Not that long ago, the idea of a coffee table or a bed that allowed you to charge your phone and doubled up as a Bluetooth speaker would have seemed incredibly futuristic, like something out of Star Trek. But today, a growing number of us own a piece of smart furniture or a smart appliance, with this technology evolving and advancing all the time.
So is smart furniture the future? Or is it just a passing fad? It’s always natural to wonder this when new technology comes to the market, but smart products have been making their way into our homes for a few years now, so does this mean they are definitely here to stay? Let’s take a look…
Smart furniture may look like ordinary furniture, but it has integrated features that transform the piece beyond its traditional use, for example with in-built wireless charging technology.
This is one of the most common smart furniture features, with huge demand for it in our always-on, smartphone-dependent modern lives.
Smart furniture can have multiple uses, transforming your everyday life in ways including:
Smart furniture is constantly evolving, with new products coming to the market all of the time. There are now kitchen worktops that will reveal a hidden sink with a ‘swipe up’ motion, and fridges that let you see the expiry dates of what’s inside without you having to open the door. We’re excited to be playing a small part in the world of smart furniture as it continues to grow and evolve, and can’t wait to see what the future holds – just how futuristic will the products in our homes become?!
One piece of research has looked into the smart products UK households expect to own in the next few years – although smart furniture and smart home appliances shouldn’t be confused, it’s incredibly interesting to see the direction that people expect their homes to take in the very near future.
Ernst & Young’s Taking New Steps Into The Smart Home report discovered that smart product ownership is expected to increase significantly in the near future, finding that:
We asked Nathan Morgan, commercial director of Koble Designs, for his thoughts on whether smart furniture is the future or a fad. He said:
“There is always a fear with every new concept as to whether it’s worth investing in or if it’s just a fad, especially when technology is involved. There are multiple examples of companies that have faced this scrutiny when launching – Netflix, Spotify, Apple, and WhatsApp, to name a few.
“At Koble, our team has decades of experience in manufacturing quality furniture and lighting. With our ability to now include wireless charging capability and sound to our designs that are discreet and do not compromise the visual appeal to the product, we are in a strong position to make a real difference to how people look at furniture.
“Functionality and design are at the heart of every product we launch under our growing brand. We are striving to make life easier for our customers. Wireless charging is no longer a thing of the future – all smartphones are now being manufactured with the functionality.”
In summary, we believe that smart furniture will only be a passing fad if technology stops developing – and that’s not going to happen. At Koble, you’ll find the latest developments in smart furniture from smart desks to smart beds, and from smart lighting solutions to LED Bluetooth lantern speakers – everything you need to make your home that bit smarter.
Whether you opt for a smart bed, smart side table, or a smart height adjustable desk to transform your home office, see how you get on with using the technology and how it transforms your routine.