Ikea has unveiled a range of furniture that feature wireless charging spots as it seeks to make charging smartphones more convenient.
The retailer’s Home Smart range includes lamps, bedside tables and office furniture and was unveiled at Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona.
Ikea business area manager for lighting and wireless charging Jeanette Skjelmose said: ”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.”
The range uses the QI wireless charging standard, which is compatible with the new Samsung Galaxy S6 smartphone, and will also include a USB outlet for charging additional devices.
Phones that do not support the QI standard, which include the iPhone 5 and 6 and the Samsung Galaxy S5, will need to use wireless charging covers, which Ikea also sells.
Ikea designed the range at its design hub at its global headquarters in Älmhult, Sweden, and it is designed to blend in with “every space in the home”.
The wireless charging range will be sold in all UK stores from mid-April, with products starting at £30.