Tessa’s Weekly Picks – 3D Printing IKEA


Tessa Blokland  


I can still remember scrolling through the huge IKEA-catalogue, as a young girl. I loved wandering around in the imaginary living rooms, bedrooms, and all other rooms. I fantasized about how my own would look like when I would be older. My house now is not full of IKEA stuff, but what I like most is, if you look now, instead of being satisfied with what IKEA offers, there are even more possibilities with hacks, add-ons to make each furniture piece your very own.

I really like the 3D printed add-ons from the ThisAbles project (also top image). The 3D printable add-ones are a way to allow people with special needs to enjoy the quality of life provided by IKEA products. This also fits the vision of the company: to “create a better everyday life for as many people as possible”. The 3D printed examples shown here make it possible to touch smaller buttons and pull the annoying small zipper handles.

Also part of ‘a better everyday life’ is this 3D printed gaming chair. One of the most essential requirements when gaming is a comfortable chair. However, few people are really interested in the customization and ergonomics of these chairs, which is why IKEA has focused their attention on it. Together with UNYQ, a company that focuses on 3D printing to create customized designs, they created a new chair the Ubik.

Another example of 3D printed customization is from Swedish product design company Teenage Engineering. The frekvens hacks enable customers to 3D print design hacks for its modular lights and speakers collection designed for IKEA. The 3D CAD files can be downloaded for free and printed at home.

A second project between IKEA and UNYQ together with Area Academy, are these 3D printed accessories to enhance greater comfort and style for people playing video games at home.

The last example of 3D printed accessories is from Budapest-based designer Adam Miklosi, who also designed a super easy-to-make face shield for the Covid-19 crisis. Uppgradera, as the series is called, aims to modify the original IKEA designs to improve their efficiency, or even propose a new use.

What I like about these projects is that design for everybody really becomes for everybody. There is no one size fits all, but thanks to 3D printing it has become all sizes fit all. If you have some interesting hacks or add-ons yourself, please let us know. We would love to share them!

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Each of Tessa’s weekly picks is a curated group of 3D printed designs, based on the week’s chosen theme. If you would like to offer a theme for Tessa, or if you have your 3D printed weekly picks you would like to see featured, please let us know by commenting below. Subscribe to the newsletter to get the latest weekly picks every week in your mailbox.


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