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How to Choose the Right Lift & Recline Chair

Lifting Chairs

01 May 2022

How to Choose the Right Lift & Recline Chair

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As we age, our muscles get stiffer, and our joints can begin to ache. Making previously easy tasks, such as sitting down or standing up, more complex and even turning it into a chore. If the body's stress doesn't get reduced, it will get too much for the body and result in extremely high pain levels that can drastically reduce our mobility. It is essential to look for ways to lessen our bodies' stress levels before it gets to this stage and limit the activity or activities causing the stress. A great way to assist with this is to use a lift and recline chair; these chairs are fitted with an electric motor that lifts the chair, bringing you to a perched position, where your hips are higher than your knees, assisting you in sitting down and/or standing up easily.

Size Matters

When choosing the correct chair, getting the right size is very important. Keep in mind that while these reclining chairs are designed to be functional and practical, they also have to be comfortable. The below outlines how you can check and make sure the chair is the correct size. But don't worry too much, all Motobility staff are fully trained to advise you on picking a chair that is the right size for you.


Seat Height

Ensure your feet can reach the ground comfortably and your knees aren't higher than your thighs.

 Seat Width

This is where professional opinions and the "comfort feel" can often clash. We are all creatures of habit. Some of us may like to feel snug on a chair by feeling the sides against our hips, where others want to reserve a place next to them for their pet, favourite book, or blanket. However, professional advice is that there should be a small space on either side of the body to avoid rubbing. However, the chair should be snug enough, so the armrests are located directly under the shoulders.


The footrest should end around the ankle. A footrest that is too long will push your foot forward and cause strain on your ankles, while a too short footrest will result in your feet hanging off the footrest and a lot of pressure being distributed to your calves.


Seat Depth

The seat of your chair should support the length of the buttocks and thighs. The front edge should be curved, ending two or three finger widths behind the knees to avoid pressure behind the knee. If you pick a too deep chair, your back won't be supported, and you will end up slouching while in the chair. On the flip side, if the chair isn't deep enough, there will be too much space between the chair and the back of your knees, resulting in your legs not being supported correctly, and you will find that once the footrest is raised, it will be too short for you.

Furthermore, getting a chair that is too high or too deep could lead to injuries. As the chair lifts, your feet must be touching the ground at all times. If they don't, the lifting function can cause you from sliding off your chair. It's also a good idea to have mobility aids such as walkers, rollators or walking sticks within reach.


Armrests on a lounge chair or electric recliner should support you under the forearm and hand. They need to be firm enough to help you push up against them to enter or exit your lifting chair.


Supportive Backrest

There are many different shapes and styles of backrests on riser chairs. The main thing to note is that the backrest should be designed to support the spine's natural curves. It is also vital to have neck and head support.



While many of our customers want a very soft chair, it's recommended that lifting chairs should be on the firmer side. This is, so it is easier to stand up and sit down, and it also promotes good posture while seated. However, it is essential to note that if you suffer from pressure sores or are at risk of getting them, it is important to mention this to advise you about the best options.



 Keep Your Home Beautiful

Your house is your home, and we want to make sure that you love it and feel comfortable in it. That's why we offer a range of different materials, including leather, vinyl, soft-touch fabric and waterproof options to help you find a chair that suits your décor.

You can choose a chair from our current selection of stocked chairs, get a bespoke wa-made chair made to your measurements, or if you fall in love with a stocked chair, but just want it in another colour, we can re-upholster it for you in your choice of fabric all at our Perth warehouse & workshop!

It's also important to note that these chairs will require access to a power outlet, so it's advisable to place them in a corner or near a wall to avoid the risk of tripping over a power cord. Keep reading below about which chairs are best suited to tight spaces.

The different types of chair will require different amount of space, so keep reading on to check which chair will fit best into your home.

Choosing The Right Lift

All our electric lounge chairs will assist you in standing up.

However, they all recline differently and offer various benefits. Which lifting chair is right for you will ultimately depend on your needs and preferences. The chart on your right will give you a quick overview of the 5 categories of chairs that we stock at our showrooms in Osborne Park and Mandurah. These are

1. The Wallglider - available as a stocked/imported option and WA-made custom option

2. The Bed Chair - available as a stocked/imported option and WA-made custom option. This chair is also available with a weight capacity of 180kg, which is a custom-made chair option.

3. The Lumbar Chairavailable as a stocked/imported option only, with the possibility of re-covering to match your decor

4. The Tilt in Space Chair - available in medium only and as a custom-made WA-made chair option only.

5. The Zero Gravity Chair - available as a stocked/imported option only, with the possibility of re-covering to match your decor

Below you will find a detailed description of each chair and how they differ.

1. Wallglider, Single Motor Lift and Recline Chair also known as a wallhugger

Our Wallglider or Wall hugging lift and recline chairs are powered by one motor. They offer the below main benefits

1. They are straightforward to operate thanks to the simple two-button remote
2. They can be placed up to 10cm close to the wall as they will glide forward as they recline, perfect for small spaces
3. They follow a sequence of motion that allows you to sit in an upright position with your legs raised as well as recline to a 45-degree angle
4. Available in 3 sizes with an adjustable neck cushion
5. Available as a stocked imported version or a WA-made custom chair

2. Dual Motor Bed Chair Lift and Recline Chair

As the name suggests, our dual motor lift and recline chair, the Bedchair allows you to recline the backrest for a fully horizontal position

1. Control the backrest entirely independently from the footrest, allowing you to choose from a vast number of various positions
2. Available in 3 sizes and two different styles of backrests
3. Available as a stocked imported version or a wa-made custom chair

3. Lumbar Support Chair Lift and Recline Chair

Our Lumbar chairs are bed chairs with the added benefit of two motors, which allow you to adjust the headrest and the Lumbar support to achieve the highest level of comfort.

1. Additional motor to adjust the lumbar support of your chair
2. Additional control to adjust the headrest of your chair
3. Control the backrest entirely independently from the footrest, allowing you to choose from a vast number of various positions
1. Available in 2 sizes in a contemporary design
2. Available in leather or fabric (stocked)


4. Tilt in space Lift and Recline Chair

It is easy to use a single motor chair that retains the backrest angle but tilts the user to distribute pressure while creating a high leg position and allowing for a high-leg position with high postural support.

1. Extremely easy to use thanks to the two-button remote
2. The chair will lift legs first, then start tilting to achieve a high leg positon
3. The WA-made custom option only – choose from a vast range of different fabrics and materials
4. Available with two different back style options
5. High postural supports

5. Zero-Gravity (Zero-G) Lifting Chair

The latest addition to our lift and recline chair range. The Zero Gravity lifting chair offers the same functions and features like the bed chair with a tilt function, allowing you to move the centre of gravity and achieve an extremely high leg position.

1. Zero-G motor allows you to tilt the chair while adjusting the backrest angle to achieve ultimate comfort
2. Achieve an extra high leg lift in a seated or reclined position
3. Control the backrest entirely independently from the footrest, allowing you to choose from a vast number of various positions
4. Removable zip able seat, armrest, backrest and leg rest cushions for additional flexibility
5. Available in 2 sizes and contemporary design


Motobility stocks a wide range of imported and WA-made lifting chairs in Osborne Park and Mandurah's stores. We also offer free in-home demo's for the Perth Metropolitan area and WA regional areas such as Bunbury, Busselton, Geraldton or Jurien Bay.

If you choose a WA-made option, we ask you to allow around 4 weeks from the time of order until delivery. 

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