Getting up and out of your favorite chair just might not be as easy as it used to be. If you or a loved one is facing this reality, then maybe it is time to look into getting a lift chair. A lift chair is a recliner with a motor that lifts the chair to different positions to allow for easy entry and exit.
When looking into buying a lift chair, it is important to note the differences and similarities they share with normal recliners. Here are a few things to keep an eye out for when shopping for your newest home furniture addition.
Check the Positions of Your Lift Chair
Power lift chairs have one key difference that needs your attention during shopping. You will notice that different models with things like “2 Positions” and “Unlimited Positions”. This refers to the positions the motor is designed to stop at.
A 2 position chair will have settings that will move the chair to 2 different positions. There are models with many different position settings. An unlimited position model will allow you to stop the chair at any position, giving you the most freedom; while keeping resting place options open.
When buying, know your current level of mobility, and plan for a few years down the road. Furniture lasts for a while, so plan to be able to use it for a while.
Plan Your Living Space for Your Lift Chair
Although a lift chair may look like a normal recliner, they do require extra space compared to standard chairs. To lift up, the whole chair will move, meaning you will need more space to get in and out of the chair. The lifting motor can add bulk and weight as well making moving the chair a bit more challenging.
Plan to place the chair near an electrical outlet. The motors typically draw from an outlet, making a nearby power source a must.
Let Your Fashion Sense Free
One of the best aspects of lift chairs is how they do not look any different from standard recliners. They come in a variety of shapes, materials, fabrics, colors and more. You can find a lift chair to fit any interior decorating scheme, so don’t limit your imagination when looking for your chair!
While making the decision to purchase a lift chair may seem like admitting defeat to weakening joints and pain, it is actually the opposite. Fighting against the warning signs and using standard furniture can cause further injury to already ailing joints. Assistive equipment keeps knees and shoulders from overexertion, which helps keep them from wearing down.