Fabric around outlets: What to do?

A fabric around outlets can be tricky to install. And a detail that will surely make a big difference with the end result.

Most installers deal with outlets two ways. An upholsterer can either staple the padding and the fabric on the edge of the outlet. Or place wood sticks on the border then staple the fabric onto it.

The result with the first technique is once the outlet plate is back on the wall. It will sink in. Is this what your customer wants? Second option requires much preparation which is cutting wood strips. The draw back is dust and time consuming. Also wood split, could potentially damage the cloth. Lastly it will show through light fabric.
In conclusion, both of these installations are not the top choice for excellent wall upholstery.

Fabric around outlets: What is the best solution?

The third option saves hassle and time. The solution is a compensation switch plate. This tutorial video shows installation for single, double  and wider electrical outlets. Besides product like this one offers a few advantages. The plates existent in two sixes and are already to the correct measurements for fitting around outlets.They do not split and are invisible under pale color fabric. In short, installing those plates is a quick procedure. From now on, you are going to enjoy working by switches and outlets. See how to install it.

Fabric around wall sconces.

However, there is one more wall feature that we need to take care off. Wall sconce plate is a similar item but a little bigger. You find it on the same page as compensation switch plates. Plates are square and the center not rectangular but round. Wall light rests on the plate and stops it from sinking in the fabric.

If for some reason, the plate must be cut you can do so easily with a cutter. Try our track cutter. It is actually on the video.

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