Here’s something that my house doesn’t need more of: Chairs.
So what did I do? I made a chair. But not just any chair—I made the best chair of all!
It all started when I was being a responsible citizen, emptying the trash from my car into the dumpster. As I opened the lid, I took a step back just in case any rabid raccoons decided to jump out and ferociously attack me. I peeked in to check for animals and I was shocked to see a massive thing sitting there. This thing wasn’t an animal, but rather it was a beautiful pleather passenger seat from a Tesla Model 3. Now, why would someone throw away a perfectly good seating apparatus?! To answer this question, I fished the heavy chair out of the dumpster and threw it into the back of my car.
Let me tell you the things that I’m not good at: knitting, responding to text messages, and fixing seats. But I can’t think of a single time when someone not knowing what they’re doing has led to a bad result. Ok, I can think of many times, but this was not going to be one of them! I was determined!
I took the seat to my garage and used my basic knowledge of electronics to figure out if this seat was functional. One-by-one, I traced the wires to understand the wiring harness, but then I recognized that the seat had a built-in airbag, which meant that if I added power to the wrong wires, then the airbag would go *boom * in my face. This immediately shifted my top priority to be to dismantle the airbag to avoid a painful explosion. After the airbag was removed, I ordered parts for the project and started to connect wires together. Did I know what I was doing? No! But was I making progress? Not sure…
After many delays and testing, I discovered that the chair was perfectly functional, and my goal of making the best office chair was attainable. I sketched a design for the final product with the goals of the seat being infinitely adjustable, incredibly comfortable, and totally functional. There were many things that I had to learn in the process, including fabricating parts from iron, designing 3D printed parts, and wiring electronics, but after almost two years, it was complete! I made the best seat in the house!
Here are some details about the final product:
The motors and switches move the seat in all directions, making it a 10 way motorized seat.
The seat is electronically powered by a built-in battery that only needs to be charged once a year
The armrests extend up and down, swivel left and right, and telescope forward and backwards.
The five wheels are heavy-duty, low friction “skateboard wheels” that glide the chair around very easily without scratching the ground.
While the headrests of the original seat couldn’t move, these headrests could be extended up to 6 inches.
My new chair is my favorite because I had a hand in making it. Now it will forever live in my house with my other beloved chairs. Thank God it was a car seat in that dumpster and not a raccoon because it would have been way harder to turn a raccoon into something useful! Look Momma, I made a chair!!
Note: If you’re interested in seeing the behind-the-scenes video clips as captured on Instagram Stories, you can view this video: