Give Yourself a Lift
Age-Related Discomforts Move Boomers to Consider an Updated Classic
October 17, 2016 – HIGH POINT, N.C. – They may be the most active and health-conscious generation ever, but, now that they’re age 52 to 70, Baby Boomers need to put their feet up every now and again.
Leave it to Baby Boomers to insist on doing it in style.Many of the 70 million Americans born between 1946 and 1964 are experiencing the usual assortment of age-related discomforts, from chronic arthritis to lower back pain to tendinitis. Factor in a little over-ambitious gardening, a competitive exercise app, or some enthusiastic grandchild-chasing, and the bottom line is that there are a lot of joints out there that need an easily accessible berth.
Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, about 600,000 people have knee replacement surgery in the United States every year, with half of them under age 65, while 300,000 a year have hip replacement surgery.
But Boomers remain fashion-conscious, and the last thing they want is a brown, mastodon-inspired recliner reminiscent of their parents’ family room. Fortunately, home furnishings manufacturers understand exactly where they’re coming from.
Today’s recliners have become sleek and smooth-functioning, combining designer-quality looks with engineer-quality operations. That’s important for consumers who are downsizing from a house with a great room to a cool condo on a golf course or a cottage on the beach.
Even if they’re aging in place, Boomers want a fashionable recliner that looks like first-class seating and delivers full function. For the hundreds of thousands who’ve had a knee or hip replaced, that includes a smooth lift function.
The latest recliners – even lift recliners – are sculptural highlights, not space hogs. That’s important when the room is not vast, but both halves of a couple crave comfort at day’s end.
And those happen to be features that appeal to younger households, as well. Just as “athleisure” wear is today’s hottest apparel trend, “athleisure” furniture is surely on the horizon. Right now, for the fitness-conscious, uber-multi-tasking Gen X and Millennial consumers who routinely overdo it, a little comfort with big style is pretty attractive, too.
Consumers will be looking for updated colorways, easy-care fabrics, and styles that not only fit the dimensions of the room, but the design, as well. Thanks to today’s on-trend furniture manufacturers, the recliner generation will always be able to rock – or rest, as the case may be.
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