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Three Things To Be Aware Of As You Search For A Lift Chair

If you're trying to find a good lift chair, you're likely concentrating on things like the maximum weight that the chair can lift or whether the chair will fit in the spot where you hope to put it. Those are obviously important considerations, but there are additional issues that you need to be aware of when you look at lift chair models. Here are three particular issues that need attention before you buy your chair.

Proper Posture

When you sit in the lift chair, how does your back feel? Do you find yourself slumped down in a reclined posture, or are you tilted forward with your lower back straining to keep you upright? While the ability of the lift chair to actually lift you up is crucial, you have to be sure that sitting in the chair won't put you in literally odd positions. You should be able to relax when you sit, and the small of your back should fit against the back of the chair. If the chair has any curves for back support, they should not hit points on your back that are uncomfortable. Also, test this: If you were sipping a cup of tea while sitting in the chair, would you have to move your head and neck forward, possibly straining them, so you could take a sip without spilling tea, or can you simply take a sip without moving your head and neck? Go for the one where you can sip the tea without pushing your head forward.

Power Usage

Some chairs have battery packs in addition to power cords, and that lets you use the chair in a power outage. But double-check how long the battery will last -- some last only a lift cycle or two; see how often you'll need to change the battery if it's been sitting (no pun intended) idle. Chances are the battery will lose power on its own over time, and you want to be sure you don't get stuck if the power suddenly goes out. Talk with a place like Corner Home Medical to see the power requirements for different lift chairs.


Lift chair models vary, with some having an actual seat that rises and falls, and others having a jack-type mechanism under the chair that lifts the entire chair. This second type can be less stable for people who rely on the chair arms to help them steady themselves after getting up. The mechanisms are strong and can hold the weight of the chair and a person, but if you have to hang onto the arms of the chair as you're getting your balance, be aware that this type might rock a little and be dangerous if you are prone to falling. If you do want a chair where the entire chair rises up, test many models and ensure the one you get does not move at all if you place pressure on the arms.

If you want to look at more chairs, contact stores and manufacturers. Try every chair you can because you never know which brand is going to have that gem that suits you perfectly.