The Breadbox Charging Station for the Whole Family

The Breadbox Charging Station for the Whole Family

Gregory Han
Aug 31, 2011

The younger tech set doesn't usually steer towards Better Homes and Gardens for tech related inspirations, but you'd be wrong to discount the long time publication when it comes to DIY organizing inspirations like this bread box turned into multi-gear charging station, easily done with just a few common and affordable objects as shown from a recent feature titled, "20 Savvy Ways to Stay Organized"'s one we especially liked.

What You'll Need:

  • Flip top bread box (used or new)
  • Surge protector/power strip<
  • Rubber grommet sized for power cord
  • Power drill with metal and wood bits
  • 1/4" MDF board
  • Ruler
  • Label maker (optional)

How to Make Your Own Breadbox Charging Station:
Yard sales, thrift stores and your local Goodwill are great places to hunt out discarded used flip top bread boxes (we always seem them in varying conditions, but nothing a little spray paint couldn't fix up). You'll also need a drill a hole to run the power cable from the back, protected with a rubber grommet, from the outlet to a power strip stored within the bread box (the slim Belkin strip above is affordable at $5.95, but our first choice would be the Conserve Surge protector since the additional on/off remote makes this setup easy to turn off when not needed).

Measure and cut a 1/4" MDF board to size to conceal the power strip behind it, with a few sized openings on the front panel for USB and power cables to neatly await for nightly docking. And if you're more aesthetically/organizationally inclined, you can tap into your inner Martha Stewart and use a label maker to assign each cord/cable a name.

[via Better Homes and Garden]

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