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Wheelchair Furniture #1: My Pet Project

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Blog entry by Russel posted 2535 days ago 754 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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A couple years ago a young lady I work with was shot during a carjacking attempt and left paralyzed from the waist down. At the time she was pregnant with her first child and asked me to develop nursery furniture that would allow her to care for her baby from her wheelchair. This experience led to Village Lane Furniture which has become my pet project.

Because of this young lady, I became aware of a furniture audience that is frequently overlooked; wheelchair parents and people with disabilities. I have found that there are a multitude of considerations and most folks are forced to adapt existing furniture for their needs. This leads to some rather unsafe situations and some less than attractive furniture.

I’ve started with nursery furniture because that is what was first presented to me, but since starting this, I’ve become aware of other needs along the way. I’ve also run into quite a few problems as well. All in all, it has been a remarkable educational experience. Now, since I’ve found this place with a vast amount of knowledge and ingenuity I thought it would quite productive to share some of the things I’ve learned and aske for insights into improvements.

Here is the latest version of the wheelchair compatible crib.

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More to follow.

-- Working at Woodworking http://www.VillageLaneFurniture.com



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Thos. Angle

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#1 posted 2535 days ago

At the present, I have no thoughts on the project except to pat you on the back. I ‘m sure you’ve found an unmined niche market. I’m also sure that these people will be appreciative of your efforts.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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Karson

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#2 posted 2535 days ago

Russell. That is great. I wish you great sucess in your business plans.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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MsDebbieP

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#3 posted 2535 days ago

how wonderful—you not only helped someone but have chosen to help many others in need AND at the same time you saw a niche to sell your woodworking projects.

Bravo on all accounts.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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