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Different Types of Recliners

If you’re looking for the most comfortable and relaxing way to kick back and unwind at home, you may need to consider a recliner. A reclining chair makes it easy to go from sitting upright to lying down comfortably in seconds, which is just what you need after a long day. Whether you want to keep it simple with a traditional recliner or prefer to go all out with a massage recliner you’ll never want to get out of, here’s what to look for as you shop for this luxurious addition to your home.

The Traditional Recliner

Recliners were first introduced in the early part of the 20th century, but they are far from old-fashioned. Traditional recliners offer upright positions and reclined position with a footrest. Many Traditional recliners are equipped with modern features to consider. If you have a room with lots of space, you will have more options for a standard recliner or even an oversized recliner. But small spaces can also benefit from wall hugger recliners that are shorter and less likely to hit walls or other furniture. Additionally, consider the features that you want in a recliner. Choose from optional swivel, massage and heat, and power recliners to make your recliner your happy place.

Rocker Recliners vs. Glider Recliners

Combine the classic nursery stable with the modern recliner and you get the perfect living room seat. By adding a rocking motion to a traditional recliner, a rocker recliner can lull anyone to sleep. Rocker recliners are not only useful in the living room but they can also make a great nursery chair. Rocker Recliners generally give the user several angle options leading to a great traditional comfort in any size room. Rocker recliners are perfect for those looking to rock and recline, and with total body and lumbar support at all times.

A glider recliner is similar to a Rocker Recliner except that the mechanism that provides the motion is slightly different. A Rocker provides a slightly more seesaw type of motion while a Glider Recliner is more like a kid's swing-like motion. in technical terms, a rocker recliner moves along an arched path like a rocking chair but a glider recliner moves back and forth on a linear track, giving you a similar motion without the potential feeling of tipping.

Power Recliners and Added Features

Adding additional features and electronics can raise the price, but can also give you a better product. For example, well-built rocker recliners can cost around $500, while massage and electric recliners can be a little more expensive, starting around $800. More recent models contain USB ports for charging or lift chairs for people with limited mobility. Power recliners can be a great option for those with limited mobility. All of these options will increase the price but can be worth the increase in usability.

Wall Hugger Recliners

Wall hugger (sometimes called Wall saver) recliners take up less space than the traditional recliners making them easy to fit into smaller room or limited space. If space is an issue, wall hugging recliners give you max comfort in limited space. As a comparison, a standard recliner requires anywhere from 1 to 3 feet of space between the chair back and wall. The wall hugger can reduce the distance by up to half. While you tend to sit straight up in a wall hugging recliner while not reclined, the position can make it much easier to get out of the seat with minimal movement. People will weak knees love this reclining chair.

Push-Back Recliner

As the name implies, a push-back recliner can recline by pushing back with your body while sitting in the chair with no levers or buttons required. Without a mechanism, this type of recliner looks most like an armchair giving your room a traditional feel. Pushback recliners aren’t as comfortable as overstuffed recliners and without a footrest may require an ottoman. But overall the pushback recliner can give a reclining feel without compromising style.

Massage Chairs

I’m sure you already know about the great benefits of massages. With a variety of styles and features, massage chairs are the most luxurious type of recliner. Generally, the most expensive type of recliner, massage chairs vary in functions, but all include brilliant technology and advanced comfort. With heat, and full body options have a look at the main functions of each chair and you’ll find the right massage chair for you.

How Much Do Recliners Cost?

Finding a recliner that fits your body and budget can be difficult. A quality lounger should last at least 10 years with regular use and cost between $250 and $5,000 depending on the features and quality. When choosing a price consider the pros and cons of the options for your body, style, and budget.

Leather Recliners Vs. Fabric Recliners

The price or your recliner can also depend on your style. The leather recliner is the most durable but can also be the most expensive, about $1,000 and up. If you decide leather recliners match your style, choose a thick, top-grain leather or synthetic microfiber which can resist water damage. Vinyl recliners can be a great affordable option because it looks and feels similar to leather, but vinyl is less durable and can sometimes crack after a few years of heavy usage. Wool fabric recliners are also a top choice because of their long-wearing and naturally stain-resistant nature. Fabric recliners can also bring an elegant and classic feel to any room.

The Best Recliner For Your Budget

The best way to decide if the extra comfort and convenience are worth the extra money is to make sure you try out your recliners before you buy. Looks are important, but comfort and usability are key. While you are testing make sure that you can easily operate the recliner and it doesn’t squeak or make any noise which could be a sign of loose parts. Test the chair's footrest several times to make sure it's easy to maneuver. Additionally, take a look at the bottom of the chair to check that the parts are of good quality. Heavy duty screws are much better than plastic fasteners and much less likely to break.

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