Published on April 30th, 2009 | by Jules Yap


Charging Station

Here’s another charging station, albeit a more extensive one from Jason.

He says, “I have recently been researching a charging station for myself that
(a) was relatively inexpensive,
(b) didn’t look like something my father would own, and
(c) would last longer than a modified shoe box.

So, after a month of lurking and searching I decided to construct a floating landing strip / charging station for the entry way of my apartment. Taking a hint from the ‘desktop cable box‘ posting I constructed this piece by hacking the Ikea Bjorken bathroom wall cabinet which I got at my local Ikea in Burbank, CA for $40.

I constructed it per the instructions with the door right-aligned, except I took one of the mounting reinforcements and moved down to the bottom right inside corner to prepare the cabinet for horizontal mounting. Also, I did not install the tempered glass shelves into the unit. Before mounting it onto the wall I drilled a 2 inch hole on the left (soon to be bottom) side of the cabinet to feed the surge protector into.

I mounted it using a leveler, zip tied the slack on the chargers and voila. The cut out corners of the door can be used to feed the charger cables to the top of the unit.

Simple, clean(ish), and out of the way.

New developments:
1. I’m going to install a switch between the wall socket and the plug of the surge protector so I can turn it on and off as I like and be more green,
2. I’m going to drill another 2 inch hole on top (right side) of the cabinet to more cleanly feed the charger cables to the top surface, and
3. I want to nail the surge protector cable against the wall using those little plastic loop/nail combo thingies.

See more of Jason’s charging station here.

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13 Responses to Charging Station

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  2. Mel says:

    i’m sure it took some work to put together, so i hate to knock it. but to be honest, i have to say that just using an ikea product for something different than it was marketed does not mean it’s worthy of space on “ikea hacker”

  3. Anonymous says:

    A+ for effort. But that’s about it– not attractive (cords abound), energy efficient, space efficient, safe…

  4. bdb303 says:

    leaving the plugs in the adaptor even when not in use consumes energy.

  5. prue says:

    exactly. and this is even more true about the comments sometimes.


  6. Anonymous says:

    Some utter rubbish has been showing up on ikeahacker these days. The good stuff is few and far between.

  7. Robj98168 says:

    Cmon people this is a cool idea and one I probably will copy. I also like makila’s headboard idea!

  8. Tony says:

    With the excess space, I would consider putting a series of small hooks in the back panel and making it do double duty as a spare key rack. And as a place to store additional spare rechargeable batteries.

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  10. m a k i l a says:

    I wouldn’t use this for a charging station. However, putting two of those cabinets side by side might make for a cool headboard!

  11. Matthew says:

    you still have ugly cables everywhere.
    How about having a socket right behind the cabinet, so there’s no cord going in, and then instead of one big 2 inch hole on the top, run each one separately, evenly spaced out along the backside of the top. keep it discreet, but fuctional.
    one big 2 inch hole at the top, you’re going to have all your devices huddled around a little hole.

  12. Anonymous says:

    Not really sure how this is better than the many charging stations listed here on ikeahacker or lifehacker that sit on top of a desk, which fully hide the power cords… This one has cords hanging all over the place and a huge cabinet to house a 2″ x 8″ surge protector?

  13. Anonymous says:

    Its big, very big considering what’s inside it..

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