We made a multi-device charging station dock for our laptop and tablet.

For our project, we used the very inexpensive IKEA LACK TV bench, which costs only $15.99.

It was also our object of choice because:

You can cut holes into it.

Easily.

The docking station tucks neatly away beside our sofa and is easily accessible.

IKEA items used:
LACK TV bench

LACK TV bench | IKEA.com

Materials and tools:
  • Electrical cable
  • Electric saw
  • Plastic wall corner guards/protectors
  • Glue
  • Foam or another soft sheet material

Hack instructions for DIY multi-device charging station:

Outline the slots for the socket outlet, and for the electronic devices (Tablet/Laptop).

Drill a hole in each of the corners of the outlined slots (these holes will be used as an entry point for the electric saw).

Cut out the outlined slots using the electric saw.

Wire the electrical cable to the socket outlet.

Cover the rough sides of the cut-out slots using the plastic corner guards; Cut out a frame (similar to the shape of a picture frame) from the plastic corner guards; Use glue to attach them to the TV bench.

Measure the height of your electric devices, allow the shortest device to extend about 6-8cm (3 inches) from the top of the table.

Remove the bottom shelf of the TV bench; measure and mark the new height and reinstall the shelf.

Cover the shelf using the foam (the electric devices will rest on this foam).

Multi-device charging station done!

The station is not visible from the main areas of our living room.

Quietly filling up our devices with juice in the corner.

If you have access to a 3d printer – then you should print the cover frame for the slots – this will save you tons of time cutting them accurately from plastic corner guards.

Since this project involves electricity, please make sure you know what you are doing; if in doubt – use a professional to wire the outlet socket.

~ by Alon

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