Convert an IKEA Shelf Into a Hidden Charging System

We've covered a few different ways to neatly charge your devices using charging station boxes. If you own an open back shelf similar to Ikea's popular Expedit shelving units, you can use a space to make your own clutter-free charging cubby. Check out this simple DIY charging station, complete with digital photo frame displaying the recognizable battery charging symbol...

In this clever hack, Kitesurfer was able to create a clean minimal charging station in a cubby of his Ikea Expedit bookshelf. He used a piece of white-coated chipboard to build the rear panel of his charging cubby. The panel keeps his chargers and wires well concealed and streamlined. To add some stability, he glued some wooden slats to the top and bottom.

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The hack, however, doesn't end there. Kitesurfer decided to take his rear wall a step further by making a cut out to fit a digital picture frame. To add even more playfulness to his DIY charging station, his frame displays a fun battery charging icon.

It's nice to see a hack like this that uses common furniture to solve technology-related clutter issues in the home. If you want to try this hack out for yourself and need spare charging cables, be sure to check out Monoprice for some inexpensive options. You can also use something like this 5-in-one charging cable to make your setup even more tidy.

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[Kitesurfer via Gizmodo]