IKEA Hack- Magnetic Cable Holder




About: I'm 16 in Waco, Texas. I love being outside and building things, I can build anything with just a few ideas and tools.

I just got new ikea furniture and one piece is a SELJE nightstand. I keep things like my phone, wallet, keys, ipad, and charging cables on it. But cables are hard to keep on a nightstand, you either have to drape them all the way across or they slide on the floor. So that's why we're going to hack it!

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Step 1: Materials

For this hack your going to need:
•cables you want to be held up
•magnets that fit on the cable head
•hot glue gun

Step 2: Fit Magnets on Cable Head

To make sure the magnets don't interfere with charging, plug the cable into your device and arrange the magnet where you will glue it to the cable head.

Step 3: Glue Magnets

Now, wherever the magnets fit on the cable head, use a small amount of hot glue to glue them on the cable heads. After the glue has dried, give it a test!

Step 4: Enjoy!

You now have a way to discretely store the cables so that you can use them and they are not falling on the floor or tangling. They are out of the way and actually look pretty good. Enjoy!

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    7 Discussions

    Jeph Diel

    4 years ago

    very neat. and yay and lg extravert!


    4 years ago

    That is a great advantage I didn't think of!

    A secondary advantage: the little magnet will help you tell which side is "up" on those pesky micro-USB plugs, especially in bad light. Great idea!


    5 years ago

    I've used multiple cords and devices for months now and had no problems at all so there is no issue there. And thanks, also this looks a lot more natural and modern than binder clips on the side of your table.


    5 years ago on Introduction

    I've been using binder clips attached to my bedside table, but then I can't take advantage of the full length of the wire and they don't work when the cable's head isn't a lot bigger than the cable itself (ex. the apple lightning cable) so this is a fantastic idea! Is there any reason to be concerned that the tiny magnets might hurt the device the cable is plugged in to?


    5 years ago

    No I wondered that too at first but they still work just as good as before


    5 years ago

    Do magnets disrupt the signals of the wire?