Riser/recliner chairs


Does anybody know if a riser/recliner mechanism can be added to a standard armchair? If so who undertakes this work?

Thank you

Im not sure but i wouldnt think it would be cheap to convert a standard armchair . I think it would cost the same to buy a new recliner , but i may be wrong .

I don’t know if it’s possible, but I can understand why pjf wants to do it. My father-in-law had a riser/recliner and it took up so much space! They are much wider than ordinary chairs and you have to allow room to recline the back and raise the footrest.

I did a quick search and didn’t come up with anything. It’s probably not something many people want to do.

I asked a company when I ordered mine. Told it’s not possible Paul

hiya i just got an electric one last week to replace my manual one. struggling to pull the recline thing! its actually takes up less room than previous manual one. theres so much choice out there-try ur butt on them if at all poss. i dont know of anywhere that will convert-too many variables to consider. auction rooms are r good place to look! thats very old fashioned i am aware but you may be lucky! ellie

I am actually in the process of getting an electric recliner for my MIL. I have been directed to Community Services, who actually loan them out through the NHS. Apparently, most County Councils run these schemes across the country (I’m in North Wales). You could try getting in touch with Adult Social Services department & see if they can ‘loan’ you 1. There is no time limit on for how long & your not means tested, worth a try. I don’t know if policies are different in the rest of the country, but worth an ask. Tracey

Forgot to mention, Social Services send out Occupational Health to assess needs, we are hoping we can have an adjustable bed as well. Tracey


I got my Rise and Recline dual motor chair and NHS bed via the Adult Social Care team both free, non-means tested, on NHS loan, like my wheelchair and powerchair.

All brand new and measured by the OT to “promote my independence” etc.,. all local councils have a budget for this.

Here is the chair I got

Configura Rise & Recline is appropriate for:

  • Ambulant, semi-ambulant and non-ambulant users
  • Accommodation and encouragement of good posture
  • Users at some risk of pressure damage
  • Users with neurological conditions
  • Users with a kyphosis
  • Users with oedemas legs and/or fluid build-up

It is very comfy - but I did have to change the 3 cushion covers on the back to soft brushed cotton pillow cases from Sainsbury’s - to make is perfect.

So do contact Adult Social Care and ask for an assessment. I does take a few weeks to get an appointment though and 4 weeks for the chair to arrive. Worth the wait. My OT also did an assessment and sent over the bed too.


Apparently you can get a piece of equipment which can be used on any chair. I’ve never used one and don’t know of anyone who has, so I’m not recommending anything, but try googling “upeasy seat assist” “ uplifting seat” “powerlifting cushion”. That should show you some products you might be interested in.

Nice son in law put my recliner together at the weekend. It is wonderful, my spine feels like it is on holiday. I have covered it with a fluffy blanket which is a shame as the material is soft and lovely, however even in my mind which says I can keep it nice, common sense tells me that I’m not going to stop shaking and not spill my tea just because I have a nice chair.

It comes with a footstool, it is so wonderful in fact that in the sales I am going to go and get the same one for my bedroom now. When I went to look round all the shops, this shop had the chair by the door and the salesman told me it was the one they all used to sit on at lunch time or whenever the shop was empty.

Sofa which hurts me now in the garage and going on to freecycle. Good luck with your search.