Lift Chairs | General Information
Lift Chair Types, Features and Maintenance
Lift chairs are powered to mechanically help people get up from a seated position. With a push of a button the user can recline or be lifted to a position where they can comfortably stand up.
Lift Chair Types
Lift chairs are differentiated by the degree of recline they can reach, recline mechanism and position of the footrest. There are three different types of lift chairs: two-position, three-position and infinite position.
Two-position lift chairs have a reclining range of 45 degrees. For many, this is a comfortable position for reading and watching TV.
Three-position lift chairs can recline to an almost flat position and can stop at any degree of recline in between. It is possible to nap comfortably in this chair as well as read and watch TV.
Infinite lift chairs (also known as zero-gravity or full recline) can recline into a flat position (where the backrest is parallel to the floor) and everything in between. Some models can lift a person’s feet above his/her head into the Trendelenburg position or lift a person’s feet above their heart into the zero-gravity position.
Lift Chair Features
Backrest—There are many different options for backrests such as button back, pillow back and split back. The difference between the different backrest styles is mainly the look and what fits the décor of the home better. Button back (commonly seen in chairs and couches, where buttons are sewn into the backrest at regular intervals creating a depression) tends to be firmer and pillow back is usually the most plush. Most other backrest styles fall in between those two when it comes to plushness.
Controls—Most lift chairs have a hand control on the right of the chair, near the armrests. Simple hand controls only have an up and a down button. The hand control requires constant pressure so if the “up” button is held down, then the chair will go from recline to a seated position and eventually a lift position, where the user’s feet will be on the ground and he/she can stand up from the chair. Additional options such as heat and massage will also be controlled by the hand control. Some lift chairs can be programmed to remember the user’s preferred position for watching TV or napping and will move to that position with a simple touch of a button.
Lift Chair Maintenance
Regularly inspect all wiring harnesses for damage, frays or signs of corrosion. Unplug the chair and contact your manufacturer’s local authorized dealer for service.
Regularly inspect the fabric for rips, tears or pulls.
Always refer to your owner’s manual for specific information regarding cleaning and maintenance.
Cleaning—A mild fabric cleaner may be used on fabric covered lift chairs but do not allow any liquids to come into contact with any electrical components. Always unplug the chair before cleaning. Read the owner’s manual to ensure that the cleaning products you plan to use will not damage the fabric or upholstery.
How much does a lift chair cost?
Two-position lift chairs tend to be the most economical and prices start at about $600. Three-position lift chairs start at about $650. Infinite lift chairs will start at about $1,100. The upholstery that is selected will affect the price significantly. Specialty lift chairs such as wall huggers and heavy duty models will cost more than the average chair of the same type.