Low-tech door closer

Solution enables wheelchair users to close doors that open outwards after coming inside

Door closer with string
Door closer with string

Description
A string attached to a loop sits on the upper edge of the door, on the side that is opened. The string runs through another loop that sits next to it on the door frame. A weight is attached to the string. The string hangs down and is long enough for the wheelchair user to reach it when the door is open. The wheelchair user pulls the string to close the door. The upper portion of the string can be replaced with an elastic band, which reduces the strain on the loops.

Users comments
The wheelchair user pulls the string to close outward opening doors when entering the room or house.

Paid for by
The user

This tip is from 2005

Door closer (detail): loop on door and loop on door frame
Door closer (detail): loop on door and loop on door frame
Door closer: user pulls string
Door closer: user pulls string

Tipsare: Anonym 1

The person lives together with his wife and an child in a house. He is working part time. He was injured in 1975 and has a high tetraplegia (C5). Through hand surgery his grip function improved in both hands. He has personal assistance 7 hours a day.