A must have for any bathroom or kitchen is an outlet in the drawer. It is an incredibly useful DIY to get the hair dryer, or curling/straightening iron off the counter tops, and hidden away in the drawer. But still usable. When you need it, just open the drawer, turn on the switch, and start using it. Likewise, you can install this in your kitchen and then hide your devices in a drawer while they are charging.
Since we built our house a few years ago, we had asked the builder to install an outlet inside our bathroom cabinet. This made this DIY significantly easier for us. If you currently do not have an outlet inside your cabinet, then find where your nearest outlet is and you will likely need to drill some holes to feed the wire to it. Note - any wiring you install inside the cabinets or walls should be well insulated and graded so that you don’t burn your house down.
For our drawer outlet, I pulled out the drawer from the cabinet, and using a 2 1⁄2 inch drill bit blade, I created a hole to put the extension cord through. You will want to use a power outlet that has a fairly flat wire because it’s going to need to flex every time you open/close the drawer.
Once you have the hole created, feed the power strip cable through the hole and plug it in. Open and close the drawer a few times to make sure the wire is not getting in the way and stopping the drawer from closing.
At this point you are basically done. Easy right!
If you want, you can screw the power strip onto the drawer itself to stop it moving around. We didn’t do this due to laziness.
Safety Tip: Never leave a hot appliance in the drawer. Let it cool down, and make sure the power is off on both the appliance and the outlet when not in use.
If your drawer nests all the way back to the wall, not leaving any space for the power strip cable to fold into, then you may need to use a table saw and shorten the sides of the drawer by an inch, then glue/nail the back of the drawer back on so that you have the space to close the drawer. Luckily I did not need to do that with ours.
If you want to get fancier with the drawer outlet, then you can buy wall outlets/grommets that can be mounted on to the drawer. The drawer wall outlet can then be plugged into the normal one on the wall.
This is a good one to use (and affordable). It also comes with USB ports which is handy in the kitchen or if you need to charge devices in your bathroom:
Otherwise, if its going in the bathroom drawer like what we did above, but you want to get fancy with an outlet that self compresses as you close, then this is pretty cool (but pricey):
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