How to shop for leather recliners

Leather recliners are both comfortable and durable and come in a variety of styles and colors to fit just about everyone’s taste. No doubt, laying back in a comfy reclining sofa or chair after a hard day of work is one of the best things to do. However, finding the right leather recliner can be tricky. In line with the quality the price can vary a lot. You can find cheap leather recliners in acceptable quality for less than 100 dollars or more expensive recliners for 5,000 dollars and more. In this article we will shed light on the different types of leather recliners and tell you what to look for when you buy a new recliner.

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Leather recliners have made a huge transformation since the day they where invented in the late nineteenth century. Long viewed as bulky and unfashionable, the image of a reclining leather couch or chair has changed in recent years. Today, leather recliners are visually appealing and stylish. Thus, it is not surprising that reclining leather couches have found their way into the living room of a lot of families as well as single apartments and lofts. However, since leather recliners, like all leather furniture, can be quite expensive you should take your time and think everything through before you decide which recliner to take home with you.

General considerations before you purchase a recliner
modern leather recliner
Modern leather recliner

Before you purchase a recliner decide where you want to put it. Make sure the style of your new leather recliner matches the room. Is the current look of the room modern or traditional? Leather recliners come in a variety of styles so it should not be a problem to find one that fits to the existing décor. Also, measure the available space. If space is limited, rather go for small leather recliners. Always have the exact dimensions at hand to make sure the recliner fits into the room. There is nothing more annoying than returning a brand new leather recliner only because it turns out that there is not enough space available in your home.

Set a budget before you go to a store or check for leather recliners online and stick to it. As mentioned earlier prices for leather recliners can range from below 100 dollar up to 5,000 dollar and above. Some people get overwhelmed by the many options available for leather recliners and end up spending more money than initially planned, so make sure you know what you really need.

While the look and cost of a reclining leather couch are definitely important, the most important factor to consider is comfort. You really want to make sure you will enjoy sitting in it for the next ten years or so. So try out the recliner yourself! Taller people should check whether their legs are not dangling too far off of the footrest. Similarly, smaller people should check if their legs touch the floor when the back is upright. If not, it could be hard and uncomfortable to use the recliner. Also check the cushioning. Are there any bumpy parts in the seat or back? Most importantly, inspect the frame of the recliner. Normally, it is the nonmoving parts that brake on a recliner.

Last but not least, if other people use the recliner on a regular basis let them sit in it for a few minutes to test it themselves.

Types of leather recliners
home theater leather recliners
Home theater leather recliners with storage consoles

There are different types of recliners to choose from. They differ in the way they recline and features they have to make sitting in them more convenient or comfortable. In this section we will present the most common types of leather recliners.

Double or loveseat recliner. A double leather recliner allows two people to comfortable sit in it. It is perfect for smaller rooms or if available space is limited.

High-leg leather recliners. The special characteristic of high-leg leather recliners is that all four legs are visible giving them a more formal look. Besides, since the recliner is taller and does not sit flush on the ground like regular leather recliners it is easier to get in and out.

Massage recliners. This type of leather recliners comes with build in massage and heating mechanisms. Massage recliners vibrate and move to relax the muscles and help you to relax.

Home theater leather recliners. Home theater recliners are perfect for movie fans and those people who want to transform their living room into a movie theater. They come with build in cup holders and sometimes hidden trays that can pop out to hold drinks or food. When bundled together theater recliners can form a nice theater couch for the whole family.

Moveable recliners. Some recliners come with hidden casters so that they can be moved around easily.

Rocker leather recliners. A rocker is one of the most popular choices when it comes to leather recliners. The mechanism allows you to rock when the recliner is not reclined and features a wide range of reclining angles. Given their popularity they are available in a wide array of styles, fabrics and colors.

Push back recliners. In most cases these recliners do not have a footrest and the back is the only part that reclines. It is common to use an ottoman as a footrest. Push back leather recliners usually have a stylish look making them a great option for more modern-looking rooms.

Sectional recliners. Recliners can also be part of leather sectionals. This is a great option if you want to sit with everyone else while still enjoying the recliner. A sectional recliner is also a good alternative to a sectional sleeper sofa or traditional sleeper sofa if you do not want to use it as a permanent bed but rather for small naps.

wall-hugger recliner
Wall-hugger recliner

Wall-hugger / wall-saver recliners. Unlike traditional recliners this type of leather recliners does not require space behind it. As such, you can place wall-huggers closer to the wall since they move forward before they recline. They are perfect for small rooms and areas with limited space.

Leather recliners quality

Always check the quality of the leather recliner before you buy it. Reviews of previous buyers are usually a good starting point. Make sure the leather recliner was built using sturdy materials. Check the quality of the leather and make sure it is real and not fake.

Also find out if the recliner comes with a warranty and opt for one that spans at least three years.

Where to look for leather recliners

Inexpensive recliners and leather recliners on sale can be found in department stores or larger furniture warehouses. Especially the later will have a good selection of furniture and trained stuff to help you find the best leather recliner for your needs. You can also look online for your new recliner. You can either browse the hundreds of furniture web shops or navigate to a large online seller site like Amazon to look for leather recliners for sale. Ebay is also a good place to look for cheap leather recliners.

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