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Transforming Senior Living Spaces with Functional and Stylish Chairs

March 29, 2024

A senior care facility should be more than just a place to live... It should be a space where seniors experience comfort, independence, and familiarity.  A simple way to achieve all of this and then some more is by prioritizing functionality and style in the senior living spaces. Now, you may be wondering how you can incorporate functionality and style into a senior living community. Well, the one key element that can help you achieve this is furniture or chairs, to be more precise. 

For seniors, a chair is more than a place to sit - It serves as a sanctuary where they can relax, socialize, and connect with others. So, if you want to create an ideal senior living space with functionality and style, you just need the right type of chairs.

Despite the importance of the right type of chairs, many senior living centers end up with dull and utilitarian chairs. As a result, functionality and style are the first things that go down the drain! So, in this blog post, we will explore all the factors you must consider to select functional and stylish chairs:

Supportive Backrests

The first feature that promotes functionality in chairs is a supportive backrest. On the one hand, it helps the seniors to experience comfort. On the other hand, it allows the seniors to maintain proper posture and thus have a better spinal health.

The ideal angle between the seat and the backrest is 90 - 110 degrees. This allows for a slight recline and also reduces the pressure on the lower portion of the back. Additionally, such an angle also prevents slouching, which is a key reason for poor posture.

High-quality foam is also a key ingredient of a good and supportive backrest. Generally, high-density foams or memory foams are the best as they can adjust to the shape of the user's back.

By ensuring the right angle and use of high-quality foam in the backrest, the seniors can stay comfortable even if they remain seated for extended periods.

Here's a quick list of health benefits of supportive backrests in a chair:

· Better posture.

· Lower risk of musculoskeletal issues.

· Proper spinal alignment.

 In essence, make sure that the assisted living chairs you have selected come with a supportive backrest for maximum comfort!


Ideal Seat Height

An ideal seat height promotes comfort, safety, and functionality among the seniors. For senior living dining chairs, the ideal seat height is 17 - 19 inches (the distance from the floor to the seat surface.)

A chair with a seat height in this range makes it easy for seniors to ingress and egress from the chair. Additionally, it also reduces muscle and joint strain as the seniors sit down or stand up from a chair.

Here are some key benefits of ideal seat height in a chair:

· Promotes proper alignment of knees and hips.

· Allows the seniors to maintain a neutral posture.

· Makes it easy for seniors to engage in daily activities with freedom.


 

Weight Capacity

We can't talk about functionality without discussing the weight capacity of chairs. A good chair should be able to accommodate seniors of all weight limits without risking the structural integrity.

If you end up choosing a chair for seniors with low or average weight capacity, it could break down and cause injuries. So, in a sense, weight capacity is directly tied to the safety and functionality of the seniors.

But what defines a chair's good weight capacity? Generally, the higher weight capacity a chair has, the better it is! For example, Yumeya's assisted living chairs have a weight capacity of 500 lbs. This makes them ideal for promoting an inclusive environment at the senior living center.

At the same time, it is also a sign of high durability as chairs with good weight-bearing capacity can also last for a long period of time.

Anti-Slip Features

A chair with anti-slip features and one without them are leagues apart from each other in terms of safety and functionality! So when you look for an armchair for the elderly or a senior lounge chair, always inquire about anti-slip features.

The structure or the design of the chair is the first starting point in ensuring anti-slip properties. A good chair for seniors must have the ideal leg size and sufficient space between them to provide a stable base. Similarly, the use of rubberized grips/feet on the chairs also reduces the risks of accidental slips and falls.

By opting for anti-slip features in chairs, you can foster peace of mind among seniors while also lowering the chances of injuries.

 

Aesthetic Appeal

Do you want to enhance the ambiance of any place with relative ease? Then, just pick chairs with pleasing aesthetics!

The aesthetics of a chair include its shape, color, and exterior finish - Together, all of these can be used to enhance the visual appeal of any room or to complement the existing decor.

Another thing to remember when you are shopping for chairs is to consider your existing aesthetic theme. For a room with a modern design, you need sleek and modern chairs. Similarly, classic chairs should be used in rooms with a classic interior design.

 

Ideal Colors

Color is also an important part of the aesthetic appeal and should be carefully considered when selecting armchairs for the elderly. Since we are talking about senior living centers, the best choice is to use neutral tones such as gray or beige, which can easily blend into any existing decor.

To make the room more interesting and show your style, choose chairs with bright colors like yellow that look like mustard or a green-blue color.

When you choose colors, it's important to think about how they make people feel so that the space becomes more welcoming and balanced.


Conclusion

All it takes is a little bit of consideration to choose stylish and functional chairs for the senior living spaces. By prioritizing the supportive backrest, ideal seat height, weight capacity, aesthetic appeal, and other factors, you can find the ideal chairs for seniors in no time.

Now, wouldn't it be great if there was a chair manufacturer out there that fulfills all of these factors and then some more? Well, the answer is Yumeya Furniture!

At Yumeya Furniture, we understand that functionality and style are very important for seniors. From supportive backrests to ergonomic design to unmatched durability, Yumeya's chairs are ideal for seniors in every aspect.

Yumeya's chairs also come with a generous 10-year warranty on the foam and frame, so you don't have to worry about anything at all. And the best part? We offer wholesale senior chairs at the most affordable rates!




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