How to Install Hidden Outlets Without Damaging Your Walls

Installing hidden outlets in your home can add convenience and improve aesthetics without the need to damage your walls. With some planning and simple tools, it is possible to install new outlets that are concealed and blend seamlessly into your decor.

Assessing Your Electrical Needs

The first step is deciding where you need new outlets installed. Consider places where corded devices cause clutter or limit mobility, like:

Also think about areas where you may want to plug in devices in the future, even if you don't need outlets there now.

Once you've identified locations for new outlets, examine your electrical system to make sure it can handle increased demand. Check the amperage rating on your electrical panel and calculate the added load your new circuits will draw. If in doubt, consult an electrician.

Choosing Concealed Outlets

There are two main options for hidden outlets:

In-Wall Outlets

These outlets are mounted inside wall cavities, then covered by a small access door that blends with your wall surface when closed.



Pop-Up Outlets

These outlets emerge from a docking station flush in your wall by pressing a release button. They disappear back into the dock when not needed.



Installing New Circuits

Once you've selected outlets, plan out where you'll route new wiring to power them. Things to consider:

Installing new circuits yourself requires knowledge of electrical systems. Consult an electrician if you are unsure.

If you do want to DIY, use 14 or 12 gauge electrical wire encased in flexible plastic conduit for simple, low voltage branch circuits. Have an electrician connect your new wiring to the main panel.

Cutting Outlet Holes

Use the following steps to cut outlet openings in your walls:

  1. Measure and mark opening: Cut holes centered at 14-16 inches above floor level. Outlets spaced 4-6 feet apart is ideal.

  2. Cut drywall: Use a drywall saw to cut along marked lines. Make cuts perpendicular to studs. Remove cutout section.

  3. Drill entry holes for wiring: Based on your planned wiring route, drill holes in wall studs for wiring access. Use a drill bit slightly larger than your conduit.

  4. Install outlet box: Secure an old work outlet box into the opening. The legs should grip the drywall.

Concealing Outlets

Finally, take steps to seamlessly integrate your outlets into the wall surface:

With good planning and some basic electrical and drywall skills, you can successfully install hidden outlets without visible damage. Take it slow and be safe when working with electrical systems.