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The table below gives the recommended minimum number of double socket outlet for different room types in a house. You should also consider the possible different furniture layouts in a room to allow for future flexibility. This may result in more sockets being needed as some will be hidden behind furniture.
 

Recommended Minimum Number of twin Socket Outlets to be provided in Homes

Room Type

Smaller Rooms

(Up to 12m2)

Medium Rooms

(12-25m2)

Larger Rooms

(More than 25m2)

Main Living Room (see Note 4)

4

6

8

Dining Room

3

4

5

Single Bedroom (see Note 3)

2

3

4

Double Bedroom (see Note 3)

3

4

5

Bedsitting Room (see Note 6)

4

5

6

Study

4

5

6

Utility Room

3

4

5

Kitchen (see Note 1)

6

8

10

Garages (see Note 2)

2

3

4

Conservatory

3

4

5

Hallway

1

2

3

Loft

1

2

3

Locations containing a Bath or Shower

(see note 5)

 

Notes:
 
1. KITCHEN - If a socket-outlet is provided in the cooker control unit, this should not be included in the 6 recommended in the table above. Appliances built into kitchen furniture (integrated appliances) should be connected to a socket-outlet or switch fused connection unit that is accessible when the appliance is in place and in normal use. Alternatively, when an appliance is supplied from a socket-outlet or a connection unit, these should be controlled by an accessible double pole switch or switched fused connection unit. It is recommended that wall mounted socket-outlets above a work surface are spaced at not more than 1 metre intervals along the surface.
 
2. GARAGE - The number of socket-outlets specified allows for the use of a battery charger, tools, portable light and garden appliances.
 
3. BEDROOM - It is envisaged that this room will be used indifferent ways in different households. It may be used simply as a child’s bedroom requiring socket-outlets for table lamps, an electric blanket and a electric heater only; or it may serve as a teenager’s bedroom and living room combined, where friends are entertained. In this case,socket outlets may be needed for computers (printers, scanners, speakers etc), games consoles, MP3/4 players, mobile phone chargers, DVD players, digital receivers, home entertainment systems (amplifiers, CD player)hairdryer, television and radio, in addition to lamps, an electric blanket and electric heater.
 
4. HOME ENTERTAINMENT - In addition to the number of socket-outlets shown in the table it is recommended that at least two further double socket outlets are installed in home entertainment areas.
 
5. LOCATIONS CONTAINING A BATH OR SHOWER – Socket outlets other than SELV socket-outlets and shaver supply units complying with BS EN 61558-2-5 are prohibited within a distance of 3 m horizontally from the boundary of zone 1 e.g. 230V socket-outlets in a bathroom must be installed a minimum 3 m from the edge of the bath, BS7671 (IEE Wiring Regulations) refers.
 
6. BEDSITTING ROOM - Rooms specifically designed or envisaged to be used as student bedsitting rooms should be provided with additional socket-outlets which may be needed since persons using these rooms will often introduce other portable appliances in addition to items already mentioned in Note 3. In such situations a lack of sufficient socket-outlets is an additional danger and therefore the minimum number of twin outlets should be increased to 4.
 
 
 
 
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