Shelevator, an elevator for your shelf

video Shelevator, an elevator for your shelf
I was inspired to do this when I saw my senior mother standing on a stool to reach something in the kitchen. I was worried she might fall. Although, anyone could make one in a good workshop, I wanted to make it easy for anyone who might not have access to all the required tools, so I have made the harder things available through some kits on eBay. It was recently featured on Discovery Channel Canada - Daily Planet, Feb. 15, 2012, part 3.
sann62 years ago
If you have any ideas for bringing items at floor level up to you please post and do an instructable for us. I have a mother with a kidney condition who cannot bend down to get things from the bottom shelves. Does this idea work in reverse?
sbsch (author)  sann62 years ago
sorry to hear of your mother's disability. I don't think the Shelevator can be made to work in reverse for the problem you describe.
However, I can suggest that, as a first step, a drawer can be constructed as per my instructable that will exactly fit any bottom shelves and can be used to at least pull out the contents of bottom shelves for easier accessibility.
If this helps, let me know and I can suggest some easy ways to affix a handle.
tinker2342 years ago
i love the idea of this i think any cook with a high shelf would appreciate this i wonder if could set up a servo and a simple circuit o push a button and it comes down
sbsch (author)  tinker2342 years ago
I would be happy to work with anyone who wishes to pursue this as I don't yet have the know how to do so
tinker234 sbsch2 years ago
a windsheild moror pulls it out and then gravity drops id down a conter weght makes it so it isnt going to damage the contents
sbsch (author)  tinker2342 years ago
thx very much for your interest and idea however I wld need someone to collaborate with
MicioGatta2 years ago
Great!!!!! :)
gmjhowe3 years ago
I think this is a great idea. I think my main concern is the shelf is limited only to light things. A shelf full of cans would be hard for an elderly person to lower, and even more so to raise.

You can see that the person operating it uses an amount of strength to do so. The device could easily get away from itself causing the glass dishes to smash.
sbsch (author)  gmjhowe3 years ago
yes, you are right and I meant to include a statement about that. Thx for the reminder.
There are many items in the kitchen and the rest of the house that are lightweight - these are best stored in Shelevators, eg. cereals, crackers, spices, snacks, plastic bowls & cutlery, styrofoam cups, paper towels, dish towels, baby bottles, etc.
For heavier items that must be stored high up because there is no other room, such as might be the case in a work shop, smaller drawers would be necessary, which makes it more expensive but less expensive than building a new room, I think.