Recliner Buying Guide

Recliner Buying Guide

Recliners have been traditionally viewed as masculine pieces of furniture, but with the multitude of stylish options now available, recliners can be for everyone. The choices may seem endless, but when searching for a recliner, you'll want to consider how it will fit in your room and blend with your furniture, as well as who will be using it the most. This recliner buying guide will help you decide on the perfect recliner for your home.

Recliner Designs:

Two-Position Recliner

The two-position recliner has, you guessed it, two positions: upright or reclining fully. With this recliner, you must release the footrest to recline completely. They are cheaper than other styles but are limited in colors, fabrics, and styles. This recliner is best placed where it will have plenty of room to recline without knocking into something.

Rocker Recliner

The rocker recliner, also known as the wall-saver recliner, is the most popular type of recliner. You will be able to sit in a wide range of reclining angles. You can place these chairs a little closer to walls than the two-position recliners, which makes them perfect for small spaces.

Push-Back Recliners

The push-back recliner, or flex-back recliner, usually costs a bit more, but it is a very stylish piece of living room furniture, often available in leather, which has no difficulty fitting into modern homes. The name of this recliner says it all; you have to push back into the seat back of the recliner to recline. The only part of this chair that reclines is the back, so using an ottoman is a fantastic way to find maximum comfort.

Fit and Materials:


The way you fit into your recliner will determine its comfort. If you are tall, look for a larger recliner, but remember that if other people use this recliner, they also need to be able to sit in it comfortably. Another fit area you need to consider is the seat width. Find a nice seat depth and width that will provide ample room and comfort. After all, a recliner is all about comfort.

Luxurious Leather

You can find most recliners in leather and leather-match, which is a leather and vinyl combination. The leather will be on the seat, back and arms with a matching vinyl covering the sides and back of the chair. All-leather chairs are more expensive but will match more living room sets and decor.

Fabric Options

Microfiber is a popular material for recliners. It is durable and stain-resistant. Will your kids use the recliner? Will the recliner see a lot of game action and Buffalo wings? Microfiber is an affordable alternative to leather.