When buying a lift chair, it is important to fit the lift chair to its occupant. Lift chairs come in a number of different sizes, so finding one that will fulfill your requirements is seldom difficult. However, due to safety and comfort concerns it is important that you purchase the proper sized lift chair.
The Importance of a Lift Chair's Height Rating
One of the most important considerations when purchasing a lift chair is the height of the person who will be using the chair. It is important to always adhere to the listed height rating, which is usually a maximum and minimum height. This is because the height rating is determined by how high the lift chair rises. As a result, a lift chair that has a minimum height rating of 6' will lift too high for a person who is 5' tall.
The Importance of a Lift Chair's Weight Capacity
The weight of the occupant is also an important consideration. It is important to take into account any weight growth that might occur. It is also a good idea to add 20% to your weight, so you have a little bit of padding. Failing to adhere to the listed weight capacity can damage the chair and is unsafe.
Understanding a Lift Chair's Measurements and Dimensions
While the weight and height of the user are very important, these are not the only considerations. It is also important to consider the dimensions of the chair. This includes measurements like the seat width and seat depth.
These dimensions are explained below.
Seat to Floor: This is the measurement from the top of the seat to the floor.
Seat Depth: This is the measurement from the front of the seat to the edge of the backrest.
Seat Width: This is the measurement of the seat from one armrest to the other.
Top of Back to Seat: This is the length of the backrest.
Distance from Wall: This is the distance that the chair must be from the wall to be able to recline.*
Overall Chair Width: This is the total width of the chair, which determines how much floor space it will require.
*For areas with limited space, special lift chairs called wall hugger are available. These can be placed very close to a wall, usually only a third of the distance that a regular lift chair would require, while still completely reclining.