Recliners Buying Guide
Buying the Perfect Recliner
Leather or Synthetic
One of the most obvious decisions you’ll have to make when choosing a recliner is whether to go with leather, microfiber or fabric. The most popular choice is obviously leather, which provides a sleek and sexy look and feel. While leather may be the most desired type of recliner, it is quite a bit more expensive and is susceptible to scratches. As an alternative, microfiber material can often do a great job of mimicking materials like suede.
Traditional, Rocker or Push-back Recliners
These are the three main types of recliners available. The traditional recliner is a two-position chair – either sitting straight up or reclined – and the person sitting is required to pull a lever or press a button to transition between sitting up and lying down. A rocking recliner combines the rocking motions of a rocking chair with the functionality of recliner. Finally, a push-back chair reclines without a switch or button. The person simply uses their own weight to push the back of the seat into a reclining position.
Depending on the size of the room you’re planning to furnish, there are multiple size options available to you when you’re choosing a recliner. The majority of people are looking for a single-person recliner, and there are tons of models, brands and sizes out there. But what some people don’t know is that you can buy love seats and full-size sofa recliners. So if you have the space and you want to avoid a fight over who gets to sit in the recliner, a love seat or sofa recliner might be a smart choice.
Many recliner chairs today are available with extras including built-in cup holders, refrigerators, heaters and massagers. It’s up to you to decide which of these extra features you need.
The price of your recliner is one of the biggest factors when you’re buying a chair. If price isn’t a barrier, then a leather recliner with all the bells and whistles is a no-brainer. But if you do have a budget, you may have to make some difficult choices. Leather recliners are going to be more expensive than a microfiber or fabric. Extra features like the ones mentioned above are also going to cause the price to climb, so make sure you prioritize: is leather more important to you than having a built-in fridge? That’s for you to decide.
The Recliner should Fit your Lifestyle
Since recliners, like Mac Motions recliners, are available with a variety of different designs and features, make sure that the recliner you are interested in buying fits all of your needs, especially your lifestyle. If you’re buying your recliner for the family room, a swivel recliner might suit you best, allowing you to position yourself comfortably wherever the action is, whether that’s the television or a little one showing you what they made in class.
Want you’re recliner as someplace really comfy to watch TV or read a book? Then select a recliner that has a magazine pouch and/or a remote organizer.
Some manufacturers like Global Furniture USA offer recliners that have massage/heat capabilities.
Take the time to do a little investigating to see what’s out there; when you’re relaxing in your new recliner with all of the features that makes it “your” chair, you’ll know it was worth it.