platform for raising recliner

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  1. lenii

    lenii Well-Known Member Supporter

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    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
     
  2. rancher1913

    rancher1913 Well-Known Member Supporter

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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.
     

  3. lenii

    lenii Well-Known Member Supporter

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    I think I can do that!!! I knew someone would know here.:):rock:
     
  4. Judy in IN

    Judy in IN Well-Known Member Supporter

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    My Dad put his up on concrete blocks, lol.

    It works fine.
     
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    ronbre Brenda Groth Supporter

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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
     
  6. lenii

    lenii Well-Known Member Supporter

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    concrete blocks would really be easy!
     
  7. Windy in Kansas

    Windy in Kansas In Remembrance

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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.asp?UID=2009071913364767&item=5-1580&catname=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.
     
  8. snoozy

    snoozy Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Recliners eat people you know. Beware. ;)
     
  9. HermitJohn

    HermitJohn Well-Known Member

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    Just get an electric winch and attach it to a ceiling joist.....
     
  10. trucker101

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    You need one of these. My DW has one like it & loves it.

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  11. littlebitfarm

    littlebitfarm Scotties rule! Supporter

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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
     
  12. lenii

    lenii Well-Known Member Supporter

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    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.:bash:

    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.
     
  13. ronbre

    ronbre Brenda Groth Supporter

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    fil had a lift chair..they work pretty good