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How to Choose a Lift Chair


You’ve probably already decided that a lift chair is going to improve the quality of somebody’s life- maybe even your own!  All lift chairs operate electrically via a hand control, so they not only recline, but provide gentle assistance to a standing position. But how do you choose the one that is right for you?

SpinLife is here to help! Watch our Lift Chair video or follow the three easy steps below.

Step One: Decide What Positioning Features You Prefer - There are four categories of lift chairs

Two-Position chairs have one motor which controls the back of the chair and the leg rest at the same time. So, if the back reclines, the leg rest will come up at the same time.   These chairs recline to about 15%--a comfortable angle for watching television or reading.

Three-Position chairs also have one motor, but recline to about 45 degrees, ideal for napping in a semi-upright position.  Like what you would expect from any standard type recliner.

Infinite-Position chairs are built with two motors that can operate independently to provide an infinite range of positioning options. You can raise the leg rest and adjust the back angle to suit your preference. Lots of folks sleep in their Infinite position chairs, since they lay back, nearly flat like a bed. These chairs can even recline so that your feet are elevated slightly above your heart. This is called the Trendelenberg Position, and is recommended for individuals with swelling in the legs and ankles. Some Infinite position chairs offer the added feature of “Zero Gravity “positioning.  This uniquely comfortable position was developed by NASA to neutralize pressure on the lower back. And it feels wonderful.

Zero Gravity lift chairs feature a seat box that can raise and tilt much like an adjustable car seat. By raising the lower back, zero gravity recliners put less pressure on the spine. This zero gravity reclining position correctly aligns the spine, relaxes muscle tension, improves circulation and expands lung capacity.

Step Two: Size Your Chair

Lift chair sizes range from Petite to Heavy-Duty, so there is sure to be one that is right for you. A comfortable fit allows your feet to rest on the floor when you are sitting upright with your back against the backrest of the chair. The seat should be wide enough to accommodate your hips at their widest point.  Make sure to check the weight capacity too. Lift chairs start with a weight capacity of 325 pounds, and range all the way to up to 700 pounds in the heavy duty models. If you have long legs, consider a chair with foot rest extensions to help comfortably support your entire ankle and foot.

Step Three: Customize!

Consider what fabrics and colors will complement your lifestyle & decor. A wide range of durable, attractive fabrics are available, and will be happy to send you free fabric swatches to help you coordinate your home.  And don’t forget other options, like heat and vibrate for additional luxury!  

SpinLife has the largest selection of lift chairs in the industry. We are sure to have the perfect one for you.

Need to speak to a product expert? We’re standing by! Just call us at 1-800-850-0335 and we will be happy to help you choose your lift chair.

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