A Buying Guide For Finding The Right Mobility Chair
Whether you’re settling down with a good book, curling up with your pet, or simply relaxing after a long day - a comfortable chair can go a long way to making your home a better place to be.
This is something many of us take for granted, but for people who struggle with mobility issues, getting in and out of a chair can make life difficult. That’s why mobility lift chairs (and getting the right one for you) is so important.
To help you find the perfect mobility lift chair, we have put together this handy guide.
Like any chair, finding the right mobility lift chair for you is a matter of comfort - of finding something that feels just right.
Of course, you can’t just go around trying out chairs until you find the perfect one, so how to go about ensuring the one you choose will be perfectly comfortable? It’s all about fit and size.
Make sure the chair has the right dimensions will ensure that your legs are supported, your back is cushioned, and that you have the right amount of room around you. Pay close attention to the dimensions of your prospective chair, as well as the weight capacity.
You may not realize it, but the type of mobility lift chair you choose will make a tremendous difference to the quality of your experience.
There are 3 main types of chair:
Figuring out which chair type will be best suited to your needs is all about figuring out which positions you plan on using and the kind of range of movement you’ll be requiring.
With a 2 position chair, there is only a single motor controlling all the mechanisms, allowing for a 45-degree recline, meaning that the footrest will only slide out if the backrest is also reclined - hence the name, as you can either sit up as in a regular chair or recline backwards.
A 3 position chair operates on much the same basis, but with a more powerful motor that allows for a full recline.
If you require a footrest for elevation even when sitting, then you need an ‘infinite position model’ - these models have two motors allowing the footrest to move independently.
There’s no use in finding the perfect chair only to realise that it doesn’t fit in your living space - always make sure to measure out the prospective area and compare it against the dimensions of the chair.
Don’t forget to factor in the space needed for the chair and the footrest to recline or extend.
Here are some other things you could consider when picking out the best spot for your mobility lift chair:
If you’re struggling to find space, some chairs can be pushed against a wall and extended outwards to create more room
Find a spot close to the entrances and exits to reduce your walking distance
Pick a comfortable spot near the windows, ideally one within close reach of everything you will need for a long relaxing break
Picking the right material is a crucial step in finding the right mobility lift chair for you. The material will affect everything, from accessibility and comfort to how well the chair fits in with the aesthetic of your home.
Typically, your choices will be between upholstered fabric and leather. The first thing to consider, is the kind of general wear and tear the chair will be subjected to.
Life can be a messy business, and if you’re likely to spill things, leather will be easier to clean and maintain. That being said, if you’re likely to use the chair for prolonged periods, leather can cause sweat to stick to it, making it uncomfortable.
Ultimately which one looks better to your eyes will be a matter of taste, but it can never hurt to buy a chair that will fit in with the general tenor of your other pieces of furniture.
So far we’ve covered the essentials that apply no matter what chair you’re buying - however, if you’re looking for something extra, many modern mobility lift chairs come with a number of impressive additional features.
Lift speed variations
Luckily finding the right mobility chair for you is now only a click away! Here at Island Mediquip we have a wide range of deluxe, high-quality Mobility Lift Chairs for you to browse and purchase today!