Whether it be at the desk, in the bed, or on the sofa, comfort is the optimal requirement to ensure a good gaming session. While gaming furniture has technically always existed; from gaming desk chairs to Playstation bean bags, only recently has it been more aggressively targeted by companies searching for the next community to profit from.
Whilst not the first to the punch, IKEA has joined the fray nevertheless, capitalising on the popularity of gaming culture in an attempt to sell some subjectively cool-looking equipment.
Whilst early forms of gaming furniture were more catered to the home console player, i.e floor chairs designed for racing games in front of the TV, this IKEA range seems more suited to streamers working from a desk.
This gaming furniture range is set to roll-out across the globe this October, having already had trial launches in a few countries earlier this year. With an obvious focus on PC gaming culture, the sleek black and red grid-like aesthetic makes you feel like you’re trapped inside either a PC, or a MegaDrive cartridge.
The range includes the usual gaming chairs, desks, pegboards and floor protectors, but then some more unusual items are also on offer; a gaming mug & holder, a mouse bungee, a chunky wooden ‘accessory hand’, a neck pillow (for that optimal Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 experience) and the most essential item in any gaming space: a poster of some generic dude standing on a roof.
With all this sweet gear, your gaming space is sure to be the talk of the town, but hopefully not just because it’ll look like a burger restaurant’s bathroom.
In total, the new gaming range includes more than 30 products, covering both furniture – gaming desks and chairs, a drawer unit – and accessories – a mug holder, a mouse bungee, a neck pillow, a ring light and many more. The new range offers gaming desks and chairs of different price range to meet the needs of different target groups.IKEA PR Blurb
You certainly can’t fault IKEA for giving gamers a variety of different products, and given how accessible and often cheaper IKEA furniture is to stores you’d find on the high street, their gaming range could potentially be the go-to affordable option for young budding streamers who lack the cash to get something more high-end.
“We want our products to offer better ergonomics and functions so that gamers can become even better at what they do without wearing out their bodies – become better athletes, basically.”Jon Karlsson, IKEA designer.
We can’t say we’re immediately convinced by this range, but it’s understandable if this seems both appealing and affordable to someone looking to make their first steps into the PC streaming world.
Will you be picking up any IKEA gaming gear this October? If not, where do you go for your furniture gaming goods? Let us know in the comments!