The Future Home: IKEA's Wireless Charging Furniture

Friday, April 17, 2015

I think we have stepped into a relatively futuristic era. It starts with home furniture that actually gives your devices power – wirelessly.

IKEA is a favorite amongst Malaysians. Where you might find IKEA quiet and low on crowds in Sweden or even Canada, IKEA in Malaysia is always packed to the brim. I for one, avoid IKEA on weekends where throngs of parents and their children (and strollers, lots and lots of strollers) converge. And for good reason, since the space is clean and bright, well-designed and serves delicious, well-priced food in the IKEA café.

I foresee a much bigger crowd rushing in to buy these once they arrive in Malaysia – wireless charging furniture, to charge all your mobile devices.

Thank about it: No more wires and charging cables plugged everywhere. No more hassle of looking and buying charging plugs for different phones. All you need to do is place your phone onto a charging surface (indicated by the + sign) and that's it. Simple, hassle-free and integrated into your home.


Not at all. IKEA has made it simple by also selling the wireless charging pods separately – the JYSSEN wireless charger that comes in a DIY kit that allows it to be built into any furniture you already own. All you need to do is attach it under a favorite coffee table or work table in your home, and the surface is now a charging pod.

"Through research and home visits, we know that people hate cable mess. They worry about not finding the charger and running out of power." – Jeanette Skjelmose, IKEA's business area manager of lighting and wireless charging.

If you are looking to furnish a new home, then you can start looking into their new range of furniture that already has wireless charging features installed, like the VARV table lamp with wireless charger (also available as a floor lamp) or perhaps a SELJE bedside table that allows you to charge on its surface. It's just too cool, especially when all of these are hidden from plain sight, and yet, functional.

As another alternative, you can also purchase charging pads that looks like a coaster. These are designed so well to fit any home, so it wouldn't look too out of place, no matter where you place it. The NORDMÄRKE charging pad comes in either one, or three charging areas. I'd personally recommend anything that comes in threes.

Now, the most important question: When will these be available in Malaysia?
The range is currently available in Europe, and will soon be available in the US in late spring. As for Malaysia (and the rest of Asia), safe to say that you might only need to wait from mid to end of this year to get your hands on these. Trust me, I can't wait either.

For more information, check out the range on IKEA UK's site.
*All images used here belongs to IKEA.

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