Fabric around outlets: What to do?

Some fabric around outlets could be a tricky installation. And a detail that will surely make a big difference with the end result.

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

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

The 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 the installation for single, double and larger 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 a 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.

The fabric around wall sconces: What do I use?

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 a sconce from sinking in the fabric.

If for some reason, the plate needs cutting use a cutter. Try our track cutter. It is actually in the video.

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