Trying to work out how many plug sockets to have in your kitchen sounds like a trivial thing. But actually, for the amount of hassle and work not having enough can cause you, it’s something that needs careful consideration.
Look at your large appliances
When trying to fix on a number of sockets, the easiest thing to think about first is how many of them are going to be permanently taken up and where do they need to be? Things like your fridge, dishwasher, freezer, oven and washing machine will all need a socket and are likely to be moved around less (if at all). Working out a total amount for these will be the absolute minimum you need. Obviously you can use multi-socket extension leads but we would advise against them to be careful from a hazard point of view and to avoid extra wires and clutter.
Smaller appliances and devices
Other, semi-permanent appliances such as a radio, microwave, kettle, toaster etc will also need a power source so factor these into your planning.
Then you come to your less frequent devices like a bread maker or a slow cooker which you may not use very often, but when you do there needs to be a socket and some space on your worktop.
Single or double?
Depending on the shape of your space you will then need to decide whether to have single or double sockets. Our default suggestion would be a double socket, however, if there is a space that is only ever going to have one appliance in it, you may as well go for a single to save space.
There are no fixed rules on how many sockets you need to have in your kitchen, but hopefully, this will give you a rough number for a minimum amount.
What kind of socket?
Everyone is familiar with the rise in the use of smartphones, but what is yet to be a really common sight in UK homes is USB adapters built into plug sockets. You might have seen them in airports or other transport hubs. Having 1 or 2 plug sockets with built-in adapters like these not only saves on socket space but also saves on needing to run upstairs to grab your adapter or buy an extra one just for the kitchen.
Another recent development in kitchen technology is home automation. In line with this, a company in London is starting to bring switches and plugs that you can control from your phone to the market. The example that they use is if you leave an iron plugged in and forget it then by using your phone you can flick the plug socket’s rocker switch to save both energy and reduce the risk of accidents in your home. They also provide light switches and remotes if you wanted to improve more than just your kitchen.
Mapping out your sockets
When you’re deciding on where your sockets should go, you should map out the locations for your electrician so they can work out what wire extensions they will need to put in to meet your specification. You can also seek their advice if you have queries about what height to put the sockets in or what is possible with numbers, placement etc.
Kitchens by Design can also help with advice on socket placement and number using our years of experience designing bespoke kitchens in Bristol. For more advice on planning your dream kitchen call our friendly team on 0117 962 2599 or fill out our contact form and we will get back to you as soon as we can.