||06-22-2013 03:27 PM
New Table & Recliner Replacing Half of Dinette
I'm usually a solo Airstreamer and really missed having a comfortable sitting chair in my 23' International. Inspired by the work of Luckyducks (https://www.airforums.com/forums/f39/...ble-86598.html
), I set out to convert my dinette into more usable space with a recliner and custom table from Roettger Hardwoods.
My AS is a narrow body at 8' in width rather than 8.5 feet. With 6" less in interior width to work with, I wasn't sure it could be done. It was easy to remove the factory supplied table and bench seat near the entrance door. With these items out of the way, I was able to get a better visualization of what the new space would look like and take some measurements.
I had a recliner chair upholstered with fabric that coordinates with the curtains. The chair is a Lazy Relaxer swivel wall-hugger from Master Tech RV (America's #1 RV Renovation, RV Paint & Full RV Service Center!
). This chair is 27" wide but they also make a smaller model that is 24" wide. I am 5' 11" and about 180 lbs and the chair fits me comfortably. I had the supplier ship the wood accent pieces unfinished so they could be stained to match the table.
The table was made by Roettger Hardwoods in Kettlersville, Ohio. This is the same outfit that does the interior hardwoods (not the laminates) for the Airstream factory. I knew by selecting them, the finish of the table would match the Wenge of my 2012 AS.
I've had the chair for a while and the table arrived yesterday. Now that it is installed, I really like the way it has all come together. This will be a more comfortable sitting area for reading, watching TV, or working on the computer with the flip-up side table that came with the chair.
The custom table folds down when it doesn't need to be used and there is still plenty of surface space left for a lamp and a drink or two. When the table is extended, there are two leaves that can be attached to the sides to extend the table over your lap a little further at mealtime. These extensions give the table the same width as the original table. Two people can still enjoy a meal together by swiveling the recliner. If there's more than two, it's time to use the outdoor picnic table.
Dennis Roettger is an excellent craftsman and constructed the table exactly the way I wanted it from a pencil sketch, some pictures of Luckyduck's table, and a couple of phone conversations. The fit and finish is flawless. There is a small half-circle hole cut into the table top that allows a lamp cord and other charge cords to drop down the back to the electrical outlets that are behind the table. A service door still gives good access to these outlets.
Here are some pictures: