The variety of styles and features that is available for a reclining sofa can be overwhelming. Recliners are available with a power or manual reclining mechanism, with head and massage features or cup holders. Consumer may choose between a traditional two-position recliner, a wall-saver or a push-back recliner. This article will give an overview of the most common features and styles to help you make the right buying decision.
Features to consider when buying a recliner
Each year furniture manufacturers come up with new features to make reclining couches more practical and relaxing. Not all of them are useful for everyone, thus it is important to consider which features you really need (and are willing to pay for) before you buy a recliner.
- Reclining Mechanism: You can choose between power and manual recliners. The former can be reclined up and down by pressing a button. The latter are less expensive, but the user has to recline the sofa manually via a lever that pulls backwards to extend the footrest outward.
- Storage Options: Some recliners come with storage cubbies build in the center console to store remote controls or other important items.
- Cup Holders: Cup-holders can be found in the center console or armrest of the recliner and are perfect to hold beverages while relaxing.
- Heat, Massage and Vibration: Some recliners come with a build in heating and massage function that aims to provide the perfect relaxation and help increase blood flow.
- Drop-down Tables: Perfect for everyone that loves to eat on the sofa. Drop-down tables fold down easily into position between two viewers and generally also include cup holders.
- Laptop Computer Plug-ins: If you like to work while relaxing on a reclining sofa, laptop computer plug-in receptacles wired into the sofa might be a good additional feature.
Different styles of recliners
Most recliners are available in one of the following three basic styles.
- Traditional Two-Position Recliner: As the name suggests this type of recliner only provides two seating positions, the reclining and upright position. It is easy to use and very practical, but requires some space behind it to be lowered into a fully reclining position. As such, it is perfect for larger rooms. Two-position recliners are available as loveseats, full-length or sectional sofas.
- Wall-Saver Recliner: This type of recliner is perfect for smaller rooms or when available space is an issue. Wall-savers only need a few inches of space behind them in order to be able to recline. In most cases, a wall-saver recliner will offer a great variety of reclining positions, not just the traditional two positions.
- Push-Back Recliner: A push-back recliner does not need a lever or button to recline. One must simply lean back and exert pressure on the back of the chair to move it into a fully reclined position. In most cases, push-back recliners look more trendy and are more expensive than the other two types of recliners