Feet up like a home recliner

Feet up like a home recliner

Postby nonhog [OP] » March 29th 2017, 6:15pm

Wondering if anyone has modded a captains chair to have a footrest that goes up like a living room recliner?
I have 4 captains chairs and want to keep one in the back. How cool would it be to move it back just enough to add a foot rest?
Thinking out loud (typing).

Might be worth grabbing a free recliner off CL and see if the workings can be incorporated into one of my seats. :shrug:
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Re: Feet up like a home recliner

Postby Wimpazz » March 29th 2017, 7:56pm

Its an actuator, scissor bracket and a pad... what the heck. If it works, please post a build!
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Re: Feet up like a home recliner

Postby deafman » March 29th 2017, 8:19pm

I know the ''nicer'' long distance Mexican bus has upholstered boards attached to the back of the seats.
Offset, hinged brackets connected to where the seat bolts to the floor.
You pull the one in front of you down and put your legs on it.

It does not go high like a recliner but it suits the same purpose as you may want in a van.
It doesn't waste space and adds comfort.

A simple hinged or unhinged piece of plywood that is made to sit there like a ramp ?
Just throwing cheap/easy out there. :shrug:
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Re: Feet up like a home recliner

Postby nonhog [OP] » March 29th 2017, 8:34pm

My thoughts are somehow relocating the middle row seat further back because I noticed one day napping during my lunch at work it was pretty close to the front seat. I'm 6'. Also my wife has some leg pain issues so it would make big brownie point if I can pull this off. Just dream stage right now.
Thanks deaf and wimp!

I have nothing locked in as to my plan. Heck a large foam piece could work (except the space it would take up?)
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Re: Feet up like a home recliner

Postby Wimpazz » March 29th 2017, 8:44pm

The slide adjustment on those things is pretty significant; is it enough?
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Re: Feet up like a home recliner

Postby nonhog [OP] » March 29th 2017, 8:51pm

Wimpazz wrote:The slide adjustment on those things is pretty significant; is it enough?

I'll double check soon. Seats are out of the van. (cargo hauler right now)
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Re: Feet up like a home recliner

Postby deafman » March 29th 2017, 10:31pm

nonhog check
https://odm.com.mx/
At the top right click ''Galeria''
Scroll down a little.
Click foto numero dos. ;)
OOPS :rofl: I meant click pic # 2 -- shows the pull down leg support.

Keep in mind that you could make one much longer and higher.
Their design is for squeezing a $hit load of people on the bus.
Surprisingly that little board made a HUGE difference. :thumbup:
A large one could be sweet.

I know it's not what you were thinking about.
But maybe good for plan B.

Good luck.

EDIT:
Easy to rig something up to mount on top of the driver seat base.
Using the two bolts for the back of the chair.
2 flat or 90 degree braces connecting chair base to a horizontal 2X4.
Then 1 or 2 hinges from the 2X4 to a piece of plywood.

Or the 2X4 could just be tied to seat base with #9 wire ?

When not in use it could be tied to the seat belt deal or some odd.
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Re: Feet up like a home recliner

Postby nonhog [OP] » March 29th 2017, 10:41pm

deafman, the more ideas the better!
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Re: Feet up like a home recliner

Postby nonhog [OP] » April 5th 2017, 11:06pm

The hot set up seems to be Toyota Sienna seats with built in recliners. Too pricey for my taste. I was telling my wife about my new idea (project) she comes up with a logical solution. "How about an ottoman?" I see that as a win win. Could be storage also. May have to figure a hold down system.
Easy enough to make adjustable height and angle. At least in my head. :P
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Re: Feet up like a home recliner

Postby srdragonusasrdragonusa is online! » April 6th 2017, 12:26am

nonhog wrote:
Wimpazz wrote:The slide adjustment on those things is pretty significant; is it enough?

I'll double check soon. Seats are out of the van. (cargo hauler right now)


I want one of those back seats! ;-) It's nice to see other colors than grey or brownish grey. I really wish my interior was Blue.
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Re: Feet up like a home recliner

Postby MI_Ghost » April 6th 2017, 10:26pm

nonhog wrote:The hot set up seems to be Toyota Sienna seats with built in recliners.

Now you've done it!!
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Re: Feet up like a home recliner

Postby nonhog [OP] » April 6th 2017, 11:34pm

Thinking the buy in starts about $500.00 Pretty sought after. expeditionportal has a 40 page thread about them. Think you need to be a member to view?
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Re: Feet up like a home recliner

Postby MI_Ghost » April 7th 2017, 1:57am

About the same price as new seats and bases.

I would be interested in the link for Expedition portal.
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Re: Feet up like a home recliner

Postby nonhog [OP] » April 7th 2017, 2:50am

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Re: Feet up like a home recliner

Postby MI_Ghost » April 8th 2017, 9:27am

About 30-35 pages of useless banter but a few pages of good info. The most telling post was #382 by stroverlander about the seats being to wide to work in an astro.
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Re: Feet up like a home recliner

Postby sixsixsixsix is online! » April 12th 2017, 3:39pm

deafman wrote: ...
EDIT:
Easy to rig something up to mount on top of the driver seat base.
Using the two bolts for the back of the chair.
2 flat or 90 degree braces connecting chair base to a horizontal 2X4.
Then 1 or 2 hinges from the 2X4 to a piece of plywood.

Or the 2X4 could just be tied to seat base with #9 wire ?

When not in use it could be tied to the seat belt deal or some odd.


Uh... can we get a CAD Model on that one - LOL



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