The finished charging station.

DIY Wall-Mounted Phone & Tablet Charging Station

Counter space is at a premium with a total of five tablets and two phones in the house. It's not uncommon to have more than one device charging at once.

For about $30, here's how we beat the pile of tech-and-hastily-wrapped-cords left to charge in the kitchen.

The finished charging station.
The finished charging station.

Mail Sorter > Device Charger

Find a mail sorter to fit your taste and space. After measuring a kitchen cabinet, we picked up a wall-mounted mail sorter from T.J. Maxx. Look for something lightweight but sturdy (if the sorter is completely enclosed, you'll need to drill for cable access.

Fig. 1: A wall-mountable mail sorter from T.J. Maxx.
Fig. 1: A wall-mountable mail sorter from T.J. Maxx.

Cable Access

Drill holes for cable access. Make them just wider than the width of your largest cable (for us, a legacy 30-pin Apple connector).

Fig. 2: Drill holes for cable access; file them smooth 'cause you're not a caveman.
Fig. 2: Drill holes for cable access; file them smooth 'cause you're not a caveman.

Wall Mount

Add mounting screws according to the specs of your sorter (or, if not natively wall-mountable, add mounting hardware).

Fig. 3: Add screws for mounting the sorter to the wall.
Fig. 3: Add screws for mounting the sorter to the wall.

Charging Cables

Fish the cables through the sorter with enough slack to easily attach the devices.

Fig. 4: Fish the cables through with plenty of slack. You can hide it later.
Fig. 4: Fish the cables through with plenty of slack. You can hide it later.

Clean Up

To keep the cables out of site, cut down self-adhesive cable cover to fit. Mount the cover under the cabinets (or somewhere out of site). I'd previously replaced our standard outlet with a 2-pole USB charger.

Fig. 5: Keep cables out of sight with a piece of cut-to-fit cable hider.
Fig. 5: Keep cables out of sight with a piece of cut-to-fit cable hider.