IKEA collaborated with Israeli device center to design furniture sets with keeping accessibility in mind.
IKEA in the Middle Eastern country has collaborated with Milbat, a non-profit organization for the people with disabilities to make furniture more assessable using 3D printing system. Thisables, a collaborative project of both the companies provides 3D add-ons for furniture designed especially for the disabled section. By adding lifts to raise the table, bumpers for protection and easier to grab handles, life of people has become easier.
IKEA furniture is in demand due to its affordability however, it necessarily does not mean that the furniture is accessible to all. Some wardrobes can be handless while a lamp can have tiny buttons to press. To fix this problem the innovative project was launched to accessorize furniture at IKEA and make life easier for the disabled sections. The installation process is depicted on IKEA Israel’s YouTube page. The 3D printing files can be downloaded for free, just that one requires either a printing service or their own 3D printer. Instructions regarding the assembling of the ad-ons are also mentioned on their official website.
In order to see this advanced furniture, one has to visit the IKEA store in person but to purchase the ready-made furniture it is only possible through Milbat. However, if one already has a 3D printer there is no need to buy furniture and designs can be made for free of cost. Customizations can always be done if the printed sections do not fit the desired conventional furniture. Thus, this collaboration of IKEA and Milbat is a joint effort not to seek profits but encouraging the makers to build more furniture to provide better accessibility to the disabled.