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Arthritis and how to choose the right furniture

October 3, 2018

 

Do you have arthritis? If you do, then you probably have stiff, painful joints and significant mobility and functioning issues. So if so, always try and make your life easier by choosing the right furniture - for you.
 
As the outside world is not always equipped with your everyday needs in mind. However, you can be absolutely 100% sure that the furniture in your home is there for your needs and comfort.

The 2 rooms that you are likely to spend most of your time in are the sitting room and the bedroom.

Getting in and out of your bed and out of your chairs can be problematic, especially if you have joint problems. Therefore, your choice of furniture is extremely important, if you need to use and accommodate walking/mobility aids due to mobility issues.

Not quite sure where to start? Here are some tips from Arthritis Research UK:

- Choose firm chairs that are not low, so that it’s easier for you to sit down and to get up out of them. Your spine needs support, so a chair with a sturdy backrest is essential. Plush, soft sofas are tempting, but could be problematic to use if you have joint problems. When sitting upright, your feet should rest on the floor. If you don’t have a choice when it comes to the furniture, consider adding a sturdy cushion to a chair or sofa. This will add both height and stability to your posture.

- When choosing a work chair, get one that’s adjustable so you can position the chair for different work surfaces. When sitting at a desk or table, your shoulders should be relaxed, and your wrists straight.

- When choosing furniture of any kind, avoid shiny surfaces that need to be polished,