When you think of the holidays you undoubtedly are consumed with thoughts of spending time with family and friends. However, as the world becomes more and more driven by technology, spending genuine time with people becomes harder and harder. This holiday season, Docking Drawer encourages you to put down the tech. Here are a few ways you can remain plugged in without giving in to distraction.
Use your television to play a slideshow: Instead of sending out holiday cards this year, share photos of what your family was up to with party guests on your television screen. Put together a slideshow of all your favorite moments from the year and let it play throughout your holiday party.
Stash your cell phone: Keep your cell phone charged up and ready for use–after your guests leave. Install a Docking Drawer Charging Outlet into your kitchen drawer and plug in your mobile once the party begins. Have an extra charging cord handy for other guests who’d like to charge up, too.
Play music on your computer or tablet: Whether using iTunes, Spotify, or Pandora, entertain guests with the perfect playlist this holiday season. Tune your computer or tablet to some tunes as your holiday guests mingle, eat, and enjoy the spirit of the season.
The holidays are the perfect time to catch up with family and friends. Don’t forget to take the time to unplug this holiday season and revel in what the holidays are really all about.
Bathrooms tend to be rather small in most cases. One thing that isn’t tiny about your bathroom? Its power needs. From hair dryers to curling irons to flat irons to razors to electric toothbrushes, there seem to be a million things calling for attention from your outlets. Unfortunately, most bathrooms don’t come equipped with the necessary outlets to make getting ready a success. That being said, cluttering your walls with oddly placed outlets not only kills the aesthetics of your bathroom, they can be an eyesore. So where DO you put those additional outlets you desperately need while keeping your bathroom beautiful? We have a few ideas.
Place electrical outlets on either side of your vanity. This eliminates the need for your cords to snake across or around your sink and keeps everything neat and in one place.
Add an outlet in your storage nook. Nooks are the perfect place to store everyday bathroom appliances like electric toothbrushes and hairdryers. Place an outlet there too and keep things out of the way AND plugged in all day long.
Install an outlet inside a drawer. While this hasn’t always been an option due to building codes, Docking Drawer has made installing an in-drawer powering outlet not only safe, but also aesthetically pleasing. Learn more about the safety features of Docking Drawer Power Outlets.
Place an outlet behind your bathroom mirror. Your new outlet addition can easily blend in with the rest of your bathroom when you install it behind your mirror and cover it with a fancy, mirrored plate. Best of all, plug in the tools you need to use in from of your mirror–like curling irons–with ease.
Add an outlet to your cabinet. Power outlets can be tucked out of sight when you install them inside your vanity cabinets. Docking Drawer outlets, which can power or charge your devices, make for the perfect addition to any cabinet space.
If you’re adding outlets to your bathroom, these are just a few of the great spaces where you can do so. Don’t forget to educate yourself on electrical codes and regulations to ensure that you don’t have any issues when the inspector arrives.
Everyone’s idea of their “dream kitchen” is slightly different. Still, there are a few “must-haves” for any kitchen that can’t be ignored. Whether you’re doing a remodel or just looking to update a few things, this list covers the top musts that every kitchen should strive for.
Double-Wide Sinks: If you’ve ever lived in a space with a small sink, you know that this scenario is a struggle. Luckily, double-wide sinks are gaining popularity in kitchen remodels. Personally, we think they're here to stay.
Proper Lighting: Today’s lighting can come from an abundance of places including skylights (natural lighting) or under cabinet lighting (artificial lighting). Both provide quality and brightness to your kitchen, which is crucial for gatherings in the space as well as meal prep.
Access to the Outdoors: Having direct access to the back porch, and your grill, from your kitchen is a dream scenario. Enjoy your morning cup of joe as you watch the sunrise or quickly transfer food. Best of all, opening the door from your kitchen to your back porch automatically elongates your kitchen, and makes entertaining easier than ever.
Enough outlets: Kitchens are home to a lot of tech. From small kitchen appliances to cell phones and tablets, our kitchens are often a catch-all for tech clutter. The ideal kitchen doesn’t run out of outlet space–it just gets more industry compliant outlets, such as a Docking Drawer, added into unique spaces like drawers and cabinets.
Waste, Compost, and Recycling Center: In today’s green world, make a conscious effort to do your part for the environment. Install more than a hidden trash can in your cabinets–consider adding a recycle bin and even a compost station as well.
While everyone’s idea of a dream kitchen differs, these are a few staples we felt a lot of people would enjoy installing in their kitchen if the opportunity presents itself. Don’t forget to check out all of these wonderful kitchen ideas we’ve put on our Pinterest board.
It's hard to not get a little excited when we're featured in product articles. Needless to say that the most recent copy of Kitchen & Bath Design News has us bouncing off the walls. Called a "pivotal piece" Kitchen & Bath Design News highlighted Docking Drawer as one of the latest components raising the bar for today's kitchen designs.
If you're ready to raise the bar in your own kitchen, be sure to check out our unique charging outlets, designed specifically for kitchen cabinets. Able to charge up to four personal devices such as laptops and smartphones, Docking Drawer outlets are a must for anyone who desires a clutter-free kitchen.
If you're looking for a Docking Drawer outlet for your next project, you may not have to look any further than your local electrical supply house! Docking Drawer is proud to share that select Stoneway Electrical Supply, Consolidated Electrical Distributors (CED), City Electric Supply (CES), and Edges Electrical Group are now carrying Docking Drawer charging and powering outlets.
Not sure what kind of outlet you'll need? Don't be discouraged. The experts at these select stores are knowledgeable in Docking Drawer products. They'll help you specify the perfect outlet for your building or remodel project. Additionally, these electrical supply houses have Docking Drawer Demo Drawers on site to show you exactly how our powering and charging outlets function inside your cabinets.
