Living Room Furniture Guide

Choosing a Perfect Recliner

No pleasure can beat the joy of kicking out shoes and plunging in a comfy chair after a hard day at office. But finding an appropriate recliner that fits one's body and budget isn't a cakewalk. A proper lounger should last at least 10 years of regular use. Picking up an apt recliner which shall not crumble under pressure is an onerous task. However when you jump into it to watch your favorite baseball game on Sunday with dozens of chips and ample soda cans; you would realize the value of the worthwhile endeavor.

An Experience to remember...

Which chair is the one for you?

Is it the Rocker recliner that rocks to and fro in upright position and lowers fully via a hand operated lever? Are you someone who is both space and style conscious; then you may like a push back recliner as your partner! Though these are cheap yet the catch is they do not last as long as is desired! The push back process turns into an unnecessary workout in due course of time! Next in tow is the wall-saving recliner, that requires as less as just six inches of space between the recliner-base and wall; compared to the minimum foot long requisite for bulkier traditional versions available at the same rate.

Then there are specialized chairs like massage and electric recliners. Massage recliners are very expensive while electric recliners are for people who are challenged by movement capability.

Irrespective of the type you choose, ensure you leave not more than 5 inches of space between the leg-rest and chair; otherwise, innocuous children or curious pets may get stuck. Same rule holds for the lever mechanisms to safeguard tiny hands from being pinched, see to it that the lever construction is neat and smooth sans ragged edges and obstructed movement!

Sit and see...

Recliners are akin to shoes  looks matter, but comfort and durability are the backbones. Sit on the recliner for at least 5 minutes. Question yourself: Does my feet rest flat on the floor when the recliner back is upright? Is the headrest supporting my neck, head and upper shoulder region adequately? How's the padding? Inspect the seat and back for bumpy parts.

And insist for foam that is high on density that is not less than 100% so that the recliner retains its shape longer. Push the recliner's foot-rest, tug and pull to check its ease of maneuverability. Keep an ear out for shrill screeches or faint squeaks, as it might be the audible sound of loose parts or out- of- line alignment.

Time to materialize!!!

Leather upholstered recliners are most long lasting and highly expensive at the same time. If you love suede, pick an artificially made micro-fiber instead - as it is resistant to wrinkles and moisture while being cost effective! Verify the machine tests of the material. Stay cautious and keep your distance from vinyl; despite its similarity to leather; it is less elastic and can develop chinks that lead to bigger fractures. Wool is a popular choice of fabric on recliners owing to its "long- lasting" and "naturally stain-resistant" properties.

Frame in the requisites

Industry experts claim that the non-moving parts break easily on a recliner. Hence, scan the invisible to eye lower side of the chair well. You should find substantially solid screws, not fragile ones or plastic clasps. Nothing is "all-wood construction"; it may be the marketing synonym for low quality pressboard too delicate to withstand the to-and-fro movement of a recliner. Blast the sales person with your shoal of queries. Haul it out and enlighten yourself.


Opting for a Hardwood frame made of birch or poplar is wise; but highly costly. A fair secondary option is plywood that starts as low as $300.

To sum up the entire bible; before buying any recliner, verify the manufacturer's guarantee terms and conditions and then finally select one that offers at least 3 years of service. An investment of this stature does call for high durability standards to be passed!