IKEA is the go-to store for economically priced furniture, accessories, and household goods. Many people find the assembly process for their furniture a little daunting, but they almost always work through it for the sake of the savings. For the physically disabled, however, many IKEA products are challenging even after being set up, from the tiny light switches and low-rise couches to the handles on dressers and sharp edges on tables.
IKEA Israel recently joined forces with non-profit groups Milbat and Access Israel to introduce 13 new designs under a line called ThisAbles. These 3D-printed embellishments make existing IKEA furniture and accessories much more user-friendly for people with physical disabilities. The schematics for these hacks are all free online, too, which means you really just need a 3D printer to make them. The instructions are written in Hebrew, but it’s nothing Google Translate shouldn’t be able to help you out with.
Shuki Koblenz, the CEO of IKEA Israel, says of the collection: “IKEA has vowed to create a better daily life for as many people as possible, and we feel it is our duty to create this initiative and allow people with disabilities to enjoy a wide range of products, furniture, and household items.”
Once a hack is created, you simply place it over your existing IKEA products. The process is demonstrated on IKEA Israel’s YouTube page, along with an explanation of how each hack benefits the physically disabled.
Although there are only 13 disability hacks currently available, more are expected to be unveiled soon.
This protective plate shields glass doors on furniture from breakage in case of accidental contact.
An extra-large switch so lamps and light fixtures can be turned on and off without using individual fingers. The Mega Switch was specially designed to help those with sight and/or hand-based disabilities.
This add-on lets those with sight and/or hand-based disabilities easily open doors with their forearm or open hand. It’s also available in both right and left-handed versions to meet users’ varied needs.
Made specially for wheelchair users, the Insider allows a sitting individual to see objects on high shelves via three fasteners connected to a mirror.
This handle pops up so doors can easily be opened by an entire hand or forearm as opposed to just a few fingers.
This easily-installed lift elevates seating heights to make sitting down and getting up from chairs and couches less physically and mentally taxing.
Zippers are often difficult for those with sight and/or hand-based impairments. These rings attach to them for smooth and easy operation.
Tub and shower curtains are hard to grip from a wheelchair, but this stiff handle makes the task a total breeze.
Cane By Me
This simple walking cane stand ensures the disabled homeowner always has a little assistance nearby.
Connect a scanning pen to this device, and it converts text into a message read out loud.
This handy holder keeps a cup or glass nearby and in place by snapping onto the side of chairs and couches — a major boon for those in wheelchairs or with vision problems.
Attached to either hand, this tool holds painting and drawing tools in place, making it ideal for those who have trouble holding such instruments steady.
Spot On Shelf
This simple tool easily identifies the borders of shelves in cabinets and bookcases for those with visual impairments.