If you've removed wall paneling, have an electrical box that sticks out from your wall, or if you've replaced an old outlet with a bulky new receptacle, you may have a gap that exists between the cover and wall.
There are 2 ways to fill a gap behind a cover plate.
- Get a cover with a deeper edge.
- Add a filler between the plate and the wall.
Options are detailed below for fixing gaps in 3 sizes:
- 1/8" (there are 3 solutions for a 1/8" gap)
FIX A 1/8" GAP:
Add a 1/8" Depth Ring Behind Cover Plate
Recommended for 1/8" Gap
If you have a gap that's 1/8" and you'd like to keep your current switch plate, you can get a gap filler to sit between your cover and the wall.
These depth rings fill a 1/8" gap nicely, and are simple to install. Sizes from 1-5 gangs, standard, oversized & specialty sizes.
Get them at Kyle Switch Plates - search "EXDR".
Place an Extender Ring Behind Wall Plate
Recommended for 1/8" Gap & Wall Damage
If there's any wall damage around the electrical box that isn't covered by your current switchplate, you can fix a 1/8" gap and expand the wall coverage with a depth extender ring.
Note these only come in white and will be visible behind a standard cover.
Get them at Kyle Switch Plates - search "OVC".
Get a Deep Cover Plate
Recommended for 1/8" Gap
replace it with a deep plate.
Deep plates have a larger bevel on the edges, so they reach back around your electrical box to meet the wall.
Standard covers have a 5/32" bevel, while deep plates have twice as much bevel: 5/16".
This is great for filling a gap that's 1/8" or slightly bigger than 1/8".
There are many sizes - shop deep plates here.
FIX A 1/4" GAP:
Electrical Box Extenders for 1/4" Gap
Recommended for 1/4" Gap
They are single-gang only (for 1 device) and come in white, ivory or brown.
If your issue isn't a protruding wall box, but instead a bulky device, these extenders will lift your device 3/4" forward & out of the electrical box.
Get them at Kyle Switch Plates - search "6197".
FIX A 1/2" GAP:
Buy an Extra Deep Cover
Recommended for 1/2" Gap
These deepest covers fix a gap up to 1/2".
Finishes are limited (white & stainless steel only), but if you have to fill a gap that's nearly half an inch, this is your best bet.
Single-gang only. Get them at Kyle Switch Plates - search "DP" or "extra deep".
FIX ODD SIZED GAPS:
Spacers can be used to adjust your electrical devices.
Combine spacers with the solutions above if you're still having issues getting the right fit.
These little green rubbery things go underneath your switch or outlet (between the device and the electrical box) to lift devices up (in increments of 1/8").
If a deeper cover plate is too deep for your situation (resulting in sunken electrical devices that don't reach the cover plate snugly) simply stack as many spacers under the devices as necessary to pull them up where you need them.