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All About Riser Recliners

When choosing a new chair for your living room, there always seems like an absolute barrage of conflicting models, styles, functions, features and benefits. As we age, our focus may shift a little from “what will fit in the room?”, “what’s the cheapest I can get?” or “what does everyone else have?” to “What do I need?” “Where will I get the best quality?” and “Can it fully support my body?”

To look after ourselves in the best way possible, the most important question should probably be “what do I need?” and to answer that, you might look at a Riser Recliner Armchair. When looking for one it’s difficult to know where to start. Do you go for a wooden arm rest or an upholstered one? A waterfall back or a standard? Padded wings or non-padded wings? This is where HSL, your comfort experts, can help you out. We have devised this all-encompassing beginner’s guide to buying a Riser Recliner Armchair.

Finding the right Riser Recliner chair

You’re able to buy a Riser Recliner from most specialist chair outlets either by visiting a store, booking a home visit, purchasing online, by the phone or using mail order. Whilst all of these platforms are useful, it’s important to gather as much information on your potential purchase as possible. The trick is not to rush into any decision or just to go for the cheapest chair on offer as it may not be suitable for you and your needs.

Every chair is different and addresses a particular need better than others; and quality of craftsmanship can mean the difference between a chair being comfortable for not only today, but for months and years to come. So often we see people that are suffering because their chair is no longer supporting them as it should.

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Whilst it might be tempting to order your Riser Recliner from a brochure with beautiful product shots, we would always recommend you try your chair before you buy it. Then, once you have prior background knowledge and the expertise of the in-store Comfort Specialists, you can decide upon your perfect chair.

Size matters

When first sitting in any kind of new chair, there will inevitably be an initial feeling of comfort, but what you want to know is if this feeling can last. One way of determining whether or not this is possible is to have a chair size that is fitted to you. It seems quite simple really, if you had too small or too large a pair of shoes then they would be uncomfortable. Well, the same applies to buying a Riser Recliner; it should be just the right size.

This is why you will find that most Riser Recliners come in all different shapes and sizes to suit different individuals. When you visit a specialist store you should be taken through a range of different styles and sizes so that they can be sure you find the one that fits your body shape perfectly.

Financial advice

Firstly, you could ask about financial support from your local authority if a Riser Recliner chair is necessary to help you live better or to alleviate specific medical conditions. Different local bodies will inevitably have different rules about what they can pay for, but it’s certainly worth contacting your local council and booking a meeting to see if funding is available.

Also, if you’re buying a Riser Recliner from us at HSL and you have a specific medical condition, then you will automatically qualify for VAT exemption. Some of the ailments which would enable you to qualify for a VAT free Riser Recliner are: arthritis, high blood pressure, heart disease or circulatory problems. If you have a condition and you’re not sure if you qualify for a VAT free product then simply speak to a Comfort Specialists at one of our stores nationwide, book a free Home Visit or call 01924 507050 for further information.

Dual or Single Motor Riser Recliner?

These are terms that are often used to describe a Riser Recliner, but what do they actually mean? Essentially they just refer to the amount of motors within the chair and, in turn, the functions that are available for them.

A dual motor chair, for example, gives you complete independent control of both the back of the chair and the footrest. So, you are able to have your chair with the footrest reclined whilst keeping the back in an upright position and vice versa. A single motor on the other hand allows you to raise the footrest independently of the back. The backrest can be reclined once the footrest has reached its elevation point.


Are you planning on sleeping in your new chair?

Riser Recliner chairs are perfect for the occasional nap, but they shouldn’t be used as a replacement for a bed. If you are considering purchasing a Riser Recliner for a comfortable place to sleep, then it would be worth checking out our selection of electrically adjustable beds, commonly referred to as electric beds.

However, if you would like to recline during in the day with maximum comfort whilst you have short doze, then a Riser Recliner is a great option!


One of the most overlooked questions to consider when buying a Riser Recliner is: ‘Have I got enough space for my new chair?’ This is often a discounted question because you may already have an existing chair that fits absolutely perfectly. However, as mentioned earlier, not all chairs have the same dimensions!

It is worth taking into account the space in which your new chair will be positioned in the room. For example, a standard Riser Recliner will need space both behind and in front of the chair.

Pressure relief

Some people will be sat in their chair for many consecutive hours per day including reclining and napping in the chair. At HSL, we offer cascading cushions and a firm seat so that the body weight is spread evenly and it eliminates pressure points. These style of cushions go a long way in preventing pressure sores.

