Common questions

Can you cover an outlet with a blank plate?

Can you cover an outlet with a blank plate?

Use blank plates to cover empty electrical boxes. The standard screw hole spacing on an empty box is 3-9/32″ (3.281″) center to center.

Are wall plates paintable?

You can use metal, plastic, wood, mirrored glass or ceramic wall plates, however the best adhesion will be to metal. We recommend starting with our paintable steel plates, although our metal white switch plates work great too. Especially if you need other configurations not available in the steel.

Are outlet covers paintable?

Ready-to-Paint. Our patented wall plate and switch covers make it easy for homeowners and paint professionals to enhance the look of any room. Choose from an assortment of primed, textured and ready-to-paint wall switch plates and outlet covers.

How big is an outlet cover plate?

The standard size single switch or outlet cover plate is nominally 2.75 inches wide by 4.5 inches tall. The standard size two-gang switch or outlet cover plate measures 4.56 inches wide by 4.5 inches tall.

What is a blank wall plate for?

The site of an old, unused connection, the site of a potential connection, or just the site of a hole left by construction are all covered with blank wall plates. blank wall plates can be used when time, effort, or future use is in question.

Should outlet covers match wall or trim?

Architectural Digest suggests painting outlet covers the same color and finish as the trim in a room for a subtle, textural effect. Keep in mind that if you choose not to paint the covers, the outlet itself and the cover should be the same color.

Can you spray paint electrical outlets?

PAY CLOSE ATTENTION TO THIS: Do not spray paint directly onto the electrical outlet on the wall. And do not paint it while it is on the wall. Make sure to use a primer and a non-flammable paint. BEFORE YOU TAKE ANY ACTION: Some electrical outlets can become a fire hazard just by being painted.

Are outlet plates necessary?

Generally speaking, most people don’t pay much attention to their wallplates until it’s time to replace a device or paint a room. But the truth is wallplates are required for safety reasons by the National Electrical Code ® to protect people from any exposed area of an installed device and should be selected with care.

How do I cover an old outlet?

As long as there are no wires inside the box, you can cover it with drywall. If the box is still acting as a junction box, however, and wires are joined inside it, the electrical code mandates a removable cover. Covers come in plastic or metal, and you attach them with machine screws.