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Best Lift Chair Recliner for Ultimate Support and Comfort

Ian Mutuli
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Ian Mutuli

Founder and Managing Editor of Archute. He is also a graduate architect from The University of Nairobi, Kenya.
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As people age, sitting or standing up from a seated position may be more challenging. This may also happen to anybody with limited mobility due to an accident, surgery, or illness. But if you value your independence and want to do as much on your own without calling for help, a lift recliner chair can be an excellent investment.

A lift chair is a recliner-style seat using a motor to help you easily and safely get out of it from a seated position. The lifting mechanism pushes the entire chair up from its base to assist you in getting on your feet. While a lift chair recliner might sound like a luxury, it's necessary for many people, especially older adults and those with limited mobility.

Apart from being a comfortable addition to any home or office, the best power lift chair recliners are versatile and highly user-friendly. Also, different companies selling lift chairs offer various capabilities and features that can overwhelm first-time buyers. In this article, I've outlined the best lift chair recliners and a detailed buying guide to ease your search.

First up, I have the MCombo Electric Power Lift Recliner Chair, which is the epitome of comfort and elegance with its sleek design and advanced features, which adapts to your needs to provide you with the ultimate support and comfort. At the second position is the Esright Power Lift Chair Electric Recliner, a perfect blend of support and comfort with a reclining ability of 150 degrees and a maximum weight capacity of 330 pounds. However, this lift recliner is a great fit for someone in a smaller size. And let's not forget the Ashley Yandel Faux Leather Electric Power Lift Recliner, which only ranks third because it lacks advanced features. This lift chair stood out because of its dual motor capability, allowing you to operate the backrest and footrest independently.

Stay tuned for more details about these top three picks and seven other recommendations to help you decide and find the best lift chair recliner for ultimate support and comfort.

Best Power Lift Chair Recliners

1. MCombo Electric Power Lift Recliner Chair

Mcombo Electric Power Lift Recliner Chair Sofa with...
  • Power Lift Assistance: Counter-balanced lift mechanism with TUV...
  • Easy to Assemble and Operate: Depending on the unique structure...
  • Full-body Vibration & Lumbar Heating: It comes 8 vibrating points...
  • Clean Easily & Durable Upholstery: The chair features...
  • USB Charging Ports & Cup Holders: The chair has dual USB outlets...

If you're looking for a lift chair recliner with all the bells and whistles, the Mcombo Power Lift Recliner is for you. In addition to its 140-degree reclining, this chair offers a power lift so you can easily get in and out. Also, the lift and recliner mechanisms are easy to operate using a simple two-button remote control.

While I couldn't lie flat on this chair, this three-position lift chair gave me enough angle for elevated sleep. However, this MCombo power lift recliner may not be the best choice for taller people as it is designed for people between 5'1″ and 5'9" with a maximum weight capacity of 320 pounds.

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Let's talk about luxury features! First, the high-quality faux leather upholstery is easy to clean and comes in five colors. It has cup holders and USB ports to charge your devices. Plus, the side pocket on each side came in handy for storing my magazines and the chair remote.

And best of all, this chair offers you a warm, vibrating massage. It includes eight vibrating nodes in the back, thighs, legs, and lumbar areas and one lumbar heating mechanism. You can activate these functions in 10, 20, and 30-minute intervals. You can also turn the heat on separately to get extra cozy when you don't need the massage functions.

Pros:

  • Vibrating massage plus heating functions
  • Dual cup holders, side pockets, and USB ports
  • Easy to assemble

Cons:

  • Single motor controls back and footrest in unison
  • Doesn't lay completely flat (reclines to 140 degrees)
  • Not for tall people over 5'9"

2. Esright Power Lift Chair Electric Recliner

Esright Power Lift Chair Electric Recliner for Elderly...
  • 【Power Lift Chair with Silent Motor】Esright lift chair is...
  • 【Vibration Massage & Lumbar Heating】The recliner chair comes...
  • 【Durable Upholstery & Easy to clean】It features high-quality...
  • 【Convenient USB Charging 】Extra USB outlet will allow you...
  • 【Cup Holders and Side Pockets】Two cup holders and side...

