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Chair & bed raisers

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If you become less mobile, you may have difficulty getting into or out of a bed or chair. Raising your chair or bed can make it much easier to stand up and sit down. It can also help to prevent falls.

Reaching to support yourself on furniture such as a coffee table can be dangerous, as you might miss the furniture and fall. It's also dangerous to use walking frames or sticks for support, as they can roll away or slip, especially on wood or tile floors.

It's better to use raisers rather than sitting on a cushion. A cushion reduces the height difference between your bottom and the arm rests, so it's more difficult to push up from the arm rests to stand up.

A chair or bed raiser is a device made out of wood or high-strength plastic that is used to raise the height of a chair, sofa or bed. This makes it easier to stand up or sit down on your own, without needing someone else to help.

Getting a chair or bed raiser means you do not have to buy new furniture. But you do need to have it custom-fitted, so make sure it's exactly what you need before you buy one. They do not always work for furniture with very wide legs or big bun feet. Ask the retailer or supplier to fit it correctly for you or ask your occupational therapist for advice.

There are two main types of chair or bed raisers: chair or bed blocks, and chair or bed troughs.

Installing a chair or bed raiser

Installing bed and chair raisers is difficult – do not try to do it alone as you could hurt yourself. Ask a strong family member to help or get your supplier or occupational therapist to do it for you. Also get someone to help you take the necessary measurements.

Identify what sort of support your bed or chair has

Does it have casters or legs? If your chair has a platform base or runners or is a recliner chair, you'll need a chair trough. If your bed has legs or casters, you can use blocks.

Work out how much you need to raise your chair or bed

If you need any more information about how to use your chair or bed raiser safely, contact the supplier or your occupational therapist.

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Written by the South Canterbury DHB. Adapted by HealthInfo clinical advisers. Last reviewed November 2022.


See also:

Getting into & out of a chair

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