For those who have difficulty standing from a seated position, lift chairs are a terrific aid, increasing independence, safety, comfort, and convenience.
By answering the questions below, and then applying those answers to the information provided in this guide, you can best assess the many lift chair models available, finding the class features and options that will be most beneficial to you.
Along with the power lift feature, lift chairs are available in three reclining configurations that operate via the remote hand control:
2 Position Lift Chairs - Offer a limited reclining backrest with an elevating ottoman, designed for increased comfort while reading or watching television.
3 Position Lift Chairs - Offer an extended reclining backrest that can be positioned in a number of recline angles (it does not offer a full recline sleep position, however), with an elevating ottoman, ideal for those seeking a bit more recline when watching television or relaxing.
Infinite Position Lift Chairs - Offer a full range of recline, all the way to a true sleeping position, with independently elevating ottoman for optimal comfort.
Beyond selecting the lift chair's features, size, and options, it's also important to consider the room where it will be placed. Lift chairs are the approximate size of comparable recliners; however, because lift chairs activate, they can require a bit more space. Nevertheless, for rooms with limited space, an option is a wall-hugger or space-saver model, which allows the lift chair to operate within 4" to 6" from a wall.
Of course, décor is important to many lift chair users, and with over 30 fabric choices on many models, it's possible to closely match a lift chair to most existing furniture colors.
By Mark E. Smith
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