Upcycling – turn your bedside table into a charging station
- Cost50-100 £
- Duration1-3 h
If you have a long day ahead of you when you wake up in the morning, it’s best to leave the house with a fully-charged phone. Our innovative upcycling idea will turn your bedside table into a chic charging station. We’ll show you how it’s done.
Have you heard about our 18-volt system yet? It offers a huge variety of devices for many different applications. What makes the project below so special is that you can use the same rechargeable battery for every part of this build. Simply swap out the battery pack, insert it into a different device that’s part of the 18-volt system, and move on to the next step.
It should go without saying that your safety is paramount at every stage of the project. Make sure you take the necessary precautions to protect yourself. You can find everything you need to know about the protective clothing you need for each type of tool in our guide.
Let's go - step by step
Marking and drilling holes
First, mark where you would like the charging station to be on the top surface of the side table. To do this, place the charging station in the desired position, and trace round it with a pencil. Then, drill a hole using an 8 mm Brad point drill bit inside the marked circle.
Before you drill the hole, check where the nearest power socket is to your bed. Once the table is ready, the cable should go as directly as possible to the power socket.
Sawing out the hole
Inserting the charging station
You need: charging station
When buying the charging station, make sure that it comes with a plastic ring; this will make it easier to insert into the hole. First, insert the ring into the sanded hole (image 1). Then place the charging station inside (image 2).
Connecting the charging station
You need: Charging station, Phone
The final step is to connect the charging station to the power. Place the bedside table where you would like it, and connect the charging station cable to the power socket. It’s best to hide the cable a bit so it doesn’t get in the way.
Now, when you place your phone on the correct part of the table, it will charge as if by magic.