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ThisAbles: IKEA Israel launches free 3D printable furniture hacks for people with disabilities

    Ikea, the largest furniture manufacturer in the world, has teamed up with nonprofits Milbat and Access Israel, to develop ThisAbles, a line of 3D-printed add-ons for Ikea furniture.

The project is aimed to make IKEA merchandise more user-friendly for people with physical disabilities. Its objects are available online as free schematics, and can be 3D-printed and installed on Ikea mainstays like the Billy bookcase or Karlstad couch.

"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," explained IKEA Israel CEO Shuki Koblenz.

A total of 13 designs are available today. They include items like a Couch Lift for sitting down and getting up more easily; and the EasyHandle, a handle for opening the door with the forearm or the whole hand; and the Glass Bumper, a plastic panel that protects glass doors from the bump of a wheelchair.

All the designs are made to slip right over existing Ikea furniture. Installation methods for all of the 3D modifications are demonstrated on Ikea Israel’s YouTube page, showing how a small tweak can make a huge difference for people with disabilities.

“We do not guarantee that we will be able to find a solution for every need, but we promise to try,” the initiative explains on its site.


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