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Need advice on installing built-in closets in front of outlets

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Old 03-05-19, 09:39 AM
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Need advice on installing built-in closets in front of outlets

Hi all,

I purchased the IKEA wardrobe systems, which sit on the floor, but also mount to the wall. So they wouldn't be pressed up against the outlets, but they would be no more than an inch away.

I would really prefer not to move or get rid of the outlets, as within some years, we would likely need to convert back to a bedroom.

I was thinking of just cutting a hole in the back of the unit, to allow access to the outlet. But is that allowed/safe? (I am in PA by the way).
 
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cutting a hole for access is fine.
 
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Old 03-05-19, 10:28 AM
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If I was doing it I would probably use one of these and move the outlet out so that you could put a plate on it. You can always remove it and put it back the way it was if you remove the wardrobe.
 
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So essentially doing this would make the outlet an actual part of the closet system correct? I like this idea. But do you think clothes brushing up against it or anything could create an issue?
 
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Clothes will not affect it unless you plug something like a heater into it that might start a fire.

I would not bother altering the receptacle at all. Just cut a square hole in the back of the cabinet.
 
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do you think clothes brushing up against it or anything could create an issue?
No... not unless you plan on plugging in your coat zippers.
 
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I usually just cut a rectangular hole in the back of the cabinet. It leaves them accessible and doesn’t require any electrical work. No need to make more work than necessary!
 
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