One mistake I see consumers make often is thinking a recliner or lift chair is too small for them. Usually their belief is based on the fact that their feet extend past the end of the foot rest when reclined. Take a look at the recliner photo below. Does it appear this chair is too small for the user?

man in reclining chair

The person's feet extend past the footrest. So is this chair too small for him? The answer is no. The chair fits him very well. Recliners are not designed to support the user all the way to their heels. The ottoman is designed to support your legs comfortably. Take another look at the photo above. Are the person's legs supported? Yes. So this chair is not too small for the user.

A much better gauge to determine if a chair is too small is the width of the chair and the height. If you fit comfortably between the arms and the back of the chair provides support for your head, the chair is a good fit. If the width of the chair feels tight or if your head has no support, then the chair is probably too small for you. 

So the next time you are considering purchasing a chair, keep these key points in mind:

  • Does the width of the chair fit me?
  • Does it provide head support? 
  • Can I easily get into and out of the chair when it is closed?
If the answer to these three questions is yes, then the chair is a good fit for you. 
October 23, 2015 — Randall Bowman

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