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When imagining the ultimate piece of comfortable furniture, a recliner is guaranteed to be top of mind. Designed to be as relaxing as they are functional, these chairs are perfect for watching sports or movie marathons, or simply putting up your feet while you read. Today’s recliners have come a long way from their first iterations—modern versions offer a wide variety of sizes and features for every personal style and need. Read on for help finding the perfect fit for your home.

Here are a few factors that you should consider when shopping for a recliner.


If you thought that there is only one type of recliner, think again: there are myriad varieties to explore, based on the functionality of how the chair is reclined.


Manually pull on a built-in lever—typically on the right side of the chair—to move the seat from upright to reclined. These chairs may not be as ideal for individuals with mobility issues or any conditions that impact their arm strength.

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What are the different kinds of recliners?

There are seven types of recliners:

  1. Traditional: A standard two-position chair that reclines when you push on the back. Traditional models also have a built-in footrest that pops up when you recline.
  2. Push-back: The same as a traditional, but without the built-in footrest. For these types, most people include an ottoman for their feet when the chair is fully reclined. 
  3. Rockers: These models have the added feature of rocking back and forth, making them popular in nurseries.
  4. Power-operated: Electric motors allow for smooth and effortless reclining at the push of a button. 
  5. Gliders: Similar to rockers, glider models are more linear and provide a smoother horizontal motion. 
  6. Swivel: These recliners offer 360-degree rotation for maximum flexibility in positioning.
  7. Lift: As the name suggests, these models have a mechanism that tilts the chair up and forward, helping those with mobility issues stand up. 

How much space do I need for a recliner?

The amount of space you'll need for a recliner depends on how and where you want to use it and the extent of its reclining mechanism. For example, if you only use it in a home office or bedroom, you could put it against a wall without taking up much space. On the other, recliners can make great focal points in a room with more space. Leave between 1 and 3 feet of space behind your recliner so it doesn't hit the wall when fully extended. You also need to take into account other features, such as rocking or a swivel, when determining space for a recliner.

Are recliners designed for sleeping?

Most furniture manufacturers don't design recliners for sleeping. In fact, you're more likely to see ads for recliners as the place to watch a game or relax with a good book. However, many find them comfortable enough to sleep in, especially ones made from high-quality materials and with robust reclining abilities.