Recliners have gone a long way since it came around in 1859. Started out by the French as a multifunctional portable camp bed featuring a steel frame. It functions as a bed, chair, and chaise. It underwent several design changes, until the invention of the first wooden recliners with built-in padding. Allegedly, Napoleon was the owner of the first reclining chair.
The first patented wooden recliner was in 1928 and awarded to cousins Edwin Shoemaker and Edward Knabusch. The cousins founded the La-Z Boy company specializing in recliners and home furniture.
Types of Recliners
Traditional recliners feature generous dimensions that make them popular. They have a casual classic design that fit any home décor. Their most characteristic features include:
- Wide arms that are either rounded or rolled
- Padded footrests that you can kick back so you can put your feet up
- Great indulgence because of its huge size, including wide arms
- Features a wingback design and tufted upholstery with buttons
- Upholstered in either leather or fabric
- Several traditional recliners have a rocking feature that makes them even more relaxing particularly for breastfeeding mothers and their babies
The only disadvantage of traditional recliners is their bulk size and they always come with a footrest instead of a matching ottoman.
Modern recliners are a combination of imaginative minds and technology. Their features cater to our modern lifestyles.
They come with a matching ottoman that makes them even better than the traditional designs. This combination makes them suitable not only in the living room but also in a TV room.
- Streamlined featuring a mixture of clean lines and fluid curves
- Less bulky contours
- Upholstered in leather, faux leather or bonded leather mixed with either wood, chrome or metal. This combination of materials suit those who are texture- and fashion-conscious
- Features ergonomically oriented