Recliner Mechanisms

Cosychairs have a range of standard rise/recline chairs and High Back High Seated Chairs along with a more specialised range of bespoke Heavy-duty/Bariatric range to enable clients to counteract  their disability problem.

The  chairs are widely used throughout the healthcare sector offering assistance and benefits in sitting, reclining and rising to possibly improving circulation and reducing fluid retention.

It is essential that a good seating posture is obtained as it allows the user to perform a multitude of daily tasks, without having to consider comfort, balance or stability , by purchasing a chair from Cosychairs will achieve this for the customer in respect of quality, reliability and safety.

Consideration has to be given to the following – Seat Height, Seat Depth, Back Height, Arm Support and Seat Firmness effect how much we need to alter position and response to how comfortable we are. It is important to match the features of the chair with the physical needs of the user.

Seated – It is important that a user is matched to a chair meeting the physical needs of that particular person to provide the correct posture and an even distribution of weight that helps to reduce pressure build-up in isolated areas.


Recline – A resting position can be achieved whilst maintaining a good posture and effect the distribution of weight over a larger area. This will allow the user to take a relaxing nap.


Rise – The rise facility on the chair will allow the user to be gently lifted into a near standing position without strain being placed on limbs or joints. The user will be able to move away from the chair having obtained a more stable stance without effort.


Wooden framed chairs are manufactured in kiln dried Canadian maple hardwood throughout (excluding footboard & wings) to ensure that our clients have a reliable and safe frame surrounding quality mechanisms.

Mechanisms (a brief guide to the different types available)

Mechanism/Action – this is the sub-frame/chassis that is attached within the underside of the chair where all the movement comes from, the type of sub-frame will determine what happens when the actuator (motor-mainly made in Germany), pushes and/or pulls to enable the chair to perform its required tasks.

Single Motor

2-Way – The seat and back of this particular mechanism has a fixed angle that doesn’t change during the recline movement as the seat tilts with the back as the footrest is extending allowing the user to have full and total support (Tilt-in-Space) avoiding shearing of the back/hips. This mechanism is most suitable for users who have bad backs or similar ailments and enables the occupants to be tilted forwards or backwards in the chair whilst maintaining the position of the knees and hips achieving a resting position.

By tilting the body into recline you allow for a distribution of weight over a larger contact area providing a simple and effective way to reduce pressure build-up. A normal seating position can cause poor circulation, raising the lower legs aids circulation.

3-Way –This particular mechanism has three movements as denoted by its title, the footrest elevates, the back will recline (breaking the seat/back angle) and the seat will tilt, this movement is staggered during its recline movement and can be controlled by the user to obtain a comfortable position to watch TV, read or take a nap.


The Wall-hugger mechanism is very similar to the 3-Way, the footrest elevates, the back will recline and there the similarities end, as the next movement makes it the ideal system for the user who has limited space as the last movement of this mechanism is that the seat/arms of this chair will drop and roll forward as the chair starts to recline (conversely rolling backwards when returning to the sitting position) enabling it to require a back clearance of 6-8” away from the wall. This particular mechanism will allow the user to recline into a position that has the feet up and a slight recline in order that they can watch the TV or read a book/paper reducing the pressure on their lower legs assisting circulation. The full recline of this mechanism is not so pronounce as others although it will allow the occupant to have a restful nap.


The Dual mechanism has two motors that will independently drive the back and foot rest but will still bring the chair to a near standing position. The user has total control of the exact movement to the angle of recline on the backrest and the footrest i.e. the footrest can be elevated and the back remain in an upright position.
The control is totally independent of each other enabling the user to achieve their own individual position of comfort for relaxing.
1. Within this system is the ability to allow the mechanism to raise the foot rest and recline the back to a 55° position so the user can take a nap during the day without having to go to bed.
2. There is also a mechanism that will allow the chair to recline to a horizontal position and could be used as as a day bed .

Dual +VL (Vertical Lift) – This particular mechanism allows the user to have total independent movement of the foot & back as per a standard Dual Motor the difference with this particular chair is that it will only lift vertically which is the ideal solution for users who suffer with Muscular Dystrophy. There are two variations of the vertical lift High or Low depending on the user’s personal requirements.
Dual + TIS (Tilt-in-space) – A dual motor mechanism offering the same benefits as the standard dual motor with the inclusion of an extra motor to enable the mechanism to offer a tilt-in-space position that will enable the user to raise their legs higher to simulate the high leg lift as per the 2-way.
Three Motor (Heavy-Duty & Bariatric)

Dual Heavy – This particular mechanism allows the user to independently control the movement of the back and foot as per a standard ‘Dual’ motor chair however, this chair is produced as a standard 25-45 stone rise/recline with a 25-stone foot lift (Oedemas) and can accommodate widths of 22” – 30” with a minimum seat height of 15.5”.

Dual Bariatric – This particular mechanism is produced to withstand weights of up to 40-stone and continues to allow the user to independently control the movement of the back and foot as per a standard ‘Dual’ motor chair however, this chair is produced as a standard 40-stone rise/recline with a 25-stone foot lift (Oedemas) and can accommodate widths of 24” – 30” with a minimum seat height of 15.5”.

Four Motor (Bariatric)

Bariatric – This mechanism has been designed and built to cope with weights up to 25-45 stone , the rise/recline movement is controlled by individual motors with the seat lift having 2-motors that are synchronised to ensure user comfort and safety. The chair has a built in Battery Back-up system as standard. Anti-entrapment available for additional cost.

Bespoke (lncluding bariatric) – We have the ability to produce a mechanism to meet a specific need at additional cost to standard chairs.

Should you have a requirement for such a chair then please feel free to contact us  in order that we can discuss your requirements.


Other Mechanisms

Manual recline mechanisms

Recline only: 2-way – SW.20” only
3-way – SW.18” – 28”
Dual – SW.18” – 28”
Lift only:
SW.18” – 20” SH.17” 25-stn
SW.18” – 20” SH.17” 20-stn
SW.18” SH.15” 20-stn

Variable Lift 2-Way* – with this particular mechanism the client (can be factory set) is able to alter the lift facility from its standard lift/tilt (position 1) 30 degree angle on tilt
Partial flat lift and then tilt (position 2) 2-3” flat lift & 20 degree angle on tilt
Flat (vertical) lift only (position 3) 10” flat lift & 10 degree angle on tilt

Dimensions & Weight Capacity

Seat Widths: 16” – 40” (odd sizes can be produced i.e. 17” – 35”)

Seat Heights: 15” – 22” (low seats require Low Profile mechanisms – consult with our representative for availability and lead time)
16” – 22” (3-motor) on bariatric
18” – 23” (4-motor) on bariatric

10-motor: This system offers a complete and comprehensive full body (back, seat & foot) cover easing the stresses of the day.
6-motor: This particular system can be set to meet the individual needs for specific areas.

• Both the 10 & 6 motor systems offer the option of including a lumber heat pad that is incorporated within the system and hand control.

• Both systems offer – Variable speed control
Variable intensity control
Selective massage programmes
Selective massage zones