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Posted by Cavendish Chairs & Mobility on 27/03/2019

Are you sitting comfortably


Are you sitting comfortably? 

Then let’s ask why you might consider purchasing an Orthopaedic high seat armchair.

As we get older, we may need assistance with support or when sitting and rising from a sofa or armchair. Over time our bodies get infirm due to age or accidents, it is not a crime to require a chair that maybe more suitable to our needs, also comfier.

Sitting in the same position for lengthy periods can become uncomfortable, making it harder to get out of your seat again, also if the seat is too low our legs, hips or arms may not support us until we reach the seat when lowering.

So, what do we need to consider when choosing the correct chair for you?

Seat height:

A higher seat will make it easier to get in and out of the chair, but if too high, your feet won't touch the floor, making it more uncomfortable when sitting. A general rule is, the seat height needs to be the same as the measurement from the floor to the back of your knee while standing. Unless otherwise advised by a medical practitioner.

Seat depth:

This needs to be enough to support the full length of the thighs, but not be so deep that you need to lean back. The use of a support cushion can give added comfort.

Seat Width: 

We all come in different shapes and sizes, so just make sure the width of the chair will support your body. If purchasing after an operation, make sure you leave enough space for additional dressings.

The height of the armrests:

The arms of an orthopaedic chair will be at the correct height to assist with support whilst lowering yourself into the chair and assist when rising. They should also allow the arms to be rested without raising or dropping of the shoulders.

There are many different styles of orthopaedic armchairs and many come with matching sofas and footstools. Buying off the internet does not have to be a frightening experience when considering a purchase if you take the above into consideration. Please call us on 0800 756 0848 for further assistance.

The Disabled Living Foundation’s Living Made Easy website has a useful guide to the different types of chair for the older or infirm amongst us.

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