Why Seating Matters. Part Three. An overview on Lounge Seating

What is wrong with this picture? The seat is too low, the armrests are too high and there is no room to move the feet backwards in order to be able to lean forward and get up from the chair…. It is important to be aware the impact furniture design, specification and placement can have on a person’s ability to function as independently as possible within their living environments. Here are a few considerations to assist:

  • Ensure there is an appropriate selection of chairs to accommodate people’s different heights and body shapes.  We are not all the same!
  • Remember ‘lounge’ means to sit in a relaxed way so chairs need to be inviting and comfortable to offer a pleasant and extended seating experience. 
  • Pay particular attention to the seat width, depth, height from floor, the height of the backrest, armrest height, the seat rake (describes the angle of the seat) and ability to move feet backwards under the seat of the chair to ensure people can get in/out of the chair and be well supported whilst sitting.
  • Select fabrics which are comfortable, easy to maintain and provide appropriate contrast to the floor and walls so it becomes clear to the person where to sit.
  • Provide clear cues of intended functions through placement of the furniture. For example, having lounge chairs positioned appropriately near the television ensures it can be seen and heard; having two chairs close together and angled towards one another in alcoves promotes quiet conversation and single comfortable armchairs placed at windows can promote relaxation with views to outdoors. 


There are many wonderful lounge chair options available which promote independent seating, look amazing and are easy to look after.  Don’t hesitate to access people with expertise in seating to help you!

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KnowledgeAmy Bosnar