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The Beginner’s Guide to Buying a Riser Recliner

Buying new furniture can be tricky if you’re unsure how to find the perfect piece for you. Searching for the best riser recliner chairs is a unique journey, as each chair should be chosen based on individual needs.

When it comes to buying a comfortable recliner chair, there are various things you’ll want to consider – such as, “do I need a small riser recliner?” or “what are the best quality riser recliner chairs?”. To help you make your decision, this beginner’s guide includes all the important information you’ll need to know about buying a riser recliner.

How to find the best riser recliner for you

Every riser recliner chair is different and addresses a particular need better than others. To help you find the best fit for you, we’ve worked closely with our independent Occupational Therapist, Julie Jennings Dip COT HCPC, to develop a unique 7-point Seating Assessment™. By coming into one of our stores or scheduling a home visit, our Comfort Specialists will work with you to carefully assess your unique needs and ensure that each part of your body is properly supported for unrivalled comfort.

Why do I need measurements for a chair?

One way of determining if the initial comfortable feeling of a new chair will last, is by having a chair size that is correctly fitted for you. If you had a pair of shoes that were too large or too small, it would be uncomfortable, and the same applies to buying a riser recliner.

With HSL, you’ll find that all our riser recliners come in different shapes and sizes to suit different individuals. Our Comfort Specialists will take your measurements into account to determine which chair is appropriate for you.

Single or dual-motor riser recliner?

Essentially, a ‘single’ or ‘dual’ motor refers to the number of motors within the chair and, in turn, the functions that are available to them.

A dual-motor chair gives you complete independent control of both the back of the chair and footrest. Therefore, you can have the footrest elevated while keeping the back in an upright position and vice versa. A single motor, however, will simply recline to a comfortable position and lift to a near standing position all in one function.

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Do I have space for a fully reclining chair?

One of the most overlooked questions when buying a riser recliner is, “have I got enough space for my new chair?”. It’s worth considering where your new chair will be positioned, as you will need space both behind and in front of the chair.

Although unlikely, you should also consider if a riser recliner will be able to fit through the doors of your home. To avoid complications, get the dimensions of the door that the chair will be coming through before purchasing.

Why are comfortable reclining chairs important?

For some people, they will be sat in their chair for a long time throughout the day – including reclining and sleeping in the chair. At HSL, we offer cascading cushions and a firm seat so that sitting for long periods of time is still comfortable and prevents pressure sores. Riser recliner chairs are also great for promoting good posture. If you want to learn more about how to improve your posture, check out this handy guide.

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Fabric or leather riser recliner?

Ah, the old leather vs fabric 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 be easier to clean than fabric – making it a great choice around pets (or 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 too. You’ll also have a far wider choice of fabrics with coloured and patterned finishes to suit your taste. Whichever style you choose, you can guarantee that both are made with uncompromising quality at HSL.

Why is it important to have a well-fitted riser recliner?

If your seat depth isn’t tailored to you and you end up placing cushions behind your back to compensate, this can create a build-up of pressure in your knees which is not good for circulation. Further, if the armrests are not in the correct position, then this 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 moving sideways and this will feel less supportive.

If your chair is too short, then this could cause your thighs to ache and if your chair is too high and your feet can’t touch the floor, this could cause swelling of the feet and could put added pressure onto your back. To avoid purchasing an ill-fitting chair, visit one of our showrooms or book a home consultation so that our Comfort Specialists can find the perfect fit for you.

If you want to find out more about the benefits of having a well-fitted chair, check out this guide.

What sets HSL apart from other specialist chair companies?

So, when it comes to finding the best riser recliner chairs, why choose HSL? For over 50 years, we have handcrafted beautiful, high-quality furniture here in the UK. Originally a mail order family business, we’ve grown beyond our West Yorkshire base to have beautiful showrooms nationwide.

We handmake well-built, beautifully upholstered feel good furniture at our workshop in West Yorkshire, and all of our products are approved by our Independent Occupational Therapist, Julie Jennings Dip COT HCPC. She makes sure that each chair, sofa and bed meets the industry’s highest standards and can be recommended to alleviate many of the ailments that our customers experience.

We’re confident that you will enjoy our furniture for years to come, which is why we offer a 25-year frame guarantee on many of our products.

We appreciate that buying comfortable reclining chairs can be difficult. However, coming to one of our stores and speaking to a Comfort Specialist will have you relaxed in no time (did we mention complementary tea and biscuits?). So, pop down to your local HSL, book a free home visit, or give us a call to see how we can help.





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