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How To Choose A Recliner That Is Ideal For Your Home

February 17, 2022 4 min read

How To Choose A Recliner That Is Ideal For Your Home

Buying a recliner is just as complicated and stressful as buying a new bed. However, don’t let this discourage you from purchasing this comfortable chair. Everyone wants to plop down into a comfortable chair after a long day, and with numerous options of recliners on the market, how do you know that you are choosing the right one for your home and needs? Well, there are a few factors to consider before purchasing a recliner, we’ve listed them in this blog to help you find the perfect one!


1. Cost

Recliners aren’t just your normal everyday chair- it’s a chair that is specially designed to be supportive, comfortable, and durable. More thought and design go into building a recliner than a regular chair, which is why the cost of a recliner is different to that of a regular armchair. Features and accessories included with a recliner are also a factor in the cost of the chair. Choose a recliner with the most important features to you and work out a budget from there.


 2. Types of recliners

The type of recliner you initially envisioned may not necessarily be the recliner that suits your needs. There are various different styles that provide different benefits.


The Two-Position Recliner

The name of this recliner is quite self-explanatory. The two-position recliner is typically the most common option that you will see in a store. This recliner has only two positions; upright and completely reclined. As you release the foot lever, the chair back flattens out with the weight of your body.


The Rocker Recliner

A rocker recliner is a recliner that can flatten out like the two-position recliner, but can also rock back and forth when upright. This is an ideal choice for people who like the rocking motion to either fall asleep or just as a way of relaxing. The rocker recliner is also a good choice for parents who use this method to soothe their child.


The Power Lift Recliner

This motorised recliner assists in pushing you out of the chair by helping you to stand upright. Elderly individuals, or those with injuries, disabilities, or who struggle to stand on their own, benefit the most from this type of recliner. This style of chair comes equipped with so much technology, it’s typically one of the more expensive options at most recliner stores.


3. Size

One of the factors to consider before purchasing a recliner is how much physical space you actually have in your home to accommodate your new piece of furniture. You will also need to consider what size of recliner best suits your body type.  The better the chair can form to the shape and size of your body; the more pressure that will be taken off your sore joints and muscles.


Small Recliners

Small recliners are a typically a good size for apartments or living rooms with very little space. It is also best suited for petite people.


Standard Recliners

This is the average size you see in furniture stores and fits most body sizes comfortably. The mid-size or standard size of this recliner is ideal for homes with average sized rooms.


Oversized Recliners

 “Big and tall’ as these recliners are sometimes referred to as are built to accommodate taller and bigger people. As a result, these recliners will take up more space in a room than the other two types of recliners.  


4. Material Used

The materials used in building a recliner play a big role in the longevity and durability of the recliner. Recliners come in different colours and styles – these are made with different types of fabrics. Although leather recliners are typically the most luxurious and sought after compared to fabric recliners, there are pros and cons to each kind of chair materials.


Fabric Upholstery

While fabric recliners are extremely comfortable, they also stain easily and require more maintenance than leather recliners. However, fabric recliners can be made from various fabrics such as cotton, velvet, chenille or other materials, giving you the freedom to customise the chair to your liking. Fabric upholstered recliners are made to breathe well and provide an excellent place for relaxation.


Leather Upholstery

Leather recliners are not only easy on the eyes, but they also feel great. The sleek, smoother appearance of leather makes the recliner look more luxurious and expensive. Leather is extremely durable, however leather chairs are prone to scratches more than fabric recliners, so you might want to keep your pets away from your new piece of furniture.


5. Features or Functions



The ultimate relaxation place, is one where you have the function to set your favourite beverage down without having to fuss over it being knocking down, or constantly having to get out of the chair to grab a drink. You may want to consider a recliner chair that comes equipped with a built-in cupholder if you want to truly unwind after an exhausting day.


Phone or Tablet Holder

A versatile feature on a recliner, a phone/tablet holder, is the perfect way to relax while still utilising your favourite device. A phone holder allows for various positions, that way you can read your favourite e-book or watch your shows without exhausting your arms.


Wireless Battery

Helpful for those who are interested in buying recliners that have motorized features, you might want to invest in a recliner battery pack that’s wireless. That way, no one trips over the cord, and you can still have power even when the electricity goes out.


Recliner chairs are designed to help you in specific ways, but they can only improve your comfort if you know what features and design you’re looking for. The more thought you put into your recliner purchase, the happier you will be with the new addition to your home.