Switchplate Buyer's Guide

What are Switchplates?

How do I Choose a Switchplate?

How Many Different Types of Switchplates Are There?

Can a Switchplate Really Have That Big of an Impact on My Room?

What Size do Switchplates Come In?

What is your return policy?

I'm looking for a Certain Configuration of Switchplate, but can't find it on the drop down menu. Is it available?

How Long Does it Take To Receive My Switchplate Once I've Placed My Order?

Does Hardware Come with My Switchplate?

Does the Inset Picture Reflect My Order?

Is there a Way to Enlarge The Switchplate Picture So I Can See it in More Detail?

Cable, Data, and Phone Jacks Explained

Switchplate Glossary

What are Switchplates?

Switchplates (or decorative switch plate covers) are typically the housing for a light switch or a wall outlet. The switch plate covers up the hole in the wall to where the light switch or outlet sits. They keep wires from becoming exposed, and often are also referred to as wallplates.

There are many different types of switchplate covers, including ones for toggle switches, rocker switches, despards, duplex outlets, dimmer knobs, and a variety of data and phone jacks (see glossary and this chart for an explanation of different styles of switchplates).

How do I Choose a Switchplate?

There are a few important factors to consider when choosing the proper switchplate. The first and most important one is to select the proper switchplate configuration. In other words, if you were looking for a switchplate for a toggle switch (a traditional light switch), then you want to make sure you select a toggle switchplate and not a rocker and so on.

Once you've got down the correct configuration for your switch plate, then the real choice is style. Think about how the room is decorated. Is there a central theme to the room? What colors are you designing with? What colors would look good in the room? For example, a kitchen with dark countertops and stainless steel appliances might be easily complimented by a steel switchplate with a similar finish to the appliances. Or a lavish yet darker painted living room might couple well with a darker switchplate that features one of the secondary colors in the design. The choice is up to you. The important thing is that you choose a switch plate cover that compliments the design of the room and that is tailored to your personal tastes.

How Many Different Types of Switchplates Are There?

There are many different configurations to switchplates. Here is a link to a chart that shows you the different configurations we carry. In addition to those different configurations, switchplates are also available in many different styles, designs and colors. You can find all of our different categories for the different styles of switchplates we carry here. Not all styles are available in every configuration, but this will give you an overview of the different types of switchplates.

Can a Switchplate Really Have That Big of an Impact on My Room?

Of course it can. A decorative switch plate is a simple, yet subtle way to breathe new life into a room. There are many different styles of switchplates and different designs. Adding one of these custom switch plates to your wall is a way to really beef up the look of your home, and it can help colors blend and tie the room together. You'll be surprised at how much of an impact a decorative wall plate can have on a room - it's much better than having to look at the random rectangle of white or off-white from a normal switchplate.

What Size do Switchplates Come In?

Depending on the style of your switchplate, the size horizontally (or sometimes even vertically) may change. The number of switches can also be a factor. Here is a link to a .pdf file that has the sizes and dimensions for many of the switch plates we carry.

What is Your Return Policy?

We have a 30 day money back guarantee for all unopened switch plates. If the plates are opened there is a 50% restocking fee. After 30 days a 20% restocking fee will apply to all unopened items and 50% to opened items. Please keep this in mind when you receive your order!

If you would like to arrange a return, please contact us by email BEFORE you send it back. This is so we can make sure you are shipping it back to the correct address and to track your return.

In addition, we also ask that you please include a copy of your original packing slip with any returned switch plate.

Customers are responsible for the cost of shipping back returns.

I'm looking for a Certain Configuration of Switchplate, but can't find it on the drop down menu. Is it available?

While we have tons of different switchplates, not all of them are available in every possible combination. For example, one style of switchplate may be available in a five toggle configuration, but another may only be available in configurations up to four. In the drop down menu of every switchplate, we have every configuration listed that that style is available in. Quite simply speaking, if it's not in the dropdown menu for that switchplate, then they just don't make it that way.

How Long Does it Take To Receive My Switchplate Once I've Placed My Order?

The average delivery time for switchplates is typically around 8 days, but for some, it may take from 2-3 weeks for delivery.

Does Hardware Come with My Switchplate?

If you are ordering a cable jack, data jack, or phone jack, then yes. If you are ordering any other configuration (toggle, rocker, etc) the only thing that will come with your switch plate will be the screws necessary to attach the switchplate to the wall. The physical switch our outlet plug must be purchased separately - or will already be on your wall.

Does the Inset Picture Reflect My Order?

In terms of style, yes. In terms of configuration, we will show you one style of configuration on a page. If a one toggle switch is shown on the page and you are ordering a 3 rocker/gfi switchplate, don't worry - you will still get the appropriate configuration.

Is there a Way to Enlarge The Switchplate Picture So I Can See it in More Detail?

Of course. Just click on the picture of the switchplate on the product page and it will enlarge it.

Cable, Data, and Phone Jacks Explained

Cable Jacks, Data Jacks, and Phone Jacks are the only switchplates that come with the appropriate hardware.

A cable jack is used to connect a cable TV and typically works with a coaxial (coax, for short) cable.



A Data Jack is the style jack/outlet in a wall that is usually used to connect a computer to an Internet line. The cable that is used with a data jack is called an Ethernet cable.

A Phone jack is the style jack/outlet that is used to connect your phone line.



Additional examples (and different mix and match combinations) can be seen in our Switch Plate Configuration Chart.

Switchplate Glossary

Toggle Switch - A toggle switch is the traditional light switch you see in many households. It is simply the switch that toggles up for "on" and down for "off."

Rocker - A rocker switch is a switch that will often control a light or will turn things on or off. It works by pressing on the switch, as pressing up will typically set the light or appliance in an "on" position, and pressing down will place the switch in an "off" position.

GFI - "GFI" stands for "Ground Fault Interrupter." These are seen a lot in modern homes; often in outlets with a 'reset' and a 'test' switch. The purpose of these outlets is to save a person from a potential electric shock.

Despard - A despard looks similar to a duplex, but is an older rounded shaped switch that is only about an inch wide at its widest. Older homes or historic homes may feature despard switches.

Dimmer Knob - A dimmer knob will control a light and its brightness. The dimmer knob is round and is switched on by turning it clockwise. Then it is turned in the same direction to adjust the brightness of the light.

Switchplate - A switchplate is the plate that encases a light switch or an outlet switch. They are the things you have come to this store to buy.

Wallplate - A wallplate is another term for a 'switchplate' - plate that encases a light switch or an outlet switch.

Duplex Outlet - A duplex outlet is the outlet you use when you are plugging in appliances or electrical devices (hair dryer, toaster, etc). Duplex outlets are typically double in nature, and can fit two three (or two) pronged plugs per each duplex.

Ethernet Cable - The cable that a computer uses to connect to the internet.

Coaxial Cable - Also known as a coax, this electrical cable is typically used for transmitting cable in the home.

Different illustrations of many of these types of switch covers can be seen in our Switch Plate Configuration Chart.

Switchplate Buyer's Guide