Everyone in Healthcare knows that patients and consumers appreciate a comfortable recliner. There is something comforting about the ability to recline that makes patients feel relaxed. Aside from the obvious comfort of “putting your feet up,” recliners add an element of freedom for those with low to moderate mobility limitations because a well-functioning recliner eases people from a supine position to upright. Arms aid in moving from sit to stand.
But, Healthcare Facilities Are Heavy-Use Environments.A typical retail-quality recliner might seem like a reasonable solution for patient and client demands for recliners, but what’s “under the hood” makes all the difference.
A heavy-duty recliner, available only from a Contract Healthcare furniture provider, has features and benefits that make it far superior to a retail recliner.
Even the most famous name recliner manufacturers have different production methods for recliners intended to be sold for a retail/residential environment versus those sold for commercial/contract use.
So What is the Difference?
A heavy-duty recliner has four major enhancements that set it apart from retail counterparts:
- First, the recliner mechanism itself, which is most susceptible to damage, is made of heavy-gauge steel. Recliner mechanisms are extremely prone to bending or warping due to repeated abuse. Contract recliner mechanisms are required to pass rigorous tests , including thousands of trial openings and closings, to validate the mechanism’s ability to stand up to heavy use.
- Secondly, the wood frame underneath the upholstery and foam is constructed of thick, strong wood species. The most reliable frames are covered in catalyzed lacquer to ensure that moisture and fluids do not cause frame warping and damage.
- Contract recliners also offer higher density foam filling in the seat cushion which not only increases the longevity of the recliner but also aids patients and consumers with limited mobility to get from sit to stand. The higher density foam offers more stability since the patient does not sink as far into the cushion itself.
- Upholstery choices like fluid-proof and fluid-resistant fabrics make buying a Contract grade recliner a far better value than a less expensive retail recliner that will not offer the durability of a Contract grade heavy-duty recliner.