Published on November 12th, 2009 | by Jules Yap


Get into the hot seat

This has got to be the first Mercedes Benz inspired hack. Nico Mertens adds seatheating to the Poang. Now, a hack you can really warm up to.

“I have pimped my Ikea Poang with heated seating and extended the headrest to suit my purposes. The idea was born when I had a discussion with my friends about leather sofas and I found out that most girls really do like leather sofas but they didn’t like the feel of cold leather. Every damn Mercedes car has seatheating installed, why does nobody include seatheatings in leather chairs or sofas? My idea was born!

It took me about 3 days of research and planning. After those 3 days I started to order the necessary material which was quite hard to get.

Necessary items:
- Ikea Poäng + Ikea Poäng stool
- Another cushion for Ikea Stool to make straps and a bag for electrics
- Seatheating deluxe edition
- Powerful notebook adapter to deliver 12 to 13,5 Volts and up to 7 Ampere. (Please go for a good one. You don’t wanna burn down the house. I had a bad experience with cheap stuff)
- Little box for electrics
- Shaped Wood to extend the upper end of Poäng for a higher head rest.
- Wood to build a side controller for the seatheating
- Sewing machine
- Leather needle
- Thread in colour of the leather
- Paint
- Sandpaper 80 and 200 (rough and fine stuff)

The good old head-cushion got some extra two straps made out of another leather seat cushion for a stool and some weights were put in the end of those straps. The part of the cushion with the zip will be needed later…

Reason is simple: I wanted to be able to adjust the head-cushion so everyone who sits on it is comfortable. For the same reason I asked a friend of mine to form up some wooden parts which I placed at the former end of the Poäng.

I added another few nicely shaped pieces of wood on the side. Those parts got drilled and screwed on the chair. Then the whole chair got treated with sandpaper and was repainted. Then I spoke to somebody who was able to sew me a bag out the rest of the seat cushion from the stool. It was added to the Poäng seat and that is where all the electrics go in.

It’s nice to know that if you do move houses you can still place it in the middle of a room with no annoying cables. Also useful when you want to clean up or in summer when it’s hot and a seatheating is possibly not necessary.

Everyone said I am freak but now since my girlfriend’s grandma sat in my pimped Ikea Poäng she spread the word and many people want one… Meanwhile I was offered an astonishing 1000,00€ from a wine consultant for that chair.”

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Jules Yap

"I am Jules, the engine behind IKEAHackers and the one who keeps this site up and running. My mission is to capture all the wonderful, inspiring, clever hacks and ideas for our much loved IKEA items".

19 Responses to Get into the hot seat

  1. Anonymous says:

    And why a computer power supply when the heater came with one from the factory?

  2. Anonymous says:

    Okay, he seems to have gotten all the wood he used by cutting up another Poang chair. Fine.

    How about the heater and switch?

  3. Anonymous says:

    Okay, PLEASE tell us EXACTLY what model heater you use and where you got your shaped wood for the switch and headrest. A few close-up pictures would help us.

  4. You are simply brilliant. Something that I have always wanted to see in vehicles and furniture, however, is seat cooling technology. I sit in a chair and game for prolonged periods of time. I also sit in my time traveling Cronos and drive for prolonged periods of time. Let me tell you, it certainly would be nice to have my bottom chilled. :)

  5. Anonymous says:

    This is absolutely hilarious.

  6. Anonymous says:

    Our Mercedes (1998 E320) doesn’t have heated seats.


  7. job vacancies says:

    IMHO, however, the structure of the human body not suitable to sit, but rather is designed to sleep : )

  8. Anonymous says:

    Hmm, true you could get heated seat covers, true you can use an electric blanket or heat pad – but I doubt any will have the crisp look of those controls on a little wooden extension. That and the headrest make this particularly fine.

  9. Young says:

    Really awesome!!I like hot seat chair.Hot featured furnitures
    are very useful in winter season.

  10. AJamison says:

    You ought to offer the modified design back to Ikea see if they will buy it from you

  11. hamachi says:

    what’s the brand and model of the seat heater? any link to that?

  12. Anonymous says:

    Awesome idea, but another of those NASA space-pen v. pencil hacks.

    Those of you living in the UK can just go to Halfords and buy heated seat covers – like electric blankets, but for car seats. I’m guessing they’d work for domestic chairs too.

  13. Nathan says:

    Where can I find the ‘shaped wood’ for the extended headrest? I have a long torso and would love to have a higher headrest!

  14. Rob says:

    I did something similar with a Dreamland Thermo Therapy Heat Pad. I tucked in under the leather cushion, and the cable runs out the back to the wall socket.
    With 3 heat settings and auto turn-off, it works a treat, and a bargain at £15.

  15. james says:

    This is a great idea! You know, it really should be simple to just rip the seams on a full size sofa, stuff in an electric blanket, re-sew the seams and tuck the thermostat control into an arm rest…

  16. Szilvi says:

    A dream! :-)

  17. Jeffrey Lear says:

    This is simply awesome!

  18. I think IKEA should be on the hot seat. The truth is that IKEA has done a pretty solid job. And attemp to sign big name players, the team is loaded with home grown talent.


  19. Jan says:

    Nice hack!
    I would love to have one of this chairs for my living room! :)

    I can see “Needles” speakers in the background!?

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