A DIY cell phone charging station made with a wooden bread box was my easy solution to cutting down on the cord clutter and charging cables in my kitchen. For some reason, the whole family charges their electronic devices on the kitchen counter and it’s not a good thing! This DIY project was a great way to cut down on counter clutter but more importantly, provided a decorative hiding spot for the cell phones. We needed a functional charging station so the bread wooden box was the perfect size and had enough space for all the electronic devices. This post contains updated affiliate links – see disclosure here.
This cute cell phone charging station is one I made at our old house . Staying organized is always something I try to maintain but I will admit, it’s hard! I do find though that if something has a place and it’s easily accessible, staying organized is so much easier. Letter trays, a letter sorter and a desk organizer are also good products for hiding a power strip and charging cords but they don’t look as nice on the kitchen counter. The best part, these are easy DIY projects that anyone can do.
Phone Charging Station DIY Project
The bread box was a typical bread box, there was no shelf.
Our kitchen counter is the drop zone for everything so this bread box wooden charging station idea quickly became the closest item to store all of our random gadgets and cell phones in.
I don’t know about you but our electronics, charging cords and cell phones are constantly on our kitchen counter being charged and one day it hit me, the bread box! It was a good way to hide all the nonsense that a kitchen counter seems to accumulate.
The bread box would be a perfect place to store these items out of sight.
All that wasted space inside though, how could I make it more functional? Well, I decided to add a shelf. Why not right?
DIY Charging Station – DIY Project
I used a 1/2″ drill bit to make two holes in the back of the bread box.
Because the breadbox has a roll top, I chose to put holes in the very bottom of the bread box so when the bread box is open, the cell phone or ipad charging wires would not interfere with the roll top.
Bread Box Charging Station – How to Make
You can see, I drilled two holes above in the back side of the bread box.
Next you need to make your shelf.
Measure each side and mark where you want to drill your holes.
I used a 3/16″ drill bit and drilled two holes on the inside of the bread box. The bread box was not very thick so I drilled very slowly, just enough to make a deep enough hole for my support peg.
Do this on both sides, four total holes.
I used four support pegs (placed in the holes) to support my 1/4″ piece of craft board (purchased at Michaels Crafts).
You can use any type of support peg or small shelf bracket. We just happened to have support pegs so that is what I used.
Put your pegs in the holes.
I cut my craft board to 14 1/2″ long and it fit perfectly inside the bread box.
Michaels Crafts sells all sorts of crafting board in various shapes and sizes.
Yes, I put a shelf in a bread box. You should have seen the “eye rolling” coming from my dad when he saw me doing this.
Use a level to ensure that your shelf is straight.
Now you have a shelf!
I decided to cut another piece of crafting board for the bottom. I wrapped both pieces of craft board in leftover fabric that I had from a previous pillow project.
A little hot glue and viola, pretty shelves!
The inside needs to be pretty right?
You can see how I fed the phone charger through the hole in the back of the bread box.
The back of the bread box.
This project took under one hour. I think most of the time was the setup and cleanup.
Mobile Phone Charging Station
Now when I come home, I drop all my things inside the bread box. I used the top of jar cover to keep my keys and other small items in.
This was such a great idea and even my family members love it. The entire family finally has a simple way to charge their electronics and the ugly cords are hidden! It’s the perfect charging station. This would also be a great multi cell phone charging station if you don’t store your ipad in it.
It’s almost as if this bread box (buy here on Amazon) was made for the size of an ipad.
It fits perfectly on the top shelf. The roll top door doesn’t even it touch it when it closes.
Mission accomplished. Closed door pretty counter storage.
Homemade diy phone charging station
If you are looking for more great ideas for phone charging stations, be sure to check out Cassidy’s 25 Charging Station Ideas. She has so really cool ideas featured over at Remodelolic.
I love how this old bread box turned into the perfect new charging station. Once the door on the bread box is closed, you can’t even see what is inside. Although, I like how it looks inside now. I’m sure if you stop and think about it, you probably have something in your own home you could drill a couple holes in and convert it to a cell phone or electronics charging station.