What Is a Power Sofa?

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A power sofa is one that allows the homeowner to go from sitting in an upright position to relaxing in a reclined position at the touch of a button. Other products offer lifting capability for consumers who, due to age or illness-related infirmity, find it difficult to stand without assistance from a sitting position on a sofa. All are designed for comfort, universal accessibility and ease of use.

Motion Options

  • Power sofas are available in models that are motorized zero wall, motorized lift and recline zero wall and two motor lift and recline. These options allow the user the motorized power to recline or lift in tight spaces, where distance from the wall is limited, or in larger rooms, where the sofa may be placed well away from the room's perimeter. The power mechanism may be factory installed or retrofitted onto existing reclining sofas.

Motion Components

  • The components that provide a sofa with motion may include one motor or two, depending on how the sofa is meant to work. Often, a sofa that reclines as well as lifts has a separate motors to perform each task. Furnitiure manufacturers may install the motion components on site or contract out to outside companies or subsidiaries owned and operated by the furniture company concerned.

Retrofit Possibilities

  • An existing sofa with a manual decline mechanism may, in some cases, be returned to the place of manufacture to be converted into a power sofa. In-stock manual sofas of your choice may also be retrofited in this manner. Check with your furniture maker to determine whether a retrofit is possible and whether it makes economic sense to purchase a new power sofa or convert an old one to meet your power seating requirements.

Additional Options

  • Many of today's power sofa manufacturers add the heat and massage to their lift and recline sofa options. As consumers have looked for additional ways to relax after a stressful day's work, or to enjoy a weekend of recreation like televised sports or home theater movies, power couches and chairs have become ever more popular. The power lift and heat and massage options have extended the marketing of these products to reach an ever- widening democraphic consumer base.

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