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A Guide to Rise and Recline Chairs

Rise and Recline chairs allow you to relax in comfort with a chair that works for you. The seat can rise up to help with standing and sitting down again, and they also allow you to lie back in a relaxed position, enjoying the luxurious comfort of a chair built to fit.

Wheelfreedom are specialists in rise and recline furniture, and our Chessington showroom on the Surrey - London borders is stocked with a wide range for you to choose from. Our experienced assessors can ensure you benefit from the luxurious comfort of a truly made-to-measure chair.

Try a Rise and Recline Chair at our Showroom

The best way to ensure you get the right rise and recline chair is to try some out! Everyone's perception of what is comfortable is different, and you'll best get a feel for what you like by sitting on some chairs. Our Chessington showroom features a great range of chairs to try from the leading UK-based manufacturers. You can get a feel for the different backrest options available, which motor mechanisms you would most benefit from, and our assessors are on hand to take your measurements and advise on which would suit you best.

The Wheelfreedom showroom

Made To Measure Recliner Furniture

People come in all sorts of shapes and sizes, yet so often will sit in a "one size fits all" chair that results in bad posture and back pain. We focus on made-to-measure riser recliners sourced from our UK based manufacturers, including Repose, Pride Mobility, and Rise and Recline.

A made to measure chair is built to fit your body shape and size perfectly, and allows you to sit comfortably in your preferred position for hours at a time. Our assessors can take all the measurements necessary to provide you with a personalised rise and recline chair, as well as advising on the backrest options for the optimal levels of support.

Most of our chairs are available with a choice of several motor mechanisms, from single motor to dual motor tilt in space chairs, ensuring we can supply a chair that matches your needs and budget.

As well as rise and recline chairs, we can also supply a range of complementary furniture, including static fireside chairs and sofas. Each of our chairs can be upholstered in your choice of fabric from an extensive range, ensuring you get a stylish chair that complements your décor.

We also provide Healthcare chairs, ideal for postural support and pressure relief within a care environment. Our range includes Porter chairs ideal for transporting people between rooms.

Express and Hire Chairs

Sometimes the need for a rise and recline chair is urgent, in which case waiting a few weeks for a made to measure model is not feasible. We offer two solutions for this:

  • Rise and Recline Chair Hire - ideal when your need is short-term or of uncertain duration, or if you want to try out a rise and recliner for a few weeks before committing to purchase. Our flexible hire and quick delivery usually allows us to get a chair to you within a day or two.

  • Express Rise and Recline Chairs - these are available in set sizes with much quicker turnaround times. These are ideal when a standard sized chair would suit the person using it, and they require one quickly.

Made to Measure Rise and Recliners

Made to measure recliner chairs are the ideal seating solution for someone who may need to stay seated for a long period of time. These are comfortable, supportive and attractive.

Express Rise and Recliners

A fast way of getting a rise and recline chair. Available in a range of sizes and different fabrics, these chairs aren't entirely bespoke but allow some customisation.

Fireside Chairs

Fireside chairs are static chairs that match your rise and recline furniture to give you a complete set. They are supportive and luxurious, available in a range of fabrics and colours.

Hire Chairs

Rise and recline chairs available for hire. Hiring furniture is great for someone who wishes to try before they buy, or for when you have a loved one visiting for a length of time.

Delivery and Service

We deliver all of our rise and recline chairs ourselves - we believe it's vital that all deliveries and service are carried out by our own people.

Our trained engineers will install your chair for you, and spend the time needed to ensure you are comfortable in your new chair and with its controls.

Want to find out more? Get in touch with us today to speak to a specialist.

Things to consider when choosing a Rise and Recline Chair

Selecting a rise and recline chair for the first time can be a daunting prospect, with so many models and options to choose from. Below we have detailed a few things to consider when choosing a rise and recline chair, including the different motors and features.

Different Motors in Rise and Recline Chairs

The motor option you choose will determine the powered seating functions on the chair. Amongst the options are:

  • Single motor - this will recline you at the same time as raising the footrest. It is a cheaper option than a dual motor, but gives you less flexibility over your position.

