Patient Information

Chair Raisers


What are chair raisers?

This leaflet is for patients who have been assessed as needing chair raisers to improve independence in the home. It is also for the families, carers and professionals supporting you.

Chair raisers can help you to get in and get out of a chair or armchair which is too low for you.

Photo chair raisers
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Maximum weight limit: 165 kg (or 364 lbs)

When should you not use chair raisers?

Do not use a chair raisers if:

  • you have not been assessed as needing them
  • you are unable to control your descent into the chair. Sitting down without control may cause the chair to tip backwards
  • there are missing chair legs
  • the flooring is uneven or weak
  • the chair is broken
  • to increase the stability of the chair

How to fit a chair raiser

Langham Chair Raisers

  1. Undo the wing nuts.
  2. Insert the number of blocks needed to raise the chair to the correct height and then into elephant feet (height will be recommended by the occupational therapist). You must put the same number in each.
  3. Put the raisers behind the chair and tip the chair forward to place the back legs of the chair into the feet. Do the same for the front feet.
  4. Make sure legs are in the corner of feet and tighten the wing nuts. Test to see if it is secure by trialling it. Make sure chair is against a wall to avoid it tipping backwards.

Morris Chair Raisers (for chairs with castors)

  1. Remove cushions, tip the chair forward to expose the castors.
  2. Remove the original castors by pulling them off or using a tool.
  3. If the metal part with the hole (ferrule) comes out, replace with the ferrules provided.
  4. Loosen thumb screws in the raiser and attach it to the bottom of the chair by pushing the legs into the ferrules (holes) until they lock in place.
  5. Adjust the raiser centre plate to make sure it is the middle and tighten it into place.
  6. To adjust the height, remove the white, nylon nuts on the side if the legs, adjust the height of the leg, then place the nylon nut back into place.
  7. The feet of the raiser can also be adjust by screwing them out or further in. Tilt the feet so that they will sit flat on the floor.
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Website address and QR code for a video which shows how to fit the Langham raisers
QR for Langham Chair raisers video

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Website address and QR code for a video which shows how to fit the Morris raisers
QR code for Morris Chair raisers video
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Website address and QR code for a video which shows how to fit multipurpose chair and bed raisers
QR chair raisers multipurpose video

How to collect your chair raisers or request a repair for a broken chair raiser.

Each borough’s provider and phone number is listed in the Contacts section below.


Kingston - Medequip 0208 154 2922
Merton - Uniquis 0208 664 8860
Richmond - NRS 0300 100 0253
Surrey - Millbrook 0208 750 1580
Wandsworth - NRS 0300 100 0253

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