Category: Housekeeping

Sofa Or Chair Raiser

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DO IT YOURSELF ENTRYPURPOSE: To enable individuals with lower extremity, balance, or mobility disabilities or arthritis to enter or exit a chair more easily. Included in a chapter entitled "Living Room & Leisure Activities," this article describes how to create a box platform to increase the height of a chair or sofa from two to four inches, depending on the needs of the user. The article includes detailed instructions and multiple illustrations depicting the various stages of the project. For maximum stability, the front chair or sofa legs should be screwed into the platform. MATERIALS: 2 x 2 inch and 1 x 4 inch lumber (2-inch rise), 2 x 3 inch and 1 x 5 inch lumber (3-inch rise), or 2 x 4 inch and 1 x 6 inch lumber (4-inch rise); one sheet of 5/8-inch plywood; 24 3- or 3.5 inch wood screws; and polyurethane finish, stain, or paint (optional). TOOLS: Tape measure, drill, hammer, and screwdriver. SKILLS NEEDED: Carpentry. TITLE: Raising an Armchair or Sofa. BOOK: Easy Things to Make to Make Things Easy: Simple Do-It-Yourself Home Modifications for Older People & Others with Physical Limitations. REF: Cambridge, Massachusetts: Brookline Books: p 53-55. PAGES (including cover) 4. 1997.


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