IkeaThisAbles, is a project dedicated to making Ikea furniture available for everybody, including people with disabilities.
The ThisAbles project was conceived to allow people with special needs to enjoy the quality of life provided by IKEA products.
As part of IKEA’s vision to “create a better everyday life for as many people as possible”, they joined forces with the non-profit organizations Milbat and Access Israel, that specialize in creating special solutions for populations with special needs and disabilities, and developed a new line of products that bridge some of the gaps between existing IKEA products and the special needs of people belonging to these populations.
The project allows anyone to 3D print a range of add-ons that simply and easily convert Ikea furniture and accessories into disability-friendly products. Now people with disabilities from any corner of the world can print add-ons in their nearest 3D printing shop.
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The good: The website offers any user to describe a problem that they have and Ikea will try to find a convenient solution.
The not so good: At the moment there is a limited range of product add-ons
The verdict: Interesting project idea that more manufacturers should adopt