How to measure for a rise and recline chair

Welcome back to the McCarthy Mobility Furniture blog where we bring you latest in our mobility furniture, riser and recliner chairs and adjustable beds. In today’s blog entry we answer a question that many of our customers ask us ‘How to measure for a made to measure rise and recline chair?”

With over 40 years’ experience within mobility furniture our family run business have fielded many questions from many clients across the last four decades. Often customers will approach ourselves looking for more information around our mobility furniture and, in particular, our luxury rise and recline chairs and made to measure rise and recline chairs. One of the most common questions that we are asked is around how to measure for a custom made adjustable chair.

It is very important when exploring your options with bespoke rise and recline chair that you find a chair that is custom made to your dimensions. a correctly fitted bespoke rise and recline chair will be tailor made to your requirements and offer maximum comfort, support and distribution of pressure. Of course, providing and finding this information may not be easy so we have created a guide to help you when measuring for a bespoke rise and recline chair.

Bespoke rise and recline chair height

The best way to correctly measure the seat height is by taking the lenfth of the distance from the behind your knees to the floor. A quick way to do this is to be in a seated position with your legs and knees at a right angle and measure the length from there. Sitting at a right angle assures correct alignment of your knees and hips and assists you to have the correct posture.

Bespoke rise and recline chair width

The width of your made to measure rise and recline chair is of the utmost importance. It allows you to have ample amount of space to be able read and write but not too much so that you cannot easily reach the armrest. A quick and easy way to measure this is to place a clench fist next to both of your hips leaving a comfortable gap in between for movement and measuring this distance.

Bespoke rise and recline chair depth

The depth of the chair refers to the length between the lip of the seat and the back. The easiest and most accurate way to calculate this distance is use the distance from the back of the hips, along the thighs to around 1 inch before the back of the knees. As a guide, you ought to be able to fit two fingers between the back of your knees and the start of the seat. Measuring the correct depth ensures that your back is correctly supported.

For more information on our rise and recliner chairs and all of our mobility furniture to receive a quote over the phone call our family friendly teams on 01992 472199 or contact us via We are happy to provide prices and to answer any questions you may have as well as to arrange assistance for measuring yourself for one of our made to measure or luxury rise and recline chairs.

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