How To Make A DIY Charging Station

How To Make A DIY Charging Station

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Ashley Poskin
Mar 8, 2015
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Whether you're trying to be less tethered to your phone while you're home, or you just need to establish one place where the chargers live, a charging station might be just the solution you're looking for.

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Charging stations are available at all your favorite home decor stores, but they can be pricey and may not fit your needs exactly. If you have a large family with lots of electronic devices that need charging, a nightstand with multiple drawers might be what you're looking for. If it's just you and your iPhone, a small, sleek box with one compartment might be perfect for you. Thrift shops are a great resource for supplies for your charging station; you just have to look down the aisles with fresh eyes and be open to a little doctoring up here and there.

I got lucky and found a nice little stationary box at Goodwill for $1.50 with three perfect little iPhone sized compartments. The wood was kind of messed up, so I hit it with a bit of spray paint, drilled a few holes in the back, and voila! It's the perfect size for our phones and keys and keeps my little table looking clean and organized.

What You Need

Materials

  • Wood box
  • Spray paint (optional)

Tools

  • Power drill
  • Drill bits

Instructions

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1. Once you've determined what you want to use, give your container a good cleaning.

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2. Decide how your phone will fit best inside the box and make a note as to where the input for the charger will be. Mark a spot on the outside of the box where you need to drill your hole(s).

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3. Find a drill bit that is the width of the smallest part of your charging cord.

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4. Drill out the backside of your box. If your drill bit isn't quite large enough you might need to work it around the inside of the hole until the opening is large enough.

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5. Clean around any rough edges with sandpaper.

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6. Paint your box if you so choose.

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7. Pull the cords through the back of the box. In order to keep them from falling out the back of your box when they are not in use, you can cut a slit in a piece of duct tape and press it to the back of the inside of the box.

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As an added touch, it's nice to wrap multiple cords that come out of the back of the box with washi tape.

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You're all set! Organization is bliss!

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