Take Charge: How to Build Your Own Charging Station

DIY Charging Station

Mornings are hectic enough without having to tear apart the house looking for your keys, your smartphone and anything else you need to get out the door. And when you do find your smartphone and its battery is dead, that’s no way to start the day. Fix both of those problems at the same time by building a DIY charging station in your home, and training yourself to use it. Now, not only will you always have charged batteries for the day, but you’ll have a dedicated place to leave your keys and purse too, which should cut back on the mayhem in the AM.

There are lots of great charging stations on the market that will charge multiple devices and keep your counters clutter-free, but it’s easy enough to make your own if you follow these instructions.


Step 1

 Open GalleryDIY Charging Station: Step 1Decorate an old shoe box, or any box of a similar size. Slice a slot down the back that’s wide enough for cords to pass through.


Step 2

 Open GalleryDIY Charging Station: Step 2Place a power strip at the bottom of the box, and pull the cord through the slot you cut.


Step 3

 Open GalleryDIY Charging Station: Step 3Plug in all your power bricks and cables and pull all their cords through the slot as well.


Step 4

 Open GalleryDIY Charging Station: Step 4

Place the lid on top and wrap a ribbon around it. Now thread all the cables through the ribbon — this will keep them all nice and tidy.


Step 5

 Open GalleryDIY Charging Station: Step 5

Plug in your smartphones, headsets, and anything else you need charged and rest them on top of the lid.

Step 6

 Open GalleryDIY Charging Station: Step 6

Done! Drop your wallet, keys and sunnies right next to it so everything’s where you need it when you’re scrambling to get out the door!


  • Shoebox or decorative box
  • Power strip
  • Charging cables
  • Ribbon


  • Hobby knife
About Carley Knobloch 


I'm all about smart, simple solutions to managing life, work and family. I blog about the intersection of tech and living at CarleyK.com and delve into smart home technology ...

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4 Responses

  1. Wow, this paragraph is nice, my sister is analyzing these kinds of things, so I am going too tell her.

  2. Solar battery charger in a backpack!

  3. Ruby Tuesday says:

    Repurpose an old book!

  4. Dami hughes says:

    Next time I buy a pair of shoes I am so doing this!

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