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We have designed our teak bathroom chairs to incorporate leading ergonomic research to make your life easier, more comfortable, and safer.  Going from standing to sitting position, and back, is one of the most common activities performed each day.   It is also one of the most physically demainding activities placing significant strain on the hips, knees, muscles, and joints.   Most of us take this for granted.   

"After searching high and low on the Internet for a shower bench taller than the usual 18". I thought I'd have to have it custom made. But then I found this one and ordered it, so excited.   It is not only high enough for my husband's 6' frame, it is comfortable, and after considering other unattractive options, I was thrilled that is is also a beautiful piece of furniture.   To top it off, it was a fast and easy buying experience. The company was a pleasure to do business with. Great customer service."

The ergonomic benefits of elevated height shower benches and chairs:

teak shower chair comfort mobilityMoving from standing to sitting, and sitting to standing, is one of the most common tasks we perform everyday, and usually taken for granted. However, as we get older, it is also a surprisingly physically challenging task, especially for mobility impaired, elderly, or arthritis sufferers. Significant clinical research has shown that traditional chairs, with a typical height of 17”-18”, place significant stress and strain on both the hips and knees. Extensive research has shown that two simple chair interventions can greatly reduce the stress placed on the body when moving from sitting to standing positions:

 

  1. Providing arm rests to allow the arms to lift, or support the body when transitioning from sitting to standing positions.
  2. Raising the height of seats to 23”. This height was found to be optimal to reduce the strain, and increase the efficiency to rise or sit down in a chair several fold.

ergonomics teak chairWith the new DecoTeak® product line our design team incorporated leading ergonomic research into elegant contemporary designs. Research has shown that the use of arms when going from a seating to a standing position can decrease the strain on muscles, and joints and provide up to 300% increased mobility. Almost all of the DecoTeak® benches and stools are designed with built in arms to allow customers to conveniently grip the arms as they lift themselves out of the seats. This also provides added safety in a shower environment.   This will provide greater comfort, mobility, and safety not only for ederly, but for all of us.   The added ease and benefits of the LiftAide™ designs provide universal benefits, whether you are 82, or 23 years old.   

Several of our benches and stools are being offered in the Lift Aide™ Extended Height versions. Clinical research has shown the optimal height of chairs and stools to be 23”. These extended heights will provide great benefits to the elderly and mobility and impaired, as well as the general population.

Clinical & Academic Studies & Reports:

Are You Sitting Comfortably? Arthritis Research Campaign

Sit to stand from progressively lower seat heights – alterations in angular velocity.  Schenkman M, Riley PO ,Pieper C. Duke University . Medical Center

Chair design affects how older adults rise from a chair. Alexander MB, Koester DJ, Grunawalt JA. 1996

Analysis of the effect of lower limb weakness on performance of a sit-to-stand task. Klein M, Talaty M, Esquenazi A, Whyte J, Keenan MA 2001

Determinants of the sit-to-stand movement.  Research report: Physical Therapy, Vol. 82, September 2002

When older adults face the chai rise challenge. A study of chair height availability and height-modified chair-rise performance in the elderly. Journal American Geriatric Soc. 1993,Jan

The influence of chair height on lower limb mechanics during rising. Journal of Orthopedic Research, 1989

The effects of armrests and high seat heights on lower-limb joint load and muscular activity during sitting and rising. Ergonomics, 1992 Nov; 35