Using simple add-ons to make existing Ikea products more
Ikea hacks typically have the goal of making
Ikea products look less like Ikea products. But a new project
from the retailer, in collaboration with disability-minded
nonprofits Milbat and Access Israel, is putting a new, accessible
spin on the concept.
ThisAbles is a series of
product add-ons that make existing Ikea furniture more accessible
for people with disabilities. These simple furniture modifications
include large rubber handles that attach to cabinets and curtains,
oversized switches that sit atop lamp buttons, and lifts that slip
onto couch legs.
The products have been released online as downloadable
schematics that can be 3D printed and added to existing furniture.
As of now, there are 13 products on the website, but ThisAbles
invites anyone to propose new solutions that the team might not
have thought of. Of course, while ThisAbles is a clever solution,
it’s easy to argue that Ikea should be designing for
accessibility from the start.
Source: FS – All – Architecture 10
Ikea releases 3D-printable furniture hacks for people with disabilities