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  • Published In : Nov 2023
  • Code : CMI6322
  • Pages :160
  • Formats :
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  • Industry : Medical Devices

The patient recliners market size is expected to reach US$ 16.3 Bn by 2030, from US$ 10.3 Bn in 2023, at a CAGR of 6.8% during the forecast period of 2023-2030. Patient recliners are specialized chairs that allow patients to sit in an upright or reclined position for treatment, resting, or examination purposes. They provide comfort and support to patients in healthcare facilities. The key drivers of this market include the rising elderly population, increasing prevalence of chronic diseases, investments in healthcare infrastructure, and growth of home healthcare services.

The patient recliners market is segmented based on product type, end user, application, material type, mechanism, and region. By product type, the market is segmented into general recliners, specialty recliners, treatment recliners, cardiac recliners, pediatric recliners, and bariatric recliners. The specialty recliners segment is expected to account for the largest share during the forecast period owing to the rising incidence of chronic diseases and the increasing demand for chairs suited for specific conditions and treatments.

Patient Recliners Market Regional Insights:

  • North America is expected to be the largest market for patient recliners during the forecast period, accounting for over 40.5% of the market share in 2023. The growth of the market in North America is attributed to the rising elderly population, high healthcare spending, established healthcare infrastructure, and increasing adoption of specialty recliners.
  • Europe is expected to be the second-largest market for patient recliners, accounting for over 25.2% of the market share in 2023. The growth of the market is attributed to the increasing prevalence of chronic diseases, rising healthcare expenditure, and growing awareness about advanced recliners.
  • Asia Pacific is expected to be the fastest-growing market for patient recliners with a CAGR of over 16.3% during the forecast period. The growth of the market in Asia Pacific is attributed to the improving healthcare infrastructure, rising disposable income, increasing elderly population, and growth in medical tourism.

Figure 1. Global Patient Recliners Market Share (%), by Region, 2023


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Analyst’s Views:

The patient recliners market is poised for significant growth in the coming years. This is primarily driven by the increasing global elderly population who require comfortable seating options due to various health conditions. Additionally, the rising demand for advanced and comfortable furniture in healthcare facilities is also contributing to the market growth. However, the market also faces challenges such as high costs of advanced patient recliners and lack of awareness in some developing regions. Despite these challenges, innovations and advancements in design and technology, such as the integration of smart features for patient monitoring, are expected to provide lucrative growth opportunities for the market. Furthermore, the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has underscored the need for comfortable and functional seating for patients, potentially accelerating the market growth. Healthcare providers are increasingly recognizing the importance of patient comfort in overall patient experience and recovery, which is expected to continue driving the demand for patient recliners. In conclusion, while the patient recliners market faces some hurdles, the overall outlook is positive, with ample opportunities for growth and innovation.

Patient Recliners Market Drivers:

  • Increasing prevalence of chronic diseases: The rising prevalence of chronic diseases, such as cardiovascular diseases, kidney diseases, respiratory disorders, diabetes, obesity, arthritis, and cancer, is a major factor driving the growth of the patient recliners market. Recliners help provide comfort and support to patients during diagnosis, treatment, recovery, or palliative care of chronic conditions. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the prevalence of chronic diseases increased by 57% globally in 2020. Recliners allow easy adjustability for patient positioning and accommodation of medical accessories like oxygen tanks, infusion pumps, etc. Their growing use for dialysis, cancer treatment, and physical therapy will drive the market growth.
  • Rising investments in healthcare infrastructure: Governments in both developed and developing nations are increasing their healthcare spending and investments in healthcare infrastructure development including hospitals, clinics, aged care centers, and homecare facilities. This is increasing the availability and access to healthcare services. As patient recliners are common fixtures in healthcare settings for rest, treatment and care, growth in healthcare institutions, along with rising awareness and healthcare spending is expected to spur the adoption of recliners. According to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), health expenditures in the U.S. grew at an average annual rate of 5.4% in 2019.
  • Growth in home healthcare: Home healthcare is one the fastest growing segments in the healthcare industry. Growing geriatric population, rising healthcare costs, technology advancements allowing in-home care, and increasing patient preference for recuperating at home are driving growth in home healthcare services. This is expected to subsequently increase the demand for homecare medical furniture including patient recliners for continuing care at home. Recliners allow easy patient mobility, accommodate medical accessories, and provide optimal positioning and support.
  • Product innovation: Market players are continuously innovating patient recliner designs, features, and capabilities to serve changing healthcare needs and environments. Key innovations include power lifts, infinite positioning, built-in controls, automatic leg elevation, integrated scales, comfort padding, easier mobility, bariatric capacity, and features to accommodate medical equipment & accessories. Companies are focusing on recliners for special needs like dialysis, cardiology, mental health, pediatric care, orthopedics, etc. New products with greater safety, durability, and ergonomics cater to rising patient volumes and drive the market growth.