We're thrilled by this new venture with select electrical supply houses and hope you are, too! Don't forget that if an electrical supply house near you doesn't feature Docking Drawer, please call us. We'd be more than happy to help you find the right outlet for your project.
We’ve always been a big fan of partnerships. At Docking Drawer our partners have helped us to grow, to see things differently, and even to make changes. Dura Supreme Cabinetry has been one of those strong partners that we value. What’s more, it is a relationship that was made possible by our friends at Hafele.
Through our partnership with Hafele, we were introduced to Dura Supreme who, for 50 years, has been providing professional kitchen and bathroom designs. Their cabinetry fulfills the desire their customers have for personalized design choices and outstanding quality of construction. Needless to say that when the opportunity to partner with Dura Supreme came up, we were anxious to get started!
Dura Supreme was seeing a steady increase in demand for in-drawer charging and powering solutions from their dealers. As it turned out, our Docking Drawer outlets were the perfect solution. Unfortunately, our first Docking Drawer powering and charging outlets were created with limited knowledge of cabinetry sizing. As a result, our outlets were too large for most traditional kitchen cabinets, a fact that was discovered in large part thanks to our partnership with Dura Supreme.
The story could have ended for us there, but it didn’t. Our partners, Hafele and Dura Supreme, helped us gain valuable industry insights and knowledge. We listened to their feedback and with their support, we took action and developed the Docking Drawer Slim Series Charging Outlets, which fit into just about any cabinets size.
Today, our partnership continues to grow with Dura Supreme announcing that both Docking Drawer charging and powering outlets are now part of their standard offering, making specifying an in-drawer outlet into your kitchen and bathroom cabinets a breeze. We’re so grateful for our partnership with Dura Supreme and Hafele and look forward to where it takes us in the future.
Don’t forget! To get factory installed powering or charging outlets for your projects, just speak with the experts at your local Dura Supreme dealership.
Ever heard the phrase “beauty is only skin deep?” It may not be a phrase to attribute to your cabinets, but here’s the truth: if your kitchen cabinets aren’t functional, they become a burden. Before the rise of DIY sites like Pinterest, we couldn’t imagine our cabinets being anything more than they were: a space for storage. Now however, insert one of these desirable accessories and make working in your kitchen seem like less of a chore.
Base Cabinets with Drawers: Not doors. That’s right. Instead of squatting down or bending over to access pots, pans, and cookie sheets below your waist, install base cabinets with drawers. They’re easy to access and bring the content right to you. Best of all, they can be organized a variety of ways, including with high-rolling spacers.
Roll Out Trays: Not everyone likes the idea (or the price tag) of installing drawers behind cabinet doors. Keep your doors and simply replace the interior content with rollout shelving. Available in a wide variety of colors and materials, they can fit almost any space while still being convenient to use.
Storage solutions: Corner cabinets can prove to be a problem. With hard to reach spaces, it’s easy for these cabinets to go totally unused. Thankfully, storage solutions now exist for corner cabinets, making the space more accessible and organized than ever. Complete the look with non-slip mats like those sold by our friends at Hafele and items can be easily grabbed.
In-Drawer Dividers: Existing for everything from your utensils to your spices, to junk drawer organization, in-drawer dividers are the perfect way to keep your drawers clutter-free. Best of all, you’ll easily access the right thing at just the right time.
In-Drawer Outlets: Now that all of your cabinets are clean and organized, don’t clutter your kitchen countertops! Install a Docking Drawer kitchen charging station and keep your tech, such as phones and laptops, charged up and out of sight.
Don’t let your cabinets go unused. Instead, take advantage of today’s tech and storage solutions to make your kitchen a place where you love spending time!
Given how many things we have to plug in these days, it’s no surprise that we run out of outlets. Phones, tablets, laptops, and more tech pile up on the table, on the desk, or on the counter waiting for their turn to be charged up. If the clutter is driving you crazy, it’s time to implement a tech savvy solution–and we’ve found several you’re going to love.
Vertical Outlet: Perfect for your kitchen, your office, or your workshop, this clever Vertical Tabletop Power Data Center comes in handy when you need multiple outlets available at once. Power kitchen appliances or plug in your laptop at the same time you’re charging your cell phone.
Hanging Outlet: We all have those outlets that are hard to use. Instead of getting frustrated, just get creative. Decorate your space in a way that encourages your family to use those hidden and oddly placed outlets–and clear clutter in the process.
USB Solution: Why have a two outlet plate when you could charge up to four USB devices? These days it’s possible to replace a standard electrical outlet with a 2-port or 4-port USB charger instead. Be sure to place it somewhere out of the way to help clear unsightly clutter.
In-Drawer Outlets: Our ETL Listed in-drawer powering and charging outlet solutions are the perfect way to keep your tech devices charged up or powered on safely. Best of all, these outlets also come equipped with USB ports. Keep clutter hidden away in a drawer while keeping your technology running. Kitchen charging stations and bathroom charging stations available, plus so much more!
There are a lot of clever ways to increase the amount of outlets in your home while still being safe. Remember: installing an everyday power strip or outlet into your drawer may be inexpensive but it can also be dangerous. If you have questions about the safety standards of Docking Drawer, we’d be happy to discuss them with you!
Are your countertops littered with clutter? Do you want to hurl the family tablet across the room every time someone leaves it on the kitchen table, claiming the bedroom is “just too far away” or that “this is the only outlet available”?
