You may remember earlier this year, IKEA, the Swedish furniture giant, announced that it would start building and selling furniture with built-in Qi standard wireless charging. I didn’t have a bedside table and so I decided to buy one. It’s a little out of the ordinary for us here at PhoneDog, but here’s an unboxing of IKEA’s SELJE.
First off, it’s worth mentioning that the bedside table comes as two packages: one is the table, and the other is the wireless charging unit.
In the large box we get all the components required to build the bedside table. That includes the assembly instructions and a bag of screws. As far as major parts of the table go, there aren’t that many. You get two pairs of legs, two small side panels with built-in casters for sliding the drawer into, the back panel and the top panel. You’ll notice the top part has a large hole in it: this is where your wireless charger sits. There are also a few more smaller parts for building the drawer.
On to the second, smaller box and we get to the purpose of this furniture. This is the wireless charger. The main unit is circular and has a base with three holes used as fixing points, it also has the power cable running out of the back. There’s also a wall adapter. And, of course, a multi-lingual booklet.
Building the table is actually pretty straightforward. You slide both pairs of legs in to the side panels. They click in to place, before sliding in the back panel. This is fixed in place using three phillips screws. The whole package only comes with six screws. The other three are used for fixing the wireless charging unit to the underside of the table’s top surface.
Once you’ve screwed the charger to the table top you feed the power cable through one of the rear legs. I found it got stuck the first few times, so I tied a guitar string around the end, fed that through and pulled it out of the other end. I found the string had just the right amount of strength and grip to do the job. Also, I already had a bunch of them spare in my office. As soon as the cable was pulled through, I could fix the table top to the legs by clicking it in to place.
Before continuing I pulled the cable through further to ensure it was taught. Then, the table top is properly secured by folding over a couple of tabs on the underside of the frame. Placing the bespoke rubber foot on the rear left leg, where the cable feeds through, completes the main table. Oh, and the wireless charger hides a USB port for charging other devices.
After building the table, I built the drawer by sliding and clicking together a few more panels and finishing it off by folding over some more metal tabs using a screwdriver. Put the drawer in, and all that’s left to do is plug it in to a power outlet and test it.
Now the charging unit itself has a cross on the top which forms a level of sorts to rest your device on. It also means you don’t have to guess where exactly you should place your phone. It’s made of a rubberized material and is pretty grippy. And, since the unit is flush with the table top you don’t have to worry about devices slipping off.
This will charge any Qi-enabled handset. Some, like the Note 4, require a special battery cover to be purchased to enable the feature. Other devices, like the Nexus 6 and a bunch of Lumias, have it built in as standard. It’ll even charge your Moto 360. And that’s what I love about it. Because it’s not a separate dock or stand, I don’t have to worry about how big or small the device is that I want to charge. I can just lay it flat on top of the table and know that it will start charging, and it’s not likely to fall or be off balance.
This table — among other wireless charging IKEA furniture — is available to buy now. I bought mine in the U.K. for £50. In the U.S., you’re looking at $59 for this one. If you’re not looking to replace your bedside table, you could just replace your bedside lamps with Qi-equipped ones from the same range. But if you’re a fan of color, you’ll be disappointed. The entire range is only available in white.