Lift Chair Types
3 Types of Lift Chairs
Lift chair types are defined by the positions they reach. All three types will lift you up so your feet are on the floor and you can easily stand up. The three main types are: two-position, three-position and infinite position.
Two-position—Reclines to a 45-degree angle so you are leaning back only slightly. There is one motor that controls the lifting of the chair, recline and the footrest. When the backrest reclines, the footrest must extend, they cannot operate independently of each other. Two-position lift chairs are perfect for watching TV and reading and do not require a lot of space.
Three-position—Reclines to an almost flat position. Your body will be in a slight “V” at the hips with the backrest reclined and your knees and feet higher than your hips. This is perfect for napping or for people who are not able to sleep lying flat in a bed. From the seated position, this chair can recline at any degree until it reaches its maximum degree of recline. Like the two-position chair, three-position chairs are powered by one motor so the footrest cannot operate independently from the backrest.
Infinite position—Also known as full recline or zero-gravity, this chair can recline until the backrest and the footrest are parallel to the floor and anywhere in between. Infinite position lift chairs usually have two motors that can work independently from each other. One motor will normally control the backrest and the other controls the footrest. This allows you to be in a seated position, with your legs extended in front. Some models can reach Trendelenburg and/or zero-gravity positions—consult a doctor to make sure these positions are beneficial to you:
- Trendelenburg position—The lift chair is fully reclined with the feet positioned above the head. This position can alleviate some pressure on the lower back and improve circulation.
- Zero-gravity position—The lift chair is fully reclined with the head slightly higher than the hips. The lower body, with a slight bend in the knees is positioned higher than the heart. This position is said to relieve spinal pressure and muscle tension as well as improve circulation.