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Old 07/19/09, 11:02 AM
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platform for raising recliner

My husband has trouble getting out of his recliner sometimes. I have a big cushion in it, but was told some people built a wooden platform to put under it to raise it about 3 inches.

Does anyone know how to do this. It would have to be good enough so the chair wouldn't slip off of it...Could you explain it to me??????Thanks

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Old 07/19/09, 11:08 AM
 
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we just screwed blocks to the feet on granny's chair when she had the same issue. we used 4x4 blocks about 5 inches long and glued and screwed them. the 4x4 measures 3 and a 1/2 inches. didn't affect the recliner part at all.

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Old 07/19/09, 12:14 PM
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thanks

I think I can do that!!! I knew someone would know here.

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Old 07/19/09, 12:21 PM
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My Dad put his up on concrete blocks, lol.

It works fine.

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Old 07/19/09, 01:05 PM
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You know i'm finding this thread intersting as i'm having problems getting up and out of our sofa and love seat in the living room and never even thought of raising it up..duh

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Old 07/19/09, 01:27 PM
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Hmmmm

concrete blocks would really be easy!

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Old 07/19/09, 01:53 PM
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Linear Actuator.

It wouldn't take much work to attach a linear actuator to a hinged base in order to make a lift chair so that the back of the chair raises and aids standing up out of the chair.

This site sells actuators for a reasonable price however none of them really fills the correct needs. This one is closest but pulls rather than pushes.

https://www.surpluscenter.com/item.a...tname=electric

At least you can get the idea. Two pieces of plywood or other with a hinge at the front of the chair. Actuator in back of the chair fastened to the two pieces of plywood that are extended behind the chair enough so that when reclined the actuator doesn't hit the back of the chair. A cord and switch simply laid in the seat beside the person or on a table next to the chair so that they have easy access to the simple control.

A little more complicated would be to use one of the air jack pillows filled by a small air compressor. Larger pillows are now used by rescue crews by smaller ones are available as well. More complicated and more cost.

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Recliners eat people you know. Beware.

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Old 07/19/09, 03:20 PM
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It wouldn't take much work to attach a linear actuator to a hinged base in order to make a lift chair so that the back of the chair raises and aids standing up out of the chair.

This site sells actuators for a reasonable price however none of them really fills the correct needs. This one is closest but pulls rather than pushes.

https://www.surpluscenter.com/item.a...tname=electric

At least you can get the idea. Two pieces of plywood or other with a hinge at the front of the chair. Actuator in back of the chair fastened to the two pieces of plywood that are extended behind the chair enough so that when reclined the actuator doesn't hit the back of the chair. A cord and switch simply laid in the seat beside the person or on a table next to the chair so that they have easy access to the simple control.

A little more complicated would be to use one of the air jack pillows filled by a small air compressor. Larger pillows are now used by rescue crews by smaller ones are available as well. More complicated and more cost.
Just get an electric winch and attach it to a ceiling joist.....
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Old 07/19/09, 11:47 PM
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You need one of these. My DW has one like it & loves it.

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Old 07/20/09, 08:21 AM
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I raised my recliner with 2 X 4's (screwed them to a piece of plywood so they couldn't shift) before I had my hip replaced. Also raised the end table next to it, so I could still reach everything.

Kathie

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Old 07/20/09, 08:23 AM
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Yes, I know

we need a lift chair. The Dr has to sign for one in order for Medicare to pay $390 toward it. They cost anywhere from $600 to $1000. I was trying to think of a cheaper way. Dr wouldnt sign for it, as dh didn't have any trouble getting out of small, straight, drs office chair. When he goes to the dr, he tries to impress the dr instead of telling it like it is.

Right now I have some wedge things(for putting under your tires when you don't want the car to roll) under the back so it won't recline, hoping he can get out easier.

I like the block thing, but don't really know how to drill through steel that is the "leg" platform.

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Old 07/20/09, 11:14 AM
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fil had a lift chair..they work pretty good

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