Patient Recliners Market Opportunities:

  • Emerging markets: Developing nations in Asia Pacific, Latin America, and Middle East & Africa present significant growth opportunities for patient recliner companies owing to improving healthcare infrastructure and increasing healthcare investments in these regions. Large population base, rising incomes, growing health awareness, increasing incidence of chronic conditions such as diabetes, and surging aging populations also offer strong growth prospects. Market players can focus on portfolio expansion, collaborations with regional players, and affordable product innovations to tap into the emerging market potential.
  • Rising demand for specialty recliners: The rising incidence of conditions like chronic kidney disorders, obesity, cardiovascular diseases, and respiratory illnesses is increasing the demand for specialty recliners, catering to specific illnesses and treatment needs such as dialysis, cardiology, pulmonary care, bariatric care, etc. Recliners with features like adjustable backs & leg rests, ease of sanitation, and upholstery designed for special needs offer significant growth opportunities. Companies can innovate features and designs in existing specialty recliner types and introduce recliners for new patient conditions and treatment environments.
  • Online distribution channels: Growing internet penetration and proliferation of e-commerce are encouraging companies to sell medical furniture including patient recliners through online distribution channels. Benefits like increased reach, cost efficiency, and convenience are attracting consumer segments like clinics, care centers, and even individuals to purchase online. Companies can leverage this opportunity by strengthening their online distribution, offering deals, improving product visibility and investing in logistics for product delivery. Many players are now selling through both their websites and online retailers. For instance, Drive DeVilbiss Healthcare, a medical equipment manufacturer sells its recliners through sites like Amazon Business in addition to its own website.
  • Collaborations & partnerships: Strategic partnerships between patient recliner manufacturers/distributors and healthcare providers, such as hospitals, dialysis service providers, and insurance companies, provide growth opportunities for manufacturers to increase sales and strengthen the market foothold. Partnerships can be forged to co-develop specialized recliners, integrate medical accessories, or provide favorable insurance coverage and reimbursements on recliner purchases.

Patient Recliners Market Report Coverage

Report Coverage Details
Base Year: 2022 Market Size in 2023: US$ 10.3 Bn
Historical Data for: 2017 to 2021 Forecast Period: 2023 - 2030
Forecast Period 2023 to 2030 CAGR: 6.8% 2030 Value Projection: US$ 16.3 Bn
Geographies covered:
  • North America: U.S. and Canada
  • Latin America: Brazil, Argentina, Mexico, and Rest of Latin America
  • Europe: Germany, U.K., Spain, France, Italy, Russia, and Rest of Europe
  • Asia Pacific: China, India, Japan, Australia, South Korea, ASEAN, and Rest of Asia Pacific
  • Middle East: GCC Countries, Israel and Rest of Middle East
  • Africa: South Africa, North Africa, and Central Africa
Segments covered:
  • By Product Type: General Recliners, Specialty Recliners, Treatment Recliners, Cardiac Recliners, Pediatric Recliners, Bariatric Recliners, and Others
  • By Application: Sleeping, Sitting, Examination, Rest, Treatment, and Pediatric Care
  • By Material Type: Vinyl, Fabrics, Leather, and Metal, Others
  • By Mechanism: Powered Recliners and Manual Recliners
  • By End user: Hospitals, Clinics, Nursing Homes, Home Care Settings, Dialysis Centers, and Others
Companies covered:

Medline Industries, LP., Krueger International (KI), Herdegen, J.D. Honigberg International, Inc., GF Health Products, Inc., Herman Miller, Inc., Gendron, Inc., Malvestio Spa, Stryker Corporation, Narula Udyog India Private Limited, Recliners India Private Ltd, Champion Chair, SaikangMedical, SeniorCare.com, and Jiangsu Yongfa Medical Equipment Technology Co., Ltd.

Growth Drivers:
  • Increasing prevalence of chronic diseases
  • Investments in healthcare infrastructure
  • Growth in home healthcare
  • Product innovation
Restraints & Challenges:
  • High costs of advanced recliner models
  • Lower adoption in less developed regions
  • Lack of training for caregivers

Patient Recliners Market Trends:

  • Increasing use of powered recliners: Powered recliners are witnessing increasing adoption owing to the convenience and flexibility offered by power adjustments for precise user positioning. These recliners allow motorized adjustment of backrest, leg rest, seat height, and more through buttons or remote controls to accommodate changing user needs and medical examinations without having to manually adjust levers or knobs. Advanced electronics, battery backup systems and integration of features like heating, massage, and USB ports also add to end user comfort and convenience. Leading recliner manufacturers now offer a wide range of powered recliner options. For instance, Medline's, a global medical device company’s Serene Plus and UltraComfort recliners come with power adjustments and USB charging ports.
  • Growing adoption of specialized fabrics & upholstery: The use of specialized fabrics and upholstery designed for specific healthcare needs is a key emerging trend in patient recliners. These include stain-resistant, fluid-repellent, anti-microbial and easy-to-sanitize fabrics, and faux or synthetic leather upholstery for dialysis, incontinence care, and infection control. Fabrics with moisture-wicking properties, temperature management coatings and durable, high-performance composites are also being adopted. Additionally, segmented or multi-panel upholstery options allow replacement of only worn panels instead of the entire upholstery, enhancing cost-efficiency.
  • Expanding therapeutic applications: Patient recliner manufacturers are expanding their capabilities by introducing recliner models designed for new therapeutic applications including mental health care, orthopedic care, ophthalmic examinations, dentistry procedures, neurology assessments, etc. Features include adjustable head/back supports, integrated headrests, and removable arm-rests for slide transfers, lumbar support, and leg elevation for varying therapeutic needs.
  • Increasing demand for sustainable recliners: With environmental concerns growing globally, the use of eco-friendly materials and sustainable manufacturing practices is increasing in patient recliners. Key examples include recliners made from recycled plastics, green timber, and plant-based composites as well as water-based adhesives and upholstery. Manufacturers are also minimizing scrap material through efficient design. Recliners with replaceable parts, reusable elements, aseptic manufacturing methods, and reduced packaging waste also promote sustainability.

Patient Recliners Market Restraints:

  • High costs of advanced recliner models: While basic recliner models are economical, advanced models with power adjustments, specialty features, and integrated medical accessories often come at premium prices. Powered models and bariatric recliners cost two to three times more than basic manual models. Significant costs of specialty cardiac, dialysis, and other recliners also limit their adoption, especially in developing regions such Latin America among others. Reimbursement challenges and budget constraints on healthcare providers further restrain uptake. Manufacturers need to introduce more cost-efficient models and financing/leasing options to improve the affordability of high-end recliners.
  • Lower adoption in less developed regions: Many developing regions including Africa, parts of Asia Pacific and Latin America are marked by inadequate healthcare infrastructure, low health awareness, and insufficient healthcare financing systems. This limits the availability of and access to critical healthcare facilities which commonly employ patient recliners, curbing adoption. Additionally, lower technical knowhow, limited product awareness, and absence of distribution networks also hinders uptake. Though the situation is improving, penetration still remains low in less developed regions. Targeted development programs and partnerships can help overcome this.
  • Lack of training for caregivers: Effective utilization of advanced recliners relies heavily on adequate training for caregivers on recliner positioning, features, and maintenance. However, time and budget constraints often limit formal training programs on recliner use for hospital staff and in-home caregivers. Absence of manuals, lack of experienced healthcare staff, and high turnover rates also impact proper training. This can lead to inadvertent accidents, sub-optimal use, and faster wear and tear, negatively impacting recliner adoption and the market growth. User education programs and training partnerships between manufacturers and healthcare providers are essential to address this gap.

Figure 2. Global Patient Recliners Market Share (%), by Application, 2023


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Top companies in Patient Recliners Market:

  • Medline Industries, LP.
  • Krueger International (KI)
  • Herdegen
  • D. Honigberg International, Inc.
  • GF Health Products, Inc.
  • Herman Miller, Inc.
  • Gendron, Inc.
  • Malvestio Spa
  • Stryker Corporation
  • Narula Udyog India Private Limited
  • Recliners India Private Ltd
  • Champion Chair
  • SaikangMedical
  • com
  • Jiangsu Yongfa Medical Equipment Technology Co., Ltd.

Definition: Patient recliners are specialized chairs designed for healthcare environments like hospitals, clinics, dialysis centers, and homecare settings. They allow patients to sit comfortably in an upright or reclined position for purposes of examination, treatment, resting, or recovery. Patient recliners provide back, neck, and arm support to patients and are equipped with features like adjustable positioning, ease of mobility, power lifts, and integrated medical accessories based on healthcare settings and patient needs.

Frequently Asked Questions

The major players operating in the market include Medline Industries, LP., Krueger International (KI), Herdegen, J.D. Honigberg International, Inc., GF Health Products, Inc., Herman Miller, Inc., Gendron, Inc., Malvestio Spa, Stryker Corporation, Narula Udyog India Private Limited, Recliners India Private Ltd, Champion Chair, SaikangMedical, SeniorCare.com, and Jiangsu Yongfa Medical Equipment Technology Co., Ltd.

North America is expected to lead the patient recliners market.

The CAGR of the patient recliners market is projected to be 6.8% from 2023 to 2030.  

The leading product type segment in the patient recliners market is the specialty recliners segment (used for dialysis, bariatric care, etc.).

The factors which are driving the growth of patient recliners market includes rising elderly population, increasing chronic diseases, growing healthcare expenditure, rising demand for home healthcare, product innovation.

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