Check out this tutorial of updating nightstand drawer with power outlet to hide all the technology mess inside the drawer than out. Learn how to update any drawer in your home to make it more functional and pretty!
As someone works in the tech field, I enjoy having technology and gadget to improve my life. But I have mixed feelings about them: They are usually not the prettiest, and is hard to match my home interior style. So whenever possible, I’d love to hide them!
As an avid Pinterest user, I have seen a bunch of great ideas of inside-drawer power outlet – What a genius invention! People have them inside drawers of kitchen island, bathroom vanity, desk, you name it. So when I got my nightstands, I knew that I want to add power strip inside the drawer! My husband and I both do a lot of charging in the bedroom for our phones, laptops, fitbit, etc. As I’m trying hard to keep our master bedroom feel calm and relaxing, I really don’t want those black cords to mess up the look.
With this technique, you can literally install power strip in any drawer: maybe a charging station inside entry way console table for your guests’ phone and ipad, maybe a charging station inside vanity cabinet to charge electronic toothbrush. The possibilities are endless, sky is the limit!
I used this one from Amazon as it has 2 standard socket and 2 usb, and is at a pretty compact size. The price is super affordable too.
Update Nightstand Drawer Video
This video consist of two parts: apply contact paper to drawer and install power strip.
Install Power Strip Inside Drawer Instruction
Tools you’ll need:
- Desktop power strip
- Screw and nut
- Drill (you can skip this tool if your drawer is thick enough for to screw in)
- Measure the size of where the desktop power strip will sit inside the drawer. I placed mine on the bottom of the drawer towards the back. So the cable connect to wall outlet and glide freely
- Use drill and jigsaw to cut the hole so the power strip can sit comfortably and securely inside the drawer
- Place the power strip inside to check if it fits well and mark the screw holes of the outlet
- Remove power strip then drill the marked holes for screws
- Place the drawer back to nightstand and then fit power strip inside. Secure it with screw and nut. If your drawer’s bottom is more than ½ in thick, you can probably skip the drill hole part and just secure the power strip to the drawer using a short screw.
That’s it! Simple but impactful right? I’m so addicted to this now that I will keep adding those inside-drawer power outlet everywhere to hide those not-so-pretty technologies! What’s best is that it also has USB ports so you don’t need those bulky charging converters anymore.
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