How To: Add Power

How To: Add Power

Aug 8, 2006

A bunch of you wrote in yesterday to share woes of the cables and wires strung around your apartments to compensate for poorly-placed (or infrequent) outlets. Tales were told of cords strung across fireplace mantles and floors. In our own home they're nailed around window and door frames. Woe is the operative word here.

If your Odd Space Dilemma is the infrequent or poorly placed power outlet, click on over to the DIY section of Wiremold Legrand for some good ideas. (Wiremold is a company that specializes in home cable management solutions.)

Many of Wiremold's products are wall-mounted architectural moldings with interior channels that string the cables more neatly across interior expanses. (Make no mistake: none of these solutions actually hide the fact that you've got cables winding their way around your home, but they do neaten things up considerably.)

Another category is the mountable power strip. These products get your cables up off the floor and provide a little more breathing room between the outlets.

Wiremold envisions these strips being used in a heavy-use task space like the kitchen or workshop, but we can imagine the diamond plate exterior of the Plugmold Tough catching the light in an eclectic living room or bedroom as well.

We also like the chair rail molding idea (though in the example they show, above, we might have mounted the rail at outlet height since the desk would have hidden it).

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