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post #1 of 314 Old 12-13-2006, 01:01 PM - Thread Starter
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I can't find this anywhere on the 'net, so I can't post a picture, but today at Costco I found what is, for me anyway, the perfect solution for front-row occasional overflow seating.

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!

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Not on the website.

I was thinking about picking up 2 AK rockers tonight. Are they really that tall?

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If I recall correctly, it was about 34" tall when someone isn't sitting in it... when someone sits in it, they naturally recline back (rocking the chair backward), which lessens the height, and the chair is no longer in the way of the viewers behind.

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.

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I think I could probably position the ak's to the side in such a way not to block the screen. I'm probably still gonna grab 2 to at least try them out.

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I felt like I left you guys hanging, so I took my camera into Costco today and snapped two pics: one of the marketing materials from the side of the box, and one of the chair they had assembled and out on the floor.





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I am in need for that exact thing. No costco near me

Did you sit in one? How comfortable was it?
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looks pretty cool, but maybe a bit pricey for the kids in the front row.

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I need two of those puppies! I'll have to check my local costco! thanks ND!
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Those absolutely rule. I will be checking my local Costco for this.
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Advice: Call your local Costco and ask if they have item 167659 in stock.
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I am in need for that exact thing. No costco near me

Did you sit in one? How comfortable was it?

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.

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Those absolutely rule. I will be checking my local Costco for this.

pcrx: Won't you have to change the name of your theater? They're not red.
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I just bought all 6 at my local Costco. Boy, I really needed something like these, as I run out of seating so fast on those big movie nights. It looks like this will be a Costco exclusive, since the Costco Item # is on the box and inside on all the literature. These will definately go really quick as when I was waiting for the lift-truck to get mine down from the top shelf (about 45 mins) I saw every other person wanting this item, checking out the demo model, sitting in it and looking for the boxed ones, which were on my cart. ~
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.
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Also, sorry ND, I can't give you credit for finding these for me, as my Mom was at her Costco in Redding, CA this morning and called me to say I should look at these. As I searched google for it I saw your post, and you are right, there are no pictures on the web anywhere, even the mfg's website is down. But hey, thanks for posting the pics as that motivated me to get off my butt and drive down to get these at my local Costco.
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Maybe they will show up on ebay so I can at least order a couple. I live in central virginia and there isn't a costco within 50 miles of me
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just called my local costco in arizona. they have twelve. said they are brand new items and come to around $160 each, give or take. she said they only had them for a week and sold four already.
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What is the mfg's website?
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Just called my costco, and they have 16 on hand. I am going to check them out tonight. Depending on how they look and feel, maybe 4-5 of these could fit the bill for a riser behind my four Coaster showtimes. I have wanted something smaller and non reclining (and non-cost prohibitive!) to back there. I only have about 4-5 feet from the wall to the back of my couches, so these would probably fit the bill.

I will post my thoughts when I get back!
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What is the mfg's website?

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..
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34" inches closed seems tall for an ottoman? But otherwise if the dimensions work those are awesome! Just what I was looking for to add some capacity to the theater. You guys know this forum is bad for my bank account!
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34" inches closed seems tall for an ottoman? But otherwise if the dimensions work those are awesome! Just what I was looking for to add some capacity to the theater. You guys know this forum is bad for my bank account!

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!
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Seatback Down (As ottoman): h 21" x d 22" x w 27"

Seatback Up (As chair): h 33 1/2" x d 29" x w 27"
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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 .

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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?
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I emailed trueseating and asked about the availability of the ottoman at other retailers, this is the response.

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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.

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Jenny Goslee
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True North America
2052 Alton Parkway
Irvine, CA 92606
714-368-7464 office
714-544-5118 fax
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Tried them out today, my costco had 6. I am 6' 185lbs and they are quite comfortable for me. Better than the spare folding chairs I pull out that is for sure. It is an easy way to add another row. The only downside I could see is that they are more expensive than regular ottomans or the normal rocker style excess seating, but they are much nicer as well.
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YES, i sat in them on friday night. VERY COMFORTABLE, for me anyway. 5'11" @ 192 lbs. match up pretty nice to my leather power recliners. but with xmas time at hand, i could not afford the $160/chair pricetag. but if i could, these would fit the 'bill'. very nice items.
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Picked up 2 of these tonight. Fit the bill perfectly. Very sturdily built and actually pretty heavy. They are now sitting off to the side in my theater holding our fleece blankets but can be moved easily to create a kid/teen "first row" when we need the extra seats.

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My costco had no idea what I was talking about. They don't carry furniture.

Is there any way to order these online.
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