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The Best Recliner Chairs – How Do I choose?

Cintique Eton recliner

The best recliner chairs are more than just chairs that lie (almost) flat. There is a lot more to it than that. And the best one for you depends on what you want it for – is it for comfort? To help with a disability? To save space when there isn’t room for a sofa or larger chair? Whatever your thinking behind a recliner, it’s important to think of a few things before picking the one for you… you want to get this right.

Firstly, what kind of recliner are you looking for? There are a number of different types to choose from including the standard recliner (which usually consists of a moveable back and footrest – sometimes it’s a separate footstool), the power recliner (the Chester Cumly Reclining Armchair is a perfect example), the gliding recliner, and the massage recliner amongst others.

Best recliner chairs - Himolla - Chester Cumuly Reclining Armchair

Perhaps you’re not sure what type of recliner you want yet – maybe you need to take a look first. And that’s a great way to ensure you are getting the chair that is going to suit you best. Our advice is to sit in the chair for at least five minutes. At least. You may feel a little self-conscious doing this, but it is essential for finding the most comfortable and suitable chair for you. Something like the Gina Recliner Chair, which is made for comfort could be exactly what you are looking for. The ideal chair for you will mean your feet can rest on the floor whilst your head is fully supported by the headrest or cushion.

Whilst trying the chair out, have a play with the recliner mechanism itself. It’s one thing for the chair to be comfortable, but what about when it is reclined? Is that a different story? And how about space? The chair might fit perfectly when upright, but when it is reclined it could take up more room than you have to spare. Plus some chairs can leave a big gap which wouldn’t be safe in a household that has small children or pets in it. So make sure you have a good look around and find the chair that suits your situation.

What about the choice of fabric? Many recliners come in either material or leather options. The Jake collection of reclining chairs and sofas will give you that option.

Vale Furnishers - Jake Leather Armchair Manual Recliner

Leather is easy to clean and protect from spills, and fabric is generally longer lasting. What works for you?

In the end, a recliner is, perhaps more so than any other piece of furniture, an entirely personal choice. There is no ‘one size fits all’ (literally) solution. So do your research, try out a variety of different styles and types, and make sure that the recliner you choose is going to be comfortable enough to sit in for a long time to come. Because that’s what you’re going to do!

Find the best recliner chairs, both leather and fabric, in our stores at either Ash Vale or Farnham in Surrey, or Hampshire. Alternatively, take a look online at

Would you like more advice on choosing the best recliner chairs for your home? Call our experts today on 01252 325525

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