Redneck Recliner


IKEA's new secret line of chairs: Vagn, Anmarsch, and Lastbil

IKEA’s new secret line of chairs: Vagn, Anmarsch, and Lastbil

The back of a minivan is big enough to hold a four foot by eight foot sheet of plywood lying flat. This makes it an eminently useful vehicle. It’s not a feature that I use very often, but it is one of the reasons why I love driving a minivan in spite of whatever stigma of suburban-soccer-mom uncoolness might be attached to it. Go ahead and make fun of it for being a “Mom” van: I’ll eventually have the last laugh when you need me to pick up building supplies for you.

In order to get a four foot by eight foot sheet of plywood into the back of a minivan, however, it is necessary to take out everything except the front two seats. The third row seats fold down into a nifty secret compartment, but the middle seats are individual bucket seats that have to be removed and set aside. This is easy if you have a garage, but trickier when you have an apartment with exterior parking.

I was helping a friend gather building supplies in preparation for a film project that we are collaborating on, so I needed to remove the seats from the van. Having no place else to store them, they ended up in my living room where I jokingly refer to them as my “redneck recliners”.

All joking aside, though, they make excellent indoor furniture. Who knew? Rednecks, I suppose. It’s not as if it is disrupting the aesthetic of my living room considering that the only other seat is a futon that we rescued from the back alley when our upstairs neighbors moved out. The van seats have a lever to adjust the recline of the back: a nice perk. The arm rests fold up and down depending on whether or not you want them. There is even a cup holder that folds out of the side.

I expect that the van seats will be going into the van shortly once I clear the plywood out of it, but in the meantime it is mighty convenient- and comfortable- having them in the living room. I suppose that if I can see past the “uncoolness” of a minivan I can see past the “tastelessness” of having van seats in my living room.

I what other useful things I’ve been overlooking based on an uncool reputation.

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~ by Gwydhar Gebien on August 3, 2014.

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