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.
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 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.
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.
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!
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.
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.