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
  • ATMs
  • EFTPOS terminals
  • Vending Machines
  • Handshake
  • 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
  • Camera
  • 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
  • Polo
  • Hockey


Special left-handed methods or versions available:

  • Handwriting
  • Calligraphy
  • Scissors and secateurs
  • Can openers
  • Corkscrews
  • 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?