IKEA's fab furniture and lighting range can charge up your mobiles and devices wirelessly. Hello, smart home!
BY SOPHIE DAVIES
TOP IMAGE: 'Nordli' bedside table, £85, with wireless charging
ABOVE: 'Varv' table and floor lamps, from £29 to £85, with charging; 'Varv' ceiling lamp, £34
'Charge where you are' is the mantra of IKEA's range of wireless charging furniture and lighting, in UK stores now, that lets you charge up your smartphone or tablet anywhere in the home. Ugly cable clutter is banished, as is stooping to find the plug. The Swedish homewares giant has designed two bedside tables and a choice of task, table and floor lamps with built-in charging spots, so chargers are hidden conveniently in plain sight, seamlessly integrated with your space.
'We know that people hate cable mess,' says IKEA's Jeanette Skjelmose. 'They worry about not finding the charger and running out of power. Our new innovative solutions, which integrate wireless charging into home furnishings, will make life at home simpler.' Part of IKEA's ongoing 'Home Smart' collection, options include charging pads for multiple devices and even a charging unit, 'Jyssen' (£30), which you can build into furniture yourself, or plug into a 'Stuva' or 'Micke' desk.
If your mobile doesn't support the store's wireless charging standard Qi (check here; iPhones and Samsung Galaxy aren't enabled), it also sells 'Vitahult' phone covers, from £18, that ensure compatibility. Every product also features a USB port for powering additional devices. IKEA's space-saving wireless charging range is available now in all UK IKEA stores and to buy online. Here's hoping it rolls out globally soon! Expect to see more smart-home kit trending.