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Choosing a 500-pound capacity chair
When you are looking to find a chair that you plan on spending a lot of time in, it is vital to find a chair that will be comfortable. It must be suitable for sitting at extended intervals.
We have examined a few categories that are the most important to consider when you are trying to determine what chair is right for you.
Automatic versus manual
I know you are probably checking to make sure that what you are reading is dedicated to choosing the best recliner and not what type of vehicle to purchase. However, deciding between an automatic/motorized chair compared to a manual chair is an important choice you need to make.
An electric recliner is motorized and will make reclining and sitting up very easy. An automatic chair may or may not come with a lift that will raise you up to a standing position as well, but we will get into that later.
An automatic chair usually needs to be plugged into a power source and comes with a battery backup in case of a power outage. The fact that it has to be plugged in can be a downside to these chairs because it limits where you can put them in the room.
A manual chair can be put anywhere in the room. However, you must have the arm’s length and strength to lean over and manually pull the lever to put you into a reclining position or sit yourself up into a seated position. Manual chairs are usually less expensive and can be placed anywhere in the room. The lever can be difficult to use, especially for people with mobility issues.
Lift chair weight limit
All lift chairs will have a specific weight limit suggested by the manufacturer. Exceeding the weight limit on lift chairs will void any warranty.
To lift or not to lift
When you are deciding what chair to get, it is essential to consider whether you want it to have a lift feature or not. A lift feature can help you sit down, recline, return to a seated position, and stand up without having to do the work of all of those things yourself.
These chairs are often motorized to help people who need a little extra assistance in getting in and out of their chairs. This is good for older customers or those who have problems with their back, knees, or hips. If any of these qualifications fit you, then a lift chair might be the right choice for you. However, if these do not fit you, then you might not need to consider the lift feature in your chair choice.
The motorized lift feature does come with a heftier price tag. You need to weigh the pros and cons when determining if a motorized lift is right for you. Do you have a medical condition that makes it challenging to sit down or stand up?
Has your weight gotten to the point where sitting and standing are taxing on you? If you answered yes to either of these questions, then you should consider an electric lift chair.
Wall saver – what does it mean?
One thing a lot of the Big Man recliners will advertise is that they are a “wall saver.” You may be wondering what this means. Wall-saver recliners will adjust forward when you are putting it in a reclining position. This is a helpful function of any Big Man recliner because it saves space in whatever room you put it in.
If you do not choose a recliner with the wall-saver feature, you will have to pull your chair away from the wall when you want to recline. This allows your chair to set halfway into the middle of the room. Wall saving does not mean that it won’t leave marks or scuffs on your walls if it does happen to rub up against it when you are reclining.
Another essential aspect to look into when it comes to finding the best recliner is what materials it is made of. If you plan on spending a considerable amount of time in this chair, you want to find something that will last and will withstand the abuse of daily, repeated use.
You will want to check to see what type of screws are used to hold it together. A good recliner is one that uses heavy-duty screws, metal, and sturdy wood. Pay attention to the words they use when they describe what kind of wood is being used. Just because their description says “all-wood construction” doesn’t mean sturdy wood. Look for hardwoods like birch or poplar.
If cost is an issue and you can’t afford those more expensive woods, plywood will be a better choice than the pressboard of the cheapest recliners.