Alas, the bane of shopping at IKEA is you have to assemble everything yourself. I’ve always said a parent’s worst nightmare for the holidays is the haunting phrase, “some assembly required.” Of course, you don’t have to be a parent to feel the pains of building various furniture, toys, and components yourself.
It’s not that it’s necessarily difficult. Just every so often you run into a project that has poorly labeled parts, or shoddy instructions and you’re left to your own devices.
Why does any of this matter? It looks like IKEA is launching their first Bluetooth speakers—as part of their partnership with Sonos—available to customers in the U.S. and U.K. What’s particularly special about the IKEA Bluetooth speaker is that some assembly is required. If that made your heart flutter for a moment, fear not, the speakers aren’t completely DIY.
What Assembly Is Required for the IKEA Bluetooth Speaker?
Luckily, with IKEA’s Eneby speakers you only need to attach the handle.
Luckily, you’re not piecing together electronic components and innards. The speakers are nearly built already. The models are called Eneby, and they come in two sizes: 8×8 inches and 12×12 inches.
You can choose between a black or grey polyester fabric which covers the white plastic of the speaker and looks rather chic.
Naturally, the smaller of the two models is designed to be portable, while the other will presumably sit inside your home or on a patio table.
You can mount the speakers using wall brackets sold separately. You can also purchase an additional battery pack to extend listening time up to 10 hours. Finally, a carry handle comes for the smaller model, which you will need to attach yourself. You can stop holding your breath now, that’s it. You just need to attach a handle. Way to make us sweat IKEA.
Do the IKEA Bluetooth Speakers Have More Features?
You can also mount the Eneby speakers using a kit (sold separately).
The IKEA Bluetooth speaker is just a basic audio unit, with an auto-off function to conserve energy. Both models also include a 3.5mm aux port if you want to listen to music from a device that is not equipped with Bluetooth.
There are no audio specs or additional details available about the speakers themselves. It looks as though they each have a tweet and woofer built-in, however.
You can’t buy them online just yet, but they are available in IKEA stores, if there’s a location near you. That is assuming you want to get trapped in the hellish maze that is IKEA’s show floor.
The Eneby speakers are $49 and $89 respectively, with the battery pack priced at $20 and a stand at $10. That price is just low enough to justify all the work you’ll must to put in before you can blare some tunes.