Reclining Furniture 101

reclining furniture 101

Reclining furniture is a dream for many of us—a way to kick up our feet and watch TV, read a book, or just take a nap when we want to. But with so many kinds of recliners on the market, how do you pick the best one?

We get it—it can feel like an intimidating decision. You might be wondering: what’s the difference between a manual and power recliner? Which one is right for me? When you walk into one of our stores or visit our website, you're met with dozens of different styles, colours and can get overwhelming!

But don't worry, you’ll soon find the one piece that is just right for your needs and wonder how you ever lived without it. We’ve created this guide to help you navigate the ups and downs of the many kinds of reclining furniture you’ll find in our stores so that you can choose the best piece for your home—and get ready to kick back on command. Binge-watching, reading, or resting in customized comfort is just a short read away!

the benefits of reclining furniture

pain relief

There are a lot of reasons to buy reclining furniture. For one thing, it's comfortable, and for another, it's great for your health.

Research has shown that when people sit upright, their muscles tend to stiffen up and get sore more easily than when they're reclining. That's because your body needs a certain amount of movement in order to keep from becoming stiff and achy. If you're sitting up straight all day long, there isn't much room for movement in your lower back or neck muscles.

With a recliner, you can get the benefits of both sitting up straight and lying down flat. The blood flow that comes with lying down is good for your heart and circulation, while the upright position helps keep your spine aligned properly. It's like having two seats in one!

improved sleep quality

If you're like most people, you spend a lot of time asleep in your bedroom. If you’ve ever wondered how to make that time more comfortable, the answer could be adding a recliner. A recent study found that people who used a reclining chair or sofa reported an increase in their quality of sleep and a decrease in their sleep disturbances.

People who regularly use a recliner for sleeping are also more likely to enjoy increased energy levels during the day. The reason for this is simple: our bodies are meant to move during sleep. When we lie in bed all night long, our muscles can become stiff, which makes it difficult to get up and go when morning comes around.

With a recliner, though, we're able to adjust our position whenever we want—even if that means turning over onto our stomachs or sitting up halfway through the night—without having to get out of “bed” entirely.

better blood circulation

It turns out that when you sit in a chair or sofa and stay there for long periods of time, the blood flow in your body can slow down and you can be at risk for blood clots.

But not if you have a recliner! A recliner is a great way to improve your blood circulation and avoid those dangerous clots that can lead to strokes or heart attacks. The best part is that you don't have to do much other than relax into your new recliner—you don't even have to get up.

types of recliners

There is plenty of reclining furniture that suits a wide range of styles and budgets, but finding the perfect piece can be a bit of a challenge. To help you in your search for the recliner of your dreams, here is some info on the two main types:

First, let’s talk about the simplest of them all: manual recliners. “Simple” in our eyes means stylish and easy to use—not at all boring. Manual recliners are the perfect option for a range of situations. They’re easier to move around than power recliners, so they’re ideal for smaller spaces or homes with limited mobility. Plus, they're a great choice if you're looking to save money. Manual recliners cost less than their motorized counterparts, and they're easy to operate.

Second, you have power recliners. Power recliners are designed to be extremely comfortable, allowing you to sink into them and relax. You don't have to worry about getting up and down—a button is all you need.

Power recliners also come in a wide range of styles, so you can find one that fits your home decor. If you're looking for something with a midcentury modern aesthetic, or you want something sleek and contemporary, there's a power recliner out there for you!

When it comes to comfort, there's nothing quite like a power recliner. But if you're looking for something more traditional, manual recliners are still a great option.

Manual recliners are much easier to operate than power recliners, which means they're also a bit less expensive. They're also more durable and easier to repair. And while they don't have the same level of adjustability as power recliners, they do offer some flexibility in terms of seating positions.

Power recliners are often more popular for one reason: convenience. They come with many different settings that allow you to choose exactly how far or how fast you want your chair to move into position. They also give you the option of adjusting everything from the amount of back support provided by the chair's frame to the amount of head support provided by the backrest itself. Plus, some even come with built-in outlets to charge your devices or reading lights for when you can’t put down a good book—even late at night!

how to pick your perfect recliner

When it comes to picking your perfect recliner, there are a lot of things to consider. How often will you be using it? Do you want something large enough for two people? Do you like the look of leather or do you prefer fabric?

If you're unsure about what kind of recliner best suits your needs, we've put together some info that should help steer you in the right direction.

fabric type

Our reclining options are available in a wide variety of fabrics. Some are more durable and stain-resistant than others, so it's important to consider what you'll be doing with your recliner before making your purchase.

If you're looking for something that will hold up in a high-traffic area, or if you're not sure how much use you'll get out of your recliner, leather or leather-look might be the way to go. Both are durable, easy to clean, and look great in any room.

On the other hand, if you want something with a softer feel and more flexibility in terms of colour options, fabric is an excellent choice. It's also easy to care for and holds up well over time when properly maintained.


When picking a colour for your recliner, it's important to consider the space you're going to put it in. There are many factors that can affect how the colour looks, including lighting and furniture.

For example, if you have dark wood furniture in your living room, it might be best to choose a lighter colour for your recliner. On the other hand, if you have lots of light coming into your home, a darker colour may look better. You may also want to consider how large or small your space is; if there's not much room for furniture, a dark colour may make the area feel crowded.

Choosing the right colour can be tricky at first—but with some careful consideration and planning, you'll find yourself with an amazing new piece of furniture that will help make your home feel cozy!

Reclining furniture is an investment—one that will provide you with comfort and relaxation every single day. And if you take care of your new recliner, it'll be a long-lasting one!

So, what are you waiting for? Discover our full selection of reclining furniture online or visit our in-store furniture experts today to learn more and find your perfect recliner.