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Riser recliner chairs

If you need extra support, sit in the same chair for long periods or find it difficult to sit down or get up, you may find you need to look at specialist seating. This guide gives information about riser recliner chairs and provides you with advice to help you get one.

Man lying on riser recliner chair

Information about riser recliner chairs

  1. Introduction (this page)
  2. Chairs and sitting
  3. Benefits of riser recliners
  4. Features
  5. How to get a riser recliner
  6. Suppliers



  • Do you need extra support?
  • Do you sit in the same chair for long periods?
  • Do you find it difficult to sit down or get up?

If you find it difficult to sit down and stand up, you may end up in the same chair all day unless you have someone to help you. Or if you can't get comfortable, you may end up staying in bed. Some people even find they can no longer stay in their own home. Getting the right chair can help keep you independent. This guide gives information about riser recliner chairs, and advice to help you choose and get one.

They come in a variety of shapes, sizes and prices and can cost anything from £350 for a basic model, up to £7,000 for a chair with special features. It's important to try out any chair before you buy. Have a good long sit to make sure it'll be comfortable, and try out any special features that you might need.

Acknowledgements: We are grateful to the Department of Health for funding this series of guides, and to the Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in the Community and the Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Occupational Health and Ergonomics (both interest groups of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy) and to the College of Occupational Therapists for help and advice. Some photographs were supplied by A J Way, Kirton and Primacare. Expert assessments were carried out by: Peggy Frost, Sue Henchley, Marie Hendry, Di Hewetson, Margaret Orrell, Karen Rix and Maggie Winchcombe.

Last updated: October 2016

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