Even though our household is just two-person-and-one-cat big, our kitchen desk was often messed up with USB-cables and chargers for our phones, tablets and camera batteries. So I decided to do my first IKEA hack — a KVISSLE + OSTBIT charging station — to make a bit less messy.
This is the end result:
IKEA items used:
- KVISSLE – Cable management box
- OSTBIT – Plate holder, bamboo
- FIXA – 114-piece cable management set
- ISBERGET – Tablet stand
- GRUNDTAL – Container, stainless steel
- 6-Port USB Wall Charger
- Velcro Tape
- Double sided tape
- Surface Mounted Socket Outlet
- Europe style surface mounting switch with LED indicator
- Power cord with plug
Alternative options from IKEA:
- KOPPLA – 5 outlet power strip & 2 USB ports
- KOPPLA – 3-port USB charger
- Mini saw
- Carpet knife
Steps to construction charging station:
Since the OSTBIT Plate holder was a bit wider than the lid for KVISSLE, and it was possible to dissemble OSTBIT, I used a small saw to make OSTBIT about 18 mm narrower.
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I used small pieces of velcro tape to attach OSTBIT to the lid for KVISSLE, leaving then a possibility to remove it if needed.
My first attempt looked like this, with just an the USB-charger attached to the side wall of KVISSLE velcro tape, plugged into an extension cord. The USB-cables were then pulled through the hole in the lid. After a day I realized this was not the optimal solution, as it wasn’t very easy to unplug the USB-cables.
So, I bought a surface mounted socket outlet and a switch with a led indicator, and used a power cord and a plug I had lying around, to do the needed connections. I mounted the outlet and switch with a double-sided tape.
I used Velcro tape to attach two camera battery chargers to the outside.
…and the USB-charger to the inside.
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I glued some cardboard to the underside of the KVISSLE cork lid, to make it stiffer.
Then I used a carpet knife to cut the cork lid, so that the USB-charger can be used without opening the lid.
I used some cable ties and cable clips to attach some cables to the back of the box.
And this is the final result of my charging station:
But then I also used 3 GRUNDTAL, Containers with a magnetic back, to use as easily accessible storage for USB-cables or in-ear headphones.
~ by Stefan Sahlander