Look, we get it. Here’s the bad news: eventually that tablet would get replaced. This means you’re looking at an added expense AND the same problem occurring over and over and over again. Stop driving yourself crazy. At Docking Drawer we offer a clutter clearing, technically innovative product you just have to try.
Docking Drawer is the market leader of in-drawer electrical outlets. Offering a full array of ETL-Listed solutions, we charge and power today’s connected lifestyle. In fact, our patented and simple-to-specify outlets offer a reliable way to add movable outlets inside kitchen, bathroom, and even office drawers safely.
This means that instead of leaving phones, laptops, watches, and tablets to charge on the kitchen counter, you can now tuck them into a drawer to charge with a Docking Drawer CHARGING outlet. Need an extra outlet for your curling iron? Add a Docking Drawer POWER outlet to your bathroom vanity.
Find out more about Docking Drawer (and how it can help you tame unsightly countertop clutter) today or just call us to consult with one of our specification experts at (530) 205-3625.
Who has the very best kitchen drawers? You will right after you read this article and gain a little inspiration.
Are your empty corners driving you crazy? Check out Space Corner drawers from our friends at Blum. They’re designed to fit in what is arguably one of the most underutilized spaces in your kitchen–and it keeps all of your contents perfectly organized.
Up until now, you’ve probably stored important kitchen utensils like whisks and pasta stirrers in a canister on your countertop. Cease countertop clutter with this in-drawer utensil organizer from Rev-A-Shelf instead. Made to resemble a traditional three-drawer configuration this cabinet will have guests oohing and ahhing.
Speaking of ridding your countertops of clutter, don’t forget that a Docking Drawer makes the perfect drawer accessory. Instead of charging cell phones, tablets, and laptops in the same place you’re trying to prepare dinner, tuck that tech away in a drawer and let it charge, too.
Just because something is out of sight–is it out of mind? Yes, we’re talking about those cheap, plastic drawer organizers you picked up at your local home goods store. Toss them out and invest in a Deluxe Organizer from Dura Supreme Cabinetry. Beautifully designed, they feature a cutlery divider in addition to six stainless steel spice jars. You’ll be in awe every time you slide open your drawer.
Make last time THE last time you have to dig around for exactly what you’re looking for. Dress your cabinets with these beautifully designed pullout drawers. With a simple tug, everything within your cabinet is right in front of you.
Do you have more suggestions for how to make kitchen cabinets great? We’d love to hear from you.
A place with a view. That’s what one couple invested in, in their new home. It was quaint and, like those around it, built sometime in the 60s or 70s. What’s more, the small 1,000 square foot home hadn’t seen any kind of renovation since its walls were first built. With a 70s vibe that relied on fake pressboard and dark wood, the homeowners knew something had to be done to make the home more modern. Their first step was to bring in a contractor who did a major remodel. From removing interior walls to changing up the roofline, the investment was slowly starting to look like a home for the owners.
That’s where Larry Rohan, of Rohan Designs, entered the project. Referred to the homeowners from another artisan, Larry was the cabinet designer the homeowners had been searching for. Very hands on, the homeowners had a specific idea in mind as far as what they wanted their cabinets to look like. The only problem was, the homeowners were ahead of their time when it came to the final look of their cabinets.
When Larry and the homeowners first began working together, the woman requested an in-drawer electrical outlet for her kitchen. Having seen a DIY outlet in a drawer online at sites like Pinterest and Houzz, the homeowner knew that being able to charge items such as mobile phones and tablets out of sight in a kitchen drawer perfectly synced with her ideas for a modern, clean, clutter-free kitchen.
Larry had to break some bad news to his homeowner: they’d never be able to find an in-drawer outlet that was UL-Listed and up to code that would pass building inspections. He couldn’t safely install the solution she so desired in her newly updated kitchen.
Coincidently, Larry's long-term hardware supplier partner, EB Bradley, sent Larry a sales flyer, which announced a new innovation. That innovation was Docking Drawer! It was the industry's first UL Listed in-drawer electrical outlet. “Of all the synchronicity that has ever happened, this one was just about perfect,” Larry said. Perfect indeed not only for not only creating a charging station in his client's kitchen, but also for taming the styling clutter of blow dryers and curling irons in her bathroom. Best of all, because Docking Drawer offers a full line of charging and powering outlet solutions offering different amounts of extension, we were able to easily specify an outlet to fit all the cabinet sizes, making Larry’s job a lot easier. For example, Larry installed a Docking Drawer Slim Series charging outlet inside a kitchen drawer, which the homeowner intends to use when charging her tablet, mobile phone, and laptop. Meanwhile, in the homeowner’s remodeled bathroom, Larry installed a Style Drawer series powering outlet into a vertical styling organizer utilizing Pojjo premium stainless steel ventilated capped tube set , perfect for holding hairdryers and curling irons.
Do you have a client in need of the perfect powering or charging solution? Contact us today to learn more about our products or to speak with one of our specification experts.
Whether you love the holidays or you just find them stressful, one thing is for certain: you can’t stop them! Thankfully (see what we did there?) there are ways that you can prepare for them–and with October winding down, it's never too early to begin. When it comes to prepping your home for the holidays, there is no room which will likely be filled with more chaos than your kitchen. Below, we’ve shared a few tips outlining how you can prep your kitchen for holiday cooking.
Clear Clutter From Your Countertops: Our kitchen counters are littered with the various puzzle pieces that make up our lives. Between discarded mail, mobile phones, car keys, and various reminder notes, our countertops tend to be more of a catch-all than a place to prep for holiday guests. Clear the clutter! In addition to shredding unwanted mail and placing keys closer to the door, install a Docking Drawer charging outlet into a kitchen drawer. It will enable you to charge up your tech devices while keeping your countertops clutter-free this holiday season and all year long.
