Normally I’m more of a “Step by Step DIY” writer than a “Life Hack” photo blogger, but every once in awhile I come up with an idea that just works and doesn’t need much explanation.

That’s the case with this post. at Hawk Hill I used to use cable clips to secure the cord of my iPhone charger to the back of my nightstand, but in my Seattle Apartment I feel like I can pull off a more eclectic look, and I like the vibe of this vintage C-clamp.

This vintage C-clamp, and many others from what I can tell, work perfectly to hold in place a phone charger cable- allowing the cord to feed through as needed, but neatly retaining it in an easy-to-reach place when you are not charging. I wish I could add a source to get a c-clamp like this one, luckily they are easy to find (and usually only a buck or two) at garage sales and flea markets.

Vintage C-Clamp secures a phone charging cable to a nightstand
Vintage C-Clamp secures a phone charging cable to a nightstand and allows the cord to be retractable. I really appreciate using vintage hardware to solve modern problems with style.

 

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A zoomed out view of my “steampunk” phone charger cord holder. The clear box on the side of the nightstand is a Stick on Caddy. I got tired of knocking my glasses or phone off my nightstand in the night, and this caddy keeps them close but secure when I’m fumbling in the dark.

 

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Charger cable holder on my nightstand, with different table dressing.

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For another practical indoor use of a vintage hardware style C-clamp, check out this display from the Seattle Anthropologie sales floor last winter. I love how they added easy to use S hooks to the more fixed position C clamps to make quick storage easy.
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