount outlets remove
distracting cover plates, resulting in elegant and nearly invisible access to power.
The outlet is the black sheep of interior design - an increasingly necessary part of modern life, but too often not just an eyesore but an after thought. While one solution can be to place outlets out of the way, that too often can result in straining to plug in light or phone charger, let alone the issues of code or safety.
What if instead we could make power codes almost invisible? Instead of an attention (and finger print) grabbing cover plate, think about how seamless flush mounts could work for your space.
The Bocci 22 system is a suite of flush electrical accessories and plates creating the most clean and minimal look for your walls.
A spring-loaded barrel system allows an operative component of any sort (ex. usb, or outlet) to pop into a receiving system mudded directly into drywall, or set into a sheet of finish material. This results in operative components that sit flush with the surrounding wall surface, without visible cover plates. Available in almond, white or black to blend in with any surface.
The Smoothline systems fit over existing electrical boxes using thin faceplate called fascia. Smoothline's cover plates are flush with the surface, making them unobtrusive. They may also be treated like a wall, painted or even wallpapered to match your decor. Install them horizontally over a counter for a discrete look.
Because Smoothline is a framing system that uses existing electrical components its cost per unit is much lower. Smoothline comes in drywall or wood systems, the latter suitable for installation in stone or marble.
Smoothline is a simple, UL-approved flush-mount wall plate system that provides an innovative, cost effective way to install outlets and switches flush with the wall for the ultimate in clean lines. The system uses standard finishing techniques and common outlets and switches and works with paint and wallpaper. The final cover has no visible screws.
Where to place your flush mount outlets?
Now that you've decided on the right flush mount for your room and project, next comes deciding where to place them. Think function first, and use these tips to help design your perfect functional space.
Know your code
Did you know you can’t have horizontal (face up) outlets in a kitchen or bath? Or that outlets in these rooms must be grounded? Because cooking and washing up means water, and water and electricity means sparks, building codes have specific safety requirements. Before you begin any renovation be sure that you know the relevant codes to ensure your new room is a safe and sound one.
Charging? Think hidden solutions.
Electronic toothbrushes, phones, tablets, bluetooth accessories, video game controllers - more things than ever need to charge overnight. Why not create a hidden spaceto charge the doodads and thingamajigs Your medicine cabinet can have an outlet to charge a toothbrush, or razor, and a drawer in the kitchen can be used to unobtrusively charge devices over night.
"Check the heights and arm lengths of the people who will share your space to make sure arms reach is applicable to everyone."
What do I need to know to have flush mounts in my renovation or construction project?
Figure out your priorities
The Bocci 22 system allows you to completely customize your electrical outlets from need, to location, to colour. This customization means a single outlet comes in at $135 CAD with more for the installation tools. If that's out of range, Smoothline's system is a more affordable option, but lacks the ability to customize plug type and more effort to camouflage the flush mount.
Are you installing in hardwood, marble or stone? The Bocci alternative mounting system and the DesignMod Smoothline Wood System are both compatible with these materials. Drywall installations have their own systems. Be certain of where you are installing to ensure the correct products are ordered.
Colour and Finish
Both systems come in different finishes to ensure a clean and coherent look to your space. Bocci is available in black, white and almond. The Smoothline system is available with flack details to match outlets, as well as as stainable birch face.
Make sure you have all the tools you need to complete the installation process.The Bocci 22 system requires a removal tool for the installation process. Only one is needed for the entire project, no matter the number of outlets being installed. The Smoothline systems require existing electrical outlets. Some installation require special saws or routing templates to ensure a perfect fit. Talk with your contractors to make sure you have everything you need before installation begins.