Ready Your Cooking Equipment: Between the bowl of Spaghetti-o’s that exploded in your microwave last month and the apple pie that bubbled over in your oven earlier this year, your appliances are a mess. Don’t stress by leaving cleaning for a holiday party until the last minute. Set aside some time to wipe out your microwave. Place your oven on a self-clean cycle. The more prepared your cooking appliances are to handle holiday tasks, the more prepared you’ll feel for company.
Check Your Fridge: We’re not just talking about getting rid of old, unwanted food, though this is certainly a necessity. You should also inspect your fridge and replace any burnt out lightbulbs, tighten gaskets, and replace air filters so everything it in working order for all those leftovers! Ensure that vents aren’t blocked by condiments so that your fridge can stay cool. Also, remove all shelving from your fridge and wash it with soap and water, getting rid of any sticky residue prior to filling your fridge with even more stuff.
Inspect Your Dishwasher: If you don’t want to worry about washing dishes by hand this holiday season, set aside a few hours to inspect and clean your dishwasher. To do this, clean the drain of any gunk or food. Check the bottom of your dishwasher for any utensils, tupperware lids, or broken glass from the last few months. Be sure to wipe down the inside of the door and run a cycle of vinegar and baking soda to ensure that everything is extra sparkly and ready to handle the onslaught of holiday dishes and bakeware.
Ready the Serving Utensils: There’s nothing sure to embarrass you faster this holiday than trying to cut your perfectly prepped turkey with a dull knife. Instead of hacking away at your holiday meal, make sure that all of your serving utensils, such as carving knives, are sharpened and polished ahead of time. If you’re using special dishes, inspect everything carefully for cracks, then be sure to wash it all ahead of time in your sparkly dishwasher.
Create a Holiday Prep Schedule: What is on your holiday menu? The good news is that there are a variety of dishes that can be cooked a day or two in advance. Even fruits and vegetables can be pre-chopped then stored before use. Make a list of everything you’re going to make for your holiday party, decide what can be made in advance, and prep as much as possible.
A lot of people stress about the holidays, but with a little preparedness you won't need to be one of them! Not quite ready to think about holiday cooking? Don't miss how to prep your home for the cooler temperatures this fall and winter.
In doing some research for an upcoming blog, we managed to stumble across one of Houzz's most popular articles. It's dedicated to "kitchen must-haves" and we were curious as to who made the list! It turns out that this article was published just shortly after Docking Drawer came to market and we didn't make the cut. Nonetheless, we loved so many things listed in "20 Kitchen Must-Haves From Houzz Readers" we just had to share. Plus we'd like to think that if we had made our debut juuuust a little bit sooner, Docking Drawer would have made this list!
We all want it–that soft, flattering glow that comes with finding just the right lighting in your home. The trouble is that there are so many types of lights out there, we often have trouble deciding what kind to use–and what room it belongs in. We’ve broken down some of the most popular home lighting below.
Flush Mounts: You’ve seen lights like these. They hug the ceiling close and have been known to be painfully bright. Most often found in bathrooms and kitchens, this light can calm your whole room when you pay attention to the wattage of the bulb you’re using. Try installing a 60 watt light bulb to see if it makes a difference in how your room feels.
Semi-Flush Mounts: These lights have a bit more sophistication than their sister, the flush mount. They tend to hand about a foot or so from the ceiling and boast a little bit of glamour on its stem. Still, they’re usually short enough that you (and guests) won’t run into them. Family rooms are a popular place for this kind of light to be found.
Pendants: These light are suspended from a chain or cord in the ceiling, such as a chandelier. They tend to be placed over tables and counters, enhancing the light over a single space. Whether you place these lights in your kitchen, bedroom, or over the bar in your basement they’re sure to be a sophisticated hit.
Recessed Lights: These lights tend to be popular in finished basements and even movie rooms, but they’ve also been known to pop up in living rooms, dining rooms, and even kitchens. Embedded in the ceiling, these lights are inconspicuous and can be pointed to shed light on a specific area as desired.
Track Lights: These unique lights can not only be moved to a precise location along their track, they can also be adjusted to illuminate specific spaces. They’re the perfect addition to bathrooms and kitchens, though they can find plenty of use in other rooms, too.
Lamps: Found on bedside tables or on the floor behind your couch, lamps are a way to add light to a room when the installed lighting just isn’t enough. They can reflect your unique tastes, too, and are easy to install and move around a room as needed.
Feeling like a lighting expert? Congratulations! Just remember that as a rule of thumb, you should try to layer your lighting as much as possible as it helps to create a complicated scheme which won’t leave rooms feeling one dimensional. Need some inspiration? Check out the Docking Drawer lighting board on Pinterest!
When it comes to remodeling your kitchen, chances are you’re more concerned with what the finished product will look like on the outside. That’s totally understandable. Of course, as just about everyone knows, it’s not what is on the outside but what is on the inside that counts. If getting weighed down by the details of a kitchen remodel isn’t really your style, we’ve got great news for you! We’ve made a list of stunning kitchen storage ideas for you to utilize in your next remodel. Check out the solutions that made our list below.
Pull-out Compartments: You’ve seen it on Pinterest. A drawer or cabinet in the kitchen with perfectly compartmentalized sections. It organizes everything from fine china to tupperware. When you want to talk the details, this customized feature is the perfect way to keep your kitchen drawers or cabinets organized. Best of all, the individual compartments help ensure that your most precious kitchenware remains safely stored until you’re ready to use it again.
