How to Create a Powered Drawer with In-Drawer Outlets & Canisters

Combining Docking Drawer Blade Series outlets with steel canisters adds organization and purpose to bathroom drawers while eliminating clutter from vanity surfaces. Here are the steps of how to start planning your Docking Drawer project.

Step 1

Identify Your Vanity Drawer Type

Tall Drawer

Minimum drawer box width (OD): 13" or more

Minimum interior drawer box height: 4" or more.

For canisters, this needs to be increased to 10" or more

Vertical Drawer

Minimum drawer box width (OD): 8" or more

Minimum interior drawer box height: 13" or more

Tall Drawers

outlet and canisters for tall vanity drawer

Drawer Design

Any drawer over 10" tall can become a functional styling drawer.

For shallower drawers, consider installing the canisters at a 45 degree angle.

See Layout Inspiration

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electrical outlet in vanity drawer

Most Popular Outlets

1514-211 - Most popular featuring USB-A for toothbrushes and trimmers

1514-266 - Most popular featuring AC only

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Most Popular Canisters

0290-00532CB - Most popular bundle featuring (1) 3" and (2) 2" Stainless Steel Capped Canisters

Vertical Drawers

outlet and canisters for vertical vanity drawer

Drawer Design

Cabinet makers can design a custom solution or source a ready-made solution from Hardware Resources or Rev-A-Shelf.

For the best vertical drawer layout, install a Blade outlet vertically. See Layout Inspiration.

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bathroom vanity drawer outlet

Most Popular Outlets

1514-110 - Most popular featuring USB-A for toothbrushes and trimmers

1514-160 - Most popular featuring AC only

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Most Popular Canisters

For custom drawers, any combination of canisters can be used, such as our most popular bundle.

For ready-made drawers, canisters are usually already included.

Step 2

Canister Planning Tips

Docking Drawer Canisters are available in 1.5", 2", 3" and 5" widths. Refer to the following graphic for help choosing the appropriate sized canister for your devices.

Canisters can be arranged in a variety of configurations to suit your needs. See Layout Inspiration.

Be sure to consider the height of the devices that will be stored when planning your project to ensure there is sufficient space above and below for the drawer to close properly. See Docking Drawer Canister specs.

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Power Safely

All Docking Drawer Blade Series in-drawer outlets feature an Interlocking Thermostat that de-energizes outlet when outlet exceeds 120°F, allowing you to power with peace of mind.

Docking Drawer Canisters dissipate heat from hot styling tools while providing convenient and safe storage.

Closed Bottom Canisters ensure that your hot tools do not come in contact with any material below.

Add a Safety Interlock Outlet to provide an additional layer of safety and to satisfy the requirements of the Canadian Electrical Code.

Step 3

Choose a Canister & Blade Series Outlet

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Stainless Steel Canisters

  • Available in 2", 3" and 5" widths
  • Featuring capped & closed bottoms
  • Capped canisters are most versatile
  • Stainless steel will not rust
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Blade Duo

Best for Tall Drawers

Available in 4 finishes to match any style: White, Black, Stainless Steel, Brass

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Blade

Best for Vertical Organizers when installed vertically

Available in 4 finishes to match any style: White, Black, Stainless Steel, Brass

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Project Planning Resources

Share these downloadable resources with your tradespeople.

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Blade Series Spec Book

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Canister Tear Sheet

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Project Planning Cards

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