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Top Tips For Bespoke Senior Living Furniture

Bespoke Dining Chairs | Inspīr 1802 Restaurant | Handel Architects

Over the past few years, we have seen an increase in orders for luxury senior living, and are now fast becoming specialists in making bespoke furniture for later life.

When designing furniture for senior living establishments, it is important to make pieces that allow for autonomy and confidence. Our expertise in design and function allow us to strike the perfect balance between these key factors with a sense of homeliness and comfort.

Top Tips When Designing Bespoke Furniture For Senior Living

We have created 5 key top tips to consider when designing your bespoke pieces.

  1. Comfort is key; residents will want to be able to sit in a chair and not have to constantly shift to get comfortable. The seat depth must be designed to offer a natural feeling of support so the user can sit without slouching.
  2. The correct seat width must allow for circulation in the legs, and offer extra support to seat and lumbar areas.
  3. Arm rests are essential for a feeling of autonomy and confidence, and allow residents to sit and stand more easily.  It is worth considering making the arms slightly lower at the back than at the front for full support, and creating a slimmer design to make them easier to grip.
  4. A great misconception is that seat cushions have to be squishy to be comfortable. In fact, many people prefer a firmer seat, and especially in this environment, it is key for independence.
  5. Brightly coloured fabrics are recommended as they create a relaxed and positive atmosphere, and in some cases, can also serve as memory aids.

Design Case Studies

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Inspir, Carnegie Hill
Bespoke Dining Chair

This dining chair has been designed to curve to the shape of the user's back, providing optimum support all around. It is also an excellent example of refining the arm rest to slope towards back and supplying the angles to help when pushing up.

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Auriens, Chelsea
Bespoke Arm Chair

This chair was designed for afternoon tea at Auriens, Chelsea. During the prototype review, castors were added to the front legs to allow the chair to move more easily, and the arm shape was adjusted so that it was in a better position for the user to push off the chair when standing up.

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Auriens, Chelsea
Bespoke Wing Chair

With a swooping wing back, this bespoke chair was created for Auriens, Chelsea with a tailored seat height, narrow arm rests, and structural back for optimum support.

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