Ikea is making furniture better for people with disabilities with the help of 3-D printers

March 18, 2019

Washington Post (March 15)

Ikea is making furniture better for people with disabilities with the help of 3-D printers

Extended couch legs that make it easier to get off the sofa. An oversize switch for turning lamps on and off. A handle to attach to the side of a shower curtain. These simple hacks don’t drastically change Ikea furniture — but they can transform a product for people with disabilities. To make some of their most popular products more accessible, Ikea’s branch in Israel partnered with Israeli disability rights groups to design low-tech add-ons — like special zippers and handles. The project, called ThisAbles, also reviewed hundreds of items and drew up a list of dozens of products that can already accommodate people with a range of disabilities, like tables that work for wheelchairs.



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