When it comes to buying a recliner chair for your living room or office, some people don’t really give the process much thought and head straight to the furniture store hoping to land on something soft and comfy. This is all fine and dandy if you’re not looking to buy something that’ll coordinate with your existing pieces or if you don’t really have a definitive budget. But $1000 brown leather recliners that conveniently greet you near the entrance of the store aren’t for everyone.

This is why a little thought and prepping is required before going shopping for your next piece of furniture. Whether it is a recliner chair, sofa, or coffee table it’s always good to know ahead of time what you want, what you need, and what you’re willing to pay. And to help you out a little bit with your decision making, below are top 5 things to keep in mind when buying a recliner chair.

Size Does Matter

Well at least for your potential recliner it does. Recliner chairs come in so many different sizes as well as shapes that choosing the right one for your space is imperative. Plus, bigger doesn’t always mean better. Sometimes bigger means crowded, bulky or overwhelming which are not necessarily words you’d associate with comfort.

If you’re placing your recliner in a space with other furniture then it’s always good to get measurements of the exact area. And if it’s going to be the only furniture in the entire room that you can sit on then that’s the time to choose oversized pieces that’ll really make a statement and own the room. Otherwise, it will easily look dwarfed and out of place.

Also, remember that this is no ordinary chair but a reclining one, so that means taking into account a little extra space for the front and back of the recliner. After all, you don’t want to constantly hit the wall or kick the coffee table every time you want to take advantage of the chair’s reclining feature.


Even fabrics can be a little deceiving at times which is why you need to know exactly what your recliner chair is upholstered in. There are many types of fabrics to choose from when it comes to recliners. One of the most common fabrics used in furniture upholstery would be cotton which exhibits color, patterns, and textures really well, but they’re also hard to get stains and dirt out of. Other materials such as nylon and rayon can also make great coverings since they resist stains a little better than cotton.

Leather would be considered high-end because of the quality of the fabric as well as the price. But you get what you pay for and with leather recliners, you can expect durable, comfortable, easy to clean, and sophisticated looking furniture that’ll last you a long time with the proper care.

Lastly, you have microfiber which is the most cost-efficient upholstery you can get for the money. It’s almost as attractive as leather if not more so, just depending on your personal preference. It feels nice against the skin, is very comfortable and virtually stain resistant to the max. So if you have little children or household members who love to eat and drink near or around your recliner then this would be the best choice.

Movers and Shakers

These chairs are definitely movers; not necessarily shakers unless you have a vibrating massaging recliner chair which would probably be really awesome, come to think about it. But in any regards, when it comes to the mechanism of your recliner you want to make sure everything is working as smooth as possible. Test out the reclining feature a few times and if you hear strange noises when reclining or the chair doesn’t easily fall into position then you may want to pass it up.

There are also electric recliners that recline with a touch of a button and have the ability to save your reclined settings. Other features of electric recliners can also include heating pads or built-in massagers (there’s that shaker feature). Whether you choose a manual recliner or an electric one, be sure that all moving parts function perfectly before you buy it.

Sit Test

You would never buy a car without test driving it first and the same goes for your recliner chair. It’s funny how you’d see a store that sells furniture with signs on the chairs that say “No Sitting”. That would probably explain why none of the chairs have sold because they don’t allow their customers to sit on them. You should be free to sit and lounge in a recliner chair that you may potentially purchase.

This will let you feel the comfort level of the chair as well as get a good idea of its built and construction. And if the salesperson doesn’t mind, go ahead and take a quick nap on it as well. If you find that you can easily doze off in just a few seconds while sitting in the recliner then you know you might just have a winner.

Money Talks

And so do chairs and just because it’s saying “Buy Me!” doesn’t mean you have to, especially if it’s out of your price range. While many people would like to get the most sophisticated, most technologically advance, and most comfortable electronic leather chair with built-in massager and remote control, there’s a good chance that that won’t be the case in most scenarios. Recliner chairs usually cost anywhere from $100 to $2000 and above. The higher the quality of the fabric and frame and the more features and functions the chair possesses, the more costly it will be. But that’s OK if you have $2000 budget.

If not then choose a chair that has the basic functions that you like, the comfort and durability that you need, and one that fits perfectly into your budget, and not the store’s.