When we develop a new product, the goal is always to make it as easy to use as possible. But some furniture needs extra consideration to account for factors like laws of nature and human behaviour. So when we developed GLESVÄR, we wanted to find a solution that addresses one of the absolute greatest risks
One might think that a chest of drawers full of things would stand firm and can’t tip over. But the fact is that many accidents occur when several drawers are pulled out at the same time (perhaps in a dazed hunt for matching socks), making the chest of drawers front-heavy and instable. That’s why you must always follow our assembly instructions and secure your chest of drawers to the wall. Still, it’s easy to start using a chest of drawers without it being secured to the wall, which means that it poses a serious safety risk in the home.
With this insight, project leader Madeleine Kullegård and her colleagues looked for a solution that could decrease the risk of incidents when pulling out several drawers at the same time. “We had a number of customers test various innovations. Their views helped us finalise this interlock mechanism for GLESVÄR”, says Madeleine, explaining how it works. “When you open one drawer, all the other ones lock automatically with a metal rod. But as soon as you have secured the chest of drawers to the wall, the locking stops and you can open as many drawers as you like.
Madeleine hopes that the locking mechanism on GLESVÄR will contribute to a greater focus on safety in the entire furniture industry and greater awareness by customers, especially families with children. “The interlock prevents a serious risk, but the safest way is always to secure your chest of drawers to the wall.”