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Perching stool guide

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Before you buy, consider the points below:

  • Perching stools have a sloping seat to allow the user to ‘perch’ in an upright and functional position, to carry out daily activities if you have reduced strength, balance or stamina. The sloped seat also enables you to sit closer to the worktop/basin, than when seated on a chair or a stool with a flat seat
  • Perching stools are height adjustable and the height must be set to suit you, to ensure full support from the seat with bottom in the middle of the seat, pelvis tilted upright and feet firmly on the floor
  • All 4 stool legs must be adjusted the same amount
  • Perching stools have a splayed base for stability so they take up more space in the room than a standard kitchen stool. The splayed legs may be a trip hazard in a small room or if the person is unable to see the position of the legs when walking past
  • Some perching stools have armrests which may be padded. The armrests are useful to guide you to sit in midline and for support when standing from the stool
  • Some perching stools have armrests and a backrest which can be useful to help recognise the front and back of the stool and as a visual clue to help avoid tripping over the splayed legs of the stool when walking past. When seated at the correct height with pelvis tilted into a functional upright position, the backrest is not required for back support
  • A perching stool may not be suitable for you if you are unable to sit in a perched position and are unable to put weight through both feet while seated
  • Be aware of the safe working load of the perching stool.