4 Questions to Help You Choose the Perfect Recliner

June 20th, 2024 Paul Dekker
Living Room Recliner

Adding a recliner to any room is an instant upgrade. Reclining chairs are comfortable, stylish, and functional all at the same time! Plus, with so many different models and brands to choose from, you’ll have no problem finding something that meets your needs perfectly.

The only problem with the variety in recliner selection is that it can be difficult to sift through all your options and narrow down the right fit.

Ask yourself these four questions before you begin your search to be sure you end up with the recliner of your dreams!

1) How Much Space Do You Have to Work With?

Your first concern should be finding a recliner that fits your physical space. Just as you would before making any major furniture purchase, measure the amount of room you have available for a new piece. The trick with measuring your space for a recliner is to account for the extra room it will take up when it’s in the reclining position. After all, what’s the point of a recliner that you can’t sprawl out in because the headrest hits the wall when you pull the lever?

A general rule of thumb is to leave about three feet of space behind where you plan on placing your recliner. Remember to consider traffic flow when the chair is both upright and reclined so you and others can still comfortably move about the room.

2) What Kind of Material Do You Prefer?

As mentioned, reclining chairs are available in a wide variety of styles. One of the first design elements you should choose is the material. This ultimately boils down to two categories: leather and fabric. If you opt for a fabric recliner, you’ll have to get even more specific about the type of upholstery you want (cotton, polyester, wool, high-performance fabrics, etc.).

The material of your recliner will depend on what you find most comfortable and your lifestyle. If you live in a household with pets who like to sleep on the furniture, you might want to look for something more resistant to scratching. Or, if you have young children, a recliner with greater moisture resistance (for potential spills) may be the smart choice. Remember—the higher quality of material you choose, the longer your chair will last!

3) Which Room Will Your Recliner Be In?

Where you plan on setting up your recliner in your home will be a major factor in how you use it and what style will work best for you and your space. For instance, a recliner for a basement man cave will be used differently than one in a home office. The man cave recliner should be something durable, designed for heavier use. The office recliner might need to be smaller and sleeker, designed with better lumbar support for when you need a break from that desk chair.

As you narrow down your search, you’ll also have to account for the existing interior design and décor in the room your recliner will be in. Choose a recliner that fits the room’s style—modern and streamlined, warm and rustic, luxurious with many features, or something in between.

4) Do You Want Your Chair to Have Any Special Features?

Speaking of features, advances in technology and design have made many of today’s recliners available with extra upgrades for ultimate comfort and luxury. There are recliners with massage capabilities, heated cushions, specially designed lumbar support, articulating headrests, and other special features designed to take your lounging experience to the next level.

As you’re searching for a recliner, decide which (if any) of these features are a “must-have.” This will help you set a realistic budget and find the best style and models for what you have in mind.

At Conway Furniture, our recliner selection ranges from traditional loungers to luxurious models with all the bells and whistles. Just tell us what you’re looking for in your next recliner, and we’ll help you find the right style, colour, and material to fit your needs and budget! We also offer a 7-year protection plan to ensure your new chair will remain in optimal shape for years of enjoyment.

Visit us in-store to browse our extensive furniture inventory and speak with a furniture expert today!

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