How to choose a recliner chair?

Are you thinking of purchasing a new recliner chair? Recliner chairs aren’t all the same, and you will soon realize they come at different prices.


As you know, when you purchase a new piece of furniture, the budget shouldn’t be your only parameter.

So, how to choose a recliner chair? Keep on reading to find out what factors and elements you want to consider before purchasing your new recliner chair.

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How To Choose A Recliner Chair?

These are the following points based on which you can decide how to choose a recliner chair.

1. Space

The first thing you should consider before bringing a new recliner chair home is that recliners are larger than you expect.

They are pretty bulky and oversized, so you need to make sure the recliner would actually fit in the place you were thinking of placing it.

Furthermore, if you’re purchasing a wheeled recliner for a person with impaired mobility, make sure the armchair can go through your doors.

2. Size

After you’re sure that a recliner can fit your room, it’s time to think about its size. Recliners are bulky, but they are not all the same size.

There is a standard size, but if you are a tall and big guy, for example, you need to purchase a recliner with a longer backrest.

If you are overweight, you may want to opt for a larger seat. That said, the two most important size information when it comes to buying a new recliner are: 

  • width of the seat;
  • length of the backrest.

3. Material

We always think of recliners as leather or leather-like. However, there are actually tons of other materials available: any kind of fabric and color, for example.

Our recommendation when it comes to the material is to pick a waterproof and washable one.

4. Manual or powered

The mechanism that reclines the chair and allows you to change its position can be manual or electric. Manual recliners are, of course, less expensive, but power recliners are far more comfortable: you don’t need to reach the mechanism, you don’t need to make any effort to recline your chair, and you can comfortably use a remote.

5. Moving elements

Recliners can have multiple moving elements:

  • all of them have a reclinable backrest
  • usually, they also have a lifting footrest
  • Some of them also lift chairs: they can be lifted forward to help the person get up.

If you are purchasing the recliner for someone with impaired mobility, you want to opt for a liftable recliner chair even though it is more expensive than the alternatives.

If you just need an alternative to the sofa or an armchair to play PlayStation, you can save a lot of money by buying a recliner with a reclinable backrest and footrest.

On the contrary, we do not recommend purchasing cheap recliners with no lift footrests: you’ll find out that lying back without lifting your feet is rather uncomfortable.

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