Therapeutic Chair? Not in my living room!

Let’s start here.  This is not an issue for everyone.  Many, many people love the aesthetics of contemporary, somewhat Scandanavian designs (including yours truly).  When this is your home decor, many of these ergonomic, therapeutic chairs, sofas, and loveseats fit right in. 

Stressless by Ekornes

But not all of us embrace the contemporary aesthetic.  How can we get this chair to fit into a more traditional setting?  What if we were putting this chair into an Arts&Crafts living room?  Or a French Country sunroom?  Or a family room with a lodge theme?  It will be the best seat in the house, but, eventually, someone will look at it instead of sit in it.

Well, the first step is color.  Obviously, the black, gray, and white are going to be a little harsh for those other styles.  But this chair comes in over 50 leathers and over 50 fabrics as well.  Changing the chair to a chocolate brown leather will go a long way into fitting it into the Arts&Crafts living room or the lodge family room.  And maybe a pretty yellow or red would work for the French Country sunroom.  When purchasing a chair of this type, make sure you ask about all the options.

A floor lamp or small table, along with wall art and possibly plants will help integrate your chair into the space.  Don’t leave it hanging out in the middle of nowhere with no connection to the rest of the space.

The Perfect Chair by Human Touch

You’ll also want to consider placement.  Where is this going to go in your space?  A therapeutic chair can easily be tucked into a corner or put in a bedroom, but what if it’s going to be a major piece of your seating arrangement?  In the following floor plan, we have included ‘The Chair” in the seating arrangement, but made it secondary to the pair of chairs opposite it.  We also placed it near a focal point, so the more dominant fireplace is the first thing you see, with the chair receding into the background.

The chair is still part of the seating arrangement, but not the most noticable piece.  The use of the rug and other accessories allows opportunities to build in the colors and features of the chair, for example: a metal base on the chair could be problematic, but only if there is no other metal in the room.  A metal fireplace screen and/or lamps in a similar finish will spread that texture around the room, building a strong design element of the chair into the decor.

In this space, with more traditional furnishings, the chair is more of a challenge.  When it’s the only chair in the space, a therapeutic chair becomes much more obvious and noticeable. 

The most important element at play here is that the chair is the only chair.  If another, more traditional, chair were placed opposite or next to it in the space, the therapeutic chair would be completely out of place.  Because it is the only chair, paying attention to color, finish, and accessories will help you get the chair you want into the decor you have.

If all else fails, consider making a spare bedroom in your home a relaxation room. Paint the walls a deeper, more relaxing color, dim the lights, and chill. 

Massage Chair by Human Touch

At any of our Schneiderman’s locations, you can sit in and try out many different types of therapeutic chairs before you decide on the perfect chair for you.  The right chair can help relieve tension and stress in your body, help with pain from arthritis, sports injuries, and fibromyalgia, and allow your muscles and joints to relax after a long day’s work.  Don’t shy away from the benefits of this type of chair because you’re not sure it will work in your decor.  As you can see, the right chair will fit right in.

Introducing a new weekly feature: Friday Fundamentals

At Schneiderman’s, we know you’re busy.  We’re busy too.  That’s why we post to this blog, so we can share some information that will help you make informed decisions when you’re buying furniture–whether you choose to buy from us or from someone else.   In light of this, we want to help make the information a little easier to find. 

Today, we’re starting what we hope becomes a long-standing tradition on the Insider News blog – Friday Fundamentals.  Every Friday, we will be discussing design basics and dilemmas.  Feel free to chime in with questions and suggestions of dilemmas we should address.  But for now, sit back, relax, and pull up a therapeutic chair.  Because that’s what we’re talking about today: how to fit that massage chair or other fabulously-comfortable-but-not-to-your-taste chair into your decor.

The Perfect Chair

What makes the Perfect Chair?  Is it that fabulous leather or fabric you just can’t live without?  Is it about family memories, like Grandma’s rocker or Dad’s recliner?  At Schneiderman’s, the Perfect Chair is all about comfort and wellness.  Human Touch, the maker of the world’s most fabulous massage chair, was inspired by NASA to create the Zero Gravity Perfect Chair.  As our favorite budding weblebrity Chad explains in the following video, the Perfect Chair allows you to feel weightless, elevates your feet above your heart for increased circulation, and literally allows the weight of the world to fall off your shoulders.  And anywhere else that may be feeling that weight.


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