Homeowners don’t want outlets to detract from furniture-look islands: “[Clients] are always imploring us to find creative ways to play by the rules but to do so in as inconspicuous a fashion as possible,” says Wisconsin remodeler David Pekel. Here are some examples of crafty ways with island outlets.
Ed Castle, owner of E.M. Castle Construction, in Kensington, Md., hid outlets behind drawer fronts in a 6-foot-long island. He placed the outlets in 3-inch deep cavities at either end of the island base cabinet, using fluted panels to flank the cavities and camouflage the sides. A hinged drawer front, held shut by two magnetic latches, flips down to reveal the outlet. A faux cabinet door completes the look.
Raising the Bar
The backsplash of islands that have a raised bar-height area is a natural location for outlets. David Pekel, president of Pekel Construction & Remodeling, in Wauwatosa, Wis., recommends a bar-height section for islands open to living areas because they help hide the cooking area from view. The outlet on the right is placed horizontally to fit the narrow wall. For consistency, the outlet to the left is oriented the same way.
Outlet strips can also conveniently be hidden under countertop overhangs. Rob Baugher, owner of Baugher Design & Remodel, in Birmingham, Ala., tucks 2-foot-long strips between the corbels under larger — 6-inch to 8-inch — countertop overhangs on islands. He places a strip at either end of the island so clients can plug in and set up a buffet for entertaining. Pekel usually places Legrand Wiremold outlet strips under deeper overhangs, but says that a 1½-inch overhang is sufficiently deep to conceal low-profile strips.