Unplggd reader Michael Papitsas sent us some photos and information about a novel DIY solution that invisibly hides away what can quickly become an eyesore in a household with numerous handheld devices. Michael converted an IKEA case into a hideaway mobile handheld charging station, perfect for cell phones and mp3 players, all nicely hidden from sight.
I live in a small apartment and I own several small devices that are energy-greedy. I tried in the past to dedicate some space near a wall plug, to charge them all, but it always looked bad and cluttered. I searched for a professional solution to buy, but they are either expensive or ... really expensive! And usually not future upgradeable...
So I decided to build one, and the result was a BULKY IKEA box that laid on the floor for quite some time behind a rocking chair. After furniture rearrangement (chic!), I used that space and I was left with no-money. So I had to improvise and find a solution for the only available place ... my living room, and it had to blend in.
THEN it stroked me!! Why not transform this beautiful black IKEA vase into a stealth charging station??
A smart and affordable solution, and possibly even a security measure, since would-be thieves would unlikely peek inside a flower vase. Michael's project can be seen complete with further instructions over at Instructable's How to transform an IKEA vase into a Charging Station for your gadgets.