How to End Difficulty Sitting Down and Standing Up

All Those with Knee Pain,

Please Try Standing Up.

People are always surprised when they learn there are eighteen and twenty years between my brothers and I. Just to make things more interesting my younger brother, and I share the same birthday, eighteen years apart.

My younger brother spent the weekend with us recently. After putting my son to bed, we sat on my comfy couch catching up on his neighborhood drama and upcoming knee surgery. He’s had knee pain and swelling for years and now needs the same surgery our mother had. He’s not looking forward to it.

About twenty minutes into our chat he excused himself to use the bathroom. I watched him struggle to find the momentum he needed to stand up. Once he was up, the pain on his face was evident as he tried to straighten his knees and take a few steps forward.

As we get older many people find it difficult to lift themselves back up to a standing position. There can be problems when sitting down too. Balance and coordination may have diminished over time, and they find themselves essentially falling backward into the chair. Both situations could lead to falls and injury.  



Let's make sitting and standing more comfortable!


The problem isn’t just when you sit or stand either, it’s also being in the wrong position when seated. Joints may become stiff or cramped making it uncomfortable and potentially make it harder to get out of the chair again. Over time, sitting in the wrong position could lead to more serious physical problems with posture, balance, and flexibility.

Because I am an interior designer specializing in serving the needs of people 55+ with aging in place design I consider myself to be an aging resource. You can bet the next time I buy a chair or couch it will be a thoughtfully considered choice. I love lists and what better way to ensure I’ve made the perfect decision but to have a checklist. I want to be sure I’m picking a chair or couch that will be comfortable and help anyone in my home to sit and stand comfortably.

Unfortunately, a lot of chair and couches are the wrong size or shape for a good sitting position. People become uncomfortable for a number of reasons from height and depth of the seat, styles that are too narrow or wide, and problems with the upholstery filling.  

If you or someone you love is unable to find a comfortable or correct sitting position in their current couch or chair, it might be worth investing in a new one.


I created a chair and couch buying checklist and I want to share it with you so that you can avoid a pain in the knee purchase mistake.

The checklist has everything to look for when shopping, from how to choose the best fit for your body to what upholstery colors to choose. 

Susan Rains

Susan Rains Design, 408 Spring Road, Havertown, PA, 19083