Features March 2007 Issue

4 Tips For Choosing An Arthritis-Friendly Chair


Test-drive it. Spend at least 20 minutes in a new easy chair before buying it. And make sure you get a money-back guarantee in case you need to return it in a few days or weeks.


Firmer is better. Donít be seduced by how soft a chair may feel. You want a seat cushion firm enough to push off of, and stable enough to always put your back in a position of consistent lumbar support.


Feet on the floor. Your feet should be able to rest flat on the floor when youíre seated in the upright position, all the way back. If not, your lumbar spine will lack support.


Armrests matter. To gain leverage when getting up, look for armrests that extend slightly forward from the front of the chair and offer a good, secure grip for arthritic hands.