How to Convert an IKEA Organizer Into a Charging Station

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How to Convert an IKEA Organizer Into a Charging Station
Electronics can all be charged at the same place and time with a charging station. (Creatas/Creatas/Getty Images)

Are your small electronics spread all over the house, sitting and taking up individual outlets? Instead of purchasing a pricey charging station, create a charging station from an Ikea organiser you have at home. If you don't have anything the right size at home, Ikea sells many modular organisation units that can fit all of your devices. You can leave the organiser as is or apply a coat of paint to customise your charging station.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Tape measure
  • Ikea desktop organiser
  • Drill
  • Drill bit
  • Surge protector
  • Primer (optional)
  • Paint (optional)
  • Paint brush (optional)

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  1. 1

    Gather and collect your devices. Measure the size of each one and write it down to take with you on your desktop organiser purchasing trip.

  2. 2

    Buy a desktop organiser, if you don't already have one. Pull out the drawers and look at the construction. It will be easier to drill holes into a wooden organiser than a metal one. Count the drawers; make sure your devices will fit into the drawers with room to spare.

  3. 3

    Test the devices in your organiser. Put everything in and open and close the drawers to make sure your devices are easily accessible.

  4. 4

    Measure and drill the holes. Diagonally measure the size of the plugs from the top to the bottom of the larger side. Choose a drill bit that is larger than your measurement. Drill holes and test the plugs as you go. If you need to go a size up, it is easier to do so as you go.

  5. 5

    Wipe down the organiser with a damp cloth to keep the sawdust from your devices. Vacuuming with the small attachment will also clean off any dust.

  6. 6

    Paint if you want. Sand the surface of the organiser lightly with sandpaper. Wipe down. Add one to two coats of primer and let dry for 24 hours. Apply up to three coats of paint. Wait 24 hours and lightly sanding the surface between coats.

  7. 7

    Place all devices in the drawers, pulling cords out through the holes and plug everything in to the surge protector. Check that everything is charging correctly. Stand back and admire your handiwork.

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