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Higher Garden Chair Advice

Step-by-Step Guide

Our chairs are designed with many features to help you get in and out of a chair. But finding a higher garden chair for you will depend on a number of factors; your height, body shape and any specific issues affecting your mobility.  Also, your own preference to how you sit on a seat. You may need to ask the opinion of an occupational therapist for specific advice.

 

Step 1

Higher is Better

Often, we use the seat more often and for longer

Generally speaking, clinical research has shown that a higher seat nearly doubles the success rate of getting in and out of a chair by yourself, (yes really), which is why we have helped so many people. The drawback, is that if it’s too high and your feet won’t touch the floor, your legs and lower back may become uncomfortable. It may be less of an issue if you only sit for short periods of time though. One way to overcome this is by using a footstool. It has to be light enough to kick out of the way otherwise it may be perceived to be a trip hazard.

Step 2:

measure a favourite chair
Maybe measure a favourite chair from floor to seat height. A dining chair is often the highest in the house. This is often a “good “ height to use. Allow an inch for a cushion. You’ll probably end up with a seat height anywhere from 18 ¾” to 20” for women and a bit higher for men. But everyone is different and we make exactly what you need.

Step 3

Seat Depth
Our depth is pretty much right. Of course, some will want a deeper seat. Do you need to put a cushion on the back too? Do you need to allow room beside you for a grandchild or pet!? Do you perch towards the front of a chair or sit back?

Step 4

Armrest Height
This is a crucial part of getting out of the seat. 8” is our height from the seat to top of the armrest. Remember, if you add more cushions then this will reduce the impact of the armrest height. Too wide a seat makes the arm rest too far apart.

Step 5

Footrest & Headrest
Would a footrest help? Would a kick bar at the front help? A kick bar normally gets in the way so we don’t use them normally. We make many seats with a headrest. Try our snoozer or napper, well they do what's on the tin