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House with two entrances, one with steps and along side, a second entrance leading directly to elevator Entrance to wheelchair accessible home
Modified home with elevator that also serves as wheelchair accessible entrance
The user turns in bed using a stringA string that facilitates turning in bed
Simple adaptation that facilitates turning in bed - suitable for persons with disabilities
User on the way out to the balconyAccessible balcony
Balcony without threshold facilitates passage for wheelchair users
Balcony garden containers with space for kneesAccessible balcony garden
Convenient balcony garden adapted to wheelchair users
Bathroom with shower stall and electric toiletAccessible bathroom in vacation home
A bathroom addition - summer cottage solution for wheelchair users
Bathroom with aquariumAccessible bathroom with aquarium
Being able to look at fish and listen to music passes the time in the bathroom
User by closet with sliding doors and pull-out shelvesAccessible bedroom
- a solution for a person who uses a wheelchair
User at dockAccessible boat dock at vacation home
Hinged floating dock - suitable for wheelchair users
Accessible clothes closetAccessible clothes closet
Wheelchair accessible, easy to see clothes closet
Accessible deskAccessible desk
Narrow desk saves room in crowded spaces.
Accessible deskAccessible desk
Desk with double work surface and accessible control panel for electric outlets
Ramp in front of entranceAccessible entrance
An aluminum frame and a platform elevator make an apartment building from the turn of the last century accessible for wheelchair users.
Single lever faucet on front edge of sinkAccessible faucet
Faucet sits on front edge of sink – easily accessible for persons with compromised arm and hand function
Garden with raised bedsAccessible garden
Architect-designed wheelchair accessible garden with raised beds at various heights
Raised planting bedsAccessible herb garden
Raised beds facilitate gardening especially for wheelchair users.
House with large windows on sloping lot, front viewAccessible house
Well-planned house – suitable for a person with disabilities who has a family and assistants
Counter without lower, cabinet with electric cooktop, gas stove and sinkAccessible kitchen
Accessible kitchen in summer home with room for large family. Several people can cook simultaneously, both standing and wheelchair users.
Counter with knee-space and sinkAccessible kitchen
Kitchen suitable for wheelchair users
Counter in accessible kitchenAccessible kitchen
Functional kitchen for wheelchair users
Kitchen with sinks, stove and counter without lower cabinetsAccessible kitchen
Convenient kitchen for wheelchair users
User at sinkAccessible kitchen
Accessible kitchen with adjustable height work surfaces and wall-mounted cabinets – suitable for wheelchair users
Adjustable height section with sinks and stoveAccessible kitchen
Well functioning kitchen for a person who uses a wheelchair
User in her kitchenAccessible kitchen
Suitable for individuals with extensive disabilities and assistants
User at adjustable-height counterAccessible kitchen
Accessible kitchen suitable for a person who uses a wheelchair and for people who are walkers
User at low adjustable-height counterAccessible kitchen in newly built house
Large kitchen designed for wheelchair users and the entire family
Counter with kneespace and open shelvesAccessible kitchen on summer home veranda
Instead of adapting the kitchen in the summer home a new kitchen was built on the veranda.
User at sink without lower cabinets in accessible kitchenAccessible kitchen, electric adjustable height
Adjustable height kitchen interior for wheelchair users
Wall-mounted folding ironing boardAccessible laundry room
Practical laundry room for wheelchair users
User in laundry roomAccessible laundry room
Practically furnished laundry room with lots of storage - a solution for people who use wheelchairs
Accessible patio showing house entranceAccessible patio
Raising the entire patio to the same level as the house avoids ramps directly in front of the entry door.
User on paved surface in front of entranceAccessible patio and garden
A paved path enables the user to easily drive around the entire house
Accessible saunaAccessible sauna
Sauna increases well-being of person with quadriplegia
Accessible sauna with hinged bench Accessible sauna
Large sauna planned for electric wheelchair access
Sauna with glass doorAccessible sauna
Accessible sauna - suitable for persons who drive a wheelchair and who easily freeze
Sauna – part of the upper and lower benches removedAccessible sauna
Simple adaptation in sauna – suitable for wheelchair users
User in saunaAccessible sauna
- with maneuvering space and custom ventilation hatch - suitable for wheelchair users
ShowerAccessible shower
Shower with custom-designed glass wall – appropriate for wheelchair users.
Shower stall with shower wall foldedAccessible shower stall
Shower stall with walls that open and rubber strip - suitable for wheelchair users
Stacked washer/dryerAccessible stacked washer/dryer
Stacked washer/dryer works for wheelchair users
Accessible storageAccessible storage
Storage unit with additional open space under roof
Terrace with exit from living roomAccessible terrace
Accessible terrace
Suspended washbasinAdapted bathroom
Adapted bathroom in wood
Washbasin with hand shower and toiletAdapted bathroom
Adapted bathroom in vacation home
Toilet and washbasinAdapted bathroom
Well-functioning adapted bathroom suitable for wheelchair users.
Sink with lower cabinetsAdapted bathroom
Spacious bathroom adapted for a wheelchair user without any arm or hand function
User at washbasinAdapted bathroom
Adapted bathroom – suitable for a wheelchair user
Two sinks at different heightsAdapted bathroom
Spacious and well-planned adapted bathroom for a person who uses a wheelchair and the entire family
User seated on toiletAdapted bathroom
Space-saving interior of a bathroom for disabled people
User moves bowlAdapted bowl for microwave oven
Cord attached to a bowl works as handle and enables a person without dexterity to grasp the bowl and move it
User at dining table
Adapted dining table
The table support frame is sawn off to enable wheelchair users to slide their knees under the table.
