- Project plans
- Project activities
- Legislation and standards
- Industry context
Last edited 19 Mar 2018
The term ‘pattress’ refers to a container or box that is positioned behind power sockets, light switches and other electrical fittings, and contains the wiring, switches and other circuitry. It can also be referred to as a ‘wall box’ or 'installation box' or, when it is recessed into the wall, a ‘flush box’. If it is installed within timber or plasterboard walls, it can be referred to as a ‘cavity box’,‘plasterboard box’, or 'dry lining box'.
A pattress can be designed to be either surface-mounted, or can be recessed into a wall or skirting board.
|Surface mounted pattress||Pattress to be recessed|
The generally have 'knockout' sections that can be knocked out as required to allow cables into the box.
 Find out more
 Related articles on Designing Buildings Wiki
Featured articles and news
Assembling, curating, caring for, and designing the future.
A sensitive approach to renovating a building of historic stature.
UK energy policy uncertainty as Welsh project put on hold
What collaborative working achieves and how it can be put in place.
BSRIA publishes the 2019 edition of its small but concise annual databook.
Using QSAND to measure the performance of disaster response.
What U-values are, why they matter and how they are calculated.
The need to ensure that we plan for all aspects of our bio-economy
BSRIA calls on government to reach deeper into the causes of pollution.
George Demetri brings a whole new level of technical knowledge to Designing Buildings Wiki.
Quality professionals need to take an active role in driving the completion process forwards.
The innovations needed to move from rhetoric to realisation.