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Gypsy Drawers

Furniture designed to move. austinblough.com/#!...

What's the big idea?

50 million people under 30 rent in the US. Many move frequently and none have furniture that likes to move frequently.

Ever carried an oak dresser up 3 flights of narrow Chicago stairs?
Ever tried to move a huge dresser in a compact car?
Ever had a bag of clothes rip open in the street while your moving?
Do you care that your short lived IKEA mdf laminated furniture goes straight to a landfill?

Gypsy Drawers are designed to, (1) be awesome modular dressers, (2) help you move without packing your clothes up and (3) be long lasting yet 100% recyclable.

Describe the nearest player in your field.

IKEA is the closest competitor, with disposable furniture.

Second, would be storage totes, that look horrible as furniture.

How are you different from that player?

Gypsy drawers are built to last, not throw away after the first move. They also look amazing while maintaing a light, mobile frame.

How does this idea scale into a big business?

The patented function of the drawers could scale into other markets such as tool boxes and commercial file cabinets. The bGypsy brand could also scale into a company building furniture designed to move.

Why are you the one to run with this idea?

I believe in my core that these drawers will help people and ease the difficulties in moving that sometimes keep people from following their dreams. Also, I grew up in manufacturing, have owned several startups, have a degree in product design and an intense drive to get shit done.

What is a $5,000 experiment you can do to move your idea forward?

Along with full-sized, fit and finish prototypes, $5,000 would allow for user experience testing and pre-ordering in Chicago, New York and LA.  It could also go toward tool design/ manufacturing preparation and a Kickstarter video.

There have been 10 replies to this idea

  1. Mary Riske Hornberger

    creative ideas make the world go round and you can endorse this one invented by Jasmine’s friend Austin.

  2. James Tock

    Would love to make this my toolbox. Living in an apartment with no garage, this would be a great way to carry my tools down to my car and easily store them. Though, I would be worried about securing them in the drawer so they don’t get mixed up when I pick the drawer up.

  3. Veronica Blough

    Move drawers without emptying them.

  4. Austin Blough

    Owner

    Thanks for the insight James! I’d like to eventually make a toolbox design as well; I will have to figure out some ways of keeping the tools organized during the movement.

  5. David Hornberger

    College student bound - what a great way to move out of your parents home and into a dorm, oh and next year an easy move to an appartment.

  6. David Robb

    I like the idea. The easy transportation is a big plus, but also if all of the furniture is in modular pieces you can create different set ups as needed, so that you don’t have to worry as much about the furniture not fitting in a new location. Is there anything proprietary about your design or functionality?

  7. Steph Trinh

    This could definitely work well with added accessories, like travel storage cubes/organizers within the drawers, maybe with elastic bands for added security. (Bouncing off the idea James mentioned about keeping tools in them.) Fantastic idea!!

  8. Austin Blough

    Owner

    David Robb, thanks, and yes the functionality is proprietary. And Steph, I like the elastic band idea, could be something there!

  9. David Robb

    Congrats on the funding! Was the obvious best pick for the week.

  10. Jim Torrey

    Congrats Austin! It is a great idea!

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This idea was funded by Start Garden staff endorsement on February 13, 2014. Since then...

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