Activity Chair

The ultimate in active seating for pediatric to adult clients


Use the slides below to learn more about the features of the Activity Chair.

Tool-free adjustments

  • With all adjustments easy to make – and no tools required – the Rifton Activity chair is an ideal choice for the busy special needs classroom or at home.

    The lateral supports are fully adjustable in height, width and angle – all with one knob which, by the way, can’t ever fall off and get lost.

  • Every white button and lever indicates a point of adjustment as shown here with the abductor.

  • All it takes is a pen to remove seatbelt and harness clips, making these attachments easy to use and tool-free yet child-proof.

Adjust with client in the chair

  • Unlike a reclining wheelchair, the Rifton Activity Chair can be easily adjusted while a client is in the chair. This saves time and makes adjustments much simpler to gauge.

    Seat depth can be safely and easily adjusted while a child is in the chair by pulling the handle beneath the seat.
  • Jeremy’s caregiver can tilt his chair forward simply by squeezing two levers at the back of the chair.

  • Transfers are a cinch with foot–pump height adjustment and easily removable armrests.


  • All Rifton Activity Chairs have tilt-in-space, which encourages sit-to-stand and resting positions. Tilt-in-space can be activated tool-free while your client is in the chair.

    The standard base tilts 15° forward and 15° back while the hi/lo base tilts 15° forward and 25° back.

    In addition to tilt-in-space, every Rifton Activity Chair’s backrest angle adjusts 5° forward and 20° back.
  • Adjust the tilt-in-space angle by squeezing two levers at the back of the chair as shown.

  • Handwashing made easy: tilt ’n go!

  • And when it’s time to relax in the middle of a busy day, that’s easy too.

Spring option

  • The optional seat and backrest springs on the Rifton Activity Chair standard base (and the backrest spring in the hi/lo base) allow for calming through self-generated motion – ideal for clients with autism. The spring column can be locked when not in use.
  • The spring column can be locked and unlocked by turning the white twist-lock collar.

  • Once his caregiver has unlocked the spring, Mateo calms down by bouncing and rocking.

Arm support options

  • Armrests provide lateral boundaries as well as upper extremity weight-bearing assist to aid trunk control. Rifton’s armrests can be raised or lowered individually to accommodate clients who need extra trunk stabilization and can be set at angles ranging from horizontal to 60° up or down. The tray accessory attaches to the armrests.

    Armrest top surface:
    small: 2¼" x 8¾" large: 3" x 12"

  • Forearm prompts facilitate head and trunk control while sitting and secure distal placement of upper extremities. This enables the use of the pelvic girdle and trunk core muscles for improved postural stabilization and strengthening. Rifton’s forearm prompts are fully adjustable for optimum positioning.

    Forearm prompt padded area:
    small: 4" x 7" large: 4½" x 8½"

    Range of adjustment from elbow to fist:
    small: 8" – 12½" large: 10½" – 16"

  • The armrests tilt quickly and easily so Marina can get right up to the computer.

  • Forearm prompts help Jeremy maintain trunk and head control.

  • With the support of one forearm prompt Jeremy can use his communication device.

Hi/lo base foot pump

  • The large and medium hi/lo bases are height-adjustable via a foot pump. The foot pump allows you to lower the client in the chair until his or her feet are on the floor, or raise it to a 32" high table. The chair’s height can also be easily set for lateral transfers.

    The small hi/lo base is equipped with a gas spring to serve the same function.
  • Lowering the R850 hi/lo base chair to floor level allows Amy to participate in circle time at eye–level to her peers.

  • Transfers are a cinch with foot–pump height adjustment and easily removable armrests.

Caster swivel lock

  • When the caster swivel lock is engaged, the Rifton Activity Chair can be pushed in a straight line without drifting to the side. When the lock is disengaged, casters will swivel and the chair can be maneuvered into tight spaces.

Choice of 6 pad colors

  • Comfortable seat and backrest pads are essential for providing cushioned support and preventing decubiti. Rifton’s backrest and seat pads are made of polyurethane foam covered with a cleanable, healthcare-grade polyurethane-coated fabric. The seat pads can be turned front to back for longer wear. Pads are available in 6 color choices.

Standard base leg options

  • Legs for the standard base chair are height-adjustable, long or short, stationary or with casters. Adjustable in 1" increments, these legs allow you to position your client at optimum height. The grippy tips of the stationary legs are designed to keep your client from sliding and moving across the floor, even with dynamic rocking. The legs with casters make your chair easy to move when transitioning from one classroom to another.