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Switch Plate Size & Reference Information

Light Switch Wall Plates in 100's of Sizes

Decorative light switchplates, outlet covers & combo switch plates stocked in up to 20 finishes. 400+ sizes of 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 gang metal toggle, outlet, Decora, rocker, slider, blank, wide, tall, narrow, deep, cable, phone, oversized or combo switchplate sizes, plus midway plastic plates. All configurations are not available in every metal - some finishes may be special ordered.

For the largest selections of sizes, check white switchplates and stainless steel switch plates.

This is Kyle Switch Plates' Light Switch Cover Reference Page where you'll find information on 400+ sizes, terminology, and FAQ's. Shop for Light Switch Plates in all sizes, colors and finishes. Kyle Switch Plates stocks the largest selection of switch plate sizes on the web so you can find the wall plate you need.

Wall Switch Plate Dimensions, Features & Descriptions

Light Switchplates Size Terms

Light switch cover 1 - 4 gang size comparison

GANG - The term "gang" refers to the width of the plate. A standard single-gang plate is 2-3/4" wide and houses 1 device. A 2-gang plate is 4-1/2" wide and houses 2 devices. A 3-gang plate houses 3 devices, and so on.

Duplex outlet vs. Decora block outlet comparison

OUTLET - We use the term "Outlet" to refer to electrical receptacles, plugs, sockets, and duplex plates with two rounded openings (1-1/8" h x 1-11/32" across at their widest). We use the term "Rocker" to refer to block, Decora, slider, GFI, GFCI, or wide size openings (1-5/16" x 2-5/8"). Shop for Electrical Outlets

On oversize switch plates, opening sizes and screw locations remain the same; only the overall outside dimensions change. These are sometimes called jumbo or extra large wall plate covers, too. On the single toggle switch plate pictured here, the standard size is 2-3/4" x 4-1/2", and the oversized plate is 3-1/2" x 5-1/2". Buy Oversized Switch Plates & Outlet Covers

Switchplate Configuration Descriptions


All Toggle Switch Plates

Buy toggle light switch plates 1 to 10 gangs

  • Uses: toggle flip switches, toggle slide dimmers, locking switches, and other small rectangular devices
  • Gangs: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 & 10 gangs
  • Sizes: standard, mid size, tall, wide, centered, narrow, deep, oversized, jumbo

 

 

All Decora Rocker GFCI Plates

Buy Decora light switch plates 1 to 10 gangs

  • Uses: rocker switches, Decora devices, GFCI outlets, block outlets, inserts
  • Gangs: 1 - 10 gangs
  • Sizes: standard size, mid sized, tall, wide, centered, narrow, oversized, jumbo, deep

 


All Duplex Outlet Cover Plates

Buy duplex light switch cover plates 1 to 6 gangs

  • Uses: standard outlets, dual rounded receptacles, horizontal toggle switches, other duplex devices
  • Gangs: 1 - 6 gangs
  • Sizes: standard size, mid sized, tall, wide, centered, narrow, oversized, deep
  • Note: a single duplex cover has 2 socket openings, a 2-gang duplex cover has 4 sockets, etc.

 

All Round Outlet Receptacle Cover Plates

Buy single round outlet cover plates 1 to 3 gangs

  • Uses: single round receptacles (1.4" simplex), 20-amp round receptacles (1.63" simplex), large power supply outlets, other circular electrical outlets
  • Gangs: 1 - 3 gangs
  • Sizes: standard size, wide, centered, oversized, jumbo, deep

 

All Combination Switch Plate Covers

Buy combination mixed-use switchplates 1 to 6 gangs

  • Uses: various mixed-use devices side by side - combines toggles, duplex outlets, rockers, cable, phone, blank, etc.
  • Gangs: 1 - 6 gangs
  • Sizes: standard size, mid sized, wide, oversized, deep

 

 

All Cable, Phone, Device, Audio, Video Wall Plates

Buy cable and phone outlet cover switchplates

  • Uses: coaxial cable jacks, telephone jacks, A/V connectors, telecommunication adapters, doorbells, other round control devices, USOC, Cat5, Cat3, RJ45 modular connectors
  • Gangs: 1 - 2 gangs (can be higher when using appropriate inserts)
  • Sizes: standard, mid size, wide, centered, narrow, oversized, jumbo, deep

