Exploring The Best Furniture for People with Disabilities

Jun 24, 2015
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People with disabilities may appear to be unfortunate, but they do not all present themselves in this light. Instead, they keep right on trucking and never allow the world to get them down. Of course, they do rely on some specific products and individuals to provide them with support from time to time. In fact, the appropriate furniture can make a person’s life tremendously easier. What type of furniture is available for individuals with disabilities and how can it help? You’ll be able to discover the truth below!

The Necessary Ramp

First and foremost, there are people with disabilities who, at times, need help in being pushed. At the same time, it is vital for individuals with disabilities to be able to access their homes. Without a ramp, this would not be possible for many. It is crucial to purchase or build a ramp that is sturdy and capable of holding the weight of the individual, maybe their caregiver and their wheelchair. This can be done easily with the right measurements.

Chair Lifts

Over the past few years, chair lifts have gotten tremendously popular. They’re capable of helping to get an individual from the bottom of the stairs to the top of the stairs, without any trouble. Typically, these items are very expensive, but they’re entirely necessary! A good chair lift will ensure the safety of the  individual, as well as their caregiver. It will also make both of their lives much easier and less stressful.

Desks

Just because a person has a disabled doesn’t mean that they want to sit around in the bed all day and do nothing! No! People with disabilities are still full of life and want to be able to do everything that anyone else can do! With the right desk, this is certainly a possibility. There are a variety of different desks that are built specifically for people with disabilities. Their tabletop will typically swing around and give you easy access to your computer and other items. This ensures that you have access to social media from your chair or bed for that matter!

The Chair

Finally, the wheelchair is crucial! The person with a disability is undoubtedly going to be spending the majority of their time using their wheelchair. It is vital to make sure that the chair is comfortable, reliable and very durable! There are many different types of chairs to choose from and each offers their own level of convenience and comfort. Of course, the individual will need to help make this decision! Although some might want an electric chair, others might want to push themselves. Be sure to consult with this individual thoroughly, before making your decision. Either way, be sure to allow the individual to experiment with the chair, before the purchase is actually made! This will help to ensure that the chair fits and the person actually likes it!

Conclusion

When attempting to purchase furniture for a home of a person with a disability, it is vital to purchase the right furniture. It can be very helpful and smart to rely on log furniture! This will ensure that the furniture will be durable and will last for a significantly long period of time!

 

Author: Ruby Andrew



  • Phillip

    Sorry, but this article rubbed me the wrong way. Mainly, it is written as though the buyer of these items is not the person with a disability(and never would be because if we have a disability, we obviously can’t purchase things ourselves with our own money…). Also, the fact that you assume(by your writing) that a person with a disability needs a caregiver is annoying. You went nowhere beyond the most basic items and this article could have been SO much better.

    I’m currently a graduate student at a large public university and have lived independently for the last 5 years. Here are some tips that expand upon your basics and go beyond them:

    The Ramp: if you are in a wheelchair or have difficulty managing steps, you still need to be able to access your residence. If you can, have the front door built without steps, level with the floor/ground, and with a low threshold(I’m pretty sure there is a Universal Design standard for threshold height). If a high door step is already installed or there are steps then a ramp might need to be constructed. This isn’t hard to do. The ramp should be wide enough for your chair, sturdy, and easy to push up/go down. If possible, the ramp should flatten at the door. Trust me, it’s a lot easier to open a door if you aren’t worried about rolling back down hill!

    Desks: What you need in a desk all depends upon your own situation. For example, I need a desk that is high enough and open enough for my wheelchair to fit underneath. Some other things to consider are your balance level and strength. If your balance(like mine) is poor, you will want a desk that is sturdy and harder to move(you don’t want the desk moving on you while you are putting weight on it and you lose your balance). However, if you want a desk that is more maneuverable, many desks have rolling options available that allow the desk to be moved more easily. One good way to determine what desk works for you is to go your nearest office supply store(Staples, OfficeMax, etc.) and just try some out and see what does and doesn’t work. Many of these stores have versions of their desks out in store.

    The Chair: Whatever type of wheelchair you get, make sure it is well fitted for YOU! An ill-fitting chair can not only be uncomfortable but is also less efficient and can lead to more wear on your body. Go with a name brand and reliable dealer. While the chair will be expensive, you certainly get what you pay for!

    A few extra tips:
    Hard(hardwood, tile, linoleum, etc.) floors work great and are much easier to push on than carpet.

    Tables(kitchen, dining room) should be high enought and wide enough to comfortably fit your chair underneath. I’ve found that, for whatever reason, square or rectangular tables work better than round ones.

    Your bed should shorter (height wise) because it is, generally, easier to transfer to objects closer to the height of your chair. If you want, you can get a bed that is level with your chair height and just slide across to your bed!

    I didn’t do the chair lift because I have very little experience with them.

    This blog, unless I missed something, is generally aimed at individuals with disabilities. Keep that in mind when writing in the future.

  • bobl07

    HI Phillip,

    Thank you for your insight. I do need bloggers with disabilities. Are writers would you be available? Please get back to me at bobl@lakeshore.org I hope to hear from you soon.