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Do you love to relax in your favorite recliner at the end of the day, but have a hard time getting back to your feet again? Lift chairs solve the challenge of getting back up out of a comfortable chair. These innovative, powered chairs offer various recline settings and comfortable support. When it’s time to get up, these chairs gently tilt forward, helping you back to your feet again.
Lift chairs are built on a mechanical frame which allows the chair to raise up while simultaneously tilting forward. These chairs also serve as recliners, offering various positions to keep you comfortable and to help you relax. Most lift chairs are powered, and are operated by use of a hand held remote.
It’s important to note that some older lift chairs were operated by the use of springs, rather than by electrical power. Once the springs started to operate, the chair could not be stopped and the force would sometimes throw the user out of the chair. When shopping for a lift chair, it is best and safest to buy a chair which is electrically powered, making for a smoother and controllable lift.
As you shop for a lift chair, you will find that the chairs offer different recline settings. Some chairs offer two positions, others offer three positions, and some chairs even feature infinite position options. Just which lift chair style is right for you will depend on your preferences and needs. Infinite position lift chairs offer more options and increased comfort, but typically cost more than two- and three-position chairs.
Before you buy a lift chair, make sure that the chair will comfortably fit into your home. Check the chair’s dimensions to make sure that you have a space to accommodate the chair, but remember that as the chair reclines, it will require additional room in front of and behind where it is positioned.
What size lift chair do you need?
Like most things, sizes of lift chairs are primarily small, medium and large. What is not like most things is the person who is going to be using the lift chair. People come in all shapes and sizes and don’t always fit into a simple small, medium, large description. For quick reference small lift chair would be for someone 5’ 4” and under. Medium would be someone that is 5'4" to 5’10" and large 6'2" to 6'2”. For someone that is over 375 lbs I would consider a extra wide or heavy duty lift chair. In other words, seat height and seat depth are more important here than the mere size of the chair.
How far do you want your lift chair to recline?
This may sound like an odd question, but it’s actually quite relevant. A lift recliner chair user who just needs a hand getting up and down, but is otherwise mobile, should consider a 2-position lift chair, which reclines slightly backwards to about a 45-degree angle and is perfect for reading and watching TV. A person with greater mobility limitations, however, may spend extended periods of time in their lift chair, napping and sleeping. For them, a 3-position lift recliner may be ideal. This option reclines back to a nearly nearly-flat position that works well for short naps. The most versatile lift recliners are the infinite-position models that can lay completely flat and allow the footrest to be adjusted regardless of the backrest position. Infinite-position lift chairs are best for users who expect to be sleeping in their chair for longer periods of time.
What is the right fabric for you?
Most of the standard fabrics are semi- stain resistant and extremely durable. If you looking for a soft and leather look, choose the brisa or ultraleather fabric. This synthetic leathers are scientifically engineered to not absorb heat or cold. They also can be easiliy wiped off with rag if you make a spill or have issues with incontinence.
2 Position Lift Chairs
A Two Position Lift Chair is limited to a slight recline of about 45°, and can recline to any position in-between straight and reclined making it technically not limited to just two-positions. Two Position Lift Chairs are perfect for those who don’t need a full recline.
3-Positon Lift Chairs
A Three Position Lift Chair can almost reach a full recline (it does not achieve a perfect horizontal line, there is a slight "V" where the back and seat meet) and can recline to any position in-between straight and its fully reclined position.
Infinite Position Lift Chairs
An Infinite Position Lift Chair is capable of achieving a fully reclined position. Infinite position lift chairs have dual motors, one for the back and one for the legs, which allows for an "infinite" amount of positions that can be achieved and also allow the user to have their feet higher than the heart.