If you’re living in a small, cramped space, possibly with another human being, you know that anything that combines functions is generally something you’ll find handy. As a result, you wind up owning some odd, yet brilliant, things, and the Power Bed Riser serves as one of those.
As you may have guessed, it serves two household functions. The first is, of course, getting your bed slightly higher off the ground, seven inches, specifically, so you can use the underside for more storage for gigantic plastic bins of Ramen and dried fruit. So far, nothing special; we see these in dorm rooms and tiny apartments around the country.
What stands out about this set of risers is that one is also a power strip with a six foot cord. So, you elevate your bed, plug this into the wall, and suddenly you’ve got a bit more power to play with. True, it only comes with two standard outlets. But, in a nice touch, there’s also two USB ports toting a 5-watt rating, so you can quickly get your phone charged.
It’s smart not least because it offers a lot more options for power in small spaces. We’ve all had the heartbreak of being crammed into a small room and discovering that the lamp we own doesn’t quite reach to the outlet. The USB ports in particular are useful because for some reason, wall warts still aren’t designed sensibly and really, it’s past time to start making USB ports standard in outlets anyway.
Sadly, for the color coordinated of the world, the only drawback is that you’ve got only slightly more colors than Henry Ford offered: These come in either black or grey. On the other hand, at $25 a pop, you can afford a cover for them, so why not?
Dan Seitz is an obsessive nerd living in New England. He lives in the Boston area with a fiancee, a dog, a cat, and far too many objects with processors.