A lift chair is a type of armchair that has the added mechanical feature to elevate and push the entire chair up to assist the user into a standing position. Lift chairs also allow the user to recline into a comfortable position. These chairs are a mobility aid for people were have disabilities or are lacking full mobility in their old age. The chairs can also be used by everyone for increased relaxation. There are four main types of lift chairs with a varying features.
1. Two-Position Lift Chair
This lift chair has a recline of approximately 45 degrees. This type of lift chair is not recommended for people with mobility issues or disabilities. This chair is often comfortable for watching tv and can be used by anyone for added convenience and support while lounging.
- Watching television
2. Three-Position Lift Chair
This lift chair has a greater range and can recline to a parallel position. You can nap in this chair in a comfortable 180 degree angle. You can also maintain the recline at a comfortable 45 degree angle for regular lounging.
- Watching television
3. Infinite Lift Chair
These heavy duty chairs are capable of a full recline. The chair can recline into a parallel position which is ideal for napping.
4. Trendelenburg Lift Chair
This unique lift chair allows the recline to surpass the 180 degree and allow the feet to elevate slightly above the angle of the upper body. This can increase comfort and relaxation.
- Zero gravity
Backrests for Lift Chairs
There is additional support available for lift chairs. You can increase support for your neck or back by adding cushions to the lift chair. Other lift chairs have built in cushions that enhance neck alignment and lumbar support.
The button back is the design that has buttons sewn strategically onto the bag of the cushion in even intervals. The depressions in the back allow the body’s weight to be evenly distributed across the back of the chair.
The pillow back is the most plush back of a lift chair. If you enjoy softer mattresses over firmer mattresses, you may prefer the plush pillow back for ultimate softness.
The split back is an ergonomic design that liberates the spine from a straining position. The split in the centre relieves pressure from the spine to improve health.
Controls for Lift Chairs
The controls on lift chairs vary based on the style of chair. Some lift chairs come with heat and massage controls to enhance comfort and offer a therapeutic relief mechanism. Some controls are independent handheld remotes and others are located on the chair itself. Advanced technologies allow you to pre-program the chair to the desired recline for future use.
How Much Does a Lift Chair Cost?
The price of the lift chair you select often depends on the type you have selected. Two-position lift chairs tend to be the most economical. Chairs can range anywhere from $600 - $6000.
Lowest Cost Lift Chair: Pride Classic Collection
Luxury Lift Chair: Golden Technologies Comforter Series
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