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Whether you need a riser recliner for mobility reasons, or simply to enjoy leaning back and putting your feet up at the end of a long day, it's worth taking time to choose the best model for your needs.
While it might be tempting just to take some measurements and order a riser recliner from a catalogue or website, it’s always much more beneficial to ‘try before you buy’.
As you’ll deem this recliner chair to be a long-term investment as well as something which will give you comfort and joy, it’s worth sitting in it beforehand, just to make sure everything’s fine!
Therefore, make sure you visit your local shop or supplier for a test before spending your money.
Features to look for
Once you've found a comfortable chair that's the right size for you, ask yourself these questions to help you choose the most suitable functions:
- Leg rest - Do you want the leg rest to rise automatically as you recline, or would you prefer to control these movements independently from each other? If the latter, make sure you choose a dual-motor riser recliner chair.
- Battery - Do you want a back-up battery that will let you move back to a neutral or standing position if you have a power cut?
- Anti-trap - Do you want an anti-trap feature to prevent accidents owing to pets or small children getting underneath the mechanism before it moves?
Trying out riser recliner chairs
As mentioned before, don’t commit to spending your money before you’re absolutely sure on the chair you need.
Just as you would with any other product, try out as many chairs as you can. There's nothing to stop you walking into several retailers to try out different chairs, even if you decide to have one built for you.
Some retailers may even come to your home, so it's worth exploring that as an option, too.
If your recliner isn’t right, not only will it be uncomfortable, but it could cause you long term physical problems. It’s important to remember that most chairs will feel comfortable when you first sit on them, but to be really sure about the comfort level you need to sit in one for about an hour.
As that's not very practical in a shop or showroom, the only way you'll really be able to tell is once you're using it at home. It's wise to check that the retailer has a good returns policy, so that you can get a full refund should it prove unsuitable within a certain time limit, such as 28 days.