Looking for a recliner for your home? Here are some frequently asked questions and what you need to know before buying a recliner.
disclosure: this post is sponsored by Southern Motion Furniture.
(total aside: before we get started—I wanted to let you know I took these pictures months ago downtown in one of our historic buildings. Isn’t this building amazing?)
Hello rock star.
I have a question for you.
Have you ever thought about how to choose a recliner before?
My husband has always wanted a recliner. He’s talked about and dreamed about it and brought it up in conversation 247,000 times. But me? I’ve been a little recliner resistant.
Until I found this one.
This is the amazing, incredible Primrose Park recliner from the Elevate Collection that we chose for our home.
Here’s why we chose it.
And how we chose it.
And all the questions we asked along the way.
Here are all the FAQs about what to know before buying a recliner.
What To Know Before Buying a Recliner
Q: What is the best material for a recliner?
There were so many options for this Elevate recliner and we had dozens of fabrics to choose from. Here were a few of my favorites:
*leather–classic, timeless, easy to clean, comes in a variety of colors and textures
*printed upholstery–trendy, creates a statement piece in a room, comes in a variety of patterns and colors
*solid upholstery–one of the most common choices, able to match with the existing decor, great basic foundation piece
Q: What features should you look for to determine comfort?
When determining what to know before buying a recliner, you want to look for a recliner that is well constructed with a solid base. Seats and cushions should have evenly distributed stuffing to ensure practical comfort. You also want a recline that adjusts to your body and that you can personalize for your own seating needs.
Q: What are the advantages of a power recliner?
I cannot recommend a power recliner enough. Until we found this Prime Rose Park recliner from the Elevate collection, I had only used recliner that simply pulled out the feet with a lever on the chair. This recliner is a power recliner. There’s a button on the side that adjusts the incline of the bottom and the top.
When you press it, you can move the bottom of the chair up to whatever position is most comfortable for you. Simply press and hold down on the button on the left until the angle of the chair is adjusted exactly where you want it to stay. In addition, you can also adjust the angle of the headrest as well. Simply hold down the button on the right and adjust it up and down.
I put together a fun video of the chair adjusting to several different positions.
These are just a few of the ways you can adjust the angle.
All with the touch of a button.
Q: How to measure to make sure the recliner fits in your space?
When deciding what to know before buying a recliner an important thing, space is something that so many people never consider. You’ll need to measure the recliner when it is fully extended as well and the height, width and depth of the chair.
Check the area you want to place the recliner in. Is there a wall that the recliner might bump into? Use your measurements as a guide. Then you can ensure that your recliner is going to fit into the floor space in your room when fully reclined.
Q: What style of recliner are you looking for?
We chose a classic timeless style with this Primrose Park recliner from the Elevate collection with its wooden feet, silver nail heads and leather upholstery, but there are so many different options of recliners available. Look for upholstery options, feet options, trim and detail options and choose the style that fits your decor the best.
Q: How long should a recliner last?
A typical recliner will last 10 years with regular use, sometimes longer. This is why it’s so important to choose wisely when selecting a chair for your home. A recliner is an investment and it’s important to look for quality and construction when picking a chair like this for your home. If you are making an investment in a piece of furniture intended to provide you with comfort and reliability, it’s important to select a brand that’s designed to last.
I hope you enjoyed our discussion on what to know before buying a recliner.
And one more thing before we go—I know we bought this chair for my husband.
And he loves it.
But just between us?
I’ve been known to snuggle up here, too.
I couldn’t help it. It was calling my name and don’t tell the other chairs—but now? It’s officially my favorite.
Maybe because I discovered something amazing?
It’s the perfect companion for Downton Abbey and sweet tea.
disclosure: this post was written in collaboration with Southern Motion furniture.
All opinions are my own.
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