Electrical cord coverup?

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Hi,
We're buying a new house with an "open concept" living room. The builder (in all his cheapness) didn't put in any floor outlets. The only electrical outlets are far away from where the furniture should "float" (thanks to a 16' glass wall). Since it's built on a slab and already has wood flooring, adding an outlet would be a huge deal. Does anybody have any suggestions for getting electricity to the middle of a room and safely disguising the cords? I hate the idea of just running the cord across the floor (Can you say trip hazard, not to mention unsightly?). Any ideas?

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  • Barb Barb on Jun 30, 2017
    Yes, my friend had a similar problem like yours. Have electricity box put in under the sofa where it can't be seen and your lamps cords go to the back of the sofa and under and add lamp cord fabric on the cords that match your center oriental rug. Just a thought and hope all turns out perfect 😎
    • SueInPalomino SueInPalomino on Jul 01, 2017
      Thanks for your reply. However, having an outlet installed in a slab would be a humongous expense. I found a site that tells you how to convert your lamp into a cordless one that runs on batteries!
  • Dmotan Dmotan on Jun 30, 2017
    Laurel Bern, interior designer site has cordless lamps. These lamps are gorgeous but expensive. Frankly, I would google a diy on cordless lamps with good lighting and do it myself.
    • SueInPalomino SueInPalomino on Jul 01, 2017
      They had info there to make any lamp cordless! It doesn't look that hard and I can still use the lamps I have! Thanks so much for turning me onto this site. It will solve all my problems where I don't have the outlet!
  • Kelly Permuy Kelly Permuy on Jun 30, 2017
    Home Depot sells wire casing in many colors that hide wires, you can run wire on the wall up the ceiling. Not designer elegant but sure beats busting the slab.
  • Annie Annie on Jul 01, 2017
    Have you spoken to the builder or an electrician? I would think that if the floors are installed over beams and not directly on the slab they should be able to lift some boards and run power outlets to the center of the room. This was really stupid on the builder's part and I'd ask him for a solution at his expense.
    • SueInPalomino SueInPalomino on Jul 01, 2017
      Thanks for your input. The floors are directly on a concrete slab, so it would have to be jackhammered out to create a channel for the conduit. Very expensive and the builder won't do it. If you buy a house with an open concept, be aware of this problem!
  • Annie Annie on Jul 01, 2017
    Ridiculous! So it's a glue down installation over concrete? I had that done in a high rise condo, 4 floors up, so it was far less a concern. What happens with inevitable expansion and contraction due to temperature and humidity changes? Is he offering you any warranty that the floors won't heave?
  • Barb Barb on Jul 01, 2017
    Wonderful and the only other thing is to add decorative columns if your room if they can hold then and run cord from ceiling through the columns, just a thought. Good luck 😉
  • Cheryl Cheryl on Jul 01, 2017
    Isn't it possible to cut a channel for conduit into the concrete with some type of masonry saw? Seems reasonable. Columns good too, but cordless lights least permanent alternative, to keep your "concept open" to change.
  • Jerry Jerry on Jul 01, 2017
    Not sure if this will help, but we live in a 115 year old home which was built before electricity came here. At some point it was retrofitted with electricity and in many rooms the electrical wire was run behind the baseboards, if you have such. You can cut a channel into the baseboards, lay the wire and even mount the receptacle on the baseboard. Good luck
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