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Repose Furniture

Repose Furniture is a bespoke service that is hand crafted in England to meet every requirement you need. Repose Furniture pride themselves on the high quality and versatility they can offer. There is a huge choice of fabrics available to choose from and if you have a specific fabric, together we will do our utmost to match it, if possible.

Active Mobility will go through the different options with you and measure up what size chair you require. This can either be done in the store or at your home, if you are unable to come to the store. The advantage of coming to the store is you can actually try out the different actions to ensure you have the riser chair you are happy with.

When selecting your riser chair we recommend you choose the action you require, then the style of back and cushion, then the fabric.

The following action types can be fitted into any style of the Rise & Recline Chairs.

Main Action Types

Wall hugger - is a single motor that raises you and reclines you.  A wall hugger only requires 4-5” clearance behind the chair to recline. Comes with just 2 buttons to press, one to rise and one to recline.  A single motor will raise your feet and slightly recline your back to begin with. If you continue to hold the button, then it will recline you back further.

Dual motor - gives you more control as to where you back is in relation to your legs.  These usually have 4 – 6 buttons.  You can raise your legs and your back will not move at all, unlike the single motor.  Then you can decide whether you want to recline your back or not.  Some people prefer their back not to be reclined at all times, so a Dual motor chair suits them the best.

2 Way Tilt in space single motor - is a Tilting action where the whole seat tips backwards and the angle between back and seat base does not change. This can be beneficial, because it spreads your weight more evenly, lifts your legs much higher and because it avoids uncomfortable (and possibly harmful) ‘shearing’ where the back rest moves rubs against your back.   The tilt in space is the ideal mechanism if you have a back problem and do not wish for the position of your back to change.  Also, it means that the back rest still supports your lower back and your weight is spread evenly through your whole seat and back. 

2 Way Tilt in Space Dual Motor has all the same benefits as the single tilt in space action, but you have independent control of the seat back in addition. It is also possible to get the back almost flat if you want.The tilt in space is increasingly the most popular option and often the best mechanism to relieve pressure and soreness.

Repose Furniture also offer the following options:-

Triolift – can raise the chair straight up or a softer degree angle rather than the standard angle. This ideal for transfers and carer contact

Lift only – so the chair will raise you but no recliner action

Recline only - is a single motor wall hugger that only reclines

Heavy Duty - available in single and dual motor mechanisms for users ip to 40 stones

Bariatric – this is a three motor assembly to power the foot rest, back and lift the chair for customers between 50 – 70 stones

All recliner chairs (except the wall hugger) need a good clearance of aprox 2- 3’ feet behind the chair to recline.  It is important recliner chairs do not rest against the wall, because if you recline it can damage the chair and actually stop the chair working altogether, actually damaging the chair frame or action.  If space is an issue you should consider a wall hugger chair as this only needs a 4-5” clearance.

Choosing the correct back

  • Waterfall back has individual cushions attached to the back of the chair which can be individually adjusted to give you the right amount of support where you need it.
  • Buttoned back provides firm support and is a more traditional looking arm chair.
  • Split back is upholstered into two sections, positioned horizontally across the back.  The split back also provides a firm support but with a more modern design.
  • Lateral supports offer good support to the contours of the spine.  This option may be beneficial if you suffer with back problems or need assistance sitting upright. 


The riser chairs come in a wide range of fabrics including leather, faux leather, standard fabric and Panvelle.  If you have chosen pressure relieving cushions, then you should choose the Panvelle stretch fabric. Panvelle fabric is unique in offering multi-directional stretch, which ensures you benefit from the pressure relieving cushioning.  The Panvelle fabric also has waterproof properties, which is also stain resistant and antimicrobial.

Measuring up

  • You should be able to sit with your bottom right at the back of the seat and your feet flat on the floor.
  • Your thighs need to be level and your lower legs straight, your legs/knees need to be at a 90 or degree angle or slightly greater
  • When measuring you should be able to get two fingers between the back of your knees and the front of the seat.
  • The ideal width should be wide enough to get your hands (while clenched) down both sides at the same time.
  • Arm rest should support your arms below the elbow, without making you lift your shoulders.

Cushions should be soft but not too soft.  If you are sitting in the chair for long periods you can get pressure relieving cushions.

If you are sitting or lying in the same position for long periods of time, this may cut off the blood supply to the parts you are resting on.  You may notice sore or red patches on your back, bottom or heels.  These can develop into serious and painful sores especially if you are weak through ill health as well.  You should take advice from your GP before this becomes a serious problem

What you should consider

  • Are you keeping your spine in a good natural S shape.  Many sofas and armchairs are the wrong shape for a good sitting position.
  • With your back fully supported, does the seat of the chair fit the length of your thigh without pushing your calf
  • With your back fully supported and wearing indoor footwear, do your feet rest comfortably on the floor without pushing your knees up
  • Is the chair wide enough for your shoulders, hips and high enough to support your head when you snooze
  • Do your arms rest comfortably on the armrests
  • Can you work the controls easily
  • Can you imagine yourself reading, watching TV and having a snack in your new chair?

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Address: Midland House, Wharf Road, Stratford Upon Avon CV37 0AD

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