When it comes to choosing new furniture, it’s easy to get stumped when purchasing key pieces. Homeowners have to consider how each piece will blend with existing décor. While the word recliner may evoke images of your father’s favorite plaid-covered chair, recliners today are designed with comfort and style in mind.

Choosing a Recliner

Even with the ever-growing assortment of recliner styles available, choosing a recliner involves more than just aesthetics. You must consider the size, shape and fit of the chair. The best fit will provide the most comfort. Longevity is another consideration. Here are five tips to help you easily choose a recliner that fits your physical and aesthetic needs:

1. Choose a size. Keep in mind how much physical space you have allotted for a new recliner. Consider not only the space available in your living room, but also the size of recliner that will fit your shape as well. The better a chair fits you, the more comfortable you will be in it.

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2. Seek comfort; consider longevity. While you may be inclined to purchase a less expensive model, you want to ensure your investment is worth the cost of the recliner down the road. Be sure to consider the quality of fabrics, leathers, woods and metals from which each recliner is composed, as well as the comfort of the piece. Keep in mind that finding the proper fit will mean more comfort. And while quality recliners may cost more up front, the right recliner will provide years of comfort and support. For example, according to Good Housekeeping magazine, the average recliner lasts about 10 years with regular use.

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3. Narrow down your style preferences. For many, the idea of choosing a bulky recliner to complement existing décor may seem impossible. But recliners now come in a variety of designs and materials. Whether you’re searching for a modern and sleek chair, or a beautiful love seat composed of wood and leather, you can find a recliner to match your décor preferences.

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4. Make a list of must-have features. Recliners now offer a variety of features, so keep in mind the features you most desire. For example, do you want to recline with the touch of a button or manually push back? Would you like it to rock or swivel? Are you looking for a recliner that helps you stand back up?

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5. If you’re still stumped, go with a classic model. If you have trouble choosing between several styles, please ask one of our designers for help or choose a classic piece that will complement any style. Learn more about our Design Services here.