Wheelchair coverings


It’s getting really hot out. And for a heat-sensitive person there’s very little worse than being in hot weather in an all-black wheelchair. So I decided to cover as many surfaces as possible on my new manual chair, with a very much non-black fabric. Here are the results:

My manual wheelchair from the front.

My manual wheelchair from the side.

[Photos show a manual wheelchair, first from the front view and then from a side view with the seat tilted back. The base of the wheelchair is purple. The seat, back, headrest, armrests, thigh guards, and leg rests are covered in a fabric that’s light blue with white clouds and white butterflies, and glitter.]

I ended up covering the cushion, the back rest, the headrest, the armrests, the thigh guards, and the leg rests with this fabric. I am completely unable to sew, so I did this all with scissors and an entire pack of safety pins. (Being careful when doing the cushion, that I poked the safety pins into the outer fabric cover, not into the gel.)

This is how I look right now:

Fey on my lap, with me looking exhausted.

[Image shows me and Fey. I’m flushed and generally inert-looking, and Fey is standing on my lap looking to the side.]

Because I’m completely exhausted to the point of nausea, which is never a good sign (although I wasn’t feeling great when I started). The bipap I’m using for central/obstructive sleep apnea has certainly increased my stamina, but not by this much. I’m now resting in order to get up the stamina to get in bed, which is another bad sign.


About Mel Baggs

Hufflepuff. Came from the redwoods. Crochet or otherwise create constantly and compulsively. Write poetry and paint when I can. Developmentally disabled, physically and cognitively disabled. I'm not really part of any online faction or another, even ones that claim me as a member. The thing in the world most important to me is having love and compassion for other people, although I don't always measure up to my own standards there by a longshot. And individual specific actions and situations and contexts matter a lot more to me than broadly-spoken abstract words and ideas about a topic. My father died in 2014 and that has changed my life a lot in ways that are still evolving, but I wear a lot of his clothes and hats every day since he died and have shown no sign of stopping soon.

4 responses »

  1. Innovative! I like the fabric you chose and I can imagine it is much nicer on hot days then the black. I speak from experience on this as my car is black…well blackberry….with black seats and in summer I regret that decision.

    Congratulations on getting the chair. It really has beautiful lines and the purple is awesome. It looks like it would cradle you perfectly. I remember when you were picking out the features but I didn’t imagine it would look this comfortable.

    I think safety pins were a good choice and you must have had a really big supply of those. If someone comes along that can sew they could add hems and velcro or elastic. I like the way it looks more individualistic now and will be cooler.

    You do look hot and exhausted. I want to hand you a cool cloth for your face. Sometimes when I am hot I drink a cold drink I make in the blender with ice and a bit of fruit and a bit of milk or a bit of powdered cocoa. It cools from the inside out.

    Hope you get some rest after all your creative efforts. I love the covers! Great job!! Hugs, Mom

  2. I like your idea. I use a complex rehab powerchair and would like to know more about how U designed it, I have a bandanna over a small slightly curved headrest and a colorful seat cushion cover to replace the black one. I need to make a cover for my back and leg rests. My hole seat is black and my straps are black, but at least I’m not stuck in a gray car seat with red bottom powerchair :-) I would.put a chair co er over that quickly. I like to pimp my chair and am never through with adding something every once in a while, not that I’m not satisfied. I figured out how to add my own lights and stuff, on top of just wheelchair accessories type of stuff like a cup holder.

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