How many is enough?

If I remember correctly, the kitchen in the house I grew up in had only four three-pin power points.

There was one for the fridge, another for the radio and two on the oven where the kettle, toaster, vitamiser (a predecessor of the food processor) and mixer were plugged in as needed.

This had to be done with care because a design fault left cords at risk of connecting with the elements.

My kitchen has at least 10 power points – for the fridge, microwave, two phones, radio, toaster, bread maker, food processor, mixer and dish washer.

There are occasions all are in use and there’s a need for more.

Plans for kitchen renovations are still on the drawing board and given the occasional shortage I’m wondering how many power points is enough and where to put them.

Half way down the wall behind the fridge isn’t a good place if you need to defrost the freezer without pulling the whole appliance right out.

I’m also wondering when the people who make power sockets will catch up with the fact that plugs for some appliances are too big to fit side by side in double sockets. They need to come up with a new design with more space between the holes.

5 Responses to How many is enough?

  1. Gravedodger says:

    The new fridge your ever romantic farmer will buy to complement the luvly new kitchen will be on rollers so will just glide out with fingertip pressure.
    The original fridge that the power point was set for was possibly only 2/3 the height of a current model.Tip add another 10 -15% as more ‘toys’ are likel’, say designated ipad for recipes.
    Agree with the comment re plug size but that is where the standard should be applied as the biggest problem is ‘transformers’ and miniaturisation is easy, surely.

  2. Roger says:

    A useful innovation is a plug stand that stands up out of the central island as a retractable pole – goes back in if not in use and has a cover that’s flush with the bench. Usually has 2-3 plugs aside.

  3. Richard says:

    1. Whatever you do, remember you cannot have too many plugs.
    2. Consult a kitchen designer not an architect- KD’s are good at the detail- my architect was good on the big plan of the kitchen but has cost me on his lack of detail
    3. Do not take advice from your farmer if he does not cook. Regard him as a mouth to be fed and if he protests tell him to ——-

  4. haha gravedodger, romantic farmer 🙂
    Roger – like the idea of one that comes out of the bench top
    Richard – agreed, can never have too many plugs. We have double plugs either end of the breakfast bar and either end of the bench, as well as doubles on three walls, behind the fridge and in the pantry (for the whizz and Kenwood). If the electrician is there – make the most of it! You can never have too many!!!

  5. homepaddock says:

    Thanks for all the suggestions – definitely using a kitchen designer and really like the idea of the plug stand.

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