One of the small issues that drive me absolutely nutty in an otherwise well put together room is when I can’t get the furniture to push all the way up against the wall. That big gap is just as ugly as leaving your toilet seats up.
The fact that I can not push this bookcase in Emma’s room up against the wall wears me out. Perhaps I pay way too much attention to things like this, but it is what it is. Nearly 100% of the time, this problem is due to those pesky AC plugs. When plugged into the wall, those plugs and their protected bases stick out almost 2 inches.
I finally decided that enough was enough, and I needed a low profile plug solution. All it took was a quick trip to Home Depot.
We bought a flat plugged extension cord, and I am now able to push the bookcase nearly all the way back to the baseboard. What a difference!
You have several different options for low profile solutions in your home. They are easy to use and make a world of difference. Here are some of my favorites:
Low Profile Plug and Cable Solutions
1. Flat Plugged Extension Cord – As shown in my example above, this option is the easiest and quickest way to work with traditional AC plugs. The profile of the flat plug is less than 1 inch, whereas a traditional AC plug takes up nearly 2 inches when plugged into the wall. This cord can be purchased at home improvement stores – mine is from Home Depot and cost $9 for a 3 grounded outlet cord.
2. Triple Cube Swivel Plug – This is a cheap and useful plug when you are dealing with non-grounded plugs (i.e. 2 pronged or flat plugs). You plug the triple cube into your wall and rotate the 3 non-grounded outlets to point down. The profile of this plug is 1 inch, so it takes up about an inch of space less than just plugging a traditional AC plug into the wall. This plug can be purchased at home improvement stores for about $3.
3. Recessed Outlet – If you are electrically inclined, replacing your standard outlet with a recessed outlet is another option. Traditionally used for home theaters (like recessing your power cords behind a flat screen TV), this outlet works great behind a piece of furniture. The recessed portion is almost an inch deep in the above recessed outlet ($8 at Home Depot), but you may be able to find deeper recesses if you look online.
4. Male to Female Right Angle Adapter – Another cord issue you may have behind a piece of furniture is the annoying coaxial cable. Your cable signal is greatly effected by how tightly you are able to screw in the cable to the receptacle. With a right angle adapter, you can screw your coax into the receptacle in such a way so that your can get it tight and there is no pressure on it from trying to push a piece of furniture back to the wall on top of it. We used this same adapter (purchased for under $2 at Altex) in our bedroom, and we were able to push the dresser where our TV sits about 2 inches closer to the wall.
Do you think any of these options help you keep a low profile behind your furniture? What other solutions do you use?