Is grandpa a large man? Is grandma a little old lady? Maybe you are grandma or grandpa.
Whether you are looking for the best lift chair for yourself or for a loved one, getting one that fits your body size is extremely important and not all seniors or disabled people are keen about a day out on the town to go chair shopping.
That is why I have written this article to help you understand lift chair sizes and pick the right chair size for yourself or your loved one. Hopefully after you are done reading this you will be able to confidently get the right chair for you.
Understanding Lift Chair Sizes
Finding the right size chair for yourself or for your loved one is pretty simple once you understand the measurements and weight capacities for these chairs. Here are the important measurements you need to pay attention to.
There are two weight capacities that you need to pay attention to. The weight capacity of the chair and the weight capacity of the lift unit. Make sure you check both capacities. You don’t want to overload the lift unit even if the chair itself will handle 300lbs.
It is always wise to give yourself a little buffer when it comes to weight capacity. If the chair is rated at 300lbs, you might want to consider shaving off 20% of that rating. This allows for the person to gain some weight during their use and allows for the chair to keep away from being maxed out.
So a chair that is rated at 300lbs, should really only be used by a person that weighs 240lbs or so.
This is a very important consideration. If your grandma is small and short, then you don’t want to get a lift chair that elevates too high. It could be dangerous for her.
Pay attention to the minimum and maximum recommended height. It will tell you how tall a person needs to be in order to use the chair.
The same goes for tall users. If they are taller than the maximum recommended height then the chair might not rise enough to fully enable them to get out of the chair.
FTP – (Floor To Top Of Seat)
Does grandma have short legs? This measurement affects the recommended height measurement. If the person using the seat has short legs like I do, then you don’t want a large FTP measurement. Their feet will be dangling from the chair.
SD – (Seat Depth)
Take a second to find out the measurement is of the person using the seat from their back to their knees. Do they need a longer seat depth or a shorter one? You don’t want a chair that is deeper than the this distance. Otherwise they will need a pillow or an extra cushion behind their back in order to sit in the chair far enough forward for their knees to bend over the edge.
SW – (Seat Width)
Is the person that will be using the chair large boned or small boned? Do they have a large caboose? You want to make sure that the width of the seat will fit the person using it. This goes both ways. You don’t want too large of a width with a small framed person and obviously you don’t want too small of a width for a larger person.
You want to pick a lift chair that will fit them comfortably without giving too much space between the person and the arms of the chair.
STB – (Seat To Top Of Back)
Is the person you are buying the chair for a long bodied person? Are they a taller person. You want to make sure that the measurement from the bottom of the seat to the top of the back rest is taller than they are. You want them to be able to lay their head back upon the back rest. However you don’t want it to tower over them and make them feel dwarfed in the chair.
Putting It All Together
If you take into consideration these measurements, you can get a chair that will fit you or your loved one well.
One idea to help you determine the best lift chair for you is to take a moment to measure your favorite chair or your loved one’s favorite chair. This will give you a great idea of what size you will need for your new lift chair.
Also take into consideration how much room you have between where the chair will sit and the wall. If it is not very large, then you might consider getting a wall hugger type of lift chair.
Chairs that are not wall hugger style will need 18 – 24 inches of room between the chair and the wall.
Well there you have it. I hope that after reading this article you have a much better understanding of lift chair sizes.
If you are in the market for a new lift chair, then you might want to read our list of the best lift chairs for the money. Or you can read our individual lift chair reviews and other great lift chair articles.