How to Install Wall Panelling Around Sockets or Switches
Installing wall panels is simple and straightforward and can be achieved without specialist skills or tools. However, planning your panelling project will help to make it perfect, especially when it comes to fitting your wall panels around sockets and switches.
Before you start, the first - and most important - thing to do is turn off all the electrics at the fuse box.
How to Cut Your Wall Panels Around the Electrical Outlet
Always remember it is better to measure twice and cut once, rather than the other way around! So once you’ve measured where the socket placements should be on your panel, and you’re happy with that measurement, mark your panel using a tape measure, pencil and set square, and then you should be ready to start cutting your panels.
You can use a jigsaw to cut your panels, but you will need to drill a hole in the panel first to be able to fit the jigsaw through. Alternatively, you could use a Stanley knife. If your panels are thin, you should be able to cut straight through. If your panels are slightly thicker, cut lightly to begin with to create a guideline, before making the final cut.
Throughout the process, regularly place your panel on the wall to check its fit. Use a small saw or knife to make any amends until your panel fits snuggly around your outlet box. Do not use sandpaper on our panels as it may remove the design.
How to Mount Your Switches to Panels
Flush Mounting the Sockets and Switches
Flush mounted is a way of installing a socket or switch so that the body of the fixture is inside the wall, leaving only a cover plate on the surface of the wall. You will most likely need to use longer screws to fit the face plate back into position if you are using this method.
When it comes to installing your panel around such a fitting, you will need to ensure it fits closely and cleanly.
Surface Mounting the Sockets Switches
A surface mounted socket is one which sits proud away from the wall. As such, it better covers the edges of your cut panel, which means you do not have to be as precise with your cutting!
Filling the Gaps around Light Switches
Don’t worry if there are some gaps around your switches or sockets. These can easily be filled using decorator’s caulk. Remember to read and carefully follow the manufacturer’s instructions to be assured of a professional finish.
Covering an Exposed Outlet with Wall Panels
We would recommend talking to a professional electrician before you cover an exposed outlet with a wall panel, as covering live wires and switches – even if their locations have been noted – is extremely dangerous.
Common Mistakes When Fitting Panels Around Sockets and Switches
Incorrect measurements are the most common mistake made when fitting panels around sockets and switches. This is why it is so important to measure twice and cut once!
If you would like further information on how to fit wall panels around sockets and switches or have any queries, call our friendly expert team today on 0800 22 77 77.