Sliding Storage: Stop stooping over to get to that cookie tray you use once in a blue moon. Quit squatting in an effort to be eye-level with your cabinets. Instead, install shelves that can easily be pulled out when you’re hunting for something in particular. There’s no limit to what these easily seen shelves can hold from spices to appliances to baking gear to cleaning supplies.
Corner Drawers: The Lazy Susan may have been THE kitchen invention about 20 years ago, but today it’s all about corner drawers. That’s right. Instead of a deep dark cabinet off in the corner of your kitchen, utilize uniquely shaped corner cabinetry. Full depth drawers on not only fun to use, they’re helping homeowners take advantage of all that extra space.
Book Shelf: No one knows what to do with all of those cookbooks. Where do you store them? The clutter countertops, but placing them on the dining room bookshelves isn't practical. Why not try adding some shelf space to the end of your cabinet or on the side of your kitchen island? Use the space to store everything from cookbooks to cookware while still keeping your cabinets clutter free.
Backsplash Storage: Did you know that you can use your backsplash to keep track of pots and pans? It’s true. Instead of going with the traditional backsplash, try installing a wall mounted pegboard. In addition to being able to customize the paint color and adding a unique twist to your kitchen, you can also use it to store cookware and small kitchen utensils. Best of all, you can add or subtract as much pegboard as you need for storage purposes.
In-Counter Knife Storage: The days of knife blocks are long gone. Instead, you can install a unique drop-in knife blog on your countertop! Your knives will stay safely enclosed while still being easily accessible. Best of all, you won’t have a bulky block taking up much needed countertop space.
There are many ways that you can create extra storage in your kitchen. While these are just a few of our favorites, there are a lot more out there to be found on sites like Houzz. Also, don’t forget about Docking Drawer in-drawer powering and charging solutions. They’ll easily fit into your kitchen drawers and ensure that your family stays connected.
Q: Do Docking Drawers outlets comply with US building codes?
A: In a word: YES. Docking Drawer outlets are tested by Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratories (NRTLs) which are independent laboratories recognized by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to test products to the specifications of product safety codes.
Additionally, our Docking Drawer outlets are tested and certified by Intertek-ETL. Docking Drawer is in compliance with accepted national standards (UL 962a and CSA C22.2 No. 21). Inspectors have recognized and approved certified products by Intertek-ETL for over 30 years. Intertek, originally part of the Edison Illuminating Companies is accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI).
Q: Have any outlets been returned for not meeting US building codes?
A: NO. Docking Drawer outlets have been installed in homes, condos, hotels, sports complexes, laboratories, and even a few yachts in all 50 states.
Q: Can my electrician just add an outlet or power strip to my drawer box?
A: Not one that will pass inspection or comply with building codes. Just ask Gary Ciuffo at Ciuffo Cabinetry. His customer added an in-drawer power strip into the bathroom vanity. Originally, the customer had requested that Ciuffo Cabinetry install a hardware store power strip for her inside her new vanity drawer, but Ciuffo refused citing that the installation was untested and unsafe. Not appreciating the complexity involved in safely adding an outlet in a drawer, the homeowner (or someone she asked) went ahead and installed a power strip after the home inspector had come and gone.
The DIY project worked for a while, as they often do, but it soon led to problems. The homeowner, going through her normal daily routine, didn’t suspect anything was wrong when she put all of her items away in her bathroom drawer and pushed it closed. Unfortunately, the packed daily-use items inside the drawer combined with the drawer closing turned on the homeowner’s hairdryer. The noise was muffled and the homeowner left, not suspecting a thing. The excessive heat, trapped inside the drawer slowly heated up an aerosol can filled with hairspray. Eventually, the can was unable to take the high temperatures surrounding it and exploded. Thankfully, the homeowner was out of the house and safe. The cabinet was not so lucky and was severely damaged.
Had the homeowner used a code compliant in-drawer outlet, this entire story would have played out very differently.
Q: Are Docking Drawer outlets CSA approved?
A: Yes. All Docking Drawer Slim USB charging outlets with 4 USB ports are CSA-C22.2 approved. The Docking Drawer Slim, Style Drawer and Style Drawer Flush series outlets are not CSA approved, though we do still ship them to our friends in Canada.
Q: Does a Docking Drawer meet the outlet requirement for a kitchen island?
A: In many cases inspectors have allowed the Style Drawer models to satisfy the requirement for an outlet in an island since it is a 20A GFCI outlet. But check with your inspector first, or install it and beg for mercy after :)
Q: What about all those in-drawer outlets I see on Pinterest and Houzz?
In today’s society where ideas are easily accessible thanks to websites like Pinterest and Houzz, it’s hard to know what ideas, solutions, and hacks seen online comply with building codes. The drug store multi-outlet strips taped into drawers are staples on Pinterest, but they are far from safe. Docking Drawer outlets are cycle tested 500,000 to ensure safe operation for the life of your project. That is like opening and closing your drawer every 15 minutes, 12 hours per day for 30 years.
To increase safety and minimize risk, Docking Drawer in-drawer electrical outlets include integrated
interlocking safety features. To ensure safe operation, Docking Drawer Slim outlets feature a UL Listed circuit breaker that prevents high-power devices from being used. Style Drawer and Style Drawer Flush feature a UL Listed thermostat that cuts power to the outlet in the event that the surrounding temperature exceeds 120˚F. This minimizes risk with devices that are left on when the drawer is closed.
What makes us different than an everyday power strip taped inside your drawer? It actually varies depending on if you’re referring to a Charging Outlet or a Powering Outlet.
Q: Why should I specify Docking Drawer outlets into my project?