 


All Blank Wall Plate Covers

Buy blank wall plate covers 1 - 10 gangs

  • Uses: covers unused electrical boxes, custom switch plate configurations
  • Gangs: 1 - 10 gangs
  • Sizes: standard, deep, narrow, mid size, tall, wide, centered, oversized
  • No Holes: Versions available with no openings whatsoever for your custom job

 

All Louvered Cover Plates 

Buy louvered or slotted wall plate covers 1 - 3 gangs

  • Uses: box mounted night lights, lamps or light fixtures, or sound systems; perfect for steps, paths, stairways or speakers
  • Gangs: 1 - 3 gangs
  • Sizes: standard vertical, short horizontal

  


All Despard Switch Plate Covers, Combo Despards 

Buy Despard switchplate and outlet covers 1 - 3 gangs

  • Uses: stacked, tandem, interchangeable switches or outlets, pilot lights; also used in some low voltage systems
  • Gangs: 1 - 3 gang
  • Sizes: standard, narrow, tall, oversized 

 


All Pushbutton Switch Plates, Combo Push Buttons 

Buy push button switchplate covers 1 - 6 gangs

  • Uses: old or new push button devices with 2 buttons; this old fashioned style is found in Victorian houses and turn-of-the-century homes
  • Gangs: 1 - 6 gang
  • Sizes: standard size, mid sized, tall, wide, centered, narrow, oversized, jumbo, deep

 

All Deep Switch Plates 

Buy deep switchplate covers 1 - 3 gangs

  • Uses: designed to cover electrical boxes that protrude from thin walls in challenging installation locations
  • Gangs: 1 - 3 gang
  • Sizes: deep, extra deep, beveled edge

 


All Low Voltage Switch Plate Covers

Low voltage system comparison of switch plate types

  • Uses: mid-century homes built in the 1940s, 1950s, 1960s, or 1970s with low voltage wiring systems
  • Gangs: 1 - 2 gang; houses 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 8 or 12 buttons
  • Sizes: standard sizes for old discontinued and new replacement switches
  • Additional Parts: switches, brackets, mounting straps and yokes

 

All Old Style Home Light Switch Plates

Vintage switch plate types for old or discontinued switches

  • Uses: replacement parts for low voltage wiring in houses built during the 1940s, 1950's, 1960's, 1970's and 1980's; use with discontinued button switches, biplex receptacles, triplex outlets, rocker switches and narrow toggles
  • Gangs: 1 gang
  • Sizes: standard
  • Additional Parts: switches, brackets, mounting straps and yokes

All Oversized Switch Plates

Compare regular vs. jumbo switch plate sizes

  • Uses: covers greater area of wall when standard plate isn't large enough
  • Gangs: 1 - 7 gang
  • Sizes: oversized / jumbo
  • Note: device opening sizes remain the same as a standard switch plate

 

All Narrow Switch Plates

Buy narrow switchplates and outlet covers

  • Uses: fits in tight corners where standard switch plate width is too large
  • Sizes: 1-1/2" to 2-1/4" wide
  • Note: device opening sizes same as standard size switch plate

 

 

All Round Switch Plates

Buy circular outlet covers for round or duplex outlets

  • Uses: covers 4" electrical boxes in ceilings
  • Sizes: circular switch plates with duplex, toggle and decora rocker openings, and blank round plates
  • Also called: blankup canopy outlet covers, round ceiling switch plates

 

 

All Horizontal Toggle Light Switch Covers

Horizontal toggle switch plates explanation

  • Uses: horizontally flipping toggle switches stacked one on top of the other - turn lights on and off by switching left to right
  • Gangs: 1 - 3 gang (up to 6 gang using duplex switch plates)
  • Sizes: wide, narrow, oversized, jumbo multi-gang or combo configurations
  • Note: horizontal toggle switch plates are identical to duplex outlet cover plates

 

All Plastic Switch Plates 

Buy plastic switch plates and outlet covers 1 - 4 gang

  • Uses: covers greater area of wall when standard plate isn't large enough
  • Gangs: 1 - 4 gang
  • Sizes: standard and mid-size
  • Finishes: white plastic