Two-part door to bedroomAdapted door for wheelchair user
Wide doors blend in with the style of the house
Extra handle attached to a doorAdapted door for wheelchair users
An extra handle close to the door hinges makes it easier for a person who drives a wheelchair to close a door
Adapted house in a gardenAdapted house
Wheelchair accessible single-story house with garden
Living room in adapted houseAdapted house
Adapted house - suitable for a person with disabilities who has a family and assistants
User in front of his houseAdapted house
Wheelchair-accessible home with many practical details
User in laundry roomAdapted laundry room
Well-planned practical laundry room – suitable for wheelchair users
Key ring attached to oven handleAdapted oven handle
Simple adjustment makes it possible for a person with compromised arm and/or hand function to open an oven door
House with gardenAdapted single-family home in the country
Wheelchair accessible home with large lot
Sink cabinet with shelves removed, doors openAdapted sink cabinet
Simple adapted sink cabinet – suitable for wheelchair users
Entrance with step and ramp on the sideAdapted summer home
Ramp and outdoor kitchen were built to make the summer home wheelchair accessible.
User lying on side in bed with wedge cushionAdapted wedge cushion for comfortable position on side in bed
- suitable for people with disabilities
Air freshener spray in plastic holderAir freshener spray
Air freshener spray can make it easier to accept help in intimate situations.
Air-to-air heat pump, indoor unitAir-to-air heat pump maintains even temperature
Since persons with high spinal cord injuries frequently do not tolerate excessively high or low temperatures it is important to maintain a constant temperature indoors
Wall-mounted grab bar next to shower chairAngled grab bar
Angled easy-grip grab bar – suitable in an adapted bathroom
Garters holding sheet in place under mattressAttaching sheets
Garters prevent sheets from slipping off – appropriate for persons who use electric beds
Automatic wastebasketAutomatic bathroom wastebasket
Wastebasket opens without having to touch it – suitable for people with disabilities
Automatic door openerAutomatic door opener
Automatic door opener with various controls.
Automatic door opener, entranceAutomatic door opener
Automatic door opener suitable for persons who drive a wheelchair
User picks basil from balcony boxBalcony with seating, cooking facilities and plants
A spacious accessible balcony – an extra room in summer for wheelchair users.
The user transports firewood using a cart carrying a garden basketBasket on wheels for firewood
- a simple way for wheelchair users to transport firewood
Wall-mounted bathroom cabinet with turning space belowBathroom cabinet in adapted bathroom
A wall-hung CD cabinet works well as a bathroom cabinet in tight spaces
Whirlpool tubBathroom in wheelchair accessible single-story home
Bathroom with ceiling lift and whirlpool tub
Fabric storage device with multiple pocketsBathroom storage
Practical storage for persons with limited reach or who use a wheelchair
Elevated toilet and wash basinBathroom with elevated toilet and sliding door
Sliding doors save room in tight spaces, appropriate for wheelchair users
BathtubBathtub in adapted bathroom
Ordinary bathtub in adapted bathroom – a possibility for people with disabilities
User with bed tray in armchairBed tray used as computer desk
Simple stylish bed tray that facilitates using a laptop while sitting in bed or in an armchair
User transfers to bedBed with boxspring
- ordinary bed may work well for people with disabilities
Double bedBed, electric adjustable
A solution for a double bed when one member of the couple needs an electric bed
Bottom sheet with storage pocketsBedspread with storage compartment
Custom-sewn bottom sheet with storage pockets makes it possible for a person with impaired hand function to have access to all accessories to be able to manage independently in bed.
Bite guardBite guard helpful for a good night’s sleep
Bite guard can help people who have difficulty turning in bed avoid sleep apnea
Built-in microwave ovenBuilt-in microwave oven
Space-saving installation of microwave oven in accessible kitchen.
User pulls baking sheet out on telescoping trackBuilt-in wall oven in accessible kitchen
Telescoping track makes it easy to put food in/take food out of the oven
Programmable wall outletsBus system for electrical installations
The bus system makes it possible to control all electrical functions in the house from one transmitter; suitable for persons with extensive disabilities
Ramp to carport, carport closedCarport for electric wheelchair
Carport for electric wheelchair ‘Garage’ with remote control.
Carport for half the carCarport for half the car
A half carport combined with a car heater that works by remote control is a good solution in winter for persons unable to scrape the windshield
Frying pan on LPB stoveCast-iron frying pan on LPG stove
Frying pan on LPB stove in adapted outdoor kitchen
CD changer (close-up)CD changer for music
A CD changer is appropriate for persons with physical disabilities and impaired hand function who have problems inserting and removing CDs.
Ceiling fanCeiling fan
Ceiling fan helps persons who have problems regulating body heat to sleep on hot summer nights.
Combined ceiling fan and lightCeiling fan
The ceiling fan helps when it gets too hot in the summer; appropriate for persons who have problems with temperature regulation.
Ceiling track for ceiling liftCeiling lift between bathroom and bedroom
Ceiling lift on track from bathroom to bedroom.
Large plastic bag suspended from ceiling lift hangerCeiling lift in bathroom
Used not only as an aid for transfers, but also as an assistive device to enable high quadriplegics to wash.
Bedroom with ceiling lift and ceiling trackCeiling lift in bedroom
Ceiling lift on tracks placed on the ceiling, diagonally across the room.
Ceramic cooktopCeramic cooktop in a modified kitchen
A flat cooktop facilitates handling of pots and reduces the risk of tipping.
Chair stairliftChair stairlift
Chair stairlift in two-story house with narrow stairway.
Cleaning cabinet with open doorCleaning cabinet without plinth
Cleaning cabinet without plinth allows easy access to shelves and objects while sitting in the wheelchair.
