Published on September 25th, 2009 | by Jules Yap


Bamboo blackberry cradle

Just plonking your Blackberry on your dresser nestled in a trail of cords? No way for Hrishikesh. This has to be the zen of Blackberry charging. It’s a simple tweak but a solution a Blackberry user may find useful.

Hrishikesh says, “I’ve always been annoyed by my phone charger. I keep the cord out of sight behind a dresser, but when the phone is unplugged, the cord ends up on the ground and I have to fumble around for it. I also don’t love how the phone looks when it just hangs out atop my dresser — it looks kind of unconsidered and messy. I wanted to make a little spot to keep it, but I don’t have anything in the way of woodworking skills. I did discover, though, that an Ikea Molger soap dish fits my Blackberry perfectly and goes well with my teak dresser. I added rubber grip feet to the bottom of the soap dish so it doesn’t slide around the dresser top (otherwise the cord can pull it). Then I added cut small strips of Velcro and affixed them to the end of the charger and the top of the dish, for when I’m using the phone. That’s it! I’m so happy to have found a very inexpensive solution that was easy to make and looks good with my stuff, and so I wanted to share.”

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Jules Yap

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16 Responses to Bamboo blackberry cradle

  1. Stina says:

    woodenpickle = moron. Did your 2 year old daugter do your website then?

    Simple great hack Jules! :D

  2. Blue Damask says:

    I’ve always like the molger series. Nice!

  3. offmyhook says:

    This is sweet. My iPhone has fallen itself off the nighttable more than once when I’ve forgotten to switch it off vibrate in the evening. Kudos for a simple and elegant idea!

  4. Robj98168 says:

    Very nice hack- Now I know what to make my S/O for Christmas for his I-Phone! Cool!

  5. Spyder says:

    also @woodenpickle: Like anonymous said, a hack these days is just repurposing something from it’s intended use to solve a need creatively. I and many other appreciate how nice this looks, so stop being so picky.

  6. flamedot says:

    I love this hack and will try it out once I have a table/chest of drawers/flat surface to put it on!

    Haha, these comments also remind me of:


  7. rabbitears says:

    Cute! I like it a lot. I might well pick one up later today. Well spotted, Jules.

  8. Anonymous says:

    Isn’t a hack using an object for something other than its intended use? Chill out haters.

  9. prue says:

    @ woodenpickle: I think if “ingenious idea[s] for your pax wardrobe” are wanted here, why not ingenious ideas for your soap dish?

    As you might have noticed, too, others do appreciate the creativity of this idea, so why nag?
    Just because your little daughter could have done the same doesn’t mean it’s worthless, on the contrary: the difficulty is, once grown up, still to be able to think and see like a child. (Just read a bit on Picasso, in case you’d like to sneer on that sentence.)

    I think it’s a great, easy, cheap and quick solution.

  10. Anonymous says:

    just to be clear, molger is made from walnut, not bamboo.

  11. woodenpickle says:

    Not really much of a ‘hack’ now is it.. My 2 year old daughter could stick rubber feet and self-adhesive Velcro on a soap dish (she calls them ‘stickers’).

    You should try doing something that takes some actual imagination and skill. That would be much more impressive.

  12. waywardmedic says:

    Wait for me Caitlin cos I’m going to pick one up too! I’ll be using this for my iPhone.

  13. Fraulein N says:

    I’m not interested in this particular hack, but I love the way the instructions and pictures are laid out. Very easy to understand and follow. Nice!

  14. Oooh, I’m going to have to pick up one of these while I’m at IKEA this weekend!

  15. Krizia says:

    This is so cool! I’m wondering if the velcro could’ve been replaced with magnets to attach the cord to the soap dish. Not sure if it would affect the frequency of the phone or any of that electronic mumbo jumbo, but it’s just a thought :) Good job!

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