Lincoln Park ResidenceTraditional Kitchen, Chicago

Gadget charging drawer located in the kitchen. Black felt protects the gadgets from scratches.

Photo by Tom Spanier

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srmandm wrote:Jun 13, 2015
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    TZS Design

    Thanks for your question. This was not installed after inspection and I am not aware it is against any code. The power strip is not retractable, it has a standard 6 foot cord plugged to a duplex behind the cabinet. There is enough slack to open and close freely. The receptacle is available to access when the drawer is removed. This is no different than placing a receptacle in a wall cabinet for a microwave.

  • l_maki

    Thanks for the response. That's what I was hoping you would say as I love this idea and was hoping it would have a simple solution. Out of curiosity, does the cord get caught up at all with the drawer below?


Jean Marie Semrow wrote:Dec 7, 2015
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    TZS Design

    Hello and thanks for your questions. We used black felt for the lining in the drawers with a standard black power strip. We had this custom made by the millworker used for the project.

What Houzz contributors are saying:

lolalina
Laura Gaskill added this to How to Conquer Kitchen Counter Clutter, Maybe for GoodMar 27, 2017

Dedicate a drawer to tech. If your devices and charging cords tend to sprawl over the kitchen counter, consider creating a hidden charging station. You will likely need to hire a pro to get this done. A maintenance worker can do the job if an outlet is already in an accessible spot; hire an electrician if you need to add a new outlet. Even if you don’t want to go to the trouble of creating a charging station, it’s still helpful to have a drawer dedicated to storing your tech devices and charging cords when not in use.

jeanniematteucci
Jeannie Matteucci added this to Kitchen of the Week: Good Flow for a Well-Detailed Chicago KitchenApr 6, 2015

Here’s a close-up shot of the built-in charging station to the left of the mudroom by the kitchen’s pantry cabinets. It has a black power strip, and black felt on the bottom of the drawer to prevent scratching. The couple also use the drawer to store their sunglasses, which they can grab as they head out the door.

What Houzzers are commenting on:

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Sarah Smith added this to Kitchens5 days ago

Dedicate a drawer to tech. If your devices and charging cords tend to sprawl over the kitchen counter, consider creating a hidden charging station. You will likely need to hire a pro to get this done. A maintenance worker can do the job if an outlet is already in an accessible spot; hire an electrician if you need to add a new outlet. Even if you don’t want to go to the trouble of creating a charging station, it’s still helpful to have a drawer dedicated to storing your tech devices and charging cords when not in use.

shsmith56
shsmith56 added this to charging stationAug 11, 2019

drawer and cabinet below side of island closest to fridge

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Amy Winuk added this to AMYJul 11, 2019

I like the divider in the drawer/

sarah_wentzien
Sarah Wentzien added this to Steve - Cabinets InteriorApr 5, 2019

TZS Design - This was not installed after inspection and I am not aware it is against any code. The power strip is not retractable, it has a standard 6 foot cord plugged to a duplex behind the cabinet. There is enough slack to open and close freely. The receptacle is available to access when the drawer is removed. This is no different than placing a receptacle in a wall cabinet for a microwave. Black power strip w/ black felt to prevent scratches.

amanda_woodward94
Amanda Woodward added this to Kitchen Ideas/improvementsFeb 28, 2019

Improvement having an extra outlet and usb in an unused drawer

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