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DIY phone charging station using a bread box

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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 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 (like this white one), 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

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The bread box was a typical bread box, there was no shelf. 

You can buy this roll top bread box on Amazon and it’s so cheap! This bread box is actually a square roll top version if you want a more modern style.

diy cell phone charging station

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.

diy cell phone charging station

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?

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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.

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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).

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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.

diy cell phone charging station

Put your pegs in the holes.

diy cell phone charging station

I cut my craft board to 14 1/2″ long and it fit perfectly inside the bread box.

diy cell phone charging station

Michaels Crafts sells all sorts of crafting board in various shapes and sizes.

diy cell phone charging station

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.

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Double check.

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Now you have a shelf!

diy cell phone charging station

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?

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You can see how I fed the phone charger through the hole in the back of the bread box.

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The back of the bread box.

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This project took under one hour. I think most of the time was the setup and cleanup.

Mobile Phone Charging Station

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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.

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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. This white desktop organizer would also be a great charging station for multiple cell phones.

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

diy cell 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. 

Looking for more kitchen organization ideas? Check out our newly organized refrigerator with the best clear plastic containers and pantry food storage makeover. They are both so pretty now!

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.

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40 Comments

  1. AWESOME idea Jess! our family needs a charging station desperately, we have devices laying around everywhere! The fabric is a great addition too.

  2. Excellent idea!! We need a charging station as well! Thanks for sharing….gonna try this!~~Angela

  3. Can I just tell you how cute you are! I LOVE the instagram pictures rock star! You are HILARIOUS!!!!!! Totally pinning (and scheduling) and Facebooking this idea! I need this for my kitchen!

    Counting my blessings for you today!
    karianne

  4. I LOVE IT! We mentioned just lately that we needed some kind of station. Yours is great. I also love your kitchen. What a happy place to cook! πŸ™‚ k.

  5. That is such a great idea, love it! . . . but where are your safety glasses? Never use power tools without them.

    1. Hey Bobbi! I agree, safety glasses always when using power tools! You are right πŸ™‚ Glad you like the project. It was fun and it works great.

  6. I’ve seen this done with fake books, yours has more room. Cool idea! I need to stuff one with my camera chargers.

  7. That is such a great way to repurpose a breadbox! I used an old wooden wine box for a charging station and it has worked out great. I hated the cords all over the place….so much neater now!

    1. Hey Heather! I am going through my comments and I’m not sure if I responded back to you? I don’t think I did. I am so sorry. Thanks so much for stopping by and I appreciate your shares πŸ™‚

  8. What a great idea! Thanks for sharing I think I might give this a try….Oh and I bet your dad wants one now doesn’t he?!?!

    Thanks again!

    1. haha Karie, my dad thinks I am crazy! In fact, his cell phone is from 1980, like the bagged kind. ha. Just kidding but it’s 8 years old and I don’t even think he knows where it is half the time. ha. His generation (well some) could careless about cell phones. I couldn’t live without mine!

  9. Such a genius idea! I will have to keep my eye out for a bread box when I am at Goodwill. Thanks so much for sharing. Pinned! πŸ™‚
    Happy Easter!

  10. This is such a great idea…we always have stuff charging on our counters ! I picked up a breadbox at a garage sale the other day… just to try your idea:) Thanks for the tutorial!!
    Krista

  11. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE….simple, cute…and I already have a bread box! However, what about in an RV? I have no counter space available….Any ideas to take a charging station vertical? would love your ideas!

    Darci

    1. Thank you πŸ™‚ Is there a way you could mount it on the wall or screw to the under part of a top cabinet?

  12. Love this! We have lots of electronics so adding a power strip to the back of the breadbox so I can charge more than 2 things at once.

  13. Ingenious! Our kitchen is a gadget minefield, I’m totally stealing this idea.

  14. I can’t believe I am seeing this. I am on my second chrome “bread box office”. The first expensive bread box lid quit closing so I bought a less expensive one that has a difference closing mechanism. Although I do not have an internal shelf (very helpful) or use it as a charging station I do however use it to store pens, pencils, lipstick, external drive, scotch tape, and other office supplies. The chrome matches my contemporary kitchen.

  15. I can’t believe I am seeing this. I am on my second chrome “bread box office”. The first expensive bread box lid quit closing so I bought a less expensive one that has a difference closing mechanism. Although I do not have an internal shelf (very helpful) or use it as a charging station I do however use it to store pens, pencils, lipstick, external drive, scotch tape, and other office supplies. The chrome matches my contemporary kitchen.

  16. Wonderful idea to add shelf. Here’s a question. How would you paint this bread box. I’ve seen people selling them as distressed with a french motif on them. However, the front rolls down and I’d be concerned of breaking the box if I took it apart to paint it thoroughly. Any suggestions.

  17. Have you ever had an issue with too much heat when the items are charging?

    1. I haven’t but my holes in the back are big and I tend to leave the bread box open a lot