User opens closet doorCloset
Closet without plinth and with lowered closet pole, suitable for wheelchair users
User by closetCloset in the bedroom
Practically designed bedroom closet – suitable for families where one member uses a wheelchair
Closet with sliding doorsCloset with sliding doors
Easily accessible closet suitable for wheelchair users
Closet with closed sliding doorsCloset with sliding doors
Large closet in bedroom with sliding doors and easy-to-see interior
Closet with sliding doorsCloset with sliding doors
Spacious accessible closet – suitable for wheelchair users
Closet with open doorCloset without plinth
Adapted closet that makes it easier for a person in a wheelchair to come close to pick out clothing and objects
Clothes closetClothes closet
Accessible clothes closet
User in clothes closetClothes closet
Practical wheelchair-accessible clothes closet
Clothesline stretched across the balconyClothesline outdoors
Clothesline on the balcony – practical for wheelchair users
Multi-level clothing rack.Clothing rack with hat shelf
Stylish space-saving clothing rack with different heights – suitable for wheelchair users
Computer deskComputer desk
An adjustable height computer desk is suitable for wheelchair users
User at computer deskComputer desk with slide-out workspace
Convenient computer desk suitable for persons who use a manual wheelchair
User at computer workstationComputer workstation
A computer workstation for persons who use their head to control the computer.
Computer workstation picture 1Computer workstation
Ergonomic computer workstation – suitable for persons with tetraplegia
User types on her computer at workComputer workstation at work
Ergonomic computer workstation - suitable for a person with a high spinal cord injury
Container for gardeningContainer gardening
Wooden containers make gardening easier for wheelchair users
IR transmitterControl unit for environmental control system
IR transmitter used to control automatic doors, lift, balcony door, speaker phone, garage and TV
IR transmitterControl unit for environmental control system
Transmitter to control alarm and door opener.
Cooktop with knee space underneathCooktop with knee space underneath
Cooktop with room below, appropriate for wheelchair users
Ceramic cooktopCooktop with knee space underneath
Touch panel on cooktop – suitable for persons with impaired hand function
User rotates carousel in corner cabinetCorner cabinet with carousel in accessible kitchen
Carousel cabinet makes it easy to see contents and increases accessibility – suitable for wheelchair users
User at corner coachCorner couch at same height as wheelchair
Couch at same height as wheelchair facilitates transfers
Corner shower with doors closedCorner shower with folding doors
Shower stall that frees up space in bathroom - suitable for people who drive wheelchairs and need maneuvering space
Counter cabinet with sliding drawer, open
Counter cabinet with drawers
Easy sliding drawers at the right height are conveniently accessible and appropriate for wheelchair users
User at counterCounter without lower cabinet in accessible kitchen
Fixed counter without lower cabinet – appropriate in a kitchen used only by a wheelchair user
Countertop dishwasher with basket pulled outCountertop dishwasher in modified kitchen
A countertop dishwasher that fits below a low work surface.
Ramp to entranceCovered outdoor ramp
Ramp that blends in with environment
User lying on his back with lumbar cushionCushion in lumbar region reduces neurogenic pain
A cushion that could help prevent neurogenic pain and spasticity in people with spinal cord injuries
User in the kitchen with drawer unit on castersCustom drawer unit on casters
- suitable for adjustable-height counter in custom kitchen
User in the kitchenCustom kitchen
Well-designed custom kitchen for a young family with one parent who uses a wheelchair
BathtubCustom-built bathtub in larch wood
Larch wood bathtub with broad edge to help with transfers and stops for the feet; suitable for people with disabilities
DeskCustom-built desk
Custom-built desk for persons with limited reach.
Suspended washbasinCustom-built, suspended washbasin
Practical and aesthetic solution for washbasin that works for wheelchair users with impaired balance.
Wooden board on long side of bedCustom-designed bed makes it easier to dress while in bed
A wooden board on the long side of the bed serves as a fixed point and provides support for dressing while sitting in bed.
Counter with stove, work space and sinkCustom-designed kitchen
Custom-designed kitchen for a person who uses a wheelchair
picture missingCustom-designed multilevel apartment
Open, light custom-designed multilevel apartment for wheelchair user
Rattan chair with pressure-relieving cushionCustom-made foam rubber chair cushions
- reduces risk of ulcers for people who lack sensation
Custom-made lounge chairCustom-made lounge chair
Lounge chair that facilitates transfers for wheelchair users.
Positioning cushionCustom-made positioning cushion
Positioning cushion filled with polyester pellets that persons with impaired balance use to be able to sit in bed.
Island counter with adjustable height section and knee-space.Customized accessible kitchen
Several people can work simultaneously in this kitchen, both wheelchair users and ambulatory persons
Kitchen with knee space where user can sit; sink without lower cabinetCustomized modified kitchen
A kitchen designed for a person with a high spinal cord injury
User at deskDesk and dining table close to the kitchen
Practical desk and workplace next to the kitchen – suitable for wheelchair users
User sitting at dining tableDining table
Adjustable legs make it possible to adapt the height of the dining table to the individual - suitable for wheelchair users
User at dining tableDining table
By pulling out a drawer a wheelchair user can sit at a table that she or he otherwise could not slide in under
Large dining table without frameDining table
Large dining table without frame - appropriate for people who drive a wheelchair
Dishwasher openDishwasher in accessible kitchen
Dishwasher placement is important for optimal handling of dishes by persons with disabilities
DishwasherDishwasher in accessible kitchen
For persons who cannot reach far it is important that the dishwasher baskets are designed so that all kinds of dishes can be placed toward the front of the baskets
User at dishwasher, flatware compartment pulled outDishwasher Miele
Slide-out flatware compartment makes it easy to see and sort flatware – suitable for wheelchair users or persons who have difficulties to bend
Ski pass holder attached to door handleDoor closer for exterior door
A simple solution to close the door after entering or leaving, suitable for wheelchair users
Door mat in hallDoor mat with good absorption
Easy-care door mat with good absorption - suitable for wheelchair users
Door key card, attached to wheelchair frameDoor opener at work
Opening the door is easy with a key card and card reader – suitable for wheelchair users
User's bedroom with double bed - both beds at same heightDouble bed
Attractive electrically controlled double bed - suitable for persons with physical disabilities
Electric adjustable double bedDouble bed with electric adjustable bottom
Electric adjustable bed can be an advantage for people who have problems coughing
Shelf with drawers in living roomDresser drawers with handles
Handle on dresser drawers appropriate for persons with impaired hand function
User drinks water through straw from sinkDrinking water directly from the faucet
A method for persons with high spinal cord injury to drink water
Drying rack on castersDrying rack on casters
Portable drying rack on casters is suitable for wheelchair users.
