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Whether you’re renting or buying, there are many criteria to watch for when touring a new home. In fact, you might be so concerned with ticking the boxes on your home checklist that smaller issues, like inconveniently placed electrical outlets, go unnoticed. To be sure, outlet placement shouldn’t be a dealbreaker, but once you’re arranging your space, it can make installing furniture, electronics, and appliances a chore, and also result in unsightly and unsafe cords being stretched across the room (a concern for human and pet parents!).
Thankfully, there’s a simple solution: The Sleek Socket, a pencil-thin cover for electrical outlets that hides unattractive cords while keeping the outlet completely usable. Backed by over 11,000 Amazon reviews, and approximately 9,000 five-star ratings, this gadget is, as one reviewer noted, a “small item [that] makes a BIG difference.” Even better? It’s currently 20 percent off for Prime Day (just click the coupon on the product page).
Here’s how it works: First, plug the Sleek Socket cover into the top plug on your outlet. A thin white wire leads from the socket cover to a power strip, which is where all of your plugs will go before being tucked away behind a small appliance, large piece of furniture, or another item. Every Sleek Socket includes an adhesive kit to securely fasten the white wire to the wall and create a neat, streamlined look. And since the Sleek Socket sits flat against the outlet, it allows you to position furniture flush against the wall.
“I used it behind my bed as we have an adjustable bed and every time I would raise it, it would hit the plugs in the outlet and pull them out,” said an Amazon reviewer. “I could not come up with a solution until I found the Sleek outlet! Its amazing! So easy to set up. I even bought another one for my family room. Hides all of the ugly cords.”
The Sleek Socket is especially ideal for renters who can’t make permanent changes to their space. “I am a renter so putting a huge hole in the wall to hide my wires was not going to happen,” said another happy customer. “After searching for something that can help with the look of the wires in my living room I am glad to have come across this socket! I’m extremely happy with the look and the adhesive works really good.”
Parents of young children may also find the Sleek Socket useful in nurseries and playrooms. It doubles as a safety feature to keep curious hands away from dangerous outlets and is a suitable substitute for plastic socket covers. One parent installed it behind their child’s crib in the nursery, and found it to be the perfect solution. “We didn’t want to have to run an extension cord across the room to have his sound machine, baby monitor and humidifier plugged in next to his crib,” they said. “We are thrilled with our purchase and so glad we don’t have to worry about fingers in electrical outlets at the moment.”
The Sleek Socket is safety certified and available in three-foot, six-foot, and eight-foot options, as well child– and pet-specific models. While the company recommends measuring your outlets first to ensure the best fit, they also sell universal covers if you’re unable or unwilling to bust out the measuring tape.
Olivia is an editorial intern on the commerce team at Apartment Therapy. When she’s not writing, she’s probably re-watching The West Wing, reading her horoscope, or researching skincare products. She is a proud University of Oregon alumna and firmly believes that seltzer water is part of a balanced diet.
Since I opened my coworking space in Totnes, it quickly became clear that I need some kind of security system just so that I can monitor who is coming and going. I already have the Hive system in place and use the door sensors and smart plugs for the lighting and heating. Initially, I thought this would be adequate but then I realised that without being able to see who had opened the door, it wasn’t all that helpful to me.
I had a situation where the Hive door sensors alerted me to the fact that someone had entered the space at 20:30 one evening when we were closed. I had no idea who it was so I jumped in the car and headed straight here to catch the intruder. It’s a 20 minute journey though so unsurprisingly, by the time I had got here, the intruder had gone. However, the offices did smell particularly clean and it was then that I remembered that the cleaner comes in on Tuesday evenings. So that was a wasted journey and a lot of unnecessary stress.
A Simple Indoor Home Security Camera
So I started to look into a simple camera system that I could plug in and have it monitor the space when I am not here. It was luckily at this time that I received an email about reviewing one of these cameras. Kami cameras provide smart AI-driven security and home cameras and their products looked like the exact thing I had in mind.
I was sent the Kami Indoor 360 Camera which retails at £54.99 on their website. It looked like just the thing to enable me to see what was going on in the office when I’m not there. This nifty little bit of kit features 360° rotation and AI-driven movement detection and follow-up. The Kami Indoor Camera detects people (or pets if you are using it at home) and keeps them in the field of view as they continue to move. This means I can use one camera to monitor the whole office. When movement is detected I then receive an alert to my smartphone with a short video clip of the detected motion allowing me to stay up-to-date with who’s coming and going. No more covert cleaning operations!
You can upgrade your cloud storage so you can keep your recordings safe which would be really useful if you wanted to monitor your office throughout the day, but as I’m here every day and can monitor it in person, I haven’t needed to do this. the short 6 second clip I receive is more than adequate for my needs.
Ease of Installation
At first, I was getting alerts all the time and it took me a little while to work out that you can set the camera to home mode. In this mode, you don’t get any notifications which is perfect for when you are in the office (or at home) and can easily see what is going on.
One of the main things that attracted me to the Kami Indoor 360 Camera was the ease of installation. It was a simple case of downloading the Kami Home app, activating my account and pairing the camera. The cameras simply plug into the wall using a standard plug or USB cable.
The camera also has two-way audio so you can talk to people in the office when you are not there. So if I wanted to ask the cleaner to do something extra for example, I could just talk to her when she arrived (although that would probably freak her right out unless I told her the camera has this functionality beforehand).
I’ve been using the Kami Indoor Home Security Camera for at least six months now and I have been really impressed with it. It meets all my needs and gives me a much better sense of security knowing that my business premises are safe when I am not there. In fact, I was so impressed with the camera that I received from Kami for this review that I actually bought a second camera myself for the smaller second office. And I absolutely haven’t regretted it.
An Indoor Home Security Camera that Delivers Peace of Mind
But this isn’t just a useful little device for businesses. It would be a great addition to a home as well. You can use it to make sure that your home is secure while you are away on holiday. For example, checking in to make sure the neighbour who promised to feed your cat is popping in regularly. You could set it up in the nursery to keep an eye on your baby as it could alert you to noises and movement so you know when your precious little bundle has awoken from their nap. You could even use it to keep an eye on older kids playing in another room. There are just so many useful ways that the Kami indoor home security camera can give you peace of mind.
Do you have an indoor home security camera in your home or office? Has it helped to give you peace of mind? Let me know in the comments below why you love yours.