Choosing the right Rise Recliner Chair for you

Our Guide to Rise and Recline Chairs

If ever there was a piece of furniture that can transform everyday living, especially for people with mobility issues, it is rise and recline chairs.

At the touch of a button they assist the user in getting in and out of their chair, and can be easily adjusted by the user for comfort and different seating positions.

Choosing the right rise and recline chair can be a real challenge when you don’t really know what you’re looking for!

At Pearce Brothers Mobility, Bristol, we stock a full range of rise and recline chairs in Bristol and we are fully aware of the challenges which customers can face when trying to make these decisions.

So this page is dedicated to all things rise and recline chairs to help make your buying decisions easier than ever.

To simplify the many decisions to be made when purchasing one of these specialist chairs, we have broken it down into the main key areas for ease of use.

Rise and Recline Chair Functions

We generally stock chairs with the following functions, knowing which function is going to best suit your needs will help you to make the right decision for your needs:

  1. Standard Action

A standard lift and tilt recliner gives the option to recline from a near-standing to sitting position, which is a great benefit to those with mobility issues. It is also able to go from fully reclining then back to a standing position making access to the chair much easier.

  1. Wall Hugger Action

The name says it all. This type of chair effectively ‘hugs’ the wall, meaning it is great for those short on space, without missing out on any comfort you might find with another style of chair.

It sits on a track, meaning that as you recline backwards, the chair actually moves forward, so in fact, you are reclining away from the wall.

  1. Single Motor 3-way Action

The opposite of the above, this chair is often referred to as a ‘non wall hugger’. The single motor 3-way action gives the function of a conventional recliner action. The angle between the back and the seat increases as the chair reclines, meaning that the back reclines once the footrest is elevated, adding to the comfort of taking pressure off the hips through this action.

  1. Dual Motor Standard Action

This is where there are two independent motors within the chair instead of just the one which provides a fixed action. In this case, one motor controls the backrest and another controls the footrest independently. This provides the user with even greater flexibility and choice in the positioning of their chair.

  1. Dual Motor Tilt In Space High Leg Lift Action

This option gives an independent backrest operation with the addition of a tilt-in-space recline motion.

Tilt-in-space actions hold the user in a fixed position when in recline with the angle of the hip and the back remaining constant. This is ideal for users with weakend torso control.

This tilt-in-space movement significantly enhances comfort by minimising the amount of friction within each movement. It also allows for multi-positioning leg rest elevation, adding to the comfort and overall experience for the user.

Circulation Benefits

People who remain seated in a non rise and recline chair for large parts of the day can experience circulation and pressure injury issues, due to their bodies being in one position for many hours.

A rise and recline chair enables you to shift position throughout the day which is recommended for preventing such problems. By positioning your feet correctly on the footrest, moving position slightly, not sitting for hours at a time, and doing some gentle exercise would be our best advice.

Many people find completing these actions to be of great benefit whilst enjoying the comfort provided by a rise recliner chair.


We understand that the cost of your chair is going to be one of your biggest concerns when selecting the option which best suits your needs.

Making sure you are comfortable with your investment in a rise recliner chair is of the greatest importance. We suggest you read through as much of the information we can provide to you as well as thinking about what your essential criteria would be.

Which chair do you prefer? Why do you like it? Do you need all of the options provided or could you do with less?  Are you comfortable with the cost?

The more you consider your needs and wants in the early stages of choosing a chair that fits your needs, the more likely you will choose the right one. Take your time in making this decision, it is an important one.

Remember, we are here to assist and advise you. We have many years of experience in providing rise and recliner chairs that meet the needs of people, backed by our own Occupational Therapist and our team of specialist engineers to ensure you have the perfect chair for your needs.

Tips for selecting the right rise recliner chair:

1.  User Weight – consider the weight of the user – the usual weight range is between 20-35 stone but all manufacturers have different limits and bariatric chairs are available for heavier users.

2. Type of Mechanism – as detailed above there are many different options from a rise & recline, recline only, rise only, vertical lift, tilt-in-space, manual recliner or static chair. This is probably one of the bigger decisions and ultimately will determine your level of comfort.

3. Number of Motors – again this will be a big factor on both comfort and cost – but as an investment in your home and lifestyle, it’s a worthy one to consider.

4.  Measurements – one of the unique features of this style of product is the tailor-made element to the design, where it literally can’t be made to the bespoke requirements of the user. Some of the most important measurements to consider are as follows:

  • Seat to floor height
  • Seat depth
  • Seat width
  • Back height
  • Arm to seat height

Don’t worry if you are concerned about supplying us with the correct measurements, we are always here to help you.

5.  Style – many users want a certain style that will fit into the aesthetic of their home, and for the chair not to stand out unnecessarily.  There will be many factors to consider here which include – back design, arm style, pressure care, foam type, removable/swing away arms,is and much more. It is not just about the style but also the function and individual needs the user might have.

6.  Fabric Choice – again this links in with the style and need the user has. There is an option of fabric types with each of the chair designs available. Depending upon the need and tastes of the user will determine their choice.

7.   Anti-Entrapment System – this is an important consideration if the user has small children or pets in the home, as they should be discouraged from climbing or playing on your chair.

Other considerations you might want to consider would be the use of braked castors which stop the chair from moving when the user wants to get in and out. Having a backup battery supply is also a good idea in case of power outages.

We hope you find this article useful, feel free to contact us directly with any further questions or inquiries, the Pearce Brothers Mobility team is more than happy to help with your purchasing decision.

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