Causes: Board and batten, wainscoting, tile, cabinetry, paneling, granite countertop, backsplash, trim, door jamb, mirror, etc.
Solution: Narrow cover plates for electrical receptacles.
When updating your living space, you may run into this common problem:
outlet cover won't go back on due to lack of space around the electrical box.
Here's a prime example:
This backsplash has a bullnose tile trim, which is blocking the cover from going back on the switch and outlet.
A cover that used to fit just fine, no longer works after this wet bar's renovation.
Narrow switch plates are the perfect solution. Depending on your needs, Kyle Switch Plates carries 2 types of narrow covers:
- "narrow" covers that aren't as wide overall as standard ones
- "half narrow" covers with offset openings (cutouts closer to one side of plate to allow room for obstructions on one edge)
Shop all narrow covers here.
In the tile example shown above, a half narrow switch & outlet cover is all the homeowner needed (same overall plate size, but with offset or shifted openings for the devices).
Here's another example in which there's not enough clearance for an outlet cover. The board and batten accent wall shown below has a batten beam that's partially obstructing one edge of the electrical box.*
The homeowner chose a narrow outlet cover for the single duplex outlet.
But a half narrow duplex plate would have worked also.
*Obstructing an electrical box may be a code violation - be sure to heck your local electrical codes.
Find the right narrow cover plate here.
Need covers with less trim on top or bottom edge instead?
Shop short wall plates to find the solution if materials are blocking the top or bottom edge of your device cover.