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Fold-up chair for kitchen

Discussion in 'Home adaptations, mobility and personal care' started by InitialConditions, Dec 30, 2022.

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  1. InitialConditions

    InitialConditions Senior Member (Voting Rights)

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    I recently saw a chair that would be perfect for me in the kitchen. It's one of those where it has x-shaped legs when extended, and at the top has a simple canvas strip for support, with no back. When folded it could be placed in a small gap of say 10cm.

    Does anyone know what these are called? I cannot remember where I saw the chair and I'm not entirely sure what to google. 'Folding chair' brings up things that look similar, but they are much too low in height.
     
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    Jonathan Edwards Senior Member (Voting Rights)

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    InitialConditions Senior Member (Voting Rights)

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    I guess it's not really a chair without a back. More of a stool — but that would be too low.
     
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    InitialConditions Senior Member (Voting Rights)

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    Thanks. Yes, I've seen something like this before. Could be an option, but seems maybe overkill (and a little pricey).
     
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    Shadrach Loom Senior Member (Voting Rights)

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    Also, heavy. A cheap, flimsy bar stool is going to be easier to lug about and is still quite unlikely to topple.
     
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    https://www.ebay.co.uk/b/Foldable-Bar-Stool/103431/bn_7023438191
     
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    NelliePledge Moderator Staff Member

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    Yes I’ve got a folding bar stool with a back from ikea. I needed a sturdy one so it isn’t lightweight but ok for me to move to where I need it. I’ve put felt gliders on the feet and I’ve got vinyl flooring so it slides ok.
     
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    ahimsa Senior Member (Voting Rights)

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    Your description sounds like a tall director's chair.
    Line Drawing of Tall Directors Chair.jpg

    EDIT: I just realized you said no back! I misread and thought the "canvas strip for support" meant the back support.

    And I'm pretty sure I did that because I wouldn't want to sit in a chair without a back support.
     
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    ahimsa Senior Member (Voting Rights)

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    I also added gliders to the feet of my bar stool. It slides pretty well on our vinyl floor.
     
  12. Kitty

    Kitty Senior Member (Voting Rights)

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    My friend has some very like these in her kitchen, which are sturdy and comfortable enough to work on in the kitchen. They old almost flat:

    https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/334468941882

    We had some similar to this at work, a more expensive type but stable and comfy:



    I found perching stools for disabled people an absolute nightmare. I've had two foisted on me by occupational therapists at different times, and whilst they were different designs, they both had the same problems. The sloping seat throws all your weight onto your thighs, which for many PWME is the most painful muscle group; and the legs flare right out at the bottom in order to make them super-stable, which means anyone with PEM brain fog and clumsiness is likely to trip over the bloody things repeatedly.

    I managed to return one of mine to the Red Cross, who at the time supplied our local authority's equipment, but the second was just abandoned at my house. I threatened to Freecycle it on the grounds that it was a safety hazard (and it really was); two months later they still hadn't offered me a way to return it, so that's what I did in the end.
     
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    Kitty Senior Member (Voting Rights)

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    PS: before buying a bar stool, it's worth making sure it's the right height. I'm quite tall for a woman at 5' 9", but I still can't get onto a full height pub stool because it requires you to be able to put one foot on the rung behind you, and push yourself up onto the seat with one leg. I discovered recently that I have neither the strength nor the postural stability! :laugh: Most of the stools sold for people's kitchens aren't nearly so tall, as they're designed to raise you to worktop height and not the height of a bar, but given the hazards of online ordering ...
     
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    another one worth looking at it 'fishing chairs' but then you'd need your extra criteria for height etc. I mention these because they will also fold down small and necessarily tend to be quite light, foldable and many of them made to be really comfy for longish periods of time
     
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    The IKEA Franklin one I bought is £35 comes in two heights as well so I could get one high enough for the kitchen work surface.
     
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    I have a rollator, bit more expensive but good if you have other needs. OT gave me a perching stool but I have a narrow, galley type kitchen and it was just in the way and too heavy to move easily, also found the same problems as Kitty.

    Coincidently, I got the rollator just as I gave back the perching stool. It has 4 wheels and a basket under the seat so it was useful to go out with, it folds flat and is very supportive and comfortable.

    I need a wheelchair now and rarely manage out anyway, but I keep the rollator in the kitchen against the back door because it is so useful. I sit on it to rest while I can still watch things cook (and not forget about them!) and it goes under the kitchen table so food prep is more accessible. The wheels mean it is easy to move so I use it to eat my meals instead of a chair and it is light enough to take outside the door to get some sun.

    Coopers of Stortford and the Complete Care shop are not too dear, well a few months ago or you may get one from an OT.

    I like things that are useful for a lot of things :)
     
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    In the U.S., kitchen stools are classified as either bar stools or counter stools. I recently ordered a counter stool with the seat 23" from the floor, 58.4 cm. The bar stool in this same model is quite a bit higher.
     
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    I have a seat similar to this,

    Streetwize LW7 Walking Stick Chair https://amzn.eu/d/4T4vE0g

    Although taller than some folding seats, I think it may still be a bit too low for use in the kitchen
     
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    InitialConditions Senior Member (Voting Rights)

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    That's pretty much what I had seen. Thanks!
     
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