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What to look for in an Electric Rise and Recliner Chair

| Advice | 09/12/2012

Rise and Recline Chair

 

The Style

This relates to the type of back cushioning the chair has. For example: this chair has a Waterfall style back, a very popular choice due to its softness and versatility. Each cushion can be adjusted and stuffing can be added or removed from the cushions. Other examples of chair style are Button back, Firm back, backs with lateral support and backs with lumbar support. Check with the seller to find out what style of back the chair your buying is.

The Mechanism

The choice of mechanism determines the way in which the chair lifts and reclines. Each mechanism has its own unique benefits.
The different mechanism options available are as follows:
Single Motor Recline: Single motor mechanism which raises the footrest and tilts the backrest away from the seat.
Dual Motor: Back and footrest are operated independently by separate motors.
2 Way tilt-in-space: Single motor mechanism that maintains angle of back and seat when reclining and lifting. Good for people with bad circulation as this raises the feet up and spreads the surface area of the body thus reducing the risk of sores.
Dual motor Tilt-in-space: An independent motor for the backrest with the added benefits of a tilt in space action with high leg elevation.

The Size / Dimensions

Most of the people using these chairs will be sitting for long periods of time, so it is vital that the chair fits the user correctly in order for them to be comfortable. The dimensions to consider are illustrated on the image.

Chair upholstery

There are a range of fabrics and finishes available which can affect the cost of the chair. You can have specialist fabrics which are waterproof and anti-bacterial. Check before you by to see if the chair has a special fabric.

Try before you buy

Where possible try the chair out before you purchase it, just to make sure it is comfortable.

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