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    Carrying things in chair

    Hi all,
    im transitioning to using my chair inside ( PPMS) what do other folks use to carry things on your lap? We?re getting a new kitchen and I want to be able to rattle some pots and pans. Thanks in advance.

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    I use a wodden cutting board. That needs your knees to be higher than your hips in order to keep the items from falling forward. The best way to do that is with dump (the difference between the front seat height and back seat height). An alternate solution is to raise the footplate. But that increases the pressure on your butt.

    I also use luggage racks mounted to the front bars. Luggage racks enable me to carry items that are too large and heavy for the lap. I haven't found uses for the luggage racks in the kitchen. They are useful for travel and shopping (a place to rest a hand basket). In order to keep items from falling out forward, the front angle should be less than 90 degrees. TiLite sells metal ones for over $100. But you can find plastic ones from a third party for about $40. I prefer the plastic ones because they are lighter and more adjustable. The plastic ones mount to 1" tubing (TiLite TR). They won't fit on wheelchairs with 1.25" tubing (TiLite ZR).
    Last edited by August West; 21 Oct 2017, 6:35 PM.

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      #3
      Originally posted by August West View Post
      I use a wodden cutting board. That needs your knees to be higher than your hips in order to keep the items from falling forward. The best way to do that is with dump (the difference between the front seat height and back seat height). An alternate solution is to raise the footplate. But that increases the pressure on your butt.
      Maybe a tray with a non slip surface would be better than a wooden cutting board. Wooden boards can be slippery and without a lip won't retain the contents of a small spill. Trays with a "pillow" bottom that conform to your lap may make carry things on a tray more stable.
      Last edited by gjnl; 21 Oct 2017, 1:36 PM.

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        #4
        I use a cardboard box on the lap. They come in all sizes and shapes. lol Use the big cutting board for hot pans.
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          #5
          Originally posted by gjnl View Post
          Maybe a tray with a non slip surface would be better than a wooden cutting board. Wooden boards can be slippery and without a lip won't retain the contents of a small spill. Trays with a "pillow" bottom that conform to your lap may make carry things on a tray more stable.
          Good idea. I think you can find laptop boards with a pillow underneath in order to adjust the angle. This would save the day if you didn't have adequate dump. However, if you have adequate dump then the pillow is a redundant feature that makes it more bulky and difficult to store. The cutting board is thin and already in the kitchen cabinet and always ready to go. Cutting boards also have a lip to catch small spills. However, this lip is only practical in a perfectly horizontal position. Regardless, I wouldn't carry liquid items this way. I use a cup holder mounted to the front bars for glasses and bottles. If I have multiple glasses that means there's someone else with me and they can carry the glasses.

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            #6
            Originally posted by flying View Post
            I use a cardboard box on the lap. They come in all sizes and shapes. lol Use the big cutting board for hot pans.
            A cardboard box catches produce and other items that may roll. Good synergy in this post. This is how we help each other.

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              #7
              Originally posted by August West View Post
              Good idea. I think you can find laptop boards with a pillow underneath in order to adjust the angle. This would save the day if you didn't have adequate dump. However, if you have adequate dump then the pillow is a redundant feature that makes it more bulky and difficult to store. The cutting board is thin and already in the kitchen cabinet and always ready to go. Cutting boards also have a lip to catch small spills. However, this lip is only practical in a perfectly horizontal position. Regardless, I wouldn't carry liquid items this way. I use a cup holder mounted to the front bars for glasses and bottles. If I have multiple glasses that means there's someone else with me and they can carry the glasses.

              That at is exactly what I use. I have a couple stashed around the house and they work great for when I want a stable surface on my lap. I use them for doing all sorts of stuff. I need the pillow bottom to help level it out, otherwise it?s not flat enough or stable enough to use well.
              "I have great faith in fools; self-confidence my friends call it." - Edgar Allen Poe

              "If you only know your side of an issue, you know nothing." -John Stuart Mill, On Liberty

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                #8
                Don't know if you have room but best kitchen we ever had was a L shape on short side with stove-top and around on long side of L to sink and then fridge. It was easy to slide tray but stove top was only hangup but with smooth tops now that should make it easy.
                "Good Luck!" and happy cooking!

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                  #9
                  Originally posted by Oddity View Post
                  That at is exactly what I use. I have a couple stashed around the house and they work great for when I want a stable surface on my lap. I use them for doing all sorts of stuff. I need the pillow bottom to help level it out, otherwise it?s not flat enough or stable enough to use well.
                  Many options. Rather than going through the process of ordering several before finding the best one, perhaps you could provide a link to show us the best one you have found.

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                    #10
                    If a cutting board doesn't cut it, here's a few options that combines everything else we all recommended.

                    A) Cardboard box. Done. Love the cost, simplicity, and practicality.
                    Options:
                    1. [*=1]shelf liner inside the cardboard box
                      [*=1]glue the box on top of a wedge cushion if padding and angle are desired. The wedge cushion in the link has a nonslip bottom.


                    B) A more fancy and flexible version of same thing is a padded laptop desk
                    Options:
                    1. [*=1]shelf liner glued to it's top. In this case, you want a shelf liner that is sticky on both sides. A small dab of silicone glue in the four corner will enable the liner to be removed for cleaning.
                      [*=1]Low profile container on top of the laptop desk assembly for multiple items or items that roll.
                    Last edited by August West; 21 Oct 2017, 6:18 PM.

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                      #11
                      I use strap around my legs to help keep them together; then I just use a wooden tray or whatever is available. Keeping the legs together really helps.

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                        #12
                        Originally posted by August West View Post
                        Many options. Rather than going through the process of ordering several before finding the best one, perhaps you could provide a link to show us the best one you have found.
                        I?ve has these for many years, wouldn?t know where to find them today.
                        "I have great faith in fools; self-confidence my friends call it." - Edgar Allen Poe

                        "If you only know your side of an issue, you know nothing." -John Stuart Mill, On Liberty

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                          #13
                          Originally posted by Oddity View Post
                          I?ve has these for many years, wouldn?t know where to find them today.
                          See my last post for what I found. It's the least expensive, ideal size, and it comes with removable padding and a handle.

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                            #14
                            I use some different things to carry stuff in my lap. For Kitchen use cutting board is what I use most, always when taking hot stuff out of the microwave. I also have a cafeteria type tray with a bean bag on the bottom. I got mine from someone on etsy and it has holes in it in the middle of the bottom and bottom corners. I use zip ties, aka cable ties, through the holes to secure the tray to my seat belt in the middle. I used the corner loops on my old chair to hook into snap hooks attached to the arms of the chair. I also use my grocery basket a lot. It is a folding basket I actually got at my local grocery. It folds down flat for storage. It came with a strap for carrying and an insulated, zip top bag that fits inside.

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                              #15
                              Originally posted by August West View Post
                              See my last post for what I found. It's the least expensive, ideal size, and it comes with removable padding and a handle.

                              Yep, the second option is most like what I have. Mine are a little beefier (made back when a ?laptop? computer was still heavy as a brick). Mine have a little ‘pencil’ catcher to stop rolling off and a small light. I?ve taken (or broken) the light off them, though.

                              Looks very much like this one from Sears, except my ‘pencil’ stop is a small ridge closer to the bottom edge, not a trough.

                              http://m.sears.com/deluxe-comfort-la...SPM10534739519
                              "I have great faith in fools; self-confidence my friends call it." - Edgar Allen Poe

                              "If you only know your side of an issue, you know nothing." -John Stuart Mill, On Liberty

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