At Docking Drawer, we’re committed to creating innovative electrical products with the highest levels of safety in mind. We are the market leader of in-drawer electrical outlets and offer a full array of ETL Listed solutions. Our patented and simple-to-specify outlets offer a reliable way to add movable outlets inside drawers safely while keeping your spaces organized. With roots in semiconductor engineering, nanotech, and medical fields, our Docking Drawer experts are well-equipped to design a safe, aesthetically pleasing outlet for your next project.
If we can answer any additional questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out!
We all spend time in our kitchens. Whether it’s whipping up meals for the family or just digging around for a box of crackers, the kitchen is something almost everyone has in common. Ideas exist for making your kitchen more of a gathering place than just another room. There are also some really unique remodel ideas out there. But what if you don’t want to go all the way to extremes when it comes to fixing up your kitchen? What if you want your kitchen just unique enough that it stands out from the pack–but doesn’t break your bank account? Below we’ve pulled together some ideas to help you turn your kitchen into a knockout in just one weekend.
Declutter those counters: Having a knockout kitchen begins with boasting clutter-free surfaces, especially technology clutter. Thankfully, when you install a Docking Drawer in your kitchen, you can charge up laptops, mobile phones, tablets, and even running watches at any time of day while keeping countertops clear. You’ll love the simplicity of a Docking Drawer outlet and your neighbors will love an opportunity to stay plugged in while you visit with them over appetizers. Thank you to our friends at Bentwood Kitchens for sending us this beautiful photo!
Replace your upper cabinets with shelving: If your upper cabinets are difficult to reach and therefore go unused, it’s time to break out the heavy tools. Knock out your upper cabinetry to make room for a beautiful, floating shelf concept. Keep unique pieces that you rarely use but would love to display there such as your wedding dishes or other fine china. You could also store wine glasses and champagne flutes on these shelves, leaving more room in your cabinets.
Opt for bold appliances: Black, white, and stainless steel. Those are the most common choices for our kitchen appliances. But what if we told you that you could opt for some major color? Bold appliances such as a bright pink refrigerator or a lime green stove will not only give your kitchen that unique touch you’ve been craving, but it doesn’t take much time to install. Ask your local appliance store about color options that expand beyond what they offer on the showroom floor.
Add an eye-catching backsplash or some tile: If you’re tired of your beautiful kitchen walls getting splattered with water or grease, do something about it! Install a beautiful backsplash behind your sink or a unique tile pattern behind your stove top. Not only will you give your kitchen a shot of style, you’ll also be protecting the walls from damage.
Change up your countertops: You don’t have to drop huge money on fine granite countertops. Instead, visit your local hardware store and opt for an updated, understated look. If you find that you can’t decide on a material you like best, consider installing two! A wooden countertop that transitions to stone is not only beautiful, but we’re willing to bet your neighbors haven’t thought of it.
You don’t have to remodel your kitchen from top to bottom in order to make it a knockout. Instead, opt for trendy and inexpensive touches to make your kitchen the place everyone wants to be.
We’ve all reached for it–hardware on our cabinets and drawers that is. Hardware comes in all shapes and sizes, as well as in a variety of colors and finishes. We wrap our hand around a polished brass knob, a nickel brushed handle, and you pull, revealing some of your most personal possessions.
Everything from laundry detergent to lingerie to utensils to our Docking Drawers are tucked away in our drawers and cabinets. You probably don’t even give your hardware much thought–as long as it provides you access to what you’re REALLY wanting to get to–and that’s just unfortunate.
When homeowners start on a kitchen or bathroom remodel, chances are they’ve pictured the new paint color, the shiny floors that will be installed, and even that picture perfect cabinetry. Rarely however do they think about the tiny details that go into remodeling a room in their home. While the right cabinets should be built and the proper flooring installed, hardware for your drawers and cabinets is one of those tiny details that just shouldn’t be overlooked. That’s because with the right hardware, your room can take on a whole new look. What’s more, replacing hardware is a much cheaper option than tearing out an entire room and starting from scratch.
The best part is that with today’s hardware design, there’s a lot more that goes into choosing the right match for your home. Products span from contemporary to traditional styles and each style boasts its own appeal. Contemporary hardware, such as jewel encrusted finishes or even white finishes, can give your home a youthful burst of energy that oozes from every corner. Additionally older hardware that is seeing a resurgence, such as brass, can give your home the more worldly style that it craves. On the other hand, traditional finishes such as oil rubbed bronze is a bold choice, giving off that warm, inviting shine.
There are infinite opportunities to make the hardware on your cabinets and drawers stand out from the crowd. What hardware will you choose?
Don't forget! If you need a little inspiration you can alway check out our hardware board on Pinterest or view all of the hardware offerings from our friends at Hafele.
There are a lot of reasons to love fall! Sure it means winter is coming, but that doesn’t mean we can’t have a little fun first. Of course, once you’ve eaten a few caramel apples, jumped into several leaf piles, and set out your favorite autumn decorations, it’s time to get down to work. Here are a few different ways that you can prep your home this fall to ensure you’re winter-ready!
Put Your Mind in the Gutter: Are you in there? You see those leaves and branches piled up from spring and summer storms? It’s time to clear them out! You’ll want your drainage system to be prepped and ready for the winter runoff that’s sure to happen. Diverting the gallons and gallons of water away from your home’s roof and foundation is necessary for long-term home health. Plus, dirty gutters are far more likely to rust or corrode away. Don’t enjoy cleaning gutters? Hire a pro to do it and request they install mesh guards to help keep debris at bay.
