I just counted how many things I have plugged in on "my side of the bed" (I'm single at the moment, so there's nothing on "her side of the bed"), and discovered that I have eight things plugged into extension cords there.
Common safety wisdom would have that there should be wall receptacles for all of these, so I'm not using extension cords. That would make four duplex receptacles that I should have there.
I suspect that a "her", with cell phone charger, Blackberry charger, lamp, clock radio, and whatnot, would also need quite a few receptacles there.
So, my questions are:
1) How much stuff do you guys have plugged in by your beds?
2) How many receptacles do you normally install at the bedside in a master bedroom?
Right now I have 4 things, though it often swells to 6+ with chargers: 1. Clock radio 2: Lamp 3: Scanner Charger 4:Streamlight Stinger (Flashlight) Charger/cradle
If I'm dealing with a custom house, I'll at least put a 4-plex on each side of the bed, though I have, at the owner's request, put a 4 gang in on each side. If I was building my house, I'd do at least that, or maybe a quad and two single gangs to handle all the adapters things have these days.
Wiremold add on boxes can turn a duplex into a quad (or more)
At my house I went with 3 quads to cover the 2 likely bed locations and 2 4 way loops at about 36" nat each bed location and by the door. One controls the overhead light and one controls one of the receptacles for lamps. I have a wall mounted desk just outside the bedroom for all those blackberry's, palms and phones. That has a duplex and a strip for the wallwarts.
At my bed side Receptacle I have the Following plugged in 1. A clock 2. lamp (Fitted with a CFL bulb) 3 Cordless Phone ac adapter 4. a small fan
on the other side of my bed I have another power strip thats plugged into a nearby receptacle via extension cord that has a 1. a lamp (3-Way Bulb 50-100-150) 2.CPAP Machine (A Medical machine to help me breath at night) 3. A Laptop computer 4. Power Failure Flashlight
Leviton Makes the quad that fits into a single gang box the leviton part number is 1254-XX 15 AMP (XX = the color you want)21254 = 20 AMP
Theres always enough room in the junction box.You just need a bigger hammer
For me it depends how many chargers I have plugged in. There's a recept. one foot from the end of my bed (which sits against the wall/radiator.) I (violated the UL listing) and mounted a power strip to the bed post, with an old plastic shelf for all my chargers.
Desk power system, which amounts to a power strip, half switched. I have a computer (monitor, CPU) on that. Clock Radio. Typical LED electronic/Transistor Radio from the 1980s. Bedside Lamp. 60W incandescent wallish lamp on a rotary in-line dimmer.
In the summer I have a fan which I run through an old furnace control relay, which I have connected to a set-back thermostat in cooling mode. It plugs into the Gem tap also.
I have an 3 outlet extension cord (it's an old house, with no power on that wall),feeding 3 power strips (2x 3 outlet, 1x 6 outlet) which are mounted to the end of the custom (1x12 pine) sideboard which holds all the bedside stuff. TV, 2 DVD players, VCR, RF modulator to feed TV, 2 lights, cell charger, laptop, cordless phone charger.