DuvetDuvet closure
Duvet can be closed with Velcro
Storage unit with drawer pulled outEasily accessible mobile storage unit
A storage unit on castors can be used to keep many items organized and easily accessible, even for wheelchair users
Bracket with s-hooksEasily accessible storage in modified kitchen
Wall hung bracket with s-hooks and storage basket provide easily accessible storage in the modified kitchen.
Storage basketEasily accessible storage in modified kitchen
Practical food storage in a modified kitchen
Drawer with potsEasy-slide drawers in accessible kitchen
The content of the kitchen cabinets is easily organized and easily accessible for wheelchair users
Electric adjustable upper cabinetElectric adjustable cabinet in accessible kitchen
Adjustable-height upper cabinet in accessible kitchen
Electric bedElectric bed
An adjustable electric bed with bed lift is appropriate for persons with a high spinal cord injury
Electric bedElectric bed
Electric bed equipped with bed lift. The bed has four adjustable sections.
Electric bed – lowest positionElectric bed
Adjustable height bed with back and foot adjustment; suitable for persons who have difficulties moving in bed
Wall switch for electric door lock openerElectric door lock opener
Enables a person with disabilities to unlock a door by pushing a button
Electric height adjustable deskElectric height adjustable desk
A large electric height adjustable desk appropriate for persons who use different types of wheelchairs.
Cinderella electric toiletElectric incinerating toilet
The electric toilet is a good alternative for a vacation home - suitable for wheelchair users
Electric space heaterElectric space heater
Provides extra heat for persons who freeze easily.
Electric toothbrush in holder attached to the side of the wash basinElectric toothbrush
Electric toothbrush attached to the side of the wash basin
Upper cabinetElectrically maneuvered cabinet in accessible kitchen
Remote-controlled adjustable height upper cabinet in accessible kitchen.
Elevated toilet seatElevated toilet seat
Stable elevated toilet seat appropriate for heavy people with physical disabilities.
Elevated toilet seatElevated toilet seat
An elevated toilet seat makes it easier for wheelchair users to transfer to and from the toilet.
Helena in elevator; she presses elevator button with wheelchair frontwheelElevator and elevator buttons
Control elevator with wheelchair footrests/front wheels – an option for people without arm/hand function
Elevator on lower floorElevator in multilevel apartment
Installing an elevator makes both floors of a multilevel apartment accessible for wheelchair users
Entrance to elevator on ground floorElevator in old-fashioned house
An elevator that fits in with the style of the house and makes it wheelchair accessible
User in utility room entrance with elevator in background. Photo: Katharina RatzkaElevator in two-storey home
- a solution to make a two-storey home wheelchair accessible
Entrance telephoneEntrance telephone
Entrance telephone makes it possible to speak with someone standing outside the door and enables to open and lock the door from the bed
Entrance telephone on night tableEntrance telephone in night table
The entrance telephone is always accessible when the user is in bed – suitable for persons who cannot transfer from the bed independently
Entrance to house with string as door closerEntrance to house with simple door closer
Wheelchair users can close outward-opening doors by using a simple home-made door closer
Toilet with reinforcement behind water reservoirExtra support for toilet chair
Reinforced water reservoir extends life span of toilet chair used by persons who drive a wheelchair and have poor balance
FaucetFaucet for sink
Faucet swings to side to allow user to wash hair
Fire blanket stored on wheelchair between backrest and ventilatorFire blanket
Accessible fire blanket increases security for persons who have difficulties moving
Fire hose installed in bathroomFire extinguisher
Reliable and easy to use equipment to extinguish fire.
FireplaceFireplace
Fireplace provides extra heat for persons who have a hard time staying warm.
Cantilevered ramp between stationary and floating docks (close-up)
Floating dock
A floating dock guarantees an even height between dock and boat, facilitating transfers for wheelchair users.
Flower box on wheelsFlower box on wheels
Portable flower box on patio - suitable for wheelchair users
Flower pot on legsFlower pot on legs
Raised flower pot on casters - suitable for wheelchair users
User by freezerFreezer with slide-out bins
Large freezer in modified kitchen – wheelchair users only reach the lower sliding bins
User surfs using a wireless mouse and keyboard that sit on the coffee tableFurniture on casters
Furniture on casters is easy to move – suitable for wheelchair users
Garage and path to garageGarage adapted to minivan
In order to avoid a slope for the car ramp, the level of the ground at the side of the garage was raised to the same level as the floor of the car – suitable for persons with compromised arm function
Garage with ramp to the doorGarage in adapted house
Garage for minivan in adapted house
User on the way from house to garageGarage in adapted house
Two-car garage with direct entry to the house – suitable for people with disabilities who drive a van with ramp on the side
User in garage by extra door which is hooked openGarage that still works during power failure
Through a simple modified door, the user can leave the garage even in a power failure
Garage with car and PermobilGarage with plentiful storage
A small garage is arranged so that it is suitable for a wheelchair user
Garden toolsGarden tools
Short-handled garden tools work best when working in easily accessible raised beds
Gewa progress, mounted on the inside of the wheelchair armrestGewa Progress - advanced remote control
Well arranged, high-capacity infrared transmitter for environmental control system
Glassed-in patio with ramp to gardenGlassed-in patio
Glassed-in patio with ramps for wheelchair users
User opens sliding door to enclosed patioGlassed-in patio with infrared heating
A glassed-in patio allows people who freeze easily to be outdoors on chilly days and evenings – suitable for wheelchair users
Glassed in terrace with sliding doorsGlassed-in terrace
Spacious terrace in wheelchair accessible house
User closes the door using a grab barGrab bar as door closer
- a simple way to close doors - suitable for wheelchair users
Shower stall with glass doors closedGuest bathroom with accessible shower stall
Shower stall with folding walls, without plinth
Hall with absorbent matHall in adapted house
Highly absorbent mat and hall bureau - suitable for wheelchair users
Hand shower with on/off button on handleHand shower
Hand shower at wash basin
User opens refrigerator doorHandle for refrigerator and freezer
A handle that makes it easier to open the refrigerator and freezer – suitable for people with impaired hand function
Handle on doorHandle on door as door closer
A handle on the door makes it possible for a wheelchair user to close the door after entering or leaving room
Heating pad lying on bedHeating pad with timer
Heating pad with timer warms the bed
User at cribHigh bed with play area
High crib makes it easier for a parent who uses a wheelchair to communicate with their child
Clutching tongs in holderHolder for clutching tongs
Clutching tongs stored in a holder are readily accessible - suitable for wheelchair users
GEWA transmitter on strap that holds thighs togetherHolder for GEWA transmitter
The GEWA transmitter sits on a strap that holds the thighs together.
