Wires suck. They do. They get all tangled and all in everybody’s way, and they’re unsightly. Last year, I wrote a post about how to wrangle your cords to keep them all in order. Hopefully that post was pretty helpful to everyone. Here’s another wire organization post via Lifehacker and IKEA Hackers.

Charging stations are a great idea to keep all of your cords in one place for easy access. Instead of going out to purchase one, you can make one for yourself for just $6. Here’s a model that you can follow for example if you’re interested in whipping up a charging station for yourself.

Step One: Grab a plastic serving bowl. IKEA Hackers used a SOLBRAND bowl, but I’m sure any plastic serving bowl would work. Get a piece of cardboard, and cut it to fit neatly inside the bowl.

Step Two: You’ll want to make sure that your cardboard will stay up and level inside the bowl. IKEA Hackers accomplished this by laying some wooden blocks inside the bowl to lift up the cardboard and gluing them to the bottom. This step would be harder with a curved bowl, which is probably why they selected the flat bottomed SOLBRAND bowl.

Step Three: Drill a hole into the bowl so that the cords can come up through the bowl and out of the cardboard.

Optional Step Four: IKEA Hackers covered their unsightly cardboard top with some kind of material, so feel free to stretch some fabric over the cardboard to give your charging station a little decorative flourish.

For complete instructions with pictures, check out IKEA Hacker’s article here.

What do you think of this idea of a DIY charging station? Would you attempt to make it? Let us know in the comments!

[Photo via IKEA Hackers.]