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.
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 set” target=”_blank” rel=”nofollow noopener noreferrer”>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, ” target=”_blank” rel=”nofollow noopener noreferrer”>From Amazon
- Fintorp Utensil Holder- From IKEA, ” target=”_blank” rel=”nofollow noopener noreferrer”>From Amazon
- Fintorp Hooks- From IKEA, ” target=”_blank” rel=”nofollow noopener noreferrer”>From Amazon
- Rimforsa Bamboo Basket, From IKEA, ” target=”_blank” rel=”nofollow noopener noreferrer”>From Amazon
- Fejka Artificial Potted Plant– From IKEA, similar ” target=”_blank” rel=”nofollow noopener noreferrer”>From Amazon
- IKEA Steel Wire Basket-Discontinued by IKEA, but Amazon still carries it. A 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 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!