Raised bed with old window next to itHomemade raised beds
Accessible raised beds that also work as greenhouses
Kitchen towel hookHook for kitchen towel
Easy-to-use kitchen towel hook for persons with impaired hand function
Covered entryHouse entrance
Entrance to adapted house
Countertop, stove and sink without a cabinet underneath and a curtain to hide the knee spaceIndividually modified kitchen
The user chose fixed low work surfaces. The closer the work surface to the knees, the better she can work independently in the kitchen.
Threshold rampIndoor threshold ramp
Threshold ramp that protects parquet floor
Drip or sweat hose in raised bedsIrrigation of raised beds
Drip and sweat hoses – simple way for wheelchair users to water the garden
Board with magnetsKey holder
Practical key holder with magnets – suitable for people with impaired hand function
Accessible kitchen with several pull-out boardsKitchen - partly accessible for people with disabilities
Kitchen with many countertops - a possibility to make it easier for wheelchairusers to manage in a regular kitchen
Tall cabinet with doorsKitchen cabinet in accessible kitchen
The tall cabinets contain many shelves (the lower ones) that are accessible for wheelchair users
Round kitchen table with one table leg in the middleKitchen table
This table has room for one or several persons with wheelchairs
Knife blockKnife block suitable for persons with impaired grip
A knife block in which knives are placed horizontally is suitable for persons with impaired grip.
Mirror on casters, photo: www.kebocare.seLarge mirror on casters
A mirror is an important assistive device for correcting seated position - suitable for persons who lack sensation
Locking knob, attached to doorLocking knob that makes it easier to open door lock
Assistive device for persons with impaired hand function to be able to handle a locking knob
User by front doorLow lock catch for front door
Low lock catch for front door facilitates for wheelchair users
Low shelf with open compartments
Low shelf for magazine storage
A low shelf with open compartments is easily accessible for wheelchair users
Living room with low windowsLow window in accessible living room
Low windows provide a good view for wheelchair users
User at electricity cabinetLow-mounted electrical box with circuit breakers
- Suitable for wheelchair users
Door closer with stringLow-tech door closer
Solution enables wheelchair users to close doors that open outwards after coming inside
Magazine holder with leather shoelace as handleMagazine holder with handle
A modification that enables persons with physical disabilities and impaired hand function to handle magazine holders.
Mirror with hat rack underneathMake-up table for wheelchair-bound persons
Individually designed make-up table for wheelchair users.
Elevator opener made of orthotic materialMechanical elevator opener
An emergency solution that makes it possible for a user in a wheelchair with impaired hand function to open the elevator door from the inside, if this should not occur automatically
Oven and microwaveMicrowave installed above oven
A microwave that is only used to heat food can be placed above the oven, even in an accessible kitchen.
Microwave with pull-out board underneathMicrowave oven
People without active hand function can independently heat food and prepare coffee in the microwave.
User opens microwave ovenMicrowave oven
Large handle on microwave oven – suitable for persons with impaired hand function
User at microwave ovenMicrowave oven
Position of microwave oven in accessible kitchen
Microwave oven on sliding boardMicrowave oven on sliding board
Microwave oven on sliding board – a solution for wheelchair users who have limited reach
Microwave oven with open doorMicrowave oven with door hinged at bottom
The microwave oven door can be used to put things on – appropriate for wheelchair users
Microwave ovenMicrowave oven with easy-grip handle
The handle is the deciding factor for choice of microwave oven for persons with impaired grip.
User opens ‘garage door’ with remote control.Minigarage for electric wheelchair, "bread bin"
- dry, frost-free storage for electric wheelchairs and other aids
Mobile laundry basketMobile laundry basket
Laundry basket on casters is convenient for wheelchair users
Mobile shower and toilet chair, Aquatec OceanMobile shower/toilet chair on casters
Combined shower and toilet chair on castors
User in barrel sauna Photo: www.rullarnas.seModified barrel sauna
- accessible for wheelchair users
Garage viewed from inside without car, showing hole in front wall on short side as well as side doorModified garage
Modified garage for a person who drives a minivan equipped with a ramp on the side
Round pedestal kitchen tableModified kitchen table
A round table with a pedestal leg in the middle can be suitable for wheelchair users
Garden with asphalt-paved path up to the  terrace by the houseNatural garden
Accessible natural garden
User opens sliding doorOpen and close terrace door in adapted house
A simple modification enables a person with a high spinal cord injury to open and close a sliding door without assistance
Tools hanging on wallOrganized tool storage
Tools mounted at right height – organized and easily accessible for wheelchair users.
Clothes dryer seen from the terraceOutdoor clothes dryer
Outdoor clothes dryer placed so a wheelchair user can hang laundry
Patio table and user, who slides under with PermobilOutdoor furniture
Outdoor furniture suitable for persons who use electric wheelchair
User on lift plateOutdoor lift
Outdoor lift – a simple way to get to a garden on a slope
User opens oven doorOven
Oven placed at just the right height for a person sitting in a wheelchair.
