Things Lefties Find Difficult


Left-handers live in a right-handed world.  As a result there are a number of items and tasks that we find difficult to manage without adapting to the right-handed way.  Other items are specially configured or made for left-handed use because the right-handed method just doesn’t work for us. 

Here is a list that we have created in Australia and we welcome more suggestions via the Contact Us page.


Right-handed only:

Parking station boom gates

Railway station turnstiles


EFTPOS terminals

Vending Machines


Trouser zippers

Shirt buttons

Smart phones

Computer tablets

Apps for tablets and smart phones

Stove-top controls

Microwave ovens

Airbrushes with side mounted paint wells

Lever arch and ring binders

Spiral-bound notebooks


Power tools – drill, circular saw, planer, sander, jigsaw, and more

Garden tools – zip mower, blower vac, edge trimmer, brush cutter, chainsaw, and more

Ledgers, cheque books, receipt books, all carbon copy books

Raffle ticket books

Pen-on-a-chain at reception desks, banks, etc

Most surgical instruments and sphygmomanometers




Special left-handed methods or versions available:



Scissors and secateurs

Can openers


Bread knife and other scalloped knives

Ladles and measuring jugs

Computer keyboard

Computer mouse

Needlework – knitting, crochet, sewing, embroidery, and more



Wouldn't it be great if designers and manufacturers created products that both left-handers and right-handers can use?