How to Mount a Power Strip

How to Mount a Power Strip

Power strips are handy bits of kit but they don’t half get in the way! One of my biggest pet peeves is trailing power strips. 

That’s why I’ve made it my mission to get every damn power strip mounted safely out of the way! It’s not a difficult task, I promise you! 

So let’s take a look at the task at hand. 

Why Would You Mount a Power Strip? 

Power strips, as I’m sure you know, are several sockets at the end of a flexible length of wire. They’re used to extend the reach of an outlet so that you can plug-in appliances that can’t be moved closer. 

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They are super helpful, especially if you’re in rented quarters where putting more sockets into the walls isn’t an option. 

The problem is, they tend to trail across the floor which is unsightly and a trip hazard. Not only are you likely to hurt yourself, but if you catch the power strip you’ll also probably damage whatever is plugged in. 

Mounting a power strip is a good solution if you know you won’t be moving the strip. For instance, if you have a power strip that powers your TV and cable, you could mount it out of the way.

You’re unlikely to unplug the TV and cable and move the power strip very often so you won’t need to unmount. 

Mounting is also a great option if you want your power strips within easy reach. You can mount a power strip to the underside of your desk for your lamp, computer, and printer. That way you don’t have to struggle behind your desk to unplug things. 

Mounting a power strip in the garage or workshop is also a great idea. It helps keep the wires away from any tool and blades that could cause nasty accidents. 

Option 1: Nails

Most power strips will have a hanging hole on their back. This will be a hole large enough to hook over the head of a nail. 

With this in mind, one of the easiest ways to mount a power strip is by knocking some nails into the wall. 

Now, this only really works as a temporary solution and only works on some surfaces. 

Hammering a nail into drywall can cause issues. In fact, nails can cause the drywall to crack. They also don’t tend to hold very well as nails have very little grip. 

Nails are a good choice for hammering into wooden beams or supports. This is especially useful for garages and workshops. 

Nails are more useful for power strips that won’t see appliances plugged-in and unplugged frequently. 

Option 2: Screws

For a more secure mounting, you’re better off using screws and rawl plugs. 

You’ll attach the power strip with the hanging holes on the rear. Do not try to drill through the power strip. I can assure you that it will go terribly wrong. 

Before drilling into the wall, check for pipes and electrical wires. Use a detector to check for any plumbing or wiring. 

The first thing you’ll need to do is make a hole in the wall with a drill bit. You’ll want to choose a drill bit that matches the size of the rawl plug you plan on using.

If you drill too big of a hole your plugs won’t be able to hold on and the screw will come loose. Too small, and you’ll end up smashing your rawl plug trying to get it into the hole. 

When your rawl plug is in, you need to screw your screw in. Don’t screw it flush to the wall or you won’t have any space to hang the power strip. 

These screws should stand up to a bit more rough and tumble meaning you can change the plugs over a bit more frequently and you probably won’t need to hold the strip down while you unplug something. Nails don’t have the grip to let you do this. 

Option 3: Adhesives

If you want to mount a power strip on a desk or work surface, your best bet is adhesives. I’m not suggesting you superglue your power strip to your desk! That would be a nightmare to remove! 

Your best bet is a power strip holder. You can pick them up for a couple of dollars online or in hardware stores. 

Essentially, you get two bits of plastic that slot together. One bit attaches to the power strip using adhesive tape and the other bit attaches to the wall, desk, or floor.  

You can fit the two pieces together by sliding the power strip part into the wall part. If you want to temporarily move the power cord you can do so by separating the two parts. 

The great thing about this system is that you don’t put a lot of force on the adhesive because you don’t have to pull the two parts to separate them. 

If you don’t want to use a holder, my favourite option is to use hook and loop tape. Put a strip on the back of your power strip and some on the wall and you’ll have an easily removable extension lead. 

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The adhesive used to attach the hook and loop fastening might come loose if you are repeatedly moving the power strip. This means you may need to replace it over time. 

Another option is to apply adhesive straight on the back of the power strip. Adhesive strips are your best bet because they are cleaner, easier to apply and can be removed if needs be. Glues or pastes are a bit too messy for this job. 

Final Thoughts

Mounting your power strip is a great way to get organized and prevent trips or spills. If your power strip is crossing a whole room, you’ll also want to make sure the cord is attached to the wall or baseboard. 

You can use cable clips which can be hammered into the wall or baseboard. They tend to have a small nail attached to a plastic arch that keeps the wire in place. 

Your other option is to use trunking. This is plastic tubing that closes over the cable and is attached to the wall to keep it in place.