When I moved into my first apartment as an adult, I had no idea how to find good furniture that wasn't expensive. We had a local budget furniture store and a high-end luxury store, and while I didn't like the feel of the items from the budget store, I couldn't afford the prices of the luxury store! Although I was eager to prove my independence, I called my mom and asked for help. She told me that I was looking in the wrong place and led me to another store just outside my city that had quality furniture and great prices. She found great furniture for me that was high-quality and in my budget. She has since given me many tips about furniture to help me when I make new purchases in the future. I plan to share them here!
When you have a chronic illness, there may be many symptoms, such as decreased limitations or fatigue, that make everyday activities difficult. To help make your home more accommodating to your illness, there are furniture items you should consider adding to your residence.
You do not need to be elderly to find a use for a geriatric chair. One of the major benefits of geriatric chairs is they are essentially a recliner on wheels. If you have limited mobility and someone is available to assist you, your geriatric chair can function similar to a wheelchair inside your home. Geriatric chairs are also ideal if you are more comfortable sleeping sitting up or in a reclined position, but want your chair to be useful for more than sleeping.
Unlike a traditional recliner, you can simply roll your chair to a more desirable location, so you can read by a well-lit window, watch the sunset from the patio, or watch television in your bedroom or living room without sacrificing comfort. The reclining aspect also works well to reduce swelling or take pressure off your lower body and back when sitting for long periods. Many geriatric chairs also come with a tray that can be folded away when not in use. You may want to use the tray for meals or snacks, or simply work on your laptop or mobile device in a comfortable chair.
Adjustable Laptop Cart
All laptop carts are not created equal and when you have a chronic illness, you may need the most versatility. Choose laptop carts with an adjustable desk, which tilts in multiple directions. This can help you gain a better viewing angle when looking at your laptop screen and make typing easier. Another feature you should consider is a laptop cart with the desk support built on a single side. This allows the base of the laptop cart to fit under a bed or sofa, so you do not need to sit up in a chair to use your laptop cart.
Some people with chronic illnesses find working from the bed or a sofa may be the most comfortable on their body, because they can have better back or full-body support. Using a laptop cart prevents you from needing to balance your laptop on your lap or having to remain stuck in the same position to keep your laptop in place. Another benefit of most laptop carts is they can serve other functions. If you are an artist or crafter, it is much easier to continue your projects when you are not limited to sitting at a table.
If you are tall or find many furniture items are too low to sit down comfortably, a high-profile foundation is the right choice for your bed. Ideally, you should find a furniture retailer with high-profile foundations in stock, so you can test them before making a purchase. Adding height to your existing bed means you do not have to bend your knees as much to sit on the side of the bed, which is often problematic when you have pain and/or stiffness in your knees. Similarly, upon waking, it is much easier to get out of the bed when you do not need to rely significantly on lower body strength to stand up. With a high-profile foundation you may be able to purchase a softer mattress without the concern of it compressing too much when you sit down, adding to the difficulty of standing up.
Instead of finding ways to acclimate to your home, try to find ways to make your residence fit your needs. Simple modifications to the furniture items in your home can help make your residence more accommodating when you have a chronic illness.Share