Category: Orientation and Mobility

Footstool

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DO IT YOURSELF ENTRY --- PURPOSE: To enable individuals with lower extremity disabilities or using a raised chair to have foot support. Included in a chapter entitled "Living Room & Leisure Activities," this article provides detailed instructions with illustrations for building a simple footstool with a padded top. Also included are instructions for changing the dimensions and proportions to suit the needs of the user. MATERIALS: 36-inch long piece of 1 x 10 inch lumber, an 11.5-inch long piece of 1 x 4 inch lumber, 9.5 x 16 x 2 inch piece of foam, a 24 x 18 inch piece of upholstery fabric, eight #8 flathead wood screws, glue, staples or upholstery tacks, and stain, polyurethane, or paint, if desired. TOOLS: Drill, sandpaper, saw, ruler, or scissors. SKILLS REQUIRED: Basic carpentry. TITLE: Footstool. 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. 55-56. PAGES (including cover) 3. 1997.

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