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Outlet Behind Drawers

5/4/19       
Robert M. Member

I have a GC that wants to put an outlet in the back of a cabinet and put a drawer box in front of it. The homeowner would have to remove the drawer box, plug in their hair dryer, curling iron, etc. and hang the wires off the backside of the drawer box. Is this a code violation?

My understanding is that a docking drawer or similar, is the only method for putting an outlet in a drawer that is to code. I haven't been able to find any definitive information about this online.

5/5/19       #2: Outlet Behind Drawers ...
james e mcgrew  Member

Website: mcgrewwoodwork.com

Did this plenty of times and it was never turned down by an inspector.

In commercial we have docking stations for cell phones in cabinets often behind doors

5/6/19       #3: Outlet Behind Drawers ...
Tom Gafgen

There are a few products with articulating arms like this one https://www.kitchensource.com/computer-accessories/rv-4wcdb-18flsc-1.htm?p=RAS-4WC
DB-18SC-1
This is the way to go

5/6/19       #4: Outlet Behind Drawers ...
james e mcgrew  Member

Website: mcgrewwoodwork.com

As well you can always ask to have Inspector pre approve. this will cover any misgivings

5/9/19       #5: Outlet Behind Drawers ...
Adam

Toss it back in the contractors lap. He needs to contact either his electrician or building inspector for preapproval.

There are drawer units available online. Some are rather expensive. The last one we did was the electricians problem. We gave him plenty of room in that drawer bank.

5/23/19       #6: Outlet Behind Drawers ...
Keith Newton

Robert, my favorite way of doing this, to locate the outlet in the wall under the sink compartment. Then I drill a 1 3/4" hole through the bulkhead up front just above the drawer side, pop in a grommet, where the cord can go out over the drawer side, be led back and plugged into the wall. This solves all the wire management problems.

Going over the back with the cords is just asking for it to interfere with the drawer opening and closing as well as any below in a stack.

To make this safe, the electrician really ought to wire in a momentary contact button that disables the circuit when the drawer is closed.

6/20/19       #7: Outlet Behind Drawers ...
Mastercabman

Rev a shelf makes a drawer charging station
All you need is an outlet in the cabinet
Drawer is included
After installing,you just plug the cord to the outlet

7/8/19       #8: Outlet Behind Drawers ...
Alan F. Member

We just make the drawer 3-4" short so it wont bump the cord.

9/22/19       #9: Outlet Behind Drawers ...
Dave Edgerton  Member

In Canada it is a violation.

10/6/19       #10: Outlet Behind Drawers ...
Joseph Christman  Member

Website: RowlaStudios.com

Check Hafele's unit. There are several configurations available, but they are all on an articulated arm that answers the problem of cord/slack.

2/10/21       #11: Outlet Behind Drawers ...
Chris

https://dockingdrawer.com/
We've used them many times. Customer service is amaaazing.

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