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3 Considerations For Your Lift Chair Checklist

A lift chair is a welcome addition to those who find it difficult to stand from an ordinary arm chair or recliner. With a special tilting mechanism, the lift chair lift the chair from the base, making it easier for the user to rise and stand from the seat. If you have decided to purchase a lift chair, you may be overwhelmed by the choices and options available. To help you make the best choice possible, you might want to consider the following tips as you set out to make your purchase:

1. Consider the Size and Height of the User

Lift chairs are available in various heights and width sizes. You'll find the smaller, more lightweight models, the mid sized chairs and the heavy duty lift chairs suited for bariatric patients or taller individuals. For instance, if you are a tall person, you wouldn't want to choose a lift chair that is considered petite. The best way to determine this, is by testing the chair in person. Do your feet rest comfortably on the floor as you are sitting upright in the chair? Likewise, if you need extra leg room, choose a chair with footrest extensions.

By the same token, consider the weight capacity. You'll find lift chairs that will hold a weight of a few hundred pounds, to the heavy duty version that can support several hundred pounds.

2. Determine Your Preferred Reclining Position

Do you prefer a two-position, three-position, or infinite-position lift chair recline? The differences are as follows: A two-position reclines only to a small angle. When the motor activates, the back of the chair and the leg rest will be controlled. This recline is most suitable for watching television or reading. If you'd prefer a semi-upright position with more of a reclining angle, choose the three-position reclining lift chair. It's good for taking a short snooze or simply resting. It's the most common position of most ordinary reclining chairs.

However, if you intend to lie flat or sleep in your lift chair, you might want the infinite-position model. As the name suggests, you can adjust the position to infinite angles. Its two motors work independently to control the leg rest and back rest. It's also ideal for those needing to elevate their feet or legs.

3. Choose From an Array of Available Options or Accessories

Many lift chair manufacturers offer a wide range of options with their motorized lift chairs. Would you prefer leather or fabric upholstery? Do you enjoy a relaxing massage with heat? If so, you might customize your lift chair with a heat and massage function.

Accessories include lift chair side tables for snacking, reading or playing cards. How about a comfortable padded cushion for your chair? You'll also find cushioned head pillows and upholstery cleaners as well. Ask a professional like Corner Home Medical about options and accessories.