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Buying Guide: Finding the Perfect Recliner for You and Your Home

Our Recliner Buying Guide

There’s no denying that the right furniture can transform a space. If you’re looking for new furniture for your home, and comfort and functionality are high on your list, a recliner or two are a great choice. They’re comfortable, stylish, and versatile. They also come in a huge range of styles, designs, colors, and sizes, so there really is something for everyone. Let’s take a closer look at how you can find the perfect modern recliner for your home.

Who Should Buy a Recliner?

If you love furniture that is well made, comfortable and versatile, then you’re probably a recliner person. Whether you choose a classic leather recliner, a loveseat recliner or recliner couch, if comfort matters as much as form and function, you’re probably a recliner person.

When Should You Buy a Recliner?

There’s no right or wrong time to buy a recliner – but it will affect how you choose one. If you purchase a recliner to replace a chair in a room that is already decorated, for instance, you’ll have to match the recliner to the room. If you’re redecorating the whole room, you can choose a recliner you love, and build the room around it.

How to Choose a Recliner

There are many different types of recliner on the market. Which is good, because it means you can find a recliner that matches nearly every style, budget and taste. Here are a few things you might want to consider when you’re choosing a recliner:

1. Classic or Modern?

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Gaming Chair by

There are many kinds of classic recliner out there, like this wing back version. This will work perfectly in a classic, elegant space. However, not everyone wants classic elegance! This gaming style recliner is all the way at the other end of the spectrum, and is a great modern recliner style for less fussy spaces. Or you could settle on something midway between the two, with this understated swivel recliner.

2. Armchair, Loveseat Recliner or Sofa Recliner?

When you think of a recliner, you probably think about a single armchair. Granted, it might be a very big and roomy armchair, but it’s still made for one person. However, you don’t have to choose a single recliner! In fact, there are loveseat recliners, sofa recliners and even reclining sectionals that you can choose.

3. Fabric Choices

Another key consideration when you are shopping for a recliner is the type of fabric you want to choose. A leather recliner always looks luxurious and stylish and can work with a variety of décor styles. Leather and faux leather recliners are also easy to clean, since they can wipe clean quickly and easily.

If you have young children and pets, you might want to choose a fabric recliner that has an easy to clean fabric. Or if you’re designing purely for style, maybe even a soft velour recliner or similar. Think about the type of use the recliner you buy will get, as well as how likely you are to have stains and heavy wear. Choose fabrics accordingly and consider getting them treated with a protective spray if necessary.

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4. Manual or Electronic Office Recliner with Heat and Massage Functions Office Recliner with Heat and Massage Functions

The next thing you should consider when choosing a recliner is whether you want to get a manual version or even a glider, or something with electronics. Some electronic recliners only have a recline function, but others even have features like massage built in.

5. The Available Space

Once you know what style you like, what fabric you want and whether you’re looking for a manual recliner or one with electronic functions, the next thing to consider is how much space you have. Recliners are fantastic for comfort and functionality, but they do take up a little more space. Measure how much room you have for your new recliner and consider how far back and forward it will go when fully reclined.

6. Footrest or Ottoman?

Some recliners have a built in footrest that will automatically extend when you recline the chair. However, others have a separate ottoman that you can adjust to your liking. While the former is more convenient and compact, you’re usually stuck with whatever the manufacture decides is the ideal setting. While a separate ottoman or footstool can be adjusted exactly as you like it.

7. Set a Budget

The last thing on our list is budget. Prices for high quality recliners can vary dramatically, so you should ideally have a range that you’re comfortable spending and see what falls within that range. Look for sales on recliners too. Sometimes, stores will sell off older stock at a very reduced price, or they’ll have special sales on specific items like recliners.

A Great Investment

Whichever recliner you end up buying, whether it’s a leather recliner, loveseat recliner, swivel recliner or something else, there’s one thing that is certain. A high quality recliner is a great investment.

If you choose the right recliner that is timeless and well made, you could very well have it in your home for many years or even decades. A great recliner will be the most comfortable thing you own for a long time to come, so it’s a great investment.

So, if you’re still on the fence about a recliner, just imagine how it will change how you use your space. Picture movies, reclined in perfect comfort. Or a nap in the afternoon sun. Reading your favorite book on a rainy day. Recliners are more than just chairs. They’re multipurpose seating solutions that offer comfort, support, and style. That’s what we call a good furniture investment!

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