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Regardless of whether you opt for a leather recliner, fabric recliner, or sofa bed, correctly operating motion seating is vital to ensure ultimate comfort, and avoid any unfortunate accidents.

To enjoy your furniture safely, you need to be aware of the potential hazards and risks that come with any moving parts of the furniture. Continue reading, below, for advice and tips for staying safe with our motion seating furniture.

How to safely operate your recliner sofa

Recliner sofas are one of the most popular types of motion seating, letting you truly put your feet up and unwind after a long day.

In this motion furniture guide, we will be detailing how you can enjoy that relaxation without running into any hazards at home. For example, like most motion seating, some parts of recliner sofas are clearly visible, but others are more obscured, still posing a danger to those using the furniture.

Above all else, we strongly advise that with any motion seating, you should always read and retain any product awareness and operational instructions. As well as these essential instructions, you should keep the following in mind to safely operate your recliner sofa:

Motion Furniture Guide Unsupervised Children

Unsupervised children

Do not allow children under the age of 4 to use motion seating. Children aged 4 and above should always be accompanied by a responsible adult. Similarly, children should not play with motion furniture, or be around motion furniture whilst operational. Recliner sofas are not a toy.

Motion Furniture Guide Pets

Pets around recliner sofas

Like children, pets should be kept away from motion seating whilst operational or following a lengthy period of reclining, to avoid them being trapped in any of the moving parts.

Motion Furniture Guide Fingers

Placing fingers or body parts into accessible parts

Whether they’re in use or not in use, be careful when interacting with the moving accessible parts of a recliner sofa, such as the footrest or sides and underneath mechanisms.

How to safely operate your electric or battery-powered recliner

When choosing your recliner sofa or chair, you typically have two power-assisted options: electrical or battery-powered.

How to safely operate electric recliner sofas

As electric recliner sofas need to be plugged into the mains to function, there are specific risks associated with this type of motion seating. For example, trailing wires can cause a tripping hazard.

Remember that all safety information will be found within the operating instructions and safety warnings provided with the product. However, you should also be aware of the following potential hazards when operating your electric recliner sofa or chair:

Do not use multiple extension leads or overload plug sockets. If cables or device wires are trapped, impacted by motion seating, or chewed by pets, this may cause short circuiting, fires, or electric shock.

If you move your recliner sofa, ensure that wires are tidy and not tangled. Any impact or wire entrapment may cause an electrical issue, or worst case, result in a fire or electric shock.

In the case of electrical damage resulting from melting or a small fire, please ensure this is managed and extinguished correctly. Turn the electricity off at the mains if safe to do so and ensure that safety comes first when distinguishing any fire. Never use water on electrical fires.

Smart technology comes in a wide variation, therefore, some devices that are charged by USB ports may or may not withstand a general 5 volt and 2.0-2.5 amp current output. In addition, not all phones are compatible with Wireless charging. Please read all electrical devices for safety information on the recommended output and compatibility.

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Portebello power recliner

Luxury lovers will adore the Portebello’s blend of contemporary design and exceptional comfort - just sit back and relax. The modern new tactile ‘BOSA’ fabric has a unique ‘3D’ appearance with an interesting two tone look. It is an exciting design that is durable, resilient and soft to the touch!

More ways to recline

From classic manual recliners to luxury powered options, adjustable headrests and even functions that remember your favourite positions - there’s more to our motion furniture than might meet the eye. Check out our recliner buying guide to find out which features might be your thing.

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San Antonio heated power corner

Made from our luxurious Super Club leather, the San Antonio is sleek and contemporary with a timeless appeal that will never go out of style.

How to safely operate your battery recliner sofa

While perfectly safe when used correctly, battery pack recliner sofas have their own unique hazards to keep in mind. Misuse of battery packs can lead to overheating. Therefore, battery safety and charging responsibility should strictly be with a responsible adult.

Remember to consider the following potential hazards when operating your battery-pack recliner sofa or chair:

Always unplug batteries when fully charged. This helps prevent overcharging, which may result in overheating, shortening battery life, or even an outburst or fire. Please refer to user instructions for charging instructions to practice proper battery safety.

Avoid sudden charging to inactive batteries, as it could stress and shorten the battery life. It is important to ensure the battery is regularly charged and not run down flat.

This includes other heat sources, such as a fireplace, heaters, or even inflammable and explosive conditions. Doing so may result in causing the battery to leak and overheat, which can cause electrical damage and fires.

Doing so may result in batteries being charged with an abnormal current or voltage. This can cause general overheating, explosions, and fire risks with your battery-powered recliner sofa.

This may result in electrical damage or fire, and the contents may cause chemical burns or other reactions. If you tamper with electrical components or batteries, you will likely void the warranty on your motion seating.

In the event of any unusual reactions during use, recharging, or storage, immediately disconnect the charger. These hazards may result in overheating, electrical damage, and fires.

Ensure it is placed away from any naked flame. The leaking electrolyte may be flammable and can cause the battery to explode or catch fire.

UKCA CE certification

DFS products and components meet British and European electrical safety requirements

How to safely operate your sofa bed

Sofa beds are another type of motion furniture that needs to be used with due care and attention. Both when you’re folding out the bed frame or returning it to its sofa function, be wary of the moving parts that can trap errant fingers and hands.

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Darcy sofa bed

The Darcy will add sophistication to any home, with its chic, spacious design and smart, plush cushions. It comes with foam-filled seat cushions for a beautiful look that bounces back - with no need to plump. Or choose our Memory Foam cushions which respond to your body’s contours to provide the ultimate comfort and support.

Motion furniture guide raine

Raine click clack sofa bed

A stylish sofa that quickly transforms into a comfortable bed - perfect for unexpected guests! It comes with foam, sprung interior seat cushions which provide a comfy soft sit whilst giving support with low maintenance.

To use a sofa bed safely, please bear in mind the following:

  • Unsupervised children: Do not allow children under the age of 4 to use motion furniture. Children aged 4 and above should always be accompanied by a responsible adult. Similarly, children should not play with motion furniture, or be around motion furniture whilst operational. Sofa beds are not a toy.
  • Do not operate the sofa bed without reading the instructions and warnings, which have been provided to keep you safe.
  • Supervise the area when operating a sofa bed to avoid any unforeseen accidents involving children or pets.
  • Do not place hands or fingers anywhere around the mechanisms, either while static or when the sofa bed is in motion.
  • Adults or children should not stand or play on, under, or around the sofa bed when in use.
  • Always ask for assistance if you need help pulling out the sofa bed, otherwise, you may cause yourself an injury.
  • Only use the bed function of the sofa bed when it is fully extended and secure with any support legs in place.
  • Only use the sofa bed with the mattress provided with the product. This is because those mattresses are bespoke to the sofa bed and using a variation could damage the motion seating.
  • DFS will not take responsibility for damage to sofa beds when used with unspecified mattresses.

Stay safe, stay comfortable

Whichever type of motion furniture you choose, there are distinct hazards to be aware of. However, with adequate care and attention, you will be able to operate them safely.

If there’s ever any doubt that your motion furniture is unsafe to use, opt for the safe route and consult the product’s awareness and operational instructions. You can also contact DFS customer service for technical consultation.

Alternatively, to always have this motion furniture care guide available, download a PDF copy to your device by clicking this link.

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