Finding Your Perfect Lift Chair

With all the style and function of a normal recliner, lift chairs boast the extra feature of helping you up. Lift chairs rise at the push of a button to help ease you onto your feet, making them a valuable aide to those who have trouble getting up from a seated position.

How far back?

Lift chairs can be divided into four categories depending on how much they recline. Which one you choose will depend on how long you want to spend in your chair—mainly if you plan to spend any considerable amount of time sleeping in it.

Two-position chairs recline to about 45o, an ideal angle for watching TV and reading. They have one motor which controls both the back and the footrest, this means that as the back lowers, the footrest will come up simultaneously. Two-position chairs are good for people who don’t plan on staying in their chairs for extended periods of time.

Three-position chairs also only have one motor, but they can achieve a nearly full recline. Three-position chairs are better if you plan on using them for short naps.

Infinite-position chairs have two motors which allow the footrest and the back to be controlled independently, allowing for an infinite range of possible positions. Infinite-position chairs can achieve a complete recline, suitable for sleeping for longer periods of time. They can also allow the feet to be raised above the heart in what is called the “Trendelenburg position,” recommended for those with swelling in the legs or ankles.

Zero Gravity chairs are like infinite-position chairs, but also include the Zero Gravity position, a neutral reclining position developed by NASA that alleviates pressure on the spine. Zero Gravity chairs are a good idea for those with back issues and have the added benefits of relaxing muscle tension, improving circulation and expanding lung capacity.

Is it a good fit?

Lift chair sizes range from petite to tall. Some models offer a range of sizes, while others only come in one size.

Petite lift chairs are for users under 5’0”.

Small lift chairs are for users from 5’0” to 5’3”.

Medium lift chairs are for users from 5’4” to 5’10”.

Large lift chairs are for users from 5’11” to 6’2”.

Tall lift chairs are for users 6’3” and over.

Most lift chairs have a weight capacity of 375 lbs. If you require a higher weight capacity, consider a heavy-duty or extra-wide chair, which can support up to 700 lbs.  

Make sure the chair is a comfortable fit. Your feet should be able to touch the floor when you are sitting upright with your back against the backrest. When the footrest is extended, your heel should hang over the edge. If you have long legs, a footrest extension can be added to help support your entire ankle and foot.  

Does it fit in your space?

Some recliners can be quite long when fully extended. To make sure your lift chair will fit comfortably in your space, check its dimensions in specifications, or ask Scott.

If you only have a small space, consider a wall-hugger model. These chairs recline by opening forward, allowing them you to put them right up against the wall.


Lift chairs come in a range of fabrics and colors to suit your décor. When choosing a fabric, think not just about looks but also practicality. Do you plan on eating and drinking in your chair? If so, vinyl or leather might be a good choice as it will be easier to clean. On the other hand, if you sweat a lot, cloth might be better.

Also consider the back style. Button backs are firmer than pillow backs; if you plan on spending a lot of time in your chair, consider a chair with more comfortable backing.

Luxury Options

Some models include luxury options like massage and heat, which can provide therapeutic benefits to those with sore joints and back pain. Make sure the chair you choose comes with the features you want.

If you still have questions about which chair is right for you, please contact us

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