A lift chair can make the simple act of getting in and out of a chair manageable for people with mobility issues. Since it is built for both comfort and accessibility, it is the perfect solution for functional, yet comfortable furniture in the living room, rec room, or bedroom. When the doorbell rings, when it is time to make dinner or go to the bathroom, and when it is time to go to bed, moving from sitting to a standing position is easy with a lift chair as long as you have purchased the right type.
What is a Lift Chair?
A lift chair is constructed like other upholstered chairs, but has an electric motor in the base that allows the chair to lift the occupant to the point where they can easily move in or out of it. A remote control can adjust the chair to be comfortable for you and with some models, you can even adjust the foot rest. Most models are available in a variety of upholstery fabric to make it easy to find one that looks great in your home.
How Will You Use Your Lift Chair?
When selecting the right type of chair, there are three basic types that are distinguished by the number of positions they provide. What you select is based on how you plan on using the chair.
The most basic type of lift chair offers two positions – upright and reclining to about 45 degrees. The foot rest moves with the chair. Requiring little extra room due to their limited reclining capabilities, it can be positioned near the wall and may require clearance of as little as 3 to 4 inches. If you live in a small space and want a chair for reading and watching TV, a two position lift chair is the way to go. As with other chairs, it still has a lifting function that moves the base of the chair to help you reach a standing position.
If you like to nap in your chair as well as read and watch TV, a three position chair has a similar feel to a non-motorized recliner with the extra benefit of lifting you up when needed. You can purchase this chair with additional heat and massage functions for an even more comfortable place to doze off.
The Cadillac of lift chairs is the infinite position chair that opens flat for full sleeping position and may even have a bed-style mattress on it. The foot rest and seatback move independently, which offers you more choices when you are trying to find the most comfortable position. Also available with massage and heat, the chair allows you to lie with your feet slightly elevated above your head; known as the Trendelenburg position, it is favored by doctors for patients who have hypertension.
Find the Right Lift Chair at Western Stairlifts
While style and features are important to consider in the lift chair you choose, you should buy a chair that is appropriate to your height and weight for comfort and proper support. Buying the right chair involves testing some chairs to find one you like and talking to a lift chair expert who can help you find the right one. For a great selection of the newest styles and expert guidance from an experienced sales professional, visit Western Stairlifts today.