Ikea has long been known for two things: meatballs, and affordable furniture you have to build yourself. The latter of the two will soon include pro gaming furniture thanks to a new collaboration between the iconic Sweden-based furniture company and Asus ROG (Republic of Gamers.)
While at first the collaboration between Ikea and Asus ROG might seem unexpected, it does make a certain amount of sense. As much as Ikea is known for its affordable furniture, Asus is also one of the first brands to pop up on a Google search for affordable computer brands. With their ROG (Republic of Gamers) line, Asus is aiming to meet the needs of gamers with their products and—if Ikea is looking to do the same— the two companies would be well-suited for a collaboration.
Ikea does have products on offer that are well-suited to meet the needs of most gamers (for instance, the Fredde Desk pictured above,) but the new line will go beyond the more basic furniture options they currently have. In an article from Lad Bible, General Manager of Asus Gaming Gear and Accessory Business Unit Kris Huang was quoted as saying, “Together with IKEA as an expert in home furnishing, we envision that this collaboration will create synergies that empower gamers to build the gaming space they have always imagined in the comfort of their own homes.”
As of right now, it seems that the earliest this new line of furniture would be available in the US is October of 2021 following a Chinese release in February. It’s likely that a clearer image of what sort of furniture will be available is still forthcoming, but at the moment, few details have been confirmed about the selection. One piece of information that has been solidified is that the line will consist of around 30 pieces total.
In the meantime, Ikea’s current selection definitely has some options that might suit a gamer’s furniture needs and there are always more expensive and complicated pieces out there as well. For example, the Cluvens Scorpion Computer Chair Cockpit IW-SK Recliner is available for just around $2,000. While that may be at one end of the spectrum, it will be exciting to see what Ikea and Asus ROG come up with that is a bit more on the financially feasible side.