Seating

The right seating is really important for your comfort and posture whether you're at home, at work, studying or out and about. It’s relevant to someone who’s still walking and to someone who’s a full-time wheelchair user.

If you’re a full-time wheelchair user, your wheelchair seat is very important. The key elements are: a firm base cushion which will encourage a level pelvis; firm back support which will encourage an erect posture; arm rests at the correct height; foot rests at the correct level so there’s a 90 degree angle at the hips, knees and feet. If the seating in your chair is no longer comfortable or supportive, contact your physio or OT about a re-assessment. If you don’t have a physio or OT, ask your neuromuscular consultant or GP for a referral. You may also be referred to Wheelchair Services for a review. You can find related information in the section: Powered Mobility.

If you’re not a full-time wheelchair user, it’s still important that you get expert advice about any seating needs you have at home and work, including making sure that any wheelchair you use part-time is suitable for you (see the Mobility section).

If you aren’t being seen regularly by an OT or physio or neuromuscular consultant, ask your GP for a referral to one to assess your needs at home. If your seating at work is causing you discomfort or affecting your posture adversely, talk to the manager responsible for your health and safety at work. If you haven’t already had an assessment you may be eligible to ask for one. See the section on Access to Work.

Page last updated: July 2019