Disabilities that we address on this site, including the inability to sit, the inability to bend, and the need to keyboard in bed
Automobile safety for the horizontal passenger
Computer setups for the horizontal:
Leg & Back Rests
Building Arm Slings
Tch Typist Armrest H&P Typist Armrest
Building Stilt Keybd
Building Kbd Holder
Build Laptop Holder
Build Laptop Cover
Build Paper Holder
Make Back Support
Computing on Back
Building Foam Desk
Build a Book Holder
Recliner with Desk
Computer setups for the back-lying
Computer setups for the reclining
Sleeping and reading
accessories for the
Reading and writing
stand for the standing
Music keyboard raiser
Tray holder and standing assistance acces- sory
Raised work trays for kitchen or workroom
Raised workbench for garage
Raised massage table
Raised sinks, faucets, and towel racks
Mattresses for TV watching and eating
Using a reacher device for dressing, picking things up, and grabbing things that are too high or low to reach without bending or straining
Toilet seat riser
Living Room Floor-Level Back-Lying Remote Holder
Living Room Back-Lying Remote Holder
Two High-Leverage Shower Knobs
Raised Shower Head
Remodeled Counter and Sink Faucet and Faucet Knobs in Bathroom and Kitchen
Left-Click Microswitch and Switch-Adapted Mouse
Xkeys for Easier Drag and Copy and Paste Functions
Bathtub Saddle Remodel for Safety
Do-It-Yourself Accessibility Wrench for Pool Filters and Valves
Accessibility Pool Steps with Reduced Riser Height
Hot Tub with Safety Rail and Safety Pole
If you use a recliner that's all the way back until it's nearly flat, you'll need to use the methods outlined above for people who can't incline while on their backs. If you use a recliner that's partially reclined or not reclined at all, you can put a laptop on your lap, but keep in mind that a computer needs to cool off, so resting it on bedclothes that block the fan exhaust slots is a bad habit if you want it to last. Put it on a small square of Masonite or thin paneling.
The problem with putting a computer on your lap is that it's somewhat bouncy and unstable, it's farther from your eyes than most close glasses are set for, the Masonite board or other flat surface is a hassle, there's no place to put your work or trackball or a book, and you're straining your neck forward enough to make it uncomfortable. But these problems will melt away like ice on a hot griddle if you make a Styrofoam desk.
A Styrofoam desk is as wide as a plush recliner chair with padded armrests and it rests on this half-reclined chair's armrests when in use (usually with the leg rest up). It holds a laptop, your work (papers), a trackball, and even a book holder if you wish.
Some people get a nasty pain in the back during the process of recliner chair exit. They use the side handle and push themselves forward with their arms, but it's not enough.
There are spendy chairs that lift one out, but they're not for most of us. Someone can yank you out, but this is hardly a long-term solution.
There's a really cheap and effective solution for this problem that relies on a one-inch-thick, smooth, soft nylon rope attached to wall studs or ceiling joists via large, very-well-anchored eye screws. A two- to three-foot smaller rope is attached to the larger rope above the chair. The larger rope extends from one side of the room to the other, directly above the chair and running from behind the person to in front of him, sagging considerably in the middle. It's essential that the eye screws are firmy attached and the rope is firmly tied to these screws. It's also good to keep the lowest part of the larger rope two inches or more above the head of the tallest person living in the house, and to keep the lowest part of the smaller rope out of the line of sight of the sitting person—it could get annoying.
To exit the chair, the person lowers the footrest and grabs the end of the smaller rope and uses it to pull downward on the larger rope, and once the larger rope is grabbed, the person pulls himself up, hand over hand, as if he was climbing it. The arms, not the back, do the work of chair exiting.
The main drawback to this solution is aesthetic. But since the guy in the picture above is wearing white socks, we doubt that he'll find the ropes' aesthetics much of a problem!