Styling: Lisa Milberg and Leo Forssell
Photo: Adéle Askelöf

Phone shelf, phone hotel, phone daycare – there are lots of ways of putting it. We’ve chosen to call it a phone shelf and here’s how to build one that looks great and doesn’t break the bank.

Like it or lump it, mobile phones take up a lot of space in our lives. One way of reducing their impact on our leisure time is to simply get them out of our pockets and off our tables. It’s time for mobile phones to get a bit more time to themselves in a predefined storage spot, located a decent distance away from the bedroom, the living room and the dining table.

Make the phone shelf the only place the family’s screens and phones are charged meaning they aren’t so handy – or tempting – all the time.

In the past, when people went to church, they had to take off their armour and put down their weapons in the porch. We could see the smartphone as the modern equivalent of swords and crossbows, something to be left at the door. Making the phone shelf the only place the family’s screens and phones are charged means they aren’t so handy – or tempting – all the time.

The compartments have space for phones, or for tablets if you make it without the dividers. If you like, you can line the inside of each compartment with quilted fabric to reduce vibrations and absorb sound.

No-one really wants to see extension leads or a mass of tangled cables, so they are hidden behind a little flap on the side. The flap can be attached with adhesive putty so it can be opened.

Download the drawings and build your own phone shelf.