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How To Choose The Right Riser Recliner Chair For Your Needs

October 07, 2016 -
Riser Recliners

For some older people and those with mobility difficulty, simply sitting down and standing up can be arduous. The manner in which we sit and the chair in which we sit strains joints and muscles. If this is you, then perhaps you need a rise recliner chair? It can be daunting choosing such a chair for the first time. Here, we present a simple guide to help you make the right decision for you.

Riser ReclinersThe Basic Recliner Chair Types

The type of rise recliner chair you need depends on several things, including your mobility and budget

  • Manual riser recliner chairs are cheaper. When seated, simply lean back and the mechanical parts will take over. The back support will move backwards and the footrest will rise. This type is for people with only minor mobility issues, or those requiring a chair purely for comfort.
  • Electric riser recliners have motors, usually two but sometimes more for greater control although there are single motor options. This model type is more expensive than the manual models. They will also require occasional servicing. The more motors the better; with more motors, you have greater control over the head, back and footrest.
  • Tilt in Space type is a variation on the electric rise recliner, but one where you are able to lie flat. They distribute your body evenly and are designed to reduce bedsores. Note: for some users, a single motor and type with “tilt in space” is a better choice than a model with multiple motors

Standard Sizing Or Custom Build?

If you are of average build and shape, it’s unlikely you will struggle to find a suitable riser recliner chair model. Buying “off the peg” models is suitable for most people although CareCo does recommend trying before you buy. Please feel free to visit our local showroom to try a few models before you decide which to buy. It is, after all, a big investment. If you have disabilities for which you will need custom measurements or additional features, it may be worth considering investing in a custom-made chair. These are the more expensive option, and usually best, but not always.

Should You Buy An Oversized Model?

Always check the weight restrictions on each model. For the majority of people, an oversized model will be a choice made purely for comfort. However, if you are heavier than the maximum recommended load, it could cause damage to the frame over time. Again, we recommend that you browse the CareCo showroom, try a few models and examine the technical specifications before purchasing a new rise recliner chair.

What Difference Does The Number of Motors Make?

How many motors a model has will determine how much control you have over the functions of the rise recliner chair. A model with a single motor may be the cheapest option, but you will not have as much motor control as you might require. Ideally, you should invest in a model with a minimum of two motors. One motor is for the back and the second will be for the feet. With separate motors, you may lower the back or raise the legs. Models that have three or more motors permit greater control, typically over the armrests and multiple positioning for the legs too.

Choosing the Right Fabric

Our eyes are drawn to good design. Some of us prefer leather sofas to wool or other fabrics and vice versa. A rise recliner chair is a piece of furniture out of which you can expect to get much use. Therefore, you should consider the type of covering. Leather is more durable than other types of fabric, but it can get warm and damp over extended periods. If you sweat a lot, leather may not be the best option. However, you won’t need to reupholster the chair in around ten years because it has worn out – unlike wool and other plant based fabrics.

Will Harrison
Will Harrison

Will Harrison is the founder of CareCo. He has worked in the mobility industry his entire life and grown CareCo from a grassroots business in his family home to the UK's leading mobility retailer with nationwide mobility showrooms and operating in the global market.

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