DIY Ikea Box Charging Station Black




Introduction: DIY Ikea Box Charging Station Black

So I've been reading and found some really nice DIY charging stations. I really liked the Ikea box versions, but I decided to change a few things.

These were bluesman and PROD's instructables on making a charging station without switches or with individual switches:!-Very-e/ (Ikea charging box) (Ikea charging box with individual swtiches)

I was really excited about this and decided to make my own version. First of all, I like black, so it had to be a black box and I wanted one general powerswitch. I also wanted to make a few ventilation holes in the back.

I used the following materials:

Ikea Ladis (40x30 box, 70 eurocents)
Ikea Ladis (40 lid, 30 eurocents)
Ikea Koppla (power strip with general switch, you get 2 of them for 4,99 euros)
A few tie-wraps.

Drill, different sizes (depends on the tie-wraps and chords you're using)
Vile (round)

Thanks to bluesman and PROD for their nice instructables!

Step 1: Materials

Materials used:

Black box (Ikea Ladis) 40x30

Black lid (Ikea Ladis)

Power stip

This powerstrip would fit entirely into the box, but I decided to keep the part with the switch on the outside so I can easily flip it. The side with he switch is to the wall anyways!

Step 2: Fitting the Power Strip

I made a hole for the powerstrip which was a little bit smaller, in this way I was able to push it in with some force, making it stay in place a bit more easily.

I just drew around the powerstrip's end holding it against the box and then cut the hole using a knife.

I chose not to cut all the material away, I didn't cut the bottom off, providing some support for the switch-part of the power strip.

Step 3: Securing the Power Strip

I wanted the power strip to stay in place, so I drilled four holes in the bottom of the box, just big enough to fit my tie-wraps.

Two tie-wraps is more than enough to keep it in place, though I needed to combine two tie-wraps into one to be able to circle the power strip.

Step 4: Preparing the Lid

So, now I needed to make some holes in the lid to hold the connectors I wanted on top. In my case, these are two battery chargers for my cameras and two for my cellphone.

I also made some holes to tie-wrap the Panasonic battery chargers to the lid, making them stay in place.

I had to make large holes for the two camera chargers, because the connector is pretty large.

For the Nokia connectors, I made the hole just big enough to push them through with some force, making it unable for them to fall back in!

Step 5: Ventilation

After reading some comments about the fact that these boxes could get a little warm with all those adapters inside, I decided to drill some holes for ventilation in the back side.

This should be enough in combination with the switch (it'll only be on for a few hours a day max).

Step 6: Put Everything Inside!

Now it was time to put everything inside the box.

I have some extra space, which I tend to use. I can easily remove the lid and put in an extra adapter, for istance for a one-time use (and just put the lid on).

Step 7: Final Result!

So, here it is!

I actually quite like the result, though I might think about changing the power strip to a black one with a black chord.

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    12 years ago on Introduction

    hey i really like your idea and i plan on doing my own soon with a few differences:) oh and why bother buying a new power strip get some spray paint lol spray it black(not near the sockets though!)