Double Check the Roof: Have you put off a roof inspection? Fall and spring are the best times to get ahead of any potential roof leaks, so take the time to look for any potential problems. Missing, loose, or damaged shingles should be replaced as soon as possible. Check carefully for any cracks as well as wind damage and inspect your gutters for a buildup of roof granules, a sign that your roof is losing its coating and likely needs to be replaced.
Check for Gaps: Don’t let your home become drafty this fall and winter. Instead take some time to check for any cracks or holes around doors, windows, and even the foundation of your home. Gaps in your caulk or weather stripping may be the cause of an increased heating bill as the season brings cooler temperatures.
Inspect Your Concrete: Unsightly, broken up concrete may be a small problem in the spring and summer–but it can be a liability in the fall and winter. If your driveway or sidewalk is incredibly cracked or if it’s starting to crumble, make the repairs as soon as possible. Check for cracks larger than ⅛ inch wide, uneven sections of walkway, and loose railings. The good news is that smaller jobs are well within the realm of DIY–just speak to your local hardware store representative about materials you may need.
Dry Off: In the warmer months, we’re drawn to water. From watering our lawns to filling up the kiddie pool, outdoor hoses and faucets see their fair share of use in the spring and summer. This fall, do yourself a favor and drain the lines. This will help to prevent your pipes from freezing in the winter, something that can happen much easier than you might think.
Update Your Furnace Filter: Ah, the bi-annual inspection of your furnace! You made sure that everything was ready to go into hibernation this past spring, but now it’s time to make sure your furnace is all systems go for the winter. Be sure that you’ve installed a clean furnace filter for the cooler months ahead. Turn on your furnace and be aware of any unusual sounds or smells that could suggest an issue. It’s better to get it fixed now as opposed to waiting until heat is a necessity.
Clear Away Clutter: With fall and winter comes more and more STUFF. Boots by the door. Coats tossed over chairs. School books on the table. Laptops, tablets, and mobile phones on your countertops. Think ahead for what your family might need to cut down on clutter this fall and keep your home looking clean. Install a coat rack next to your home's main entrance and exit. Place a basket for your family to place muddy shoes. You can even install a Docking Drawer to keep technology charged up and out of the way.
There are many ways that you can start prepping your home for the cooler months ahead. Don't miss how to give your bedroom an autumn spruce up and remember to live well all year round.
Your bedroom doesn’t just happen to be the place you sleep in. It also serves as your sanctuary. Bad days, screaming kids, and even annoying houseguests melt away the second you close that door. You may reconnect with your spouse or revel in some much needed “me time” behind closed doors.
With autumn days turning cool and colorful, it’s the perfect time to give your bedroom a small refresh–and we don’t just mean wash your sheets for the first time since spring! Read on for some inspiring ideas to get your bedroom comfy, cozy, and ready for fall.
Update your bedding: When it comes to sleeping well, the only thing that comes second to a good mattress is good bedding. Let the change in seasons serve as a little inspiration! Toss out your old, used sheets and invest in something with a high thread count to rest on. You could also replace your comforter and throw pillows to give your whole bed a new look without a big budget.
Clean out your closet: You know the one–it’s overflowing with clothes, shoes, and even misplaced knick-knacks. A clean, organized closet is the perfect way to kick-off your autumn. Take unwanted items to your local donation center or, if they’re unlikely to be used, toss them to the curb. Clearing clutter is not only soothing, it also makes your home feel a lot more livable. Once you're finished clearing out your closet, don't forget to put your cool weather clothes within reach. You'll be needing them, soon!
Swap Out Light Fixtures: The good thing about lighting is that it can fit any budget. From the lights on your ceiling to the lamps on your bedside table and floor, make a fresh statement with your fixtures. Best of all, lighting is a fast and easy way to change up the look of a room without investing too much time. If you need a little inspiration for home lighting, you can always visit our light-inspired Pinterest board! Also, don't miss these high-quality lighting solutions from our friends at Hafele.
Put a Little Paint on It: Chances are that you’re pretty well settled into your bedroom. Look at the items in it that you hold nearest and dearest. From throw pillows to knick knacks, we’re often drawn toward certain colors when it comes to decoration. Luckily, you can match your favorite colors at your local paint store and create an accent wall. Don’t forget that white walls will never go out of style so if you’d prefer to keep things crisp, refreshing your wall with white paint over a weekend can’t hurt either.
Add Some Life to Your Space: You don’t have to have a green thumb to make use of plants in your bedroom. Add one or two smaller plants at varying heights around your bedroom to really bring life to your space. If you’re afraid that you’ll never remember to water your plants, invest in succulents like cacti which can go days, even weeks, without being watered.
Pay Attention to Details: There is nothing quite like being able to recharge in a clutter-free space. Because our bedrooms aren't exactly "open territory" for friends or neighbors who visit from time to time, we tend to let them get more disorganized than family rooms, living rooms, and kitchens. This autumn, make a vow to keep your personal space clutter-free. If dirty clothes are constantly on the floor, try adding an extra hamper. If your clothes aren't being put away properly, add organizational inserts to your drawers. Install a Docking Drawer to ensure your mobile or running watch is fully charged when you're ready to head back out into the real world. By ensuring that your bedroom is an organized, safe space you'll instantly feel lighter closing the door for a brief retreat.
Autumn is the perfect time to bring your bedroom back to life. Whether it’s a major overhaul or a few minor ones, taking a little time to freshen up the look of your bedroom will make a big difference.
Need even MORE inspiring ideas for your bedroom makeover? Don't miss these brilliant decorating tips for any room.
With 2017 approaching, we got to thinking about up and coming trends in the industry. And when it comes to drawer space, there's no trend more happening than sophistication. Kitchen and bathroom drawers must be dressed to perfection–and more and more industry professionals are creating ways to make this trend possible for homeowners.
