Hey there friends! Today I have the easiest DIY project on the planet for you! This DIY phone charger station has made life a little bit more convenient for my hubby and I. Yeah, I put one on his side of the bed as well! Isn’t it cute?
I don’t know about you, but I rely a LOT on my phone and so does my husband, and let’s not even mention my teenager. My phone is my planner, my calendar, my note taking device, my alarm, heck it’s my third hand. It’s my fitness buddy. Even my yoga videos are in there! Perhaps I shouldn’t admit to how much I like my phone.
So, naturally when I go to bed, my phone sits on my nightstand while it charges. Every night, I have to fetch the charge cord from behind the nightstand.
So, when I saw this idea I decided to give it a go, and put my own spin on it. Now my phone sits happily in the basket while it charges and I always know where the charge cord is. Not only that, it looks cute too!
So, without further delay, let’s get to it, shall we? I did have a little “issue” which I’ll tell you about. You know I’m always open and honest- not every project turns out the way we intend it to. Luckily, I was able to make this work with a small adjustment.
DIY Phone Charger Station- IKEA HACK
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I am linking the products through IKEA and also through Amazon. Buying directly from IKEA is way cheaper, but I am linking Amazon just in case IKEA is not an option for you. You can get the entire Fintorp kit on Amazon and it saves a little $$. I will warn you, this project was not as cheap as I would’ve liked. It was definitely a splurge. If anything, you could steal this idea and buy less pricey materials! Then tell me about it so I can tell everyone else 🙂
- Fintorp Rail- From IKEA, From Amazon
- Fintorp Utensil Holder- From IKEA, From Amazon
- Fintorp Hooks- From IKEA, From Amazon
- Rimforsa Bamboo Basket, From IKEA, From Amazon
- Fejka Artificial Potted Plant– From IKEA, similar From Amazon
- IKEA Steel Wire Basket-Discontinued by IKEA, but Amazon still carries it. Good alternative to the Bamboo basket AND it looks big enough to hold a tablet.
Hardware and other materials I ended up using to attach the rail (because of my “issue”)
- 1 x 3 board cut at 26″
- 2 1/2″ wood screws to attach board to the wall
- 5/8″ wood screws to attach the rail to the 1×3
Step 1- Attach Rail to the Wall…Maybe
So, I wanted the bar to be centered above the nightstands. The wall studs were not positioned in the right spot (are they EVER?) so I decided to use wall anchors. I lost the fight with the anchors as I kept losing them inside the wall. Rather than continue to mutilate the wall, I decided to go to Plan B- scrap wood.
How I fixed my “issue”:
I used a 1×3 and attached it to the the studs centered above the nightstand. Then I attached the rail to the board using 5/8″ screws. That worked much better for me and it also covered the holes. I painted the board white (before I attached the rail) so it would blend in with the wall.
Step 2: Add Accessories
Things went smoothly from this point on. I added the hooks and accessories. I love how the cord stays in place now.
Step 3: Plug in your phone 🙂
Easy Peasy, right???
If you like IKEA hacks, you should totally check out the IKEA Nornas bench look alike I built for only $30! Click on the pic for the tutorial.
Thanks for stopping by!
Janice Thomas writes detailed tutorials for novice woodworkers and DIYers. She also works as a university professor in the health care industry. Have a question for Janice? Feel free to send her a message here!