My mom has this severe back pain that makes it so difficult for her to get comfortable in a chair. So I opted to get her a lift chair recliner to ease her back pain and help with her mobility. I needed something to lift her on her feet, massage her, and provide heat when her nerve pain set in. Esright Power Lift Chair Electric Recliner provides all these functions for a fraction of the cost of many other options in its league.

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With a 21.25" wide seat and a weight capacity of 330 pounds, this lift recliner is an excellent choice for heavier users. It has a reclining ability of up to 150 degrees for elevated sleep, and the reclining, sitting, and lifting mechanisms are adjusted using a control button on the side of the chair. The footrest and backrest operate simultaneously, so you can't adjust them independently. 

This power lift chair is sturdy and durable thanks to its steel frame. It includes an overstuffed backrest and cushions wrapped in a soft microfiber that is also treated to prevent felting and pilling. The chair also has two cup holders, a USB port, and side pockets for convenience. Overall, this plush, ultra-soft microfiber lift chair provides the perfect blend of comfort and support.

Pros:

  • Dual cup holders, side pockets, and USB ports
  • Vibrating massage plus heat
  • Easy to assemble
  • Durable, soft microfiber upholstery

Cons:

  • Doesn't lay all the way flat for sleep
  • Not for tall users

3. Signature Design by Ashley Yandel Faux Leather Electric Power Lift Recliner

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Signature Design by Ashley Yandel Faux Leather Electric...
  • CONTEMPORARY POWER LIFT RECLINER: Style and functionality merge...
  • INVITING COMFORT: Designed for support and comfort with a high...
  • SMOOTH BROWN UPHOLSTERY: Saddle brown upholstery looks like...
  • GENEROUS SIZING: Oversized recliner measures 35"W x 40"D x 42.5"H...
  • EASY ASSEMBLY: Instructions, hardware and tools included, Fits...

Marketed as a recliner chair for seniors, this Ashley Yandel Power Lift Recliner combines comfort and function in an updated look. The high back and horizontal channeling provide exceptional lumbar support, while the generous sizing, thick cushioning, and pillow top arms wrap you in comfort.

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The dual-motor capability of this chair helps operate the backrest and footrest independently. This gave me more options to customize my comfort when reading, watching TV, or napping. It also has a simple one-touch button remote control for your convenience and a quiet motor that moves the chair smoothly at a decent speed without being overwhelming.

Moreover, this oversized lift chair recliner offers firm support yet is exceptionally comfortable, with a weight capacity of up to 300 pounds. It is available in black and saddle brown faux leather, which looks luxurious and cozy. Lest I forget to mention the easy assembly, thanks to the straightforward instructions and the hardware tools included.

Pros:

  • Firm, supportive seating
  • Quiet motor
  • Easy assembly
  • It has two motors

Cons:

  • Fabric not breathable
  • Short footrest
  • No cup holders and massage functions

4. Irene House 9188 Medium Dual OKIN Motor Lay Flat Recliner Lift Chair

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Irene House 9188 Medium Dual OKIN Motor Lay Flat...
  • 【DUAL OKIN MOTOR】With dual OKIN motor, the backrest and...
  • 【INFINITE POSITION】The position lock of the lift chair is...
  • 【LUMBAR HEATING & BACK MASSAGE】A remote controls the heating...
  • 【COMFORTABLE & STURDY & FRIENDLY】Chenille yarn is quite...
  • 【CUSTOMER SERVICE & WARRANTY】Simply contact us via Email for...

This Irene House lift chair recliner is a multifunctional design for older adults and office workers. It comes in gorgeous colors and materials, including faux leather and chenille, that add elegance to your home or office.

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Irene House 9188 Medium Dual OKIN Motor Lay Flat Recliner Lift Chair prides itself on its high-quality, quiet, smooth, and durable dual motors, which allow you to adjust the backrest and footrest independently. This gave me complete control over choosing a suitable seating position for reading, watching, or lounging.

