There’s no better seat in the house when you’re watching the big game than a comfortable recliner. If you haven’t shopped for a recliner in decades, you’re in for a treat. Today’s options are stylish, high tech, super pampering, and even a little deceitful when it comes to looks. At first glance you might not even realize that comfortable chair is a recliner. Here are five things to consider when choosing the right model:
Comfort. The entire purpose of a recliner is to provide you with a comfortable seat. But what does that mean to you? You will want a chair that fits your height and width. Check the placement of the headrest. Do you prefer power features that make the chair completely adjustable? Or do you just want a chair that allows you to put up your feet? It helps to test drive a few styles to find out your preferences.
Size. How much space do you have for a recliner? Remember, you have to consider not just the chair, but the room it will need to recline. Some models are made to sit against a wall, while others require more clearance. When you shop for a chair, measure it closed as well as fully reclined; you need two to three feet of space behind it to fully expand. If space is tight, consider a wall recliner, which takes up less space and is a good choice for a smaller room.
Fabric. Recliners come in a wide range of colors and upholstery options, and each has its advantages. If you have children, leather can be a great choice as is not only luxurious; it wipes clean. If you have pets, microsuede is durable and stain-resistant. Consider your lifestyle and how much wear and tear your recliner will be getting and choose the upholstery that is the best fit.
Style. Recliners are available in a variety of styles, making them an effortless addition to your traditional, modern, rustic or urban décor. You’ll find a wide variety of options – some that don’t even look like recliners –including traditional styles such as wingback chairs or contemporary designs with shapely curves. Make sure the one you choose blends well with your existing furnishings and doesn’t look out of place.
Features. Finally, today’s recliners do more than just recline. Take time to consider which of the myriad of features are right for you. Do you want lumbar support? A moveable headrest? Massage settings? Cup holders? Outlets, speaker plugs and USB ports? You’ll be surprised at how sophisticated today’s recliners have become, and you should pick the features that will help you enjoy this chair to the fullest!