CAN YOU FIT A POP-UP ELECTRICAL SOCKET IN A KITCHEN WORKTOP, GRANITE OR QUARTZ?

Solid stone worktops are an ideal platform for safely installing pop-up electrical sockets. We have found pop-up sockets to be more and more popular over recent years. This has been especially the case as kitchen design has leaned towards using a centrepiece island as the main worktop, with tall units providing storage against the walls. Where the kitchen has been designed in this way, wall space is obviously limited, in some cases drastically so, and therefore socket locations are at a premium. In addition, with the cost of electrical work and making good of walls, etc, worktop-mounted sockets are surprisingly cost-effective.

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Now you see it… popped-up socket on 20mm Cimstone Sines quartz in Horsham, West Sussex.

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Now you don’t… socket in the down position. (The socket cover can be fully retracted into the worktop, with a small “tipping handle” for retraction, but in this case I left the socket slightly proud of the worktop.) This installation is on an island.

Close up of fully retracted socket on Ivory Fantasy Granite, Guildford, Surrey.

Close up of fully retracted socket on Ivory Fantasy Granite, Guildford, Surrey.

The same socket in the up position. This was another typical installation on a large granite island.

The same socket in the up position. This was another typical installation on a large granite island.

Pop-up socket on Steel Grey granite near Horley, Surrey. The retracted socket is discreet, and sealed to the granite in its outer ring.

Pop-up socket on Steel Grey granite near Horley, Surrey. The retracted socket is discreet, and sealed to the granite in its outer ring.

Although waste-disposal units may not be as popular as they were, we frequently fit solid stone worktops in kitchens where they are to be fitted. Given the high (though brief) power usage of these devices, good electrical practice is essential. These days, switches that are fully safe for waste-disposal units can be fitted in granite and quartz worktops.

Close up of waste-disposal unit switch on Cimstone Sines quartz in Horsham, West Sussex.

Close up of waste-disposal unit switch on Cimstone Sines quartz in Horsham, West Sussex.

Pop-up socket on Steel Grey granite worktop – note the USB facility, ideal for charging phones, i-pads etc.

Pop-up socket on Steel Grey granite worktop – note the USB facility, ideal for charging phones, i-pads etc.

We have made the necessary cut-outs for fitting sockets on both granites and quartzes. Please note that the actual fitting of the socket or switch needs to be done by a qualified electrician.

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