Including supports in the head, back, lumbar, hip, and leg, this chair also offers lumbar heating and back massage functions that you can easily adjust using a 4-button remote control. I sometimes prefer sleeping on my recliner, and the experience couldn't be much better with this chair, thanks to its reclining ability of 108 to 180 degrees. So if you prioritize sleeping over a seated position, this is an excellent lift chair recliner for you.

Its upholstery also features a non-stick quality for easy cleaning and a side pocket for storing valuables. However, this recliner is a bit pricier than others featured on this list, but that premium pay is worth its high-quality materials and long-lasting support. 

Pros:

  • Dual motors
  • Lays completely flat
  • Durable

Cons:

  • No USB ports
  • Pricier than other options

5. Flamaker Power Lift Recliner Chair

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Flamaker Power Lift Recliner Chair PU Leather for...
  • [Power Lift and Recline] The motor equipped recliner can lift you...
  • 【Power Lift and Recline】 The motor equipped recliner can lift...
  • 【Classic Style and User-friendly】 Designed in classic style...
  • 【Superior Material】 The chair is made of good quality...

When speaking of the best lift chair recliners, it is almost impossible to exclude the Flamaker Power Lift Recliner Chair. This recliner not only gives you satisfaction but adds to the beauty of your room with its soft PU leather upholstery with nice finishing and stitching.

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Speaking of comfort and pleasure, this Flamaker product packs a few exciting features, such as four massage modes and lumbar heating functions. These features offer excellent neck support, promoted relaxation, raised headrest, and improved blood circulation.

Made with a sturdy alloy steel frame, this lift chair recliner boasts quality and durability with easy assembly and simple usage. While it's marketed as suitable for older people, Flamaker is also fit for youngsters who wouldn't mind indulging in its unique treatment.

I bought it for my home theatre, and besides the comfort and relaxation, the cup holders and storage were of much help for keeping my drinks and storing the remotes. And it's an excellent buy for it's not as expensive as other power lift recliners with its level of quality.

Pros:

  • Classic style and user-friendly
  • Massage and heating setting
  • Headrest, dual side pockets, and cup holders

Cons:

  • Slippery surface

6. CANMOV Power Lift Recliner Chair

CANMOV Power Lift Recliner Chair for Elderly- Heavy...
  • Sturdy and Functional Power Lift Recliner: Modern style and...
  • Comfortable and Antiskid Upholstery: Overstuffed pillow designed...
  • Easy Assembly and Easy Using: Less 10 mins installation,...
  • Using Suggestions: For your health, consult your doctor before...
  • Buy with Confidence: At CANMOV, we are confident that you’ll be...

Arguably CANMOV Power Lift Recliner Chair's biggest draw is its innovative safety feature, the heavy-duty anti-skid fabric, which most top contenders lack. This upholstery is highly comfortable and soft to the touch. This chair has overstuffed microfiber and spongy padding for comfort, creating a luxurious and sinking feeling when you lay your back in it.

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In addition to the premium comfort, this chair is designed with clean sewing patterns and a recline ability of up to 145 degrees, ideal for sleeping. It also comes with a two-button remote control with options for reclining and lifting the chair. You can store the remote and other small items in the large side pocket.

This no-frills lift chair recliner places comfort and looks over function as it skips independent backrests/footrests and massage functions for simple, plush seating. Therefore, it is a valuable choice for elderly or limited mobility users who prefer comfort and design over function.

CANMOV lift chair is relatively durable thanks to its solid metal frame and the heavy-duty anti-skid fabric. However, it's worth noting that it is designed to only hold up to 300 pounds safely. The cloth upholstery can also stain more easily than faux leather, so you must be careful with food and drinks around this recliner. Still, you can prevent this trauma by purchasing reliable recliner slipcovers.

