What do you do with all those chargers? Phones, cameras,
Kindles, iPods, and all the other stuff that hasn’t even been invented yet!
Being electronically connected is a good thing, until you try to figure out
what to do with all those cords!
A client of ours wondered. She and I agreed there needed to
be a better way to keep all that handy and neat yet out of the way but there is not much out there. She’d done
some research on her own and found a charming piece of furniture from Ballard
Designs that should do the trick for her.
So I did some research too. If you Google “charging
stations” you’ll get anything from places to plug in your electric car to boring traditional dresser- or desk-top
pieces with little compartments. The dresser or desk top boxes are
OK for now, but at the rate that electronics are changing in size and numbers of
items owned per person, these will grow obsolete in a hurry. But I’m entertained by
this clever grassy one from Smartfurniture
pictured below! I bet it would hold a pencil or two
If you Google “cell phone charging furniture” you'll get some
better options but not really. But I knew of some more specific places to look. Behold the
secretary! A once-outdated piece of furniture originally used as a desk or bill
paying station in the olden days when people wrote letters and checks with a
pen, licked stamps (believe it or not, yes we did!) and sealed envelopes. Now
the secretary is useful once again.
I like these options from Pottery Barn
and Ballard Designs
because the drop tops are angled so you’re not tempted to pile it full of stuff
and it will close to hide all those messy cords and annoying blinking lights.
Ballard Design’s option
(below) is better because it has more open flat space (two
whole shelves!) and a hole in the back to run a cord for a multi-plug strip.
Pottery Barn’s option
(at top) has a built-in outlet with a very
port as well as a phone jack and
data port. Both come in different colors but are fairly traditional in style.
Place in your entry way for super easy access. The drawers can hold spare keys
and other objects, and the very top is a great spot for a mail organizer. I’d
be repainting the front with chalkboard paint or installing a bulletin board
for a truly useful DIY message center!
Other options of freestanding DIY furniture to use would be new
or used nightstands, bookshelf units, cheapie antique cabinets or wash stands, old
desks, workshop tables or whatever you like. Look for a nice flat surface and
doors or roll-up tops at counter level or a little higher. Don’t be afraid of
drilling holes in the back to route your cables but shop for something charming and with low
value. It’ll be worth a lot more to you if it serves your purpose than to any
collector but at the same time I wouldn’t be punching holes in an expensive
Add a power strip surge protector (or two!) with some
built-in USB ports and you’ll be set!
Lately I’ve been designing places in kitchens, entryway
message centers and mud rooms with plenty of outlets and places for device
charging. The most important aspects is that it’s handy for you and your
family, and not so specific you can’t use the area for other things too.
Until next time!
Photos courtesy of Smartfurniture, Pottery Barn and Ballard Design.
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