The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #165433   Message #3979638
Posted By: wysiwyg
28-Feb-19 - 05:09 PM
Thread Name: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
In packing to be away at an all-weekend workshop, it was identified that my old bones just can't do that amount of sitting without an ottoman. So I've just finished making one, based on Greg's excellent idea: using the folding stepstool we use between the van seats as an armrest, with pillows on top? For that purpose, we recently discussed that it needed to be taller and firmer. For a footrest, firm also, and wider.

The stepstool itself is tough plastic that locks once it's opened, and holds 300 pounds. It folds to a compact and lightweight 3" wide; I used it for years to access tall Liberation Library shelves, until the Library moved to Ohio. Then it was a handy PA kitchen stepstool. (There were cracks between bookshelves or cabinets, where it could be slipped in until needed.)

Eventually it arrived in Ohio.

So I've cut foam of various densities already on hand, to raise its top and widen it. Greg cut me a plank for a wider (and firm) footrest. Whatever height the chair they give me turns out to be, I'll be able to add enough foam layers to make my knees and hips smile deliciously. I'll top it off with pretty (red) fleece to camouflage its humbler parts.

There have been many times at festivals, etc when I wished I had something like this. It may even work when I sit on my Rollator.

Since all the parts will stack between the van seats and can travel in a backpack, I suspect I'll use this often!

~Susan