While CANMOV doesn't recommend a specific height range for this lift chair, I noticed this chair is on the smaller side. My partner is taller, and his head reaches over the top of the backrest.

Pros:

  • Overstuffed panels for comfort
  • Large side pocket for storing items

Cons:

  • Cloth fabric stains easily
  • No massage functions

7. Best Choice Products Electric Power Lift Recliner Massage Chair

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Best Choice Products Electric Power Lift Recliner...
  • DEPENDABLE COMFORT: This versatile power lift recliner chair is...
  • POWER LIFT DESIGN: Operating this chair is made easy with...
  • MASSAGE + HEAT: Equipped with a remote control and 3 massage...
  • STURDY & CONVENIENT: Heavy-duty base is made with a sturdy,...
  • 3 POSITIONS: Adjust to your preferred position for maximum...

This Best Choice Products Electric Power Lift Recliner costs less than $500, but it packs the amenities of a lift recliner chair with all the advanced features. It has two side pockets, a USB port, and cup holders that true loungers love. Still, it is made even better by a sturdy anti-tipping construction, massage and heating capability, and three seating positions to ensure easy and comfortable entry and exit from a seated position.

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Compared to most lift chairs on this list that are more specific with seating angle, this one has three settings to adjust: reclined and lifted, lifted leg rest, or lifted chair position. Also, its massage motors only have two settings for high and low intensity, while other products allow you to get a bit more granular.

While I haven't personally used this chair, those who own it love it and appreciate its value and comfort, which gives me enough confidence to recommend it to you or your loved one.

Pros:

  • Easy to operate
  • Comfortable
  • Three seating positions

Cons:

  • The chair is a bit small
  • It doesn't lay flat

8. CDCASA Electric Power Lift Recliner Chair

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CDCASA Electric Power Lift Recliner Chair with Massage...
  • 💺【Comfortable And Durable Upholstery】 - Overstuffed...
  • 💺【Power Lift Assistance】 - Our powerful and UL approved...
  • 💺【Heated Vibration Massage】 - This chair come with 8...
  • 💺【Non-toxic Material】 - We insist on choosing...
  • 💺【Easy Assembly and Good Customer Service】 - The recliner...

This CDCASA Power Lift Recliner Chair comes in at one of the lowest price points on this list, but that doesn't mean you are sacrificing comfort or features for the reduced price. The recliner is supported by a strong alloy steel frame and overstuffed backrest, and the seat is wrapped in high-quality faux leather, making it comfortable with a soft and warm feeling. However, my dog loves playing on the couch, and the one time it made its way on this chair, it left claw marks, which I hid using a slipcover. So, you should get a pet-friendly slipcover or choose a scratch-resistant option if you have pets.

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This chair offers easy reclining and lifting via a button on the seat, and it also comes with a separate two-button remote to choose between four custom zone settings and five modes for massage and heating functionality. With recline ability up to 160 degrees, it is easy to sit and relax in any position you wish, whether reading, watching TV, or just lounging.

It took me 1 hour to set up this chair thanks to the detailed user manual provided. It comes in only two boxes, and you don't need any tools to assemble it. It is also worth noting that this value-priced lift recliner chair isn't light on luxuries. It packs features such as a USB port for charging devices and a side pocket to keep small devices and remotes.

Pros:

  • Easy to assemble and operate
  • USB ports, side pockets
  • Well-padded for comfort

Cons:

  • Easily scratched

9. U-MAX Lift Recliner Power Lift Chair

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U-MAX Lift Recliner Power Lift Chair for Elderly Wall...
  • THE PACKAGE OF THIS CHAIR WILL BE SENT OUT VIA 2 BOXES BY UPS OR...
  • Power Lift Chair: Silent power lift mechanism from OKIN motor...
  • Lumber Heat & Vibration Massage: Lift chair recliner comes with 8...
  • Durable Upholstery & Easy Maintainence: The chair is made of soft...
  • Kind notice: The carrier do not provide door to door delivery...

