Lift chairs greatly improve the quality of life for people suffering from mobility-impairing diseases such as arthritis, Lou Gehrig’s disease, and obesity. Lift chairs look and feel like a typical reclining chair; however, a lift chair makes it easier for a mobility-limited individual to get in and out of the chair by gently rising into a more comfortable position. Lift chairs come in a variety of colors and are made with a variety of fabrics. They also come with a variety of features such as heat and massage. So with all the different types of lift chairs out there, which one is right for you? To find the right lift chair, you should research the following common lift chair features before making a purchase:
Weight Capacity - Most lift chairs are designed for people who are 5’4” to 6’ tall and weigh less than 375 pounds. However, there are larger lift chairs that are made for people who are taller than 6’ or weight more than 375 pounds. These larger lift chairs usually have a maximum weight limit of 600 to 700 pounds.
Fabric Type - Lift chairs are made with a variety of fabrics. Most are made using a cloth-like fabric that is padded to provide cushioning. More expensive lift chairs are made with leather or suede.
Battery Backup Feature - For someone who is entirely dependent on the lifting feature of his or her lift chair, in the event of a power outage he or she would be stuck in the chair. That is, unless the chair has a battery backup feature. If the lift chair features a battery backup, the chair would function normally in a power outage.
Number of Reclining Positions - Lift chairs are available with either 2 or 3 reclining positions. Some lift chairs have infinite reclining positions so the person using the chair can find the reclined spot that’s right for them. If the person using the lift chair plans to sleep in it, look for a lift chair that reclines to a laying-down position.
Warranty - Check to see what kind of warranty is offered on the lift chair. Look for lift chairs that offer a free in-home repair and parts warranty. Also make sure that the warranty last for a good amount of time. Even though lift chairs are reliable, consider purchasing an extended warranty if available.
Price - Lift chairs vary in price. The least expensive lift chairs cost about $400 to $500.00. But they don’t offer as many features as the more expensive ones. Luxury lift chairs cost about $600 to $800. Larger lift chairs that have a higher weight capacity can cost $1000 or more.
Luxuries - The more expensive lift chairs offer such luxuries as heat and massage features. Some also even come with built in refrigerators!
Although there are many different types of lift chairs available today, choosing the right one will make a world of a difference to the person who needs it.
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