What is CleverComfort™? Introducing our 7-Point Seating Assessment

Bringing comfort to the nation.


CleverComfort™ is a unique system of gentle ergonomic engineering, developed by HSL in partnership with an independent Occupational Therapist, drawing on almost 50 years’ experience in the science of comfort at HSL.

HSL’s unique, Occupational Therapist approved, Seven Point Posture System is one of the ways that we deliver CleverComfort™ ensuring that the chair supports you in all the right places.

How Our 7-Point Seating Assessment Works

The 7-point Personal Posture System

1. Bottom in the right spot

The starting point is to make sure your bottom fits snugly into the back of the seat. When your bottom touches the back of the chair, your lower back, shoulders and neck are supported correctly.

2. The right seat height for comfort

For the most comfortable chair, the seat needs to be at the correct height to support your legs and back. Your feet should be flat on the floor and your knee forms a right angle. Sitting and rising will become a lot easier in a chair that is fitted correctly.

3. Seat depth

The correct seat depth should see your calves gently touching the leg rest.

4. Getting the width right

For the correct width, make sure you can sit comfortably with your arms resting on the arm rests. Too small a gap puts pressure on your hips; too large and your shoulders aren’t supported, causing you to lean to one side.

5. Lumbar support

All backs are different, so make sure the curve in the chair follows and supports the curve of your back.

6. Keeping a level head

When the neck is supported correctly, the head is not forward or too high above the back of the chair.

7. Elbows to fingers

Your forearms, wrists and hands should be fully supported by the chair arms, so your shoulders are in their natural resting position.

Why Good Posture Matters

The importance of good posture cannot be underestimated. Poor posture – which has a number of root causes – can trigger all kinds of medical and lifestyle issues, ranging from back, neck and shoulder problems to increased stress and fatigue. Over time, consistently bad posture can place a huge amount of strain on muscles and soft tissues, causing long-term discomfort.

However, many people don’t know how to improve their posture.

The best place to start is your living room! A lot of us will sit in a chair that is simply not right for us, which means it’s almost impossible to maintain a perfect posture. At HSL, we’ve developed our 7-Point Personal Posture System to help you find a chair that is right for you.

Our experts will use this approach to ensure that each part of your body is properly supported at the same time, giving you unrivalled comfort and minimising the risk of long-term issues caused by poor posture.

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  • Did order a leather riser recliner chair. The staff were really good, neither pushy or slow to assist. Couldn't have been more helpful and went to great pains to ensure I had every piece of information required.

    Brenda Lees

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    Mrs. V Wilton

  • It was a pleasure to shop at HSL Bathgate largely due to Anne who made us feel so welcome and had endless patience in helping us to decide on the most suitable chair and the upholstery. The chair was delivered sooner than expected and is in constant use and as I am flat bound it is important that I have two comfortable chairs that helps me to relax. The tea and biscuits were also very welcome. Thank you.

    Mr. Hamilton

  • Very precise and helped us to decide what chair was right for me. I am delighted with it. Its very comfortable and easy to get out of. Thank you for all of your help.

    Jean Woodall

  • Visited this store and bought a drop arm sofa. Excellent service. Assistants very friendly and polite and gave me plenty of time to view all models before deciding.

    B M Ruth

  • Very good assistant introduced us to all shapes and sizes of chairs - which really fitted our bodies with comfort and we liked the real wooden knobs on them.

    Mr. & Mrs. B Lee

  • Your products have demonstrated the importance of well-designed, back-friendly furniture.

    Mr. Russell

  • My husband and I visited your store and bought two chairs (£2500). I was served by Garth, a very very pleasant young man. He made our visit very comfortable, we had coffee and good conversation. We wanted for nothing, he explained everything very clearly, I was very impressed, I am sure that he will make a manager!

    Mrs. J Bushell

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