Recliner Buying Guide

If you want the best recliner for your needs (and your euro), consider the following questions before heading to the store:

1. How does your room look?

Make sure the recliner matches the room. Is it modern or traditional? There are recliners to suit every decorating theme, so there's no need to put grandad's recliner in your ultra-cool space.

2. Are you the only user?

This one is pretty easy to answer, after all, you are likely buying the recliner for you and you alone. But you must try out the recliner yourself. You wouldn't buy a car without testing it first. Although this is likely to be a much less expensive purchase then a car, you will probably use it as much so you need to make sure the recliner is not only comfortable, but also suited to your height, frame and weight.

3. Do you have enough room?

Depending on where you position the recliner in a room, it's important to know whether you have enough space for a recliner. Make sure to measure the space before coming to the shop, so that the salesperson can measure the distance needed to recline all the way and relax

4. Recliner types

There are 3 main categories of recliners:

  • The Traditional Two-Position Recliner: This recliner features a mechanism that unleashes the foot rest and allows the user to recline fully.
  • The Rocker Recliner As opposed to the aforementioned two-position recliner, this kind is the most popular choice of recliner and therefore the most widely manufactured. Its mechanism allows you to rock while seated upright and features a wide range of reclining angles.
  • The Push-Back/Flex-Back Recliner The only part of this recliner that actually reclines is the back, so an ottoman is usually used as a footrest. This is a great option for a more modern-looking room.


Make sure you know which extra features you want/need: Some of today's recliners are full-on entertainment units, with built-in phones, fridges, massagers, heaters, and more. Determine what you need and what you can do without.

Think about fabric: Leather looks great, and it ensures that your recliner won't get stained. But it costs more, and leather runs the risk of scratching.

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