Inclusive Ironing

This was a university project undertaken in conjunction with a universal design module. The module sought to examine design methods and processes that result in products that are usable by all to the greatest extent possible.

This project considered wheelchair users and the difficulties which ironing boards posed in use.

Developed after various methods of research including empathic modelling and extensive user observations the board prototype utilised a mechanical folding system with spherical rollerballs.

The prototype allowed the wheelchair user to manoeuvre the ironing board around the home easily and could be manipulated into position with a squeeze trigger.

The mechanism required no electronics using the dynamics of the weight distribution of the ironing board between the two positions.