Everyone has a spot in their house that can be called their “command center.” That spot for me is my recliner in the den. It’s a great spot to relax with a good book, watch TV, knit, or keep up with my social media. I had a great side table next to my sofa with a built-in drink holder and two drawers for all those things that need to be close by but out-of-sight. The only problem was that with the position of the chair next to the sofa, I had a hard time opening the drawers. So I moved the side table on the other side of the recliner to have full access to the drawers and put a folding tray table next to the sofa. This worked well but now I had a tangle of cords visible on the floor. There was the lamp cord, cordless telephone charger, phone charger, iPad charger, and an extension cord. What a mess! Plus, my knitting basket wouldn’t fit between the legs of the tray table. I thought about this problem for a while and decided to build a side table to meet my needs. First, the top needed to be a little longer. Second, the legs needed to be straight so I could slip my knitting basket underneath the table. Third, and most importantly, I needed a way to plug in all my electronics and to hide the cords. I came up with a design to have a narrow hidden compartment under the table top for all the cords but with a slot so I could easily access my charging cords and I decided to hinge the top so I could easily add or remove plugs as needed. So after a few days of assembly, sanding, and finishing, I had my new table.
After plugging all the chargers in and feeding the ends of the cords to the edge for easy access, I closed the lid and stepped back to admire my new creation. I was pretty satisfied. It was the right size, all the clutter was hidden, and the knitting basket fit underneath perfectly! So imagine my dismay when I plugged in my iPad and still got a message that I needed to charge it! Well, it helps if you actually TURN ON the power strip!