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Riser recliner chair buying guide

Also known as electric recliners or mobility chairs, riser recliner chairs seamlessly move into various positions to offer extra support – particularly if you have trouble getting in and out of standard chairs. But what should you look for when buying a riser recliner chair to make sure it’s the one for you?

How to choose the best riser recliner chair

There are a few things that you’ll want to consider before you buy your riser recliner, such as space requirements and comfort. To get the best from your recliner chair, make sure you get one that meets all your needs.

What size riser recliner chair do you need?

Riser recliners are available in various sizes, providing comfort for you and your partner. Make sure you measure for a riser recliner chair before investing in one, as it’s important that you have the correct support behind your knees, back and neck, while your feet should also comfortably touch the floor.

This is why it is so important to buy a riser recliner chair that is bespoke to your needs and contours to your body. There’s no point buying a chair that is too big or small for you, after all.

Have a think about what space you have in the room too, as the chair will need space to fully recline.

How to measure for a riser recliner chair

Measuring for a riser recliner chair is quick and easy—all you need is a tape measure! From here you’ll need measurements for the seat height, depth, width, armrest height and back height. Here’s how to take measurements for each.

Seat height

To measure seat height, measure the distance between the floor to the top of the seat.

Seat depth

For depth, you should measure from the front of the seat cushion to the backrest of the chair.

Seat width

Seat width should be measured from the inside of one armrest to the inside of the other.

Armrest height

Armrest height is measured from the middle of the seat depth (between the front of the arm and where the arm meets the backrest). You then measure up from the top of the seat cushion to the top of the armrest.

Back height

Measure along the height of the backrest, from the back edge of the seat cushion up to the top of the backrest itself.


The riser recliner chair will also need a source of electricity, so think about where the nearest socket is and the safest way to plug it in.

What styles and designs do you want?

Many suppliers of riser recliner chairs allow you to choose the style of your chair, including the fabric and pattern – meaning you can tailor these to your personal taste. Check if your provider offers swatches to help you decide and think about which fabrics work best in your home.

Whether you are looking for a traditional or modern design, we have over 30 different upholsteries in a range of colours and styles for you to choose. From simple looks to fabric or leather, with more detailed designs and matching stools available for added comfort.

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Avenue Biscuit
Avenue Claret
Avenue Grey
Avenue Honey
Capri Aqua
Capri Dove Grey
Capri Espresso
Capri Herb
Capri Crush Camel
Capri Crush Latte
Capri Crush Terracotta
Copenhagen Gold
Copenhagen Mink
Copenhagen Oatmeal
Copenhagen Oyster
Coronation Olive
Coronation Ruby
Cresta Plain Olive
Grampian Fern
Grampian Pebble
Grampian Steel
Grampian Wine
Maldives Patchwork Mink
Maldives Patchwork Oatmeal
Maldives Patchwork Sunrise
Messina Plain Aqua
Messina Plain Dove Grey
Messina Plain Espresso
Messina Plain Herb
Messina Plain Natural
Orchard Leaf Cream
Oslo Plain Badger
Oslo Plain Gold
Oslo Plain Mink
Oslo Plain Oatmeal
Oslo Plain Oyster
Oslo Plain Wine
Sicily Aqua
Sicily Dove Grey
Sicily Espresso
Sicily Herb
Sicily Natural
Somerset Calcio
Somerset Champagne
Somerset Gold
Somerset Latte

What features are available for your riser recliner chair?

When you buy a riser recliner chair there may be additional extras that you can have built in. These can be anything from head supports to unique built-in technology for added comfort. It’s well worth thinking about what features you’d like and exploring what features your provider has to offer.

We offer a range of features that are unique to our riser recliner chairs, such as an auto-lift system that helps ease you in and out of the chair. An additional feature we offer is our patented NHC Cyclo-Therapy® — a massage technology that alleviates aches and pains.

How to buy a good riser recliner chair

A riser recliner chair is an excellent investment that will help you over time, so make sure you’re buying a good quality product that will last. To know that you are getting quality, buy your chair from a reputable supplier who meets trading standards.

Look out for these logos to identify reputable companies:

Adjustamatic has over 50 years of British heritage and all of our products are made from the finest materials, rigorously tested in our factory in Wales. For added peace of mind, our riser recliner chairs come with a two-year guarantee included in the price.

Get a feel for your riser recliner chair before you buy

Once you have made your decision, we advise that you try before you buy, to get a feel for the chair and its suitability in your home. We know a riser recliner chair is an important purchase, so we offer a free, no-obligation home trial for all our customers. For one of our expert consultants to deliver you a free trial contact us on 0808 301 5338.

Buying a riser recliner chair

To get yourself the best quality chair, make sure you look out for accreditation marks, indicating that these products have been fully tested for safety and quality.

These include Class IIa certification, CE marks that guarantee the supplier is regulated, and confirmation that the riser recliner chair you are buying is Trading Standards Approved.

Should you buy a riser recliner chair in a high street shop?

Buying from a high street mobility shop may be the first thing you think of when you considered buying. We advise that you do a bit of research into the types of riser recliner you’d like and models you’re interested in.

Going to a store gives you the chance to try out all the different built-in specialist technology and features that your relaxing riser recliner chair can offer. We have two stores for you to visit: Southampton, and at our factory store in Denbigh, North Wales:

Southampton Denbigh

Adjustamatic Beds Ltd,
280 Winchester Rd,
SO16 6TQ

Tel: 023 8017 0136

Adjustamatic Beds Ltd,
Colomendy Industrial Estate,
Rhyl Road, Denbigh,
North Wales, LL16 5TS

0808 301 5338

Can you buy a riser recliner chair online?

Buying a riser recliner online might be a convenient option but it means you aren’t able to get a true feel for the chair. We suggest trying the riser recliner chair before you buy it so you can be sure that it works and suits your needs.

If you do decide to buy online, you will find plenty of options around price and style, so look for a reputable brand you know or do your research to ensure you are buying a quality product. When researching, think about key questions that you’d like to ask, including:

  • Do they offer secure credit card transactions?
  • Do they have a clear returns policy?
  • What are their delivery prices?

If you have any questions for us, you can easily get in touch via our contact form. We’re also always happy to chat over the phone for free on 0808 231 2964 if you’d prefer a phone call.

Is it possible to buy a second-hand riser recliner chair?

You can buy a second-hand riser recliner chair from a shop or private sales site like eBay. However, be aware that the chair might not be the right one for you. We suggest that you follow the same steps as if you were buying a new chair. Make sure you measure the space, try out the chair and think about your needs.

Why you should buy your riser recliner from a specialist manufacturer

Buying from a specialist manufacturer gives you the option of custom-made features and support. A specialist manufacturer will offer you a range of riser recliner chairs, allowing you to choose a chair that meets your needs. At Adjustamatic, our riser recliner chairs are made to order, offering you a custom fit of features. Our optional NHC Cyclo-Therapy® massage technology can also be fitted to help alleviate back pain and other every day aches and pains while delivering superior comfort. You can sit back, put your feet up and relax as the massage technology does its magic.

Financial considerations

Riser recliner chairs can feel like a costly purchase, but they are an investment which can last a lifetime. To help you with the cost, look for finance options that will make the cost more manageable.

You could even take advantage of VAT exemption

You could be eligible for VAT exemption depending on your circumstances. This could allow you to make considerable savings of up to 20% on your purchase.

Find out about VAT exemptions

Have any questions?

For any questions or advice on buying your riser recliner, please don’t hesitate to give us a call on 0808 301 5338 or drop us a message. Let’s help you find the riser recliner you deserve!