Everyone should have a place to sit and be comfortable. I have a chair that I spend most of my sitting hours in, but I’ll bet my chair is not like yours. First, it’s a folding chair; second, it wears a shirt. I have a recliner and a couch in my living room, but if I want to relax, I prefer the folding chair in my bedroom. It doesn’t sound luxurious – and it isn’t – but it fills a need.
I bought the chair so that I would have a place to sit that I did not have to share with anyone else. I needed it to be lightweight and easy move around as I used to take it around to various rooms till I decided to give it a permanent home in my bedroom. The chair’s best feature – the cushions – is also its biggest drawback. The cushions are fabric, and fabric is difficult to clean. One of my earliest memories with the chair is giving it a good spray down/wipe down with rubbing alcohol while watching “Monk” on TV. Ironic, isn’t it? A metal chair would be so much easier to clean, but who wants to sit on metal?
It seemed as though I was always bumping into the chair or accidentally hitting it with some object I was carrying. I felt like I was constantly spraying the chair. The easiest way to move the chair a short distance was to drag it by the leg with my foot. I suppose it was inevitable that one day the chair would fall over, and it did. I pulled it upright and gave it a good spray down. Then the day came when it fell over again, but this time was different. The inside of the back of the chair – the spot where I rest my back – landed against the small wastebasket I kept in my room. To make the picture clearer, the chair and the trash can were spooning. Instead of quickly picking it up as I did after the first fall, I stood staring at it. Was this the end of my chair? I considered hauling it outside to be discarded. It had touched a garbage can; now it belonged in a garbage can. But where would I sit until I could find a new chair? It might be a few days.
Germophobes are inventive when they need to be. After giving it some thought, I tried covering it with a pillowcase as a temporary fix, but the pillowcase shifted around too much; it wasn’t the right size. I started searching for something else to cover the chair. I looked in my closet, and staring me in the face was a shirt that I didn’t really like to wear. It was a button-up shirt, so it was much easier to drape over the back of the chair than the pillowcase. It wasn’t perfect; it wanted to shift every time I moved, but, again, it wasn’t as bad as the pillowcase. So this is the method I am still using to keep my chair clean and usable. If anyone has a suggestion as to how to keep the shirt in place, feel free to post it as a comment here, please.
So, for the last couple of years, my chair has sported a salmon-pink shirt, a light teal blue one, and a long-sleeved mauve shirt. It is important to have some backups in case one has to be tossed in the dirty laundry. From time to time I consider getting a new chair, but this system seems to be working for now. Until then, my chair will have its own wardrobe.