User opens the ovenOven and microwave in custom kitchen
Positioning option for wheelchair users
Oven in upper cabinet with side-hinged doorOven in modified kitchen
Oven with side-opening door makes it easier for wheelchair users with impaired balance to remove hot bakeware from the oven.
Oven in tall cabinetOven in modified kitchen
The oven door, which opens downwards, protects the user if she should drop something hot when removing food from the oven.
User removes hot baking dish from ovenOven in modified kitchen
Oven with side-hinged door makes it easier for wheelchair users with impaired balance to place bakeware in oven and to remove it
User places baking sheet in the ovenOven in modified kitchen
Oven on counter works for a person who uses a wheelchair
Oven with side-hinged oven door and vertical handle; pull-out board belowOven with side-hinged oven door
Side-hinged oven with easy-grip handle, installed at wheelchair height
Pantry with slide-out storagePantry with slide-out storage
Pantry with slide-out storage suitable for accessible kitchen.
Pantry with slide-out storagePantry with slide-out storage
Pantry with slide-out storage appropriate for accessible kitchen
Pantry with slide-out storage openPantry with slide-out storage
Easily visible and accessible pantry – suitable for wheelchair users
User pulls out a drawerPaper storage at workstation
Storage in drawers provides easy access to paper and documents – suitable for persons with limited reach
Baskets on work tablePaper storage in workroom
Paper and documents stored in drawers are convenient and easy to see – suitable for persons with limited reach
User on path into the garage (from inside)Path between garage and house in accessible housing
Short dry path between house and garage – important for persons who use electric wheelchairs and who drive cars
Stone-dust pathPaths
Stone-dust paths in wheelchair accessible garden
User opens a pivot-hung windowPivot-hung window
- suitable for wheelchair users
Pivoting faucetPivoting water faucet with long range
Wall-hung kitchen faucet with long range appropriate for people with disabilities
User between dishwasher and drawersPlacement of dishwasher
Careful planning of dishwasher placement makes it possible to load and unload dishes without having to move – suitable for wheelchair users
User lying on side in bed with kinesthetic rollPositioning cushion that can support the entire body
– provides firm support and reduces shoulder pain
User lies on back with legs on psoas cushionPositioning cushions in bed
Positioning cushions to lie comfortably, improve circulation and prevent decubitus ulcers - suitable for persons with extensive disabilities
Open kitchen drawer with spice rackPractical spice storage in modified kitchen
Easily accessible spice storage in clear view
Projector clockProjector clock
Assistive device suitable for persons with extensive disabilities
Pull-out pantryPull-out pantry
Easy to reach things and well-arranged. Good choice for wheelchair users.
Faucet with sprayer pulled outPullout spray faucet in accessible kitchen
Pullout spray faucet makes kitchen work easier for persons with impaired hand or arm function
The user holds onto the railingRailing along path
Railing along path helps persons with impaired gait
Raised beds made from pallet collarsRaised beds from pallet collars
Easy to make, simple accessible raised beds
User by raised bedsRaised garden beds
Easily accessible raised garden beds for wheelchair users
Threshold ramp at apartment doorRamp at apartment door
Threshold ramps to apartment door with anti-slip protection
Threshold ramp in aluminum at entrance doorRamp at entrance
Aluminum wheelchair ramp by entrance door
Ramp between patio and garden. Photo: Katharina RatzkaRamp between patio and garden
Ramp to the garden - suitable for wheelchair users
Threshold ramp with anti-slip strips glued onRamp by balcony
Wooden ramp with anti-slip protection
Wooden ramp at terraceRamp by terrace
Wooden ramp for vacation home terrace
Ramp structure in archipelago gardenRamp construction in garden
Wooden ramps and deck structures make a garden in the archipelago wheelchair-accessible
User drives out through the kitchen doorRamp design, exit to garden
A ramp design with built-in seating area leads from the kitchen to the garden
Balcony door with aluminum threshold rampRamp to balcony
Aluminum wheelchair ramp to balcony door
The user drives on a wooden ramp over a ditchRamp to garden
Ramp across ditch on a wheelchair-accessible lot
User goes up the ramp with assistance. Photo: Katharina RatzkaRamp to patio
Simple adaptation for a person who drives a wheelchair - makes it possible to move with assistance to and from a patio
Ramp to house patio. Photo: Katharina RatzkaRamp to patio
Tasteful ramp design with multiple turns makes a house wheelchair accessible
Ramp to vacation home entranceRamp to vacation home
Wooden ramp with railing
User working while sitting in her armchairRecliner armchair
Comfortable armchair used for working and resting
Two large refrigerators and freezersRefrigerator and freezer in accessible kitchen
Refrigerator and freezer with large handles at the right height for wheelchair users
Refrigerator and freezerRefrigerator and freezer in accessible kitchen
Counter space next to the refrigerator makes it easy to remove things and put them away - appropriate for wheelchair users.
Refrigerator and freezer standing side by sideRefrigerator and freezer in accessible kitchen
It is important to place things where a wheelchair user can reach them
User opens refrigeratorRefrigerator and freezer in accessible kitchen
Refrigerator and freezer with large easy-grip handles – appropriate for persons with impaired hand function
Refrigerator with door pulled outRefrigerator and freezer with pull-out doors and shelves
Refrigerator and freezer with pull-out doors and shelves work well for wheelchair-bound persons with impaired balance.
