The Right Fabric

There is nothing like a leather or fabric recliner to relax in, read a book or watch your favorite television show ( Recliners don’t occupy much area and fit into just about any size living area in the home. In fact, more first time furniture shoppers choose fabric recliners over other types of furnishing as their initial purchase second only to the bed. Here are some tips to consider when shopping for a recliner.

First and foremost, why do you want a recliner? How do you plan on using it? Perhaps you want something to claim as “your chair” so you don’t have to fight over a space on the couch in the family room. In other cases, a new mother may want a comfortable place to rest while feeding the baby.

In fact, some fabric recliners are ideal as many are designed to rock as well as recline ( If you go into a furniture store having thought out why you want the recliner, you’ll be able to zero in on a style that best suits your needs. For example, dad may prefer a leather recliner over a fabric recliner.

Next, think about where you want to place the chair. You may not think too much about the location since a recliner is a piece of furniture that isn’t as bulky as a couch. However, recliners will take up more space when you recline. The back and the foot rest needs room to extend. Make sure the area you intend to use the chair has about three feet of clearance to the front and back of the chair in order to extend completely.

Lastly, think about what features you want your recliner to have. Some have puffy headrests and armrests while others are more streamlined. How about a fabric recliner that warms your backside and even vibrates? Some of these pieces feature vibrators and heating systems. You can also opt to have one that is cushioned and with padded backrest.

Detailed close up view on samples of cloth and fabrics in different colors found at a fabrics market.

Another option is a lift recliner. These are designed to help people who are older or infirmed and need a little boost to get out of a chair. If you are shopping for a fabric recliner for a senior, consider one that has a lifting function.

Once you are in the furniture store and are considering one or two chairs, take a look at the structure of the recliner. A good recliner is made from pine, oak, or even steel. The heavier the occupant, the sturdier you want your leather or fabric recliner. Of course, even if you aren’t a large person, you want to select a sturdy piece of furniture to last you several years.