We all use power outlets and cords every day, but why are they so dull and boring when everything else is more esthetic and practical in our homes? We have collected few ideas where you can see 13 products, concepts and DIY projects include power outlets with built-in retractable extension cords, super-flat tape cords that are invisible under rugs, and modular power strips that can be customized to your electricity needs. We hope to see these more common near future, it’s just shame that so many good concepts stay as concepts. Maybe this time as outlet concepts.
Super-Flat Retractable Tape Cord
This extension cord works just like a tape measure, with the cord extending from the base unit to plug into an electric outlet. Just give the tape a tug and it’ll wind back up inside the unit.
Power Bridge Hides Unsightly Plugs
We don’t really like looking at a mess of plugs in a power strip, so why have them on top? The Power Bridge by Hyukjae Chang flips the strip, keeping the visible side clutter-free. Each outlet also has an indicator light that lets you know how much power that particular device is using.
In the Belkin TimeOutlet, four quadrants corresponding to different times of day keep your gadgets powered up only when used, cutting off the power at other times. We want to see more intelligent outlet concepts like this.
Lithoss Frameless Switch
With the Lithoss Frameless Switch your light switch looks like actual piano keys. We would like to see this one in our walls.
Rotating 360 Multi-Outlet Strip
Like Lego’s and modular toys? The selection of weirdly shaped plugs makes it hard to fit all of your devices onto a single power strip. The Rotating 360 makes sure that they’ll all fit with nice modular design when individual sockets that can be rotated to the side or bottom, or removed altogether if not needed.
Totally Flat Tape Cord is Perfect Under Rugs
If your extension cord is flat, you dont need to hide duck tape them to floor anymore. Not to mention how the cords run under the rugs. With this flat extension cord concept you can hide the cords easily and it has sticky electrostatic material which makes installation easier. This has been designed by Chen Ju Wei
Donut Outlet Features Circular Design
The power sockets you cannot see and cord installation! DONUT outlet is circular socket which allows insertion any way you want. No need to worry about the direction of the pins anymore. All angles are welcome with the DONUT outlet.
Energy-Saving Wind-Up Sockets
Sometimes you need a light or power in appliance for only set period of time or you often forget straightening iron on. The Wind Up Socket outlet concept keeps that from happening with built-in timers that cut off the power after the chosen length of time.
Recoiling Wall Socket
The ‘Rambler Socket’ by Meysam Movahedi has a 1.5-meter extension cord on a reel inside the wall, eliminating all the needs for extension cords. We have used to having this kind of cords in vacuum cleaners but this time retractable cord is in the wall. Genius outlet concept!
E-Line Cord Wrapping System
Some people have bad habit of wrapping extra cord around the devices which is really dangerous. The hot devices like kettles or toasters with cords around them can burn your place down and of course we don’t like cords laying around. The cord on the E-line wrapping system is coated in such a way that it coils into a compact configuration when it doesn’t need to be stretched.
Plug Extension Cord Project
Usually extension cords are on the floor and they are way too ugly to be place on the table. The Plug Extension Cord Project by Anton Zetocha is aesthetically nice outlet concept which can be placed on the table. It provides a little flat piece at back of the outlet that makes it easier to use one hand or even your foot to pull the plug.
Floor Plan-Shaped Light Switch
More people would turn off all the lights before leaving the house if it were more convenient. This concept is a master switch for all the lights in the house, shaped like your floorplan. You simply press the shape of the room where you want to turn off lights.
Sculptural Braided Extension Cords
If you can’t really hide your extension cords, why not show them off? Design Sponge offers a DIY project that’s admittedly not practical, but makes these eyesores infinitely more visually pleasant. Three normal power cords are wrapped in plastic tubing and then covered in colored yarn before being braided together. The result is basically a piece of art for your floor (that you’ll probably trip over more than once.)