Install An Outlet In A Drawer For Convenient Gadget Charging

Install An Outlet In A Drawer For Convenient Gadget Charging

You probably keep quite a few things that require power in drawers, but take them out to plug them in for use or charging purposes. Instead, why not just put an outlet in the drawer itself and save yourself some trouble?

The process is basically the same as making a homemade charging station. You can, essentially, wire a powerboard that fits nicely in the drawer through a hole in the back and plugs into an outlet somewhere else. (Since you’re only actually installing a powerboard, you’re also not breaking Australian laws which forbid you from messing with real power outlets.)

It’s a very simple idea, but as Remodeling Magazine points out, it’s a great way to plug in your blow drier and store it conveniently in a bathroom drawer. We also think it’s a smart idea for gadget charging-purposes, since you’re bound to have a few you don’t need to proudly display on your shelves. Whatever you decide to plug in, it’s a nicely concealed power source that’s bound to have several handy uses.

Dryer Drawer [Remodling Magazine via Unplggd]


  • The blow dryer idea, I actually think I might give a shot for my wife. It would be OK for gadgets if they don’t overcharge when you forget they are in there, otherwise you might want to use a timer of some sort! #]

  • I think the blow dryer idea is a little dodgy. There are rules in Australia re placement of power near a bathroom sink. What if water leaks or spills into the drawer. And how often do we hear of accidents (electrocution) in the bathroom when someone leaves their blow dryer or curling tong, whatever, plugged in.

    This has got to be one of the riskiest advice articles on Lifehacker ever.

  • I would also be concerned about the lead “pinching” at the back of the drawer and cutting through the protective insulation. Without that insulation anything metallic could become live, like the drawer runners. Personally I think this is very dangerous advice.

  • You can also build a ghetto ‘charger drawer’ using the same principle.
    1) Cut a hole in the back of the drawer and run a powerboard in, preferably one with power switches for each port.
    2) Plug in your various chargers (camera, phones, etc)*
    3) Unsightly chargers are hidden but easily accessible.

    *It’s worth checking that your chargers don’t get red hot when in use

  • Switches can be purchased that have ground fault safety system in it so it cuts off the power if it gets wet or tries to ground the power outside of the plug. These systems go down to fractions of an amp. On of those wall sockets instead of a cheap one would be safe to put in a drawer under your sink (and legal in Australia or any other country).

    As for cord pinching you could run curled power cable that looks like a phone hand set cord that lets it stretch when needed then curl back up when the drawer is closed keeping it from getting pinched or tangled.

  • As an electrician i can say that this is not really a responsible thing to be putting up on an australian site, even though you suggest using a power board this is still blurring the line between permanant and temporary wiring which could lead to trouble, flexible cords are not legal for permanant wiring and the standards would say that you need some mechanical protection on the cord to prevent accidental pinching and squashing of the cable which could start a fire. you should always use a licenced electrical contractor for things like this.
    Insurance company would not pay if this caused a fire.

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