Garage door, half openRemote control for garage door
Remote control for garage door - appropriate for people with disabilities who drive
User by upper raised bedResidential garden
Residential garden with raised beds
Riding lawnmowerRiding lawnmower
Wheelchair user can mow lawn with an MTD riding lawnmower
Bathroom cabinet - shelf sideRotating bathroom cabinet with mirror
Practical space-saving rotating bathroom cabinet, with mirror, shelves and open floor space – suitable for wheelchair users
User turns bookcaseRotating bookcase on casters
Practical space-saving bookcase – suitable for persons with limited reach
Storage unit on casters with bottom pulled outRubbish cabinet on wheels
Storage unit on casters with rubbish sorting that fits under adjustable-height counter in adapted kitchen
User at table – extendedSeating with folding table
Folding table – a place to sit in the sun
User by counter without lower cabinetSeparate cabinet with storage drawers and counter
Custom-built separate cabinet is easily accessible and practical for wheelchair users
Shade mounted above the bedShade against light
An assistive device to avoid being disturbed by light at night - suitable for persons who have help from personal assistants
Elevator door, upper levelShaft elevator in accessible house
Shaft elevator in 2-storey house – suitable assistive device for wheelchair users
Shallow washbasinShallow washbasin with counterspace
A shallow washbasin works well for wheelchair users with limited reach
Bottom sheet in bed for urinary incontinenceSheet for urinary incontinence
Sheet to have at home or while traveling, useful for persons with urinary incontinence.
Shower baskets on wall of showerShower basket with suction cups
Practical organizer for shower accessories – suitable for people with disabilities
Shower chair with customized armrestShower chair with customized armrest
Appropriate for persons who do not have arm or hand function.
Shower chair with soft back and swinging armrestShower chair with soft back and swinging armrest
A small shower chair that helps maintain balance.
Shower nozzle and hoseShower handle
A long and stable shower hose together with a convenient shower nozzle - suitable for people who shower while sitting on a shower chair
Shower stall with doorsShower stall with doors
Shower stall with doors that seal directly against the floor is a good solution for wheelchair users.
User by the ovenSide-hinged oven with extra magnets
Even if the oven is not installed in a cabinet it works well for wheelchair users with reasonable hand and arm function.
Attachment of string (close-up)Simple mechanical door closer
Simple solution for wheelchair users to close outward-opening doors
Door with cord that serves as door closer. Photo: Katharina RatzkaSimple mechanical door closer
Simple solution to close an outward opening door from inside - suitable for wheelchair users
Single-lever faucetSingle-lever faucet with good ergonomic design
Good sink faucet handle for persons with impaired hand function
Two sinks installed at different heightsSink at different heights
Placement of sink and drawers in adapted bathroom
SinkSink in accessible kitchen
Sink works well for wheelchair users and persons with impaired balance.
Sliding doorSliding door
A sliding door is easy to use and convenient for a person who uses a wheelchair.
Sliding door to bathroomSliding door to bathroom
Sliding doors save space and are suitable for wheelchair users.
Sliding door with brass handles (close-up)Sliding door to bedroom, etc
Sliding door with large handles – suitable for wheelchair users who have impaired hand function
User opens sliding doorSliding doors in accessible housing
- convenient and space saving - suitable for wheelchair users
Shower chair Rufus with Roho cushionSmall chair for shower with armrest and back
Space-saving solution for persons with high spinal cord injuries who have a ceiling lift in the bathroom.
User holds up coffee table with one handSmall lightweight coffee table
The coffee table is lightweight and easy to move - suitable for wheelchair users
Washbasin, toilet, and shower stallSpacious bathroom
Bathroom with room to move around – suitable for wheelchair users
Shower area with glass wall and shower curtainsSpacious bathroom accessible to the entire family
Spacious bathroom - suitable for persons who need assistance in order to shower
Counter between kitchen and dining roomSpacious kitchen
Spacious kitchen in accessible house
Kitchen with long counterSpacious kitchen in accessible house
Kitchen with plenty of room - suitable for electric wheelchair users
Spacious light bedroomSpacious light bedroom
Spacious light bedroom – suitable for persons with disabilities who need to spend much of their time in bed
Sitting area in living roomSpacious living room
Spacious living room with glass walls on two sides – suitable for wheelchair users
User at ‘his’ counterSpecially designed counter in accessible kitchen
Standalone counter with knee space increases workspace
Extra washbasin next to toiletSpecially designed washbasin
Pull-out washbasin next to toilet chair for convenient toileting for people with disabilities
Spring mattress with hard edgeSpring mattress with hard edge
Specially ordered hard edge in the spring mattress facilitates transfers for wheelchair-bound persons with impaired balance.
User dries floorSqueegee with short handle
Squeegee and sloping bathroom floor make it easier to wipe dry after a shower - suitable for wheelchair users
Container for household compostStainless steel container for household compost
Odorless household compost container on counter.
User on stairlift with "emergency bag"Stairlift safety
- user always has an alarm with him when riding on stairlift
Stairlift with chair, footrest raisedStairlift with chair
Stairlift with chair - can make a two-storey house with narrow stairwells wheelchair-accessible
User on stairliftStairlift with platform
Stairlift that travels over 3 floors in a slightly curved stairway; for wheelchair users.
Stand for catherization materialsStand on casters for catherization materials
Stand next to the bed allows independent self-catherization.
User at dining tableStandard table with custom legs
- an option for wheelchair users
Storage with curtainStorage area adjacent to bedroom
Organized storage area - suitable for persons who need assistive devices and hygiene products
Storage bin on castersStorage bin on casters
Toy storage bin on casters is appropriate for parents with disabilities who have young children
Two containers one on top of the other and a third along sideStorage containers for persons with impaired grip
Practical food storage for persons with impaired grip.
Storage crate on castersStorage crate on casters
Storage crate on casters – easy to move for wheelchair users
The user by bureauStorage for draining materials
Bureau with drawers is easily accessible and easy to see for wheelchair users.
StorageStorage for wheelchair and other assistive devices
People with disabilities need room for storage
Storage furniture for toysStorage furniture for toys
Lightweight portable storage furniture is convenient for wheelchair users
Drawer as pantryStorage of household utensils and food
Easy to see and easily accessible kitchen drawer – appropriate for wheelchair users
Permobil Trax in garageStorage place for electric wheelchair
Storage place for Permobil in garage
Wall-mounted open shelves in storage roomStorage room
Practical storage adjacent to bedroom – suitable for wheelchair users
Counter with mobile drawer unit under itStorage unit in accessible kitchen
Mobile drawers on track
Storage unit on castersStorage unit on casters
Practical portable open storage unit in bathroom
Storage unit on casters under workspace with knee accessStorage unit on casters under workspace with knee access
Convenient mobile storage units work well in accessible kitchens.
