Date of Award


Degree Name

Master of Science


Occupational Therapy

Access Setting

Masters Thesis-Open Access


This study investigated relationships between lounge chair design, functional positioning and comfort for the elderly. Thirty-five elderly residents from two local congregate living residences were assessed utilizing lounge chairs located at the residence. Measurements of the chairs were taken, coded and compared to specific norms established by Harris and Mayfield (1983b). Measurements consisted of armrest dimensions, seat depth and height, seat slope, and backrest dimensions. Each chair was scored based on the number of recommended standards for comfort met in the Harris and Mayfield research (1983b).

Frequency counts were taken and descriptive data collected and analyzed to determine relationships between chair design, functional positioning and comfort.

Results documented that the evaluated chairs did not meet many recommended standards. The concluded study provides information to therapists and institutions for chair purchase which maximizes functional comfort and positioning.