The storage solutions experts at Woodpro recently introduced the Hair Care Pull-Out Tray, pictured below, which features three appliance holders plus a divided storage area. This is the perfect compliment to your bathroom drawers, ensuring that everything beneath your sink remains organized. The Docking Drawer Power Outlet is the perfect addition to the Pull-Out Tray because it allows homeowners to plug in their hairdryer, curling iron, or flat iron right from their space in the drawer.
The Hair Care Pull-Out Tray is the perfect solution for cluttered bathroom countertops. It allows you to keep your most used tools neatly stored. Best of all, with the addition of a Docking Drawer, you can keep everything powered up and ready for use.
For more information about the Hair Care Pull-Out Tray, contact a Woodpro dealer near you!
When it comes time to remodel your bathroom, it’s important to dream big. That’s because everything from your shower to your tile can now speak to your unique personality. The bathroom remodel industry is huge and it’s only steaming ahead as we approach the end of the year. Below, we’re sharing some of the very best bathroom remodel ideas that we’ve come across over the last few weeks, ensuring your bathroom stays as hip as possible.
Walk-In Showers: The good thing about a walk-in shower is that it is functional no matter how large or small your bathroom is. Between clean lines and elegant efficiency, a walk-in shower can give your bathroom a modern look without too much work. Don’t be afraid to use glass for your walk-in shower. While many people may shy away from it, glass can actually make smaller rooms appear larger and they tend to allow much more light to reflect around the room.
Large Windows: Large bathroom windows are not only helpful when letting natural lighting into the room, they can help inspire entire spaces! There are many ways to incorporate large windows that also help to protect a bathroom goer’s modesty including frosted glass and textured glass. If you prefer to go with a clear view, consider shutters or a light, filmy current to help balance the space but still provide the proper amount of privacy.
Choose A Pattern: When homeowners think of patterns, they tend to think of bright colors and bold shapes. This isn’t always the case. Best of all, when it comes to your bathroom, there are plenty of interesting patterns you can utilize to make the room interesting. If you’re not comfortable adding something loud to your walls then just hang up patterned hand towels, a shower curtain, or some rugs. Tiled baseboards are also a great way to incorporate some color into your bathroom.
Update Your Toilet: When you think about a bathroom that is wow-worthy, your toilet probably isn’t the first thing that comes to mind. Still, toilets are an important element to the overall aesthetic of your bathroom and it’s just as important as your hardware or tiling choices! Choose from one or two-piece toilets, toilets with higher tanks, in-wall toilets, high-seat toilets and much more. Don’t even get us started on the colors!
Install a Docking Drawer: When your bathroom could use an extra powering or charging source, invest in an outlet by Docking Drawer. A Docking Drawer Outlet can provide an extra power source for everything from your curling iron to your flat iron to your blow dryer. They can also charge tablets, watches, and mobile phones while you're getting ready. Additionally your Docking Drawer can be hidden away in your cabinetry, keeping the rest of your bathroom clutter-free.
If you’re thinking about remodeling your bathroom, we hope you’ll take our above suggestions into consideration! Need more bathroom remodeling ideas? We've got them for you!
The big city is filled with lights, entertainment, and a lot of opportunities. One place where the opportunities aren’t as vast in a large city? Housing. In most large cities like San Francisco, Chicago, and New York housing is wildly expensive and painfully small. Still, a humble abode isn’t such a bad thing–especially when it comes to living well. Whether a small space is your home all year round or just your home for the school year, there are quite a few ways that you can make your small urban space pop with color, personality and function.
Divide to Conquer: The secret of living in a smaller urban space lies in its division. Just because the only thing that you can afford is a studio or tiny 1-bedroom doesn’t mean you can’t set boundaries within your new home. Divide up one large space with curtains that are mounted to your ceiling providing you privacy when you need it most. You could also utilize open bookshelves (on which you can store much more than books) to divide up your studio.
Make Furniture Work Overtime: When it comes to small spaces, dual-purpose furniture can make a really big difference. That’s why, when you’re not working with a lot of space, choose pieces of furniture that can work overtime for you. Perhaps a table can serve as both a kitchen island and a place to eat your meals. Maybe a stool is hollow and you can store extra items inside, de-cluttering your space.
Choose Clean Lines: Don’t get carried away with frilly pillows and overstuffed furniture. When it comes to small spaces, clean lines are in. This modern, sleek look helps to create a sense of flow that small spaces don’t otherwise have. Stools, couches, coffee tables, and much more are available with straight edges and they’re worth the investment for your small urban space.
Make Use of Mirrors: Mirrors are the decorating secret that no one talks about. Because mirrors reflect light, they can actually help to brighten your space and make it appear larger than it actually is. Placing an oversized mirror on your walls will help to enlarge your space and they’ll make your room look great in the process.
Utilize Your Cabinets and Drawers: If you have underused drawer and cabinet space, get creative. Your drawers and cabinets can be used to not only store items, but also to help you charge technology and de-clutter. For instance, install a kitchen charging station or a bathroom powering station, such as a Docking Drawer, into an underused drawer. It will keep you plugged in and your countertops clutter-free!
Clear Furniture Can Open a Room: This is a fun one. Clear furniture helps open up a room because you can see right through it. What’s more, a huge variety of clear, classy furniture is available in today’s market. From glass-top tables to ghost chairs that pack a strong decorative statement, this daring idea will make your urban space appear to be twice as large.
Just because a space is small doesn’t mean you can’t make it a home that you love. Need more ideas? Here are more tips on making the most of a tiny space. Plus, learn how to make the most out of a small bathroom.
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