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IKEA to integrate Qi charging in some furniture starting in April 2015

Everyone's favorite build-your-own furniture store IKEA has just announced a partnership to start integrating Qi charging for devices into some of its furniture. Starting in April 2015, IKEA will offer bedside tables, lamps and desks with Qi charging built in, meaning you won't need to drop any extra cables or charging bases to keep your phones topped up. Jeanette Skjelmose, Business Area Manager Lighting and Wireless Charging, had this to say:

"Through research and home visits, we know that people hate cable mess. 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"

In addition to a lineup of furniture, IKEA will also start offering its own line of standalone Qi chargers for those who want to add wireless charging to their lives without buying full sets of furniture. There will be a variety of nice-looking Qi charging pads (including wood ones), as well as an insert that you can drill a hole into a current desk or table to add.

IKEA Qi

IKEA Qi

IKEA Qi

IKEA Qi

IKEA Qi

IKEA Qi

While Qi charging has already become the go-to way to charge up devices for many, full integration into furniture could push that further into general adoption. IKEA says that the new lines of products with Qi inside will be available in Europe and North america first, with a global rollout coming later.

Press release:

New collection: wireless charging makes life at home more convenient

IKEA launches the first of a new design collection integrating wireless charging of mobile phones and reading tablets into beautiful and functional home furnishing. The new solutions, turning bedside tables, lamps and desks into charging spots, will be available in Europe and North America from April, 2015, followed by a global roll-out.

The IKEA Wireless charging collection is part of a long term commitment called Home Smart in which IKEA strives for new innovative solutions for a better life at home. When developing the Wireless Charging collection, new but available technology has been used to meet people's needs of outlets and chargers beyond the fixed ones in homes or work environments.

"Through research and home visits, we know that people hate cable mess. 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", says Jeanette Skjelmose, Business Area Manager Lighting and Wireless Charging.

The technology builds on collaboration with the global certification standard Qi, offering a third party certification for wireless charging products. The new collection, turning bedside tables, floor and table lamps as well as desks into charging spots, was designed by among others David Wahl.

"We have created smart wireless solutions so you don't need to see the cables anymore. Many products can be charged at the same time, but you still have a beautiful wireless home", explains David Wahl.

IKEA launches design collections and unique collaborations every year that embody a passion to make life at home better. IKEA will move from releasing 1-2 design collections per year to around 10 per year.

60 Comments
  • Sounds nice
  • So maybe the BOB store can offer QI in his cheap furniture and say you can get a BOBIfied value with QI built in. LOL
  • Liol
  • New editor....(:welcome andrew..
  • "you will all be assimilated,we are the Borg"
  • "Resistance is futile."
  • I saw this in twitter 4hrs ago
  • You were inside Twitter? How was it?
  • Lots of birds, most of them are angry.
  • It was bound to happen sooner or later. I'm actually not surprised to see IKEAs name on it.
  • Very nice! I approve.
  • Cool.
  • How long until AT&T buys them and forces them to drop qi for PMA?
  • Buys IKEA? lol.
  • If only Ikea had led a Scandinavian bid to take over Nokia. iNokea Lumias would have been amazingly stylish. :)~
  • And come with vaguely written instruction manuals on how to assemble them. Leftover parts for everyone!
  • And fall apart after a year.
  • Except that pma and qi are already merging.
  • Awesome! Neat idea.
  • This is crazy nice, I will buy one!
  • definitely interested, considering they're relatively low cost.
  • Ikea chose Qi? I guess Qi won. ;)
  • The new Samsung Galaxy S6 also supports Qi (+ the other standard)
  • Awesome!
  • Ikea should begin by supporting Windows Phone with their app.
  • Yes but they canuse Lumia for their ad
  • I love this
  • Screw you AT&T(errible)!
  • This is the future.
  • I love the idea!
  • About bloody time. I've wanted QI charging in furniture since I first got my 920.
  • Great idea. Having Qi integrated furniture in the bedroom and living room saves all the hassle of constantly looking for charger, messing with re plugging other appliances and of course messy wires
  • This is not all that different from taking a Qi puck and gluing it to the underside of a table. In fact, the glue option will probably look better and last longer than something made by Ikea. Still, having support from the 'World's Walmart' is a great step forward for the standard.
  • Microsoft, where is IKEA app? WE NEED IT!
  • This question should probably be the other way around!
  • iPhone users are going to be so confused!
  • Good, there is nothing funnier than a confused diehard iphone fan throwing a toddler tantrum :P.
  • petteriusa   iPhone users are going to be so confused! Yeb, That is why my HP Toucpad still roks with charging dock!
  • Sounds very very good. I'm gonna wait for my next furniture buy until April.
  • That would be SUPER useful!
  • I'm going to build one in my couch' armrest.
  • My jeans pockets have Qi custom built.
  • But what about my PMA phone?   LOL just kidding.
  • Maybe an after market addon?
  • Have to ask: When in India?!
  • Awesome, this should seal the win for Qi. Looking for a nice corner desk so I can retrofit wireless charging in it.
  • Cool stuff
  • Brilliant :)
  • Nice!
  • Looking for this for a long time
  • I thought next Gen Qi would work at greater range. Mount it under the furniture instead of into it.
  • Viva la Ikea! Next logical step should be Ikea Windows Phone with body made of nice wood.
  • Very interesting!
  • Hopefully the HTC M9 is qi-enabled (and Windows-enabled)
  • Lovely! Proud to be a swede sometimes.
  • That's cool
  • I've had Qi furniture for a couple of years since I retro-fitted my nightstand with an ATT wireless charger from my 920.  Pretty simple, though it did involve routing out some of the wood underneath the top and gluing it in.  Still looks way better than drilling a hole through the wood as mine is invisible.  
  •    It's a great plan but I hope that they plan on making it less conspicuous.No one wants to look at their furniture and see a big ass plus sign.
  • Awesome, I'm so glad I already invested in a Lumia 920