Furniture In Motion
Would you believe that over half of the furniture being produced today is equipped with motion capabilities? Even though I see so many options, I still find that surprising. However, when you think about how many items do have the motion capacity currently, that statistic shouldn’t really come as much of a shock.
Swivel vs. Recliners
Most of the inquiries we get now, here at Design House, for comfortable lounge chairs, have the added request that they be swivel, swivel/glide, and sometimes recline as well. The swivel chair is extremely important and useful to allow you to turn to the TV, conversation, or view. In the past, I considered that the worst piece of furniture was the dreaded recliner, but today you don’t have to have that heavy, bulky, bustle back recliner. Now they can look like a regular chair, be upholstered in a beautiful fabric or nice leather, and be customized as you prefer. You can select the size, arm, leg, etc, and they are much more high style and slender in profile; plus, the motion is greatly improved. Sometimes the old, bulky ones were really hard to “kick back” in, especially for the more petite person or the elderly. Today, there are a variety of electronic controls and battery operated when there is no way to plug it in. Additionally, you can have them swivel and glide like the popular lounge chair request. One word of caution though, if the chair is for someone older, or someone a little unstable for some reason, the glide might be a challenge for them having the movement possible as they sit. Recliners can be good not only for relaxing purposes, but also as the perfect solution for someone recuperating just after surgery.
Motion in Bedrooms
Bedrooms are another place where motion furniture is really growing with the adjustable beds becoming so popular. Again, this can be a health benefit for someone with a gastric problem or recuperating with the need to be elevated. There are many ways of hiding a bed that pulls out of a cabinet, or a wall, or even lifts into a dropped ceiling. Now, there are also movable closets that will close up when not needed, but become a walk-in closet when opened.
Moving Work Stations
In the office, motion furniture has always been used for the desk chair, but now many people prefer the stand/sit desk that is so highly touted as better for your health, allowing you to continue working standing or sitting. The adjustable height can also be incorporated into work stations where even the stations themselves and files may be portable and movable. Work tables may not only adjust in height, but also tilt and be a white board for meeting presentations.
Look for many more options to come in furniture movement, with the addition of voice activation, as the industry works to make pieces adjust to different demands, locations, and smaller spaces!
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