Equipment tips & facts

Is your chair height working against you?

By Nicole R July 08 September 9th, 2019 No Comments

Correcting the height of a chair is an easy way to improve independence and decrease need for help. A chair that is too low requires more leg strength, which can make it difficult for a person to stand up.The Correct Height of a Chair is when the hips are one inch higher than the knees when sitting.The average height of a chair is 18”-20” high.

Ways to Increase the Height of a Chair

Here are some easy ways to raise the height of a chair: place a piece of hard foam under the current cushion, build a box to raise the height, or buy a more usable chair.

It is also important that chairs have armrests, are not too deep, nor too wide.

I do not recommend risers because typically the chair slides off the riser when people sit down uncontrollably.

Lastly, it is important that all the places a person sits are the same height: toilets, shower benches, couches, and wheelchairs. This will assist in making mobility more consistent.

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