How can we make life easier for the elderly and people with a disability? By adapting the furniture in the spaces they use, avoiding physical obstacles, making social interaction easier in common areas, and more. We chose three examples that understand the needs of these groups:
Furniture for all ages
IKEA’S OMTÄNKSAM collection is breaking down barriers, with the company explaining that it is “more than just furniture for the elderly”. The range includes comfortable, functional, and attractive pieces “designed for all body types and all ages”, with everything from adjustable armchairs to tables suitable for a wheelchair.
Making the invisible visible
People with vision problems need extra support at home, which is something that interior designer Emma Brain has thought about very carefully. She created this space so that it anyone that uses it can feel safe and independent.
If it’s not for you, just hack it
The DIY craze and the many tutorials we can find online offer a last-resort solution: furniture hacking, something that architect Izaskun Chinchilla is a big fan of. Lekker Architexts and Lanzavecchia + Wai created this free downloadable catalogue that contains 50 practical tips and tricks. It explains how to make furniture you already own more functional. You can download it for free from their website, where you will also find basic instruction manuals for small fixes around the house.
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