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Tips to Help you Purchase Recliners and Reclining Furniture

If you are shopping for a new recliner or reclining chair, the American Furniture Manufacturers Association make the following recommendations:


Reclining chairs not only provide the ultimate in comfort and relaxation, they also can be fabulously fashionable and are available in nearly limitless styles, colors and sizes. Here are five tips to consider when shopping for recliners:

Consider who will be using the chair most frequently. Recliners are offered in a wide range of sizes, from petite to grand. For both your enjoyment and safety, it's important to find a chair that fits just right, regardless of your height or weight. In addition to being scaled for larger people, big man's chairs are engineered differently to withstand extra weight. Petite chairs are scaled so that shorter legs can rest on the floor with ease. And medium-sized chairs will be comfortable for most average-sized people.

Assess the room where your chair will be. What style would be most appropriate? What color would work best? Do you prefer a leather or fabric cover? Recliners are available in all styles, from the most classic traditional to the sleekest contemporary. Legs vary from shapely Queen Anne to straight-legged Mission to tailored skirts. Many styles feature the more typical recliner look, with solid bases that are flush to the floor.

Measure the space where the chair will be located and make sure you have ample space to open the chair. Some models are engineered so they can be placed within an inch or so of the wall and still recline.

Determine what features are important to you and your family. Recliners are offered with an astonishing array of options, including swivels, gliders, rockers, massage, heat, lifters, built-in phones, and even refrigerator units. Ask your retail sales associate to demonstrate the various features for you, and try them out in a selection of chairs.

Test the mechanisms. Recliners are activated in a variety of ways, with handles, buttons, knobs, simple push backs, and levers. See what feels best to you. For those who object to seeing a handle or lever, hidden mechanisms are available, but they sometimes require more effort to move the chair into a reclining position. Be sure everyone who will be using the chair tries out the mechanism. What works easily for one person may be difficult for another. You may want to consider the new power mechanisms that feature motors similar to those found in many of today's automobile seats. With the touch of a button, the user can effortlessly recline the back or extend the footrest and stop at any position.

Rune's Furniture features the finest selections of recliners, motion and reclining furniture in Worthington and Southwest Minnesota Furniture Store. If you want to find the perfect recliner, a reclining sofa, reclining sectional, or reclining furniture for your living room, family room or den, then you'll want to check out Rune's Furniture.