Recliner Wheelchair

Reclining Wheelchairs are wheelchairs that feature reclining backrests and elevated legrests to provide comfort to the wheelchair user. These wheelchairs are compact and manoeuvrable and are ideal for accommodating severe hip extension contractures or orthostatic hypotension. You can opt for recliner wheelchairs with centre-of-gravity shifting mechanism to position patients for pressure relief. Recliner wheelchairs recline at incremental angles and also provide pressure redistribution important for people prone to skin breakdown issues. The elevating leg rests reposition the users legs for a more comfortable experience. ELR’s are standard on some models while optional on others.


Reclining wheelchair is the perfect companion for those who stay in their chair all day long and also like to take naps in it. Some wheelchairs recline to a fully flat 180 degree angle. For users with circulation issues or bowel and bladder dysfunction a reclining wheelchair is recommended to boost the quality of life. Recliner wheelchairs weigh a little more than the standard wheelchairs and offer lesser portability as typically they are not foldable. 


Browse our catalog to find the recliner wheelchair that best suits your needs. We have reclining manual wheelchairs from well-known manufacturers including Drive Medical, Karman Healthcare, Invacare Corporation, Medline Industries and many more.

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Benefits of Reclining Manual Wheelchairs

  • Recliner Chairs provide comfort and reduce the risk of skin breakdown especially for people who remain seated for long periods of time.

  • Recommended for elderly people who are using a wheelchair as their primary means of mobility.

  • Ideal for those who are not able to comfortably sit in a standard wheelchair due to a stroke. They require additional support to be both comfortable and safe.

  • They come with a high back and a head rest to support the head of the user while in the reclined position.

  • The reclining feature is usually managed by a hand brake system on the handles at the back of the chair.

Who requires reclining wheelchairs?

  • Elderly people or those with skin breakdown issues can benefit from recline wheelchairs.
  • For people who might feel drowsy during the day and need to relax but are reluctant to frequent transfers. The recline feature allows them to have short naps without transfer to the bed.
  • Reclining wheelchairs are designed to accommodate more specialized seating and positioning accessories like special cushions, backrests and head rests.

A good reclining wheelchair must have the following features:

  1. Solid seat pan – It provides an ideal support for cushions.
  2. Adjustable armrests – They make the chair more comfortable to sit in and more convenient for transfers. They can be adjusted according to the height of the seat cushion whenever required. 
  3. Flip away arm rests - Makes transfers in/out of wheelchair more convenient.
  4. Good cushion – An appropriate cushion helps in pressure relief thereby reducing the chances of skin breakdown.
  5. Anti-tippers – They help in preventing wheelchair from tipping backwards.
  6. Calf support – Often people with decreased lower body control cannot position their legs in a correct manner on the leg rests. Calf supports help them keep their legs in the proper place.