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What goes inside our rise and recline chairs?

Updated: Aug 24, 2023

Good quality is at the heart of our core values, so we only choose the highest quality materials to put at the heart of our chairs. We believe that using high-quality materials in our chairs will make them last for years and years, keeping you comfortable for as long as you need.

We’re so proud about what goes into our chairs that we wanted to share it with you. Continue reading to find out what's inside our chairs and why that makes them so comfortable and long-lasting.


We use kiln-dried hardwood on the inside of our chairs making it a structure you can rely on. Due to its inherent strength and natural grain, a kiln-dried hardwood such as Beech will always be superior to low-quality MDF or chipboard.

Beech is better able to withstand the stresses and strains placed upon the wood in everyday use in a rise and recline chair. Only the best rise and recline chairs are made with natural Beech. While cheaper alternatives use poor quality MDF or chipboard.


British Steel has a global reputation for being strong and reliable. This is due to the stringent manufacturing process ensuring there are very few impurities in the metal. Imported steel is often cheaper and may not be manufactured to the same standard and reliability of British-made steel.


Welding is used for fixing two or more pieces of metal together. When joining metal along a seam, two types of welding are used: spot welding and seam welding. Spot welding is cheaper and a weaker method that sees a joint welded only at intermittent spots. Seam welding, while more time-consuming and costlier, welds the whole join and should be significantly stronger and longer-lasting.


T-Nuts and wood tracks are used to fasten a wood workpiece. While they serve the same purpose, the T-Nut provides a much tighter fixing than a wood track. Because riser recliner chairs move from a raised position to a reclined position frequently, the woof fixing are subject to stress regularly.

Over time, wood tracks will come loose and fail. On the other hand, T-Nuts are a lifetime fixing that can be relied upon to withstand daily stresses. High-end chairs use T-Nuts to secure essential fixing in place.

Reflex foam and memory foam

The Reflex foam prevents the chair from sagging, as it springs back into shape after you leave the chair.

As well as luxurious reflex high-density foam padding out our comfy rise and recline chairs you can also add memory foam. This can benefit those who are seated for longer than one hour and those that require extra support.

The memory foam can relieve pressure points in the body. It can be added to the seat, arms and footrest. It sits under your chose fabric and adds support as well as comfort.

Microfibre cushions.

The padding in the back cushions is full of comforting microfiber to support your back while you sit. All our cushions can be opened and adjusted to your taste by taking out or putting in microfibre stuffing.

Serpentine springs

Adding serpentine springs creates extra support and comfort in the seat of the chair.

100s of luxurious fabrics

We have a huge variety of different materials that our chairs can come in. Our supplier is highly respected and you can tell the difference. The fabric has a ‘four-way stretch’ meaning it stretches in four directions giving you the extra comfort to relax in your chair.

Choose from 100s of colours, textures and patterns to suit your home interior.


Choose from three different motors that suite your preferred rise and recline action.

Recliner armchairs come with a motor action. To get the chair that is right for you, you’ll have to choose the motor that suits you best and it all depends on what you want to get out of the chair and the room you plan to put it in.

We only put the best motors on the market in our chairs that’s why we make our chairs with motors.

The Single Motor High Leg Lift is a standard motor that serves the needs of most people. This type of motor allows the user of the chair to raise the feet above the hips which are great for relieving several health problems.

The Wall Hugger Motor allows chairs to be placed as close to the wall as six inches this makes it great for those with limited space. However, this type of motor does not tilt in space and cannot raise the legs above the hips.

The Dual Motor is unique because it allows the user to control the back and the footrest independently. This is perfect for people who like to keep the backrest of the chair vertical while they raise and lower the footrest. This motor does not raise the feet above the hips.

Casters and gliders

All of our mobility chairs and settees are fitted with Castors and Gliders. The castors are fitted via a metal pin which the plastic castor is fixed to. You should choose castors if you have carpets, they are also lockable. However, if you have wooden or hard floors gliders are better as they move on the floor easier.

Heat and massage

Treat yourself by adding a heat and massage system in your rise and recline chair. The massage system is a great way of improving circulation around the body, it can help you relax, ease your back, and long term aches and pains.

· There is a five-point contact – upper back, lower back, hip area, upper leg, lower leg

· Each point can be activated independently

· There are five intensive speed settings

· Five different functions – Select, Wave, Pulse, Tap and Swell

· It has a separate control wand to the motor

· There is a built-in 15-minute auto turn off for safety

· It has an independent plug to the chair motor.

The heat is independent to the massage system and can be operated with or without the massage being turned on. It provides you with the option to heat the back and lumbar support area for added comfort.

· Get a high of 60 degrees C and a low of 40 degrees C

· The heat pad is located in the lumbar pillow of the chair

· It has a built-in 30 minutes auto turn off for safety.

So, now you know exactly what goes into our chairs and the level of quality that makes Joseph Henry chairs stand out as a great investment.

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