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Why use flat and slim plates? HBB10B

One of the most popular styles of plate we have is the flat plate. With its sleek, flush profile, it is great if you are looking for a modern take on the traditional colours available. Where traditional sockets and switches can be quite bulky, a more modern and neater design is often preferred. Sockets and switches sitting flush against the wall, can on some occasions, look more appealing. 

Important information on installing flat plates.

Here are a few things to note before purchasing from any of our flat ranges.

 “Do I have a deep enough back box for the sockets or switches to be fitted correctly?”

These are the recommended depths for each of the plates:Flat Antique Brass Sockets

Switches 25mm
Socket & Dimmers 35mm
USB Sockets, Shaver & Cooker Switches 47mm

This detail can be checked by your electrician, before purchasing the items. Even if you are replacing existing flat plates, it would always be best to check that our flat plate ranges will fit correctly.

Tips on how to install them correctly

To avoid installation problems fitting boxes must be fitted below the plaster depth.

The flat plates are particularly suitable for new flush walls. If the walls are uneven, the plates will not sit correctly on the wall.


Plastic Back Box Metal Back Box  SB625 SB629

Alternative options, if you can’t fit the flat plates:

With many of our flat plate ranges, we do have a raised profile alternative which might be a suitable alternative, if you are unable to install the flat plates.

We hope we have given you enough information here, but if we can offer any further guidance, please do not hesitate to contact a member of the team via email sales@socketstore.co.uk

Brass Lighting

Here at Socket Store, we have a substantial amount of brass lighting available to purchase to pair up with your sockets and switches. We have a variety of options available regarding finishes such as polished brass, natural brass, antique brass and aged brass. In addition, we have a significant amount of light fixtures available including wall lights, light pendants, ceiling lights and table lamps. Please click on the links below to find out more information: