designer turns a shopping cart into an affordable DIY wheelchair

designer turns a shopping cart into an affordable DIY wheelchair

‘cart wheelchair DIY’ is a wheelchair made from second-hand shopping carts to become a helping tool for the physically disabled, elderly and patients who are not able to afford an ordinary chair. with a desire to help as many people as possible, the designer apichai inthutsingh wants to show us how to improve a simple shopping cart and create a wheelchair to fit their lifestyle.




the designer has researched two types of the design: the ‘manually propelled wheelchair’ is for the users to move without caregivers. the ability to self-propel is a key factor for greater independence. the ‘transport wheelchair’ is pushed by a family member or a caregiver — it is lightweight and easy to transport — and this is the one inthutsingh’s design offers to build. cart wheelchair DIY is designed so that it can be made in basic workshops, modifying second-hand shopping carts and adding parts for more for a more comfortable position, such as a small basket, seat cushion, and hand brake. 









project info:


name: cart wheelchair DIY

designer: apichai inthutsingh


designboom has received this project from our ‘DIY submissions‘ feature, where we welcome our readers to submit their own work for publication. see more project submissions from our readers here.


edited by: maria erman | designboom

have something to add? share your thoughts in our comments section below.
all comments are reviewed for the purposes of moderation before publishing.

comments policy
designboom's comment policy guidelines
generally speaking, if we publish something, it's because we're genuinely interested in the subject. we hope you'll share this interest and if you know even more about it, please share! our goal in the discussion threads is to have good conversation and we prefer constructive opinions. we and our readers have fun with entertaining ones. designboom welcomes alerts about typos, incorrect names, and the like.
the correction is at the discretion of the post editor and may not happen immediately.

what if you disagree with what we or another commenter has to say?
let's hear it! but please understand that offensive, inappropriate, or just plain annoying comments may be deleted or shortened.

- please do not make racist, sexist, anti-semitic, homophobic or otherwise offensive comments.
- please don't personally insult the writers or your fellow commenters.
- please avoid using offensive words, replacing a few letters with asterisks is not a valid workaround.
- please don't include your website or e-mail address in your comments for the purpose of self-promotion.
- please respect jury verdicts and do not discuss offensively on the competition results
(there is only one fist prize, and designboom usually asks renown professionals to help us to promote talent.
in addition to the awarded designs, we do feel that almost all deserve our attention, that is why we publish
the best 100-200 entries too.)

a link is allowed in comments as long as they add value in the form of information, images, humor, etc. (links to the front page of your personal blog or website are not okay). unwelcome links (to commercial products or services of others, offensive material etc. ) will be redacted. and, ... yes, spam gets banned. no, we do not post fake comments.


a diverse digital database that acts as a valuable guide in gaining insight and information about a product directly from the manufacturer, and serves as a rich reference point in developing a project or scheme.

design news

keep up with our daily and weekly stories
502,531 subscribers
- see sample
- see sample