  • Dual motor - this allows the backrest recline to be adjusted independently to raising the footrest, giving you far more freedom over your positioning.

  • Tilt in space - available with either single or dual motors, this helps to maintain a consistent 90° back angle as the chair reclines.

  • Riser - this raises the chair and tilts you forward to assist with standing (and sitting if required). Most rise and recliners come with this feature - hence the name!

These are the main motor mechanisms available. There are some other variants, including walhuggers (discussed below under "Space") and Pride's "Premier" mechanism with adjustable lumbar and headrest support.

Space

Rise and recline chairs need a good amount of space behind them for the backrest to recline into. If your space is limited, then a walhugger chair is the ideal solution - this moves the seat forward as it reclines, so only requires 6 inches of clear space behind the backrest.

Made to measure chairs

Traditionally, riser recliners have been made in set sizes - some chairs have just a single size option; others may have two to four sizes. However, made to measure chairs have become increasingly popular over the last decade as every aspect of the chair's size is built to fit your body shape and size perfectly. This provides you with much better comfort and support than buying a "medium" or "large" which is only ever an approximation of common body sizes. When possible we would always recommend a made to measure chair, and our specialists are able to assess you and measure for a perfectly fitting chair that will be comfortable to sit in for hours at a time.

Made to Measure Rise and Recliners

Offering the ultimate in comfort, a made-to-measure rise and recline chair can be comfortably sat in all day long.

Standard Rise and Recliners

Our range of affordable Express chairs provide a quick and convenient way to get a rise and recliner as soon as possible.

Country of manufacture

All of our made to measure chairs plus some Pride chairs are hand-made in the UK. We have found that these chairs have a higher build quality, with better materials used than other models, which are made in the far east.

Backrest

What differentiates most models of rise and recline chair is their backrest. Among the common backrest designs are:

  • Waterfall - the most popular option, this offers great comfort, and the backrest cushions can usually be adjusted to fit.

  • Lumbar or split back - this provides additional support to the lumbar area of your back.

  • Lateral - providing support to either side, to help maintain posture; great for those lacking core strength.

  • Button back - a traditional styling usually chosen on looks.

  • Letterbox - a smart single-piece backrest that offers good comfort.

  • T-Back - the central gap between the cushions provides support for the length of your spine; ideal for those with curvature.

Most chairs have a set backrest type associated with them, however a few Pride ones have a choice of backrests.

Armrests

Armrests are mostly chosen on looks, with options include scroll arms and straight ones. Some chairs have the option for wooden knuckle arms, which can be a useful gripping point to help push yourself up into a standing position.

Fabric

Most "standard" chairs have either a single fabric, or a very limited number of options. UK made chairs tend to have hundreds of fabric options from woven ones through to leather, allowing them to match your décor.

Chair Type and Complementary Furniture

Some rise and recliners are available as powered sofas, often with different sections of the sofa able to move independently. If you want a matching set of furniture in your living room, many of the UK-made chairs are available with matching static sofas and chairs, as well as footstools.

Build Time

Our Express chairs are available for quick delivery, as they come in set sizes, mechanisms and fabrics. If your need is urgent then they offer a good solution - as does our rise and recline chair hire. Made to order chairs can take a couple of weeks to build, but we generally consider this to be worth it!

Cost

Last but certainly not least is the question of cost. Chairs made in the far east tend to be cheaper - however, this comes with trade-offs in terms of warranty and the lack of ability to customise them. UK-manufactured made-to-measure chairs offer great value given the outstanding levels of comfort, customisation and durability.

Where Next?

The best way to work out what rise and recline chair is best for you, is to try some out! Our spacious Chessington showroom is stocked with a full range of chairs, sofas and complementary furniture for you to try out at your leisure. Our seating specialists are on-hand to advise you of the options, and measure you up for a tailor-made chair.

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A selection of the chairs in our showroom
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