Storage unit on castersStorage unit on casters with recycling bins
Storage unit on casters with practical recycling bins for sorting waste. The unit is heavy to move.
Storage unit on casters in kitchen work islandStorage units on casters in accessible kitchen
Provides accessible storage for persons with limited reach
picture missingSummer home
Totally refurbished wheelchair-accessible summer home
Tealight holderTealight holder
Tealight holder that can easily be moved or placed by a person sitting in a wheelchair who has impaired hand function
Thermometer and clock on electric wheelchair’s control panelThermometer and clock on wheelchair
A thermometer and clock that are always accessible
Threshold ramps Photo: Katharina RatzkaThreshold ramp
- facilitates moving over thresholds for wheelchair users
User drives up the ramp to the patioTiled patios
Paving or tiles increases accessibility for persons who have compromised arm strength and use a manual wheelchair
Toilet chair that is 7 cm shorterToilet chair that is 7 cm shorter
Solution for modified bathroom with crowded space.
Elevated toiletToilet facilities with elevated toilet
Elevated toilet facilitates transfers for wheelchair users
Toilet with folding armrestToilet in adapted bathroom
Wall-mounted toilet with folding armrest – suitable for wheelchair users
Toilet with Top FuturaToilet seat with flush function
Toilet seat that facilitates bathroom visits and personal hygiene for persons with impaired hand function
Towel rack with pivoting armsTowel rack with pivoting arms
Space-saving towel rack for many towels
Bathtub with ordinary chair next to itTransfer from wheelchair to bathtub
Transfer to bathtub using an ordinary chair
User on stool next to the bathtubTransfer to whirlpool bath
- an option for wheelchair users with strong arms
“Rufus” Shower stoolTransfers between wheelchair and shower stool
The wheelchair is locked to the shower stool for secure transfers.
Transparent storage box with contentsTransparent storage boxes
- help keep things organized and easy to find for people who can't take boxes down from a shelf - suitable for wheelchair users and/or people with poor hand function
User next to storage boxesTransparent storage boxes
- suitable for wheelchair users
User transports a milk containerTray
Plastic lid for microwave oven – suitable as a tray for wheelchair users
TV is placed on a stand on the wallTV in bedroom
Mounting the TV on the wall makes it easy to watch TV while lying in bed - suitable for persons who have to spend a lot of time in bed
The user by the two-part refrigerator and freezerTwo-piece refrigerator and freezer in custom kitchen
- a practical solution for wheelchair users
Universal knobUniversal knob for doors, stove and lock
Portable and adapted handle that enlarges and therefore makes it easier for a person with impaired hand function to twist/open/close various types of lock and stove knobs.
Wooden terrace in front of vacation homeVacation home terrace
A wood terrace that makes a vacation home wheelchair accessible
Wall-mounted bathroom cabinetWall-mounted bathroom cabinet
Wall-mounted bathroom cabinet for easier cleaning.
User next to her wall-mounted shower chairWall-mounted shower chair
Stable, convenient and space-saving shower chair – suitable for wheelchair users
Pressalit shower stool with backrest and armrestWall-mounted shower stool with armrest
Stable wall-mounted shower stool for easy transfers with sliding board
Wall-mounted soap dispenserWall-mounted soap dispenser
Easy-to-use soap dispenser – appropriate for persons with impaired hand function
Cut-out sectionWashbasin cabinet in adapted bathroom
Washbasin cabinet with curtain and shelf with cut-out section make it easier for wheelchair users to come close and maintain balance
Washbasin and bathroom cabinetWashbasin in adapted bathroom
Built-in washbasin with easily accessible low bathroom cabinets – suitable for wheelchair users
Washing machine on pedestal with drawerWashing machine on pedestal
Elevated washing machine makes it easier for wheelchair users to do laundry
Waste sorting cabinet, openWaste-sorting cabinet
Practical waste-sorting cabinet that opens automatically
User by wastebasket with swing-top lidWastebasket with swing-top lid
- suitable for wheelchair users
Stand with bucket for hose nozzleWatering accessible raised beds
Watering system that can be handled by a wheelchair user
Spacious wood terrace with glass door to living roomWell-planned wood terrace
Large easily accessible wood terrace that makes it possible for a wheelchair user to easily spend time outdoors on a sloping lot
Toilet and shower with window protected by clear curtainWheelchair accessible bathroom
Curtain in front of the window at the shower protects the window from moisture - an option to have an open shower area next to a window
Summer home with rampWheelchair accessible country home
Country home with accessible garden
Modified home, viewed from the front with entranceWheelchair accessible house
Successful modification of old two-story home
User on pathWheelchair accessible path to dock
A power wheelchair works best on gravel path by lake
Sauna entrance with on/off button on the wallWheelchair accessible sauna
An accessible sauna that can be used while sitting on a shower chair on casters
User at sauna doorWheelchair accessible sauna
A sauna large enough to accommodate a wheelchair
Whirlpool tub with ceiling liftWhirlpool tub
A hot bath can help persons who find it difficult to stay warm and have problems with spasticity
User drives through the doorWidening doorway
A method to widen a doorway in tight spaces - suitable for wheelchair users
Window opener; small box sitting on window sill, open windowWindow opener
Remote control electric window opener
Entrance door with exit to the deckWooden deck
Spacious wooden deck outside single-family home – suitable for wheelchair users
User by patio furniture on deckWooden deck outside adapted house
Spacious wooden deck suitable for wheelchair users
User at work tableWork table
Work table suitable for wheelchair users
User at workplaceWorkplace at home
Workplace for a person with high spinal cord injury allows user to work from home
WorkroomWorkroom
Simple and convenient workplace – suitable for wheelchair users
Work table with space for knees, manually adjustable height.Workroom with computer workstation
Workroom with computer workstation for a person who controls the computer with a head mouse