Lift Chairs

Written by Serena Berger
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If you have a physical disability that makes it difficult to get up from a seated position, you should consider purchasing a lift chair. These chairs are similar in appearance to recliners, but provide mechanical assistance to help you stand back up. While you might have someone in your home who can assist you, these chairs will make you more independent and allow you more freedom than you currently have.

Things to Consider When Purchasing Lift Chairs

There are several factors that you consider when purchasing a lift chair. First and foremost, you must be sure that it is capable of lifting your weight. Most chairs can lift in excess of 300 pounds, so for many individuals this will not be a concern. Occasionally, however, someone finds that there is a problem with a particular model and his or her weight.

Other considerations are the style and color of the lift chair. These chairs are available in many styles, so there is no reason not to get one that matches your other furniture. Lift chairs may feature footrests as well as reclining capabilities. You should also make sure that the company from which you are ordering the chair includes a reasonable warranty as well as in-home service, should you ever experience problems with the chair.

If you already have a favorite chair that you do not want to replace, you might consider purchasing a seat lift instead of a lift chair. These can be placed on the seat and provide support when you stand. They are also portable and can be taken with you almost anywhere, whether it is to visit someone else's home or to go to work.

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