How To Pick The Perfect Recliner



There’s nothing like kicking back in a comfy chair after a hard day and you’ve decided to buy your sweetie or you dad (or even yourself) a new recliner as a special gift.

It might seem like they have been around forever, but recliners were introduced only in the late 1920s. Once introduced, the recliner’s popularity took off at once as people discovered a new level of comfort.

Recliners are popular because of the incredible comfort they offer. For many people, choosing a recliner is more important than choosing any other piece of furniture. A recliner is where you really want to relax at the end of a day, so it’s important to choose the right one, whether it’s for you or for someone else.

There is a wide range of styles, fabrics and options to choose from when picking a recliner, so take your time and carefully choose the perfect chair that will keep you or the person you are buying for happy and relaxed for a long time. Keep reading for steps on how to pick a recliner.

Decide On The Type and Style of Recliner You Want

Recliners are all about bells and whistles. Sit back and put your feet up. Rock the day away. Get a boost with a lift chair. These days, you can even get a massage from a recliner, or keep cold beverages close at hand with a built-in cooler feature. Here are some of the various options when choosing a recliner.

Recliners come in many different styles and shapes, from large, overstuffed leather recliners to sleek, modern designs. Avoid mixing and matching furniture styles. Choose a style that best fits with the other furniture and accessories in the room where the recliner will be located.

Standard Recliner

There are a variety of standard recliners. Traditionally standard recliners offer a moveable back that reclines when you push against it and a footrest that extends via a lever on the side of the chair.

Power Recliner

If you or a loved one has mobility issues, or if you just want the ultimate in effortless relaxation, you may want to consider a power recliner. Power recliners are electric. They plug into an outlet and extend or recline at the touch of a button.

Rocking or Glider Recliner

A rocker recliner does exactly what the name says. It rocks and reclines. It is handy to have if you are suffering from insomnia. The rocking motion can help you fall asleep. You may be surprised to know that many people use their recliners to sleep in. A rocker recliner is also a favourite with nursing mothers, as it provides comfort for the mother while the rocking motion relaxes the baby. Most rocker recliners can have the swivel feature added as well for an additional cost.

Wall-Hugger Recliner

Wall hugger recliners take up less space, and are a good choice when you have a smaller room. Most recliners are available as both wall huggers and rocker recliners. In wall huggers you tend to sit up straight and that makes it easier to get up from the seat. There is less movement involved. Some wall hugger recliners can be adjusted to sit higher so people with bad knees find it easier to get up from them.

Lift Chairs

A lift chair is usually recommended by physicians for people having limited capacity to use their legs. If you, or the person for whom you are buying the recliner find it difficult to rise from a seated position, you may want to consider a lift chair. Lift chairs are equipped with a powered lifting mechanism that pushes the chair up from its base to support the user in rising. Lift Chairs come in different shapes and sizes, so it is easy to find one to fit every body type.

Massage Recliner

When it comes to massaging recliners, the only question is: Why wouldn’t you purchase one? These recliners are equipped with mechanical massage features that help relieve aches and pains. They can massage your back and some also massage the backs of your legs. They can help lift you or recline. Sitting down in one can be comforting at the end of a long day.

Large Recliners

Chair-and-a-half recliners, wide recliners, or (our favorite term) big man recliners—whatever you call them, oversized recliners are the ultimate in comfort. Whether you are buying the recliner for a really big man or you’re a smaller person, you’ll love curling up or stretching out in a bigger, plusher version of the classic recliner.

Shopping For A Recliner

Prepare to have fun if you’re shopping for a new recliner. Your main task is to sit back, relax, and find out what makes you, or would make the person you are buying for, most comfortable. Here are a few things to consider.

1-Focus on Frame and the Parts

Recliner ConstructionRepair experts say it’s usually the nonmoving parts that break on a recliner. So check out the underside of the chair (or, if that’s not possible, ask to view photos, videos, or sample “cutaways” from the manufacturer).

You want to see heavy-duty screws, not dinky ones or, worse, plastic fasteners.
Less expensive models may skimp on parts—never a good thing when it comes to motion furniture. Work within your budget, but be sure to inspect the product thoroughly prior to purchase. Screws should be heavy, motors quiet, and levers easy to maneuver. The frame should ideally be made of hardwood, but plywood offers a sturdy affordable option.

Don’t be fooled by a gimmicky description like “all-wood construction,” which may be code for low-quality pressboard — too soft to withstand the back-and-forth motion of a recliner. Get the salesperson to clarify, and actually look at the bones: Hardwood, like birch or poplar, is superior, but be prepared to spend about $1,000 or more. A decent second choice is plywood, starting at a low $300. Finally, with any recliner, check the manufacturer’s guarantee and opt for one that spans at least three years.

2-Select The Right Recliner Size

Some recliners are huge, while others are quite compact. Measure the space where the recliner will be located. Most recliners, especially rocking recliners, need about three feet of space behind them in order to recline fully, although some chairs do not. If you skimp on available space, you may not be able to fully recline in your chair.

3-Test The Recliner’s Fit, Function and Comfort

Recliners are like shoes — looks are important, but comfort is key. When testing recliners, be sure to sit in them for a full five minutes. When you’re shopping, if possible, have family members who’ll spend the most time in the chair sit in it for five minutes or more.

If they are not present, ask yourself: Will their feet touch the floor when the recliner’s back is upright? Will the headrest support their head and neck? How’s the cushioning? Inspect the seat and back for bumpy parts.  Test the chair’s footrest several times to make sure it’s easy to maneuver. Listen for squeaks, which may indicate loose parts or improper alignment.

4-Does the Recliner Feel Stable and Safe?

Recliners can be a cozy, yet dangerous piece of furniture for kids and pets. Make sure the gap between the seat and the open leg rest does not exceed five inches to ensure kids and pets don’t get stuck.

5-Decide on The Recliner’s Upholstery

Recliners come in a variety of upholstery options, including leather and fabric. Chairs upholstered in leather are the Standard Reclinermost durable — and the most expensive, If you decide on leather, choose a thick, top-grain leather. Leather recliners are luxurious and comfortable and many people attest to the fact that leather upholstery stands up very well in households with pets.

If you prefer a suede-like feel, go for a synthetic microfiber instead — it resists moisture and wrinkling. Beware of vinyl chairs. Sure, the new, improved material looks and feels similar to leather for less money, but vinyl is less pliable and can crack.

Finally, Be sure you understand the product warranty and that you purchase your recliner from a reputable company like Thompson Brothers Furniture where we will go out of our way to make sure that you get the perfect recliner for your needs.

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