 

All Tall Plates

Buy tall switch plates and outlet covers 1 - 6 gang

  • Uses: covers grater height than standard plate, but width remains the same
  • Gangs: 1 - 6 gang
  • Sizes: 5" tall
  • Finishes: white metal

 

All Floor Mounted Electrical Outlet Covers

Buy floor-mounted electrical outlet cover plates

  • Uses: floors, mantels and other locations in need of heavy duty electric socket switch plates
  • Gangs: 1 gang (regular and wide)
  • Sizes: 1 - 2 plugs
  • Finishes: brass, nickel

  

All Recessed Outlet Switch Plates

Buy recessed outlet cover plates

  • Uses: flush mount flat panel TV's, flat screen HDTV's, monitors and home entertainment centers
  • Gangs: 1-2 gang
  • Hookups: recessed receptacles, HDMI hi def connectors, Cat6 voice or data jacks, coax jacks, audio/video connectors

 

All Emergency Plates

Buy engraved and emergency switch plates

  • Uses: utilities, fire, police, public safety and other critical locations
  • Gangs: 1-2 gang
  • Sizes: toggle, duplex outlet, GFCI outlet
  • Finishes: red emergency gas burner & oil burner switch plates, stainless steel GFCI protected cover plates & emergency switch plates 

 

Create Custom Switch Plates with Fillers

Create custom switch plates with inserts and overlays

  • Uses: convert switch plates to the custom wall plate you need with inserts, adapters, fillers
  • Gangs: 1-10 gang
  • Sizes: toggle, cable, A/V, phone, duplex outlet, despard, low voltage, push button, dimmers, ethernet, and blank fillers
  • Finishes: white, ivory, brown, gray, black, silver, gold

 

Switchplate Sizes and Overall Dimensions

1, 2 and 3 gang switchplate sizes compared

Standard Switch Plates

Regular Switchplates are a standard 4-1/2" high and 5/32" deep; width varies based on the number of gangs:

  • One gang plates are 2-3/4" wide.
  • Two gangs are 4-9/16" wide.
  • Three gangs are 6-3/8" wide.
  • Four gangs are 8-3/16" wide.
  • Five gangs are 10" wide.
  • Six gangs are 11-13/16" wide.
  • Seven gangs are 13.63" wide.
  • Eight gangs are 15.44" wide.
  • Nine gangs are 17.25" wide.
  • Ten gangs are 19.06" wide.

Oversized Switchplates - Jumbo Switch Plates 

All oversize plates have standard size openings and screw placements. Jumbo or oversized plates are 5.5" high and the width varies based on number of gangs:

  • Singles (1-gang) are 3.5" wide
  • Doubles (2-gang) are 5.5" wide
  • Triples (3-gang) are 7.5" wide
  • Quadruple (4-gang) plates are 9.5" wide
  • Five gang (5-gang) are 11.5" wide
  • Six gang (6-gang) are 12.5" wide
  • Seven gang (7-gang) are 14.38" wide

Size & Spacing of Device Openings

  • "Toggle" openings are 13/32" x 15/16" high.
  • "Decora" openings are 1-5/16" x 2-5/8".
  • "Duplex Outlets" have two rounded openings (slightly flat top and bottom) that are 1-1/8" h x 1-11/32" across at their widest.
  • "Despard" openings are flat top and bottom and rounded on the sides and are 11/16" H x 29/32" W at the widest point.
  • Switchplate openings are 1-13/16" apart, center to center, from gang to gang.

Switchplate Screw Positions and Length

The following screw positions are standard on all brands of switch plates including Leviton Decora switch plates, Pass and Seymour brand, Mulberry Metal Products, etc. The screw holes themselves are 5/16" across at the top and taper to a 3/16" opening at the botton. See Switch Plate Screw Size & Spacing for a more in-depth description of all possible options. Buy Extra Long Switchplate Screws or Standard Length Light Switch Plate Screws.  

Box mount screw placement and spacing on toggle switchplate

All Toggle, Single Round Outlet (with a 1.406" device opening), and Push Button plate configurations have screw holes spaced 2-3/8" apart (center to center) and include 1/2" screws.

