foldable shelf: install damage free

over 7 years ago by SabineFabLabIng

Which problem are you trying to solve?

* refugees in mobile homes are not allowed to damage walls for shelving
* no space for furniture in small luggage in
case of relocation
* manage with little money
* a lot of free time

How are you going to solve the problem?

* install shelf on metal walls with strong magnet
* shelf is foldable to fit in small bag
* materials are easy
accessible and low cost
* selfmade, task, activity

What is the impact of your project?

for refugees: get connected, get in contact, use new language, activity, help themselves
for FabLab: help people, get
connected with commune, maybe newspaper article/advertising

How can the project be manufactured in the OpenLab?

* create prototyp
* test/calculate loading capacity
* create paper of instructions
* find strategy (FabLab event in
mobile homes / co work with commune / sponsors for magnets)

Describe your project in detail

The foldable shelf should be not only a part of furniture, but also a project for FabLabs and other groups, which are
interested in refugee issues. It should be an occasion to get in contact, help to self help, speak the new language and
attract attention for refugees and FabLabs.
The shelf itself will be a construction of wood, fabric, (approximatly 2)
magnets and rope.
The wood will be cut in parts, which will be glued on the fabric. This part you can coil in one
direction, but it is stable in the other. With the rope it will be connected to the magnets, which hold the whole
construction on the (metal) wall. If one coil it up, it will fit in a bag.
There are other variations in mind too. Less
wood and more fabric for example, more like an hammock.
It should be easy to build with simple tools and low cost
materials. For the magnets there may be sponsors.


Omarhasayn89 over 7 years ago
A great and useful project for refugees ... Another option may be added if the wall is not metal it's installation
of rubber parts on the ends of the shelf they used to suction air between them and the wall, which works to install the
shelf in place strongly
SabineFabLabIng (Submitter) over 7 years ago
Dear Omarhasayn89 an all interested,
Yes we think about other ways to install on other walls. We think about other
designs too, for example an all-fabric shelf which has a lot of little bags to store things. Or an extendible shelf to
have a second surface under the first shelf. It depends all on the prototype and the loading capacity...
yassineaskri over 7 years ago
Good idea, try to develop the mecanism design , good luck !