If you want to take comfort and support to the next level, try the U-MAX Power Lift Chair Recliner. This chair is upholstered with soft and sturdy synthetic leather and is padded with an extra thick sponge in the back, headpiece, and armrest. This gives it a classy, elegant look and the utmost comfort, except in hot weather.

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It reclines up to 140 degrees, but the footrest and the backrest do not recline independently, which made it uncomfortable when I sat upright in this chair. This chair's lifting, reclining, backrest, and footrest motions are controlled using two different remotes. While this meant I didn't have to deal with several buttons simultaneously, I had two remotes to keep track of.

Another outstanding feature of this chair is the integrated massage and heating mechanisms. With five different modes, you can control the massager to focus on your neck, legs, back, and thigh. These massage and heating functions can work separately with timer functions you can test to turn off at intervals of 15, 30, and 60 minutes.

However, this chair was a bit short for my husband as it left his feet dangling over the footrest when it was reclined.

Pros:

  • Comfortable
  • Versatile and programmable heating and massage functions
  • Easy to clean

Cons:

  • Too short for users over 5'10"
  • Footrest does not lift independently of the reclining function
  • Not durable as preferred

10. SENYUN Power Lift Recliner Chair

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SENYUN Electric Power Lift Recliner Chair with Heat &...
  • 💺【POWER LIFT RECLINER CHAIR】We insist on choosing...
  • 💺【HEATING & MASSAGE FUNCTION】This power recliner chair...
  • 💺【QUALITY FABRIC & OVERSTUFFED PAD】Our lift chairs...
  • 💺【CONVENIENT DESIGN】Thoughtful Storage Space & USB...
  • 💺【EASY ASSEMBLY & CUSTOMER SERVICE】The recliner comes in 2...

The Senyun Power Lift Recliner is the last entry on my list, but that doesn't make it any less exciting to discuss. This budget-friendly lift chair features a high-quality, soft, and wear-resistant fabric that's comfortable to sit in, and a strong alloy steel frame with anti-tip mechanisms supports it.

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When it is time to relax, you'll appreciate this lift recliner's massage and heating functions that cover four zones of the body with five intensity modes. And this lift chair reclines up to 160 degrees, and you can smoothly adjust to a lift or reclining position by pressing the two buttons on the armrest. For more convenience, this Senyun lift chair has a side pocket and a fully functional USB port, meaning your items never get lost, and your devices stay charged.

Assembling this chair was a breeze. It arrived in 2 boxes which took me 20 minutes to put together. It is overstuffed with a high-density sponge, making it soft and comfortable to sit in. However, I'm 5'6," and my feet hang off the footrest, and the seat felt a bit narrower, so even though this Senyun chair supports 330 pounds, it may be better suited for smaller people.

Pros:

  • Reclines up to 160 degrees
  • Easy to assemble

Cons:

  • No cup holders
  • Narrow seat

How to Choose a Lift Chair Recliner

How to choose the best lift chair recliner

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1. Reclining and Lifting Position

Power lift recliners come in different options depending on the degree of reclining that you want. The simplest power lift chairs are known as 2-position chairs. A two-position lift chair can move from the upright position and recline 45 degrees forward, a fine angle that makes it easy to get in and out of the chair.

The next option in reclining versatility is a three-position lift chair, which covers the same range as a two-position lift chair but allows a full recline to an almost all-flat position, ideal for sleeping. Both two- and three-position chairs typically have a footrest that operates in unison with the chair.

The last type is the infinite-position lift chair, which offers independent control of the footrest using a second motor and lays nearly flat like a bed. Infinite-position chairs offer the most comfortable positions if you plan to sleep in your recliner or sit for extended periods.

2. Material

Just like regular chairs, it is essential to consider the materials of a lift chair recliner, including upholstery and frame. Material can affect the comfortability and durability of your lift recliner. Most power recliner lift chairs are made with microfiber, polyester, and leather or synthetic leather.

While leather is durable and classy, it is less breathable and uncomfortable in hot weather. On the other hand, synthetic materials or cloth are more comfortable but may not be the best choice when incontinence is a problem as they tend to stain and rip easily.

