I have two black leather sofas for my HT seating, one located in front of the other (which is on a riser). Being a basement theater, there are several fleece blankets often left cluttering the space - there's nowhere to put them away. We've been contemplating a black leather storage ottoman from Overstock.com to place in front of the front couch, and store the blankets in it.
Occasionally, we have a crowd down there, and have a need for a low-to-the-ground front row of seating. The storage ottoman would be in the way, and is too high and not comfortable enough for a two-hour movie.
I've experimented with the AK Rocker as a low-to-the-ground front row chair, but it was too tall, blocking the bottom of the screen for those seated on the sofas. Some folks here on the forum have found the iJoy chairs to be effective, but they're a bit pricey.
So here's what I found: the tag says True Seating "Entertainer" convertible ottoman/chair with storage, $159.99. Item number is 167659. It is a black leather ottoman, and it has a flip-up backrest which can turn it into a small chair. And when the seatback is flipped up, the seat (where your rear goes) can be flipped up to reveal a small storage compartment, just big enough for one or two of our fleece blankets.
So for me, the great advantages are:
- black leather to match the sofas
- an ottoman for use by those on front sofa
- a low-to-the-ground, not-too-high seat for occasional use
- storage for those fleece blankets, so they're not left strewn about the theater
Can't say the price is ideal, especially since I would consider getting three of them.
Sorry I can't post a picture... if anybody out there finds a pic, please share so readers can get a better sense of what I'm talking about!
I was thinking about picking up 2 AK rockers tonight. Are they really that tall?
So, when someone is not seated in it (which is most of the time), that headrest at the top of the AK Rocker was blocking the bottom of the screen, even for viewers seated on the rear couch on the riser. It was worse for those seated in the front couch.
We tried putting a heavy pillow on the AK Rocker when it was not in use, carefully rocking it back and positioning the pillow so the weight would keep it reclined. Definitely not an ideal solution.
Yes, I sat in it. Definitely not the plushest seat ever, but comfortable enough... I could probably make it through a two-hour movie in it. Fairly small, definitely good for kids or smaller adults. Doesn't recline, of course.
What I don't know is if it is low enough to the ground for an adult to sit in it, and not have his/her head block the screen for those seated behind him/her.
I'm hoping to get three in time for the Super Bowl party.
They are going to sell a ton of these, just not sure how many were produced for Costco, and it's not on their website (yet..).
p.s. They are not just for kids, I am over 250 lbs and it is very comfortable for me for at least 2-3 hours.
I will post my thoughts when I get back!
www.trueseating.com but it is blank.
I went to the internet wayback machine and it has been down since 2003. You can see their old site there. They must only deal with costco and office depot etc..
That was the height of the AK rocker he was talking about. This seat, when closed is a bit shorter than that. I haven't measured yet, they are still sitting in the back of my truck!
Yep, I went and picked up four of them! They look like they will be great! We will use them for second row seating on a riser. They fit the bill well, they aren't too wide, nor too long. They don't recline, so we can put them behind the reclining showtimes without a problem! I will try to take pictures before too long.... I just need to get my riser built!
Some of you might be interested in a microfiber gaming chair at Staples . They are onsale for 79 bucks right now . Think of a low chair with a back that folds down . I liked that idea as I could stack them away in a closet and take them out when I needed that extra row of seating . The price was 120 a few weeks back but they just lowered it to 98 and onsale now for 79 .
Do you have a link or picture of one?
This is only being sold at Costco. Unfortunately there are no other stores carrying this item.
Our website is in the process of being created.
Unfortunately we do not sell direct.
True North America
2052 Alton Parkway
Irvine, CA 92606