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A Docking Drawer Will Keep Your Counters Cord-Free in 2020

Bye, tangled chaos!

drawer with plugged-in charging electronics inside
Tim Lenz for Studio Dearborn

Phones, tablets, cameras, computers. Wonderful to receive as holiday gifts, extremely annoying to see scattered across an otherwise-clean kitchen counter while they charge. Enter: the Docking Drawer. It's a very simple device—basically a power strip designed to be installed in the very back of the inside of any cabinet or drawer—that will relegate your whole "charging station" (currently a plug in the wall, if you're anything like us?) to a hidden-but-easily-accessible location in your home.

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Docking Drawer

Designer Sarah Robertson, known for her brilliantly functional kitchen designs at Studio Dearborn, is a dedicated user of the product. "Do you have a New Years resolution to get a part of your life organized?" she asked in a recent Instagram featuring a Docking Drawer (notably their most popular Instagram post of 2019). "This is an easy place to start because the outlets can be retrofitted into standard drawers. Just sayin, no more excuses!" Robertson also notes that she and her family use the product in their own home—a serious vote of confidence from a designer who specializes in these sorts of solutions.

"Our family is now pretty well trained that if they’ve misplaced a phone or calculator or power stick it will be here...and we pop the gadgets onto their chargers as soon as they are depleted and shut the drawer...phew...chaos contained!!!" If your kitchen has a desk, Robertson recommends stashing one in that drawer. Otherwise, she says the best location for a Docking Drawer is "on the edge of the main work zones," like the range or sink area. That way, she explains, "Users can plug and unplug their gadgets without ending up under foot in the main cooking zones."

Melanie Richardson also recently touted the organizational benefits of in-drawer electrical outlets when sharing a master bathroom design to Instagram. "Best idea for your bathroom ever..... hair dryer, flat iron, and brushes all in a tidy pull out drawer!" the designer said in an Instagram post.

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If you're working with existing cabinetry, just be sure there's enough space to fit the gadget. The drawer box needs to be, at minimum, 15" wide and 3" tall with 2" of space behind the it when closed. (Standard drawer dimensions fall safely into these constraints, so you're probably in the clear!)

Installation is very straightforward: You basically cut a rectangular hole in the back of the drawer or cabinet so the Docking Drawer can be inserted. But it does require using a drill and a jigsaw—so if you're not comfortable with some light woodworking, book a handyman or contractor to slot it in for you.

Best idea for your bathroom ever..... hair dryer, flat iron, and brushes all in a tidy pull out drawer!

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