A quick Google search gave:
"The building regulations ( Not Scotland) state that switches and
sockets in houses should be installed in a way that persons with limited
reach can use them easily.
The suggested heights are, for socket outlets, no lower than 450mm from
Unless the house is specifically designed for a person with limited
reach these requirements do not apply in garages and kitchens."
Note that that is a *suggested* minimum height.
I have large numbers of sockets flush with the floor. It was much easier
to do it that way and the house was build around 1680 - sockets in the
wall would look out of place.
Are these sockets upside down? If not, how do you get a plug with the cable
jutting out of the bottom into one? I occasionally spend a holiday in a
house where the sockets are about an inch from the floor and its a heck of a
job to use some of them.
Sorry, what I wrote was ambiguous. The sockets are in the floor. Try
Screwfix "Floor Sockets & Accessories". They have covers to keep dust
and dirt out and are on an earth leakage trip, just in case of spills.
I put far more in than is ever going to be needed, but I hate trailing
wires - and I got an excellent quantity discount. ;)
(For the ground floor, wiring was a doddle, as I have access to the
underside of the floors from the cellars, everywhere but the kitchen - a
lot easier than trying to channel out granite walls)
I know what you mean about ones too low on the wall, though. You can get
multi-way adapters with a socket in the top that may help...
This is Part M of the building regs.
It doesn't apply to an Edwardian house.
I regard a height of 450mm as dangerous -- it creates a nasty
trip hazard from a trailing flex which is significantly worse
than with sockets traditionally mounted nearer the floor.
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Many of those even with *very* limited mobility would still rather have
the sockets /look right/ and accept a fair bit more difficulty in using
them as a result. After all, you look at them day in, day out - but have
to plug or unplug something far less frequently.
Nope. I put the sockets where they are handy for me. I have 4 way
extension blocks into the original sockets in this room and apart from
1 block all the rest are mounted to the wall at about hip height. When
you feel pain in bending you will want the same.
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