  

 

Strap mount screw placement and spacing on Decora switchplate

All Decorator Rocker, vintage GE Low Voltage, and Despard configurations have screw holes 3-13/16" apart and include 5/16" screws.

  

 

Box mount screw placement and spacing on blank switchplate

All Blank, Cable, New Low Voltage, Telephone Jack 1, 2 and 3 configurations have screw holes 3-9/32" apart and include 1/2" screws.

  

 

Center mount screw placement on duplex switchplate

All Duplex Outlet configurations have a screw hole in the center and include a 1/2" screw.

 

 

 

Screw placement on 2-gang dryer or range power outlet cover

"Dryer" plates have screw slots for screws 2.5" apart and include 1/2" screws.

 

 

 

Toggle switch plate used with rotary dimmer switch

A Single Toggle (S) plate works fine with push type round dimmer knob mechanisms; a Cable plate with 3/8" Hole (CC) and a Cable plate with 5/8" Hole (CL) may also be used.

 

 

 

Phone Jack Switchplates - Telephone Wall Plates

Phone jack switch plates for modular inserts

Telephone Jack 1, 2 and 3 plates are 2-3/4" W x 4-1/2" H x 1/8" D with 9/16" W x 3/4" H rectangular modular phone jack openings. Screw holes are spaced 3-5/16" apart from center to center on Telephone Jack 1, 2 and 3 plates.

These work with USOC, Category 3, 5E and 6 modular phone jacks.

Sometimes, the telephone electrical fittings are attached to the plate itself and the jack opening is the shape of a rectangle with a small notch below. These types of plates can usually be replaced with our Telephone Jack 1, Telephone Jack 2 and Telephone Jack 3 plates by switching to the modular phone jacks. We carry the phone modular jacks, Ethernet jacks and cable jacks in white, ivory, gray and black here: Decorator Modular Phone Jacks and Cable Adapters.

Click Phone Jack Installation Instructions for photos and instructions on how to install a modular jack, plus additional information and pictures on jacks that won't work with our plates. Our plates are raised 1/8" with a 3/16" bevel around the outside (flat surface area is 2-7/16" x 4-3/16") and may not be deep enough or wide enough to cover the telephone hardware you have underneath as some are designed larger. Please carefully check your dimensions before ordering and read our return policy, too.

For more information on phone jacks, see Guide To Selecting Telephone Jack Devices and Wall Phone Jack Plates.  

Finishes and Colors

Cleaning - Switchplates are all metal, come with matching screws and may be cleaned with dusting spray applied to a soft clean cloth.

Non-Tarnish - All plates have non-tarnishing finishes unless as specifically noted (raw brass switchplates). Bronze and brass switchplates in all finishes have a lacquer coating.

Classic Switchplates

Stainless Color - Satin stainless steel is close in color to the brushed nickel finish found on a lot of fixtures and hardware today.

Aluminum Color - Brushed aluminum is whiter and more textured than satin stainless steel or polished chrome plates.

Painted Colors - Black, Brown, Gray, Red, Light Almond, White and Ivory plates have an enamel powder-coated paint finish. Note: the Ivory switch plate color most closely matches these paint chips: Kelly Moore Barely Khaki #KM493-L, Glidden Pine White #F26 or Behr Hearts of Palm #3B-2-2.

Kyle Design Decorative Switchplates

Etched Metal Design Overlays - Nickel Silver, Copper and Brass decorative overlays are brushed and antiqued in the recessed areas of the design; a baked lacquer finish. Polished Gold is a plated brass finish.

Nickel Silver - Brushed nickel silver decorative overlays very closely match the color and tone of stainless steel used in appliances and sinks.

Where to Buy

Kyle Switch Plate designs custom wallplate sizes so you can shop the largest selection of configurations available online. We are the exclusive distributor for Kyle Design Switch Plates

Shop by Size - Click Light Switch Plate Configurations to select from 400+ of switch plate configurations in nearly 20 quality metal finishes.

Shop by Finish - Click Switchplate Finishes to find all sizes available in your preferred color or metal finish.

Shop by Design - Buy Kyle Design Switch Plates for decorative custom switchplates that are handcrafted to order in the sizes and finishes you choose.

 

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