If you are considering a Riser Recliner Chair and want to know more, you have come to the right place. Below is a comprehensive guide on everything you need to know to ensure you choose the right chair for you and your needs.
What is a Riser Recliner Chair?
A Riser Recliner chair assists its user to easily move from a reclined position to a standing position, either with a small electric motor or manually. They are perfect for people with reduced mobility, as they aid and support a user to stand from a seated or reclined position.
They are available in a range of different types, as well as numerous colours and styles, ensuring they will fit in with your homes décor. Prices range, depending on the function each chair, with electric chairs costing more than manual recliners.
Riser recliners help users in and out of the chair easily, safely and independently.
Types of Riser and Recline Chairs
There are a number of different types of chairs designed to assist less mobile users to easily sit and relax. Below are the most common types of mobility assisting chairs and sofas.
Electric Riser Recliner
These chairs use small electric motors to change from a reclined to an upright position, which enables less mobile users to easily stand from a seated position.
Manual Riser Recliner
Similar to the electric version, these chairs help manoeuvre a user from a standing to a reclined position, however they use manual controls, rather than an electric motor.
Also commonly referred to as ‘high seat chairs’, these armchairs are much taller than normal chairs, making it easier to get in and out. They commonly feature better support, as well as handles on the armrests.
2 & 3 Seater Sofas
These sofas work in much the same way a riser recliner armchair, but can seat more people at once. Generally, each section of the sofa rises and reclines independently on the others.
A supportive chair that is designed to make standing and sitting easier for users. They commonly include a footrest, and as the name suggests they swivel from side to side.
Wall Hugger Riser Chair
These chairs work in a similar way to standard electric riser and recliners, but as the back reclines, the chair slides forward, allowing it to be placed much closer to a wall than a traditional riser chair.
How do Rise and Recline Armchairs Work?
There are slight differences in how rise and recline chairs work depending on the type of chair you choose, but the basic principles are demonstrated below.
- Flat Reclined: Users can lie flat, which is great for sleeping in a relaxing position.
- Reclined: Reclining the chair and raising the footrest provides additional support and comfort, as well as aiding circulation.
- Leg Rest: Sit in comfort with legs elevated and supported by the leg rest.
- Seated: In the seated position, users are supported in a comfortable position.
- Riser: The rise function lifts the chair and tilts forward, enabling users to easily walk from the chair.
Single Motor Vs Dual Motor Riser Recliners
When searching for rise and recline chairs, it is common to hear the phrases ‘single motor’ and ‘dual motor’, but what is the difference, and which is the right choice for you? Below we will explore the difference between these chairs, as well as the benefits of each.
Unlike manual chairs, electric riser recliners use small motors to move. As such, it is important to remember that you will require a spare power plug nearby the location you would like to put the chair.
Single and Dual Motor Functions
Electric recline and rise chairs have either one or two motors, which influences how each functions.
Those powered by a single motor have one motor to control the recline, footrest and rise of the chair. This means that these functions can not be controlled independently of each other. For example, if you were to recline the backrest, the footrest automatically rises to support your legs.
Dual motor rise and recline chairs have two motors, which provides a far greater choice of possible seating positions. One motor controls the movement of the backrest, and another controls the footrest. With a dual motor rise and recline armchair, you can choose the ideal settings to maximise comfort.
Who can benefit from a Rise and Recline Chair?
If you are experiencing trouble getting out of a chair or need a hand to get into the perfect position, a rise and recliner armchair may be the perfect solution. These chairs are specifically designed to provide its user with a wonderfully comfortably seat that also assists with standing.
Rise and Recliners are ideal for anyone with reduced mobility, or who is finding it difficult to stand from a seated position. These chairs will make getting up and down easy, and are extremely comfortable when you want to lay recline, put your feet up and relax.
Rise and Recline armchairs are also great for users with poor leg circulation, oedema and other related conditions.
Some other benefits of Riser Recliner Chairs include:
- Easy to get in and out of
- Remote controlled for easy manoeuvring into different positions
- More spinal support and greater comfort than a traditional recliner
- Greater leg elevation
Frequently Asked Questions
Below are a selection of frequently asked questions that may be useful for anyone considering buying a rise recline chair or sofa. If we have missed any questions you have, please get in touch with our friendly team.
There are several factors that are likely to influence the cost of your chair. The largest change in pricing will come as a result of the type of chair (electric or manual) you choose, as well as the style and materials used (such as leather or fabric).
Cheaper manual riser recliners can start from as little as £150, however deluxe electric dual-motor chairs can sometimes cost more than £1,000. Rise and recline sofas are generally more expensive than an individual armchair.
Whenever you buy new furniture, it is important to consider how it will look amongst your current furniture. Fortunately, when it comes to Riser Recliner seats, you have a wide array of choices available. You can choose the type of material used, such as fabric or leather, your preferred colours or pattern, as well as the design of the chair, ensuring it will fit right in within your home.
When buying a new riser chair, it is always a good idea to check that you will receive a warranty. It is common for most manufacturers to provide at least a 12 month warranty, with some guaranteeing their workmanship for 5+ years. Your armchair is likely to be used on a regular basis, and with a high number of moving parts, a warranty is great for peace of mind.
In many cases, you can extend the warranty for a low fee.
If you have a long-term illness or are disabled, you may not have to pay VAT on certain items purchased in the UK. Items that provide practical help to you because of your illness or disability are often exempt from VAT. Find out more about VAT Relief.
If you suffer from a long-term illness or are disabled, you may be eligible. If you meet any of the following criteria, you can claim VAT relief:
- you have a physical or mental impairment which has a long-term and substantial adverse effect upon your ability to carry out everyday activities
- you have a condition that the medical profession treats as a chronic illness, such as rheumatoid arthritis
- you are terminally ill
If you meet the above criteria, you will be able to purchase a riser and reclining chair with VAT relief.