Although the frame materials are not as obvious as the upholstery materials, they are also critical to the chair’s durability.

3. Size

Another important feature to consider when choosing a power lift recliner is its size. Lift recliners vary in size and won’t be comfortable if they don’t fit you properly. For instance, the height difference will affect not only the chair’s overall size but also its design features, like the lumbar support position. It is also important to know a recliner’s weight if you plan to move it around your home.

In addition to the surface area, power lift chairs are rated for multiple weight capacities – typically from 300 pounds up to 350 pounds, or heavy-duty lift recliners for people weighing more than 350 pounds.

Furthermore, struggling to get in and out of a chair can be dangerous. If a chair is too large, you could struggle to move your lower body out of it; if it’s too small, you could be placing too much stress on your arms. A comfortable fit will allow your feet to rest on the floor when sitting in an upright position with your back against the chair’s backrest.

Therefore, as you are looking for lift chair recliners, it’s essential to consider the chair’s dimensions to ensure they make sense for you and your size.

4. Advanced Features

The best lift chair recliners have several options to increase their comfort, accessibility, and convenience. Higher-end lift chairs feature luxuries from vibrating massage and heat functions to cup holders and USB charging ports, while most come with side or front pockets for the remote and other small items.

A built-in massage may seem like an unnecessary luxury, but it makes a huge difference, especially for seniors and those with limited mobility.

5. Warranty

Powered devices, especially furniture, have many moving parts. Ensure the recliner manufacturer or seller offers at least a one-year warranty to cover the replacement or repair of the chair if a problem occurs.

Frequently Asked Questions on Lift Chair Recliners

Lift chair recliner

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1. What is the best lift chair recliner?

The Mcombo Electric Power Lift Recliner is a sturdy, comfortable, and stylish recliner upholstered in high-quality faux leather. Its beautiful design and advanced features will fit most home decor choices and adapt to your needs, providing much-needed support and comfort.

2. Are lift chair recliners expensive?

Lift recliner chairs can be expensive, typically ranging from $300 to $ 1,500, depending on the supplier and any additional features. Most of my recommendations range between $300 and $800, and they are of good quality, with advanced features included in some.

3. What is the benefit of a lift recliner?

Lift chair recliners are not only comfortable pieces of furniture, but they also have several health benefits, including:

  • Reducing strain when standing and sitting
  • Promoting circulation
  • Aid recovery
  • Reducing care injuries
  • Posture support

4. What’s the difference between a lift chair and a recliner?

A standard recliner is an armchair that tilts backward and has a footrest that extends from the front simultaneously, allowing you to elevate your legs and feet. On the other hand, a lift chair is similar to a recliner but with a powered lifting mechanism that tilts the chair’s back and base forward to help you stand from a seated position.

5. What is a lift recliner?

A lift chair is a recliner-style seat with a powered lifting mechanism that helps you easily and safely get out of it from a seated position by pressing a button on the chair’s remote control. The lifting mechanism pushes the entire chair up from its base to assist you in getting on your feet or adjusting the chair’s position to what’s more comfortable for you.

6. How long do lift recliners last?

On average, power lift recliners are designed to last for 10 to 20 years, depending on maintenance and frequency of use.

Conclusion on Lift Chair Recliners

Best lift chair recliner

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Lift chair recliners can be a huge help for older people and people who have difficulty getting in and out of chairs. They can also be so comfortable once you are in them that you may never want to get out. Lift chairs have different levels of comfort and fit, reclining capabilities, and integrated accessories. Therefore, it is essential to understand the features you’re getting in a power lift chair recliner.

Our roundup highlights some of the best lift chair recliners on the market today, emphasizing finding a lift chair that offers unmatched comfort and fits every budget and feature set.

Ian Mutuli

About the author

Ian Mutuli

Founder and Managing Editor of Archute. He is also a graduate architect from The University of Nairobi, Kenya.
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