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chell2sell

12:27PM | 04/27/02
Member Since: 04/26/02
1 lifetime posts
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We are having our first home built, and it has a great room with hardwood floors. I have never had a room that necessitated positioning the sofa in the middle of the room, and am wondering if it is a good or bad idea to have an outlet put in the floor (which would be under the sofa when the furniture is in)so that lamps do not have to have their cords stretched across the floor to the wall outlets. Anyone have any experiences they would like to share on the subject? Thanks.

GlennG

05:45AM | 04/28/02
Using floor outlets is a good idea. There are special boxes with cover plates made for this use. I would recommend you place them next to the couch instead of under it. (Between the couch and end tables.) This will help eliminate a possible fire hazard as well as making access to them easier when you wish to plug or unplug a fixture.

[This message has been edited by GlennG (edited April 28, 2002).]

rpxlpx

05:47AM | 04/29/02
Member Since: 03/13/00
1675 lifetime posts
A neighbor of mine has done that and it works well. I think it's a good idea if well planned.

Randy Colin

03:09PM | 04/29/02
Member Since: 04/14/01
43 lifetime posts
Dear chell2sell,I recentli had my house built and discovered that we had to install outlets in the floor.What we did was measure all of our furniture and then transfer the numbers to the subfloor.It worked great. Something you should also know,the outlet cover will be flush with the floor but when you remove the cover the outlet will be recessed which will allow the lamp plugs to be close to flush with the floor.

jexster

05:21AM | 04/30/02
Member Since: 04/21/02
25 lifetime posts
I wouldnt install them on the floor becuse if you are like most people you will proboly ending up moving your furniture alot.

GlennG

04:06PM | 05/03/02
Moving or re-arranging the furniture is not the issue, tripping over long electrical cords is!

electricmanscott

04:00PM | 05/04/02
Member Since: 11/05/01
98 lifetime posts
Get some of those new wireless lamps.
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