What to Look for in a Recliner

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There’s nothing quite like sinking into a comfy chair at the end of a long day. But unless you know what to look for in a recliner, even this can be easier said than done. Comfort doesn’t necessarily come cheap, and the industry is plagued by slimy sales tactics and sneaky gimmicks.

This straightforward guide will help you choose the right recliner to suit your build, budget and aesthetic requirements, so you can come away feeling confident that you have made the right decision.

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8 Things to Look for in a Recliner Chair

1. Adjustability. It’s no accident that this is point number one. Everyone is proportioned differently, and by definition there is no one-size-fits-all approach in ergonomics. As an absolute minimum, you should make sure the backrest and footrest operate independently of one another in order to accommodate your unique build and stance. Alternatively, choose a seat with a separate footstool such as a Stressless recliner chair from Ekornes.

2. The right size. Make sure your feet touch the floor when the back is upright and that the headrest supports the head and neck in every position. Some manufacturers make recliners and loungers in a range of different sizes, useful if you are taller or shorter than average.

3. Leather upholstery. Although leather is the most expensive material, it is also the most durable so you’ll get more value for your money in the long term. Don’t be tempted by cheap leather imitations such as vinyl, as these tend to be prone to cracking.

4. Firm padding. While a certain amount of ‘give’ is important for that sinking-in feeling, too much will leave you without the necessary support, defeating the whole point of choosing a recliner in the first place. The cushioning should feel soft but dense, without any bumpy bits sticking into your back. Densely filled padding is also more likely to stand the test of time.

5. Sturdy frame. The frame should be made from a good quality hardwood, while the screws and other parts used in its construction should be heavy duty and made from metal. The frame is usually the first thing to go in low-cost recliners, so it’s not worth compromising on this.

6. Smooth operation. Your reclining chair should move seamlessly from one position to the next without any squeaks or jolts. These may indicate loose or incorrectly aligned parts, i.e. an accident waiting to happen. Some of the higher-end ergonomic recliners feature an innovative glider system, which adjusts to your body position automatically and effortlessly.

7. Stylish design. Recliners have come a long way from the bulky and dated models with which they’re typically associated, and it’s now entirely possible to find a chair that looks every bit as good as it feels. Shop around and bring a colour swatch along to find the perfect chair to complement your interior.

8. Manufacturer’s guarantee. With the correct care, a recliner can last 20 years or more. However, the only way you can be absolutely certain of getting your money’s worth is with a warranty or guarantee from the manufacturer.

Housing Units is a leading UK supplier of Stressless recliner chairs, offering frequent sales across the selection. Browse and buy from their furniture collection online or visit their store in Manchester to check out the full range.