As such, it is very important to investigate what sort of cushion you will be sitting on to avoid any unnecessary pressure from sitting. Also, if you are planning on buying any matching furniture with your Riser Recliner then double check that the seat bases are firm and come with no-sag springs.

Fabric or leather

And so, we enter into old fabric or leather debate… On one hand you have the easier maintenance of leather, but on the other, you have the total variety of colours and patterns that come with fabric.

Essentially, the decision comes down to personal preference and nothing more. Leather will certainly be easier to clean than fabric, making it a great choice if you have pets or overly enthusiastic grandchildren! Also thanks to its unique qualities, leather naturally ages very well, getting softer over the years without looking worn out.

Alternatively, as well as generally being more affordable, fabric tends to be warmer and cosier. You’ll have a far wider choice of fabrics with coloured and patterned finishes to suit your taste. There are also many innovative fabrics and products that can help protect fabrics from staining. Whichever style you chose, always be sure that they’re made with uncompromising quality. As a different option, in recent years there has been an upward trend of mixing both leathers and fabrics to create a traditional and contemporary feel in the same room.

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Style & substance

We have discussed why it is so important to get the right type of chair when considering buying a Riser Recliner, but for some, the aesthetics are just as key. Often those that buy a Riser Recliner will already have existing furniture that their friends and family like to sit on.

So, you will be pleased to know that if you chose HSL as your comfort experts, there will be over 300 fabrics and leathers to choose from with absolute uncompromising quality. You can even take samples/pictures of your current décor and check for complementing shades.

Problems with not having the correct Riser Recliner

We have already highlighted the importance of having the correct fitting Riser Recliner, but what are the problems associated with an ill-fitting one?

The seat should be the correct depth for you; by this we mean that your bottom should be at the back of the chair, ensuring that the whole of your back is supported. If you try to compensate by placing cushions behind your back, you will suffer in the long term as this is not a sufficient basis for support. Often you will find that pressure will build up at the knees and this is not good for circulation.

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Additionally, if the armrests are not the correct height and position, then it could cause your shoulders to ache and move your whole body alignment out of place. Similarly, if the seat is too tight it can be uncomfortable and restrictive to sit in. In contrast, if the seat is too wide, there is nothing to stop you from moving sideways and this will be less supportive.

Finally, if your chair is too short and your legs aren’t at a right angle then your thighs will start to ache. If your chair is too high and your feet don’t touch the floor, this could cause swelling of the feet and also added pressure to your back.

Without research it is difficult to pick the perfect Riser Recliner if you are just flicking through a catalogue or just searching the internet. To pick the perfect Riser Recliner you will need to feel complete comfort and that can only be achieved by addressing the points. The best way to do this is to try out a number of styles and talk to people who are experts at finding the right fitting chair. You can do this either by visiting a Comfort Store, or booking a free Home Visit – where a selection of chairs can be brought to your home so that you can try them out in the comfort of your own surroundings.

What sets HSL apart from other specialist chair companies?

So the final question is: why should you chose HSL as your comfort experts? The first reason is that we have been helping people just like you for over 50 years. Originally a mail order family business, we have grown beyond our West Yorkshire base to have a national retail footprint.

Our furniture is handmade at our workshop in West Yorkshire and we still remain a family business all of these years later. But our history isn’t the only thing that defines us. Our products are all approved by our Independent Occupational Therapist, Julie Jennings Dip COT HCPC. She makes sure that all of our chairs, sofas and beds meet the industries best standards and can be recommended to alleviate many of the ailments that our customer’s experience.

Our Riser Recliners also come in up to five sizes, starting from a Super Petite going up all the way to a Super Grande, meaning that you can take comfort in the fact that your chair will be designed to fit you. Finally, we are confident that you will enjoy your furniture for years to come and that’s why we offer a 25 year frame guarantee on many of our products.

We appreciate that buying a Riser Recliner can be difficult. However, coming to one of our stores, having the complimentary tea and biscuits, and speaking to a Comfort Specialist will have you relaxed in no time. There is absolutely no pressure in-store and that’s our promise. So why not pop down to your local HSL, book a free home visit, or give us a call to see how we can help.

If you’d like to browse our range of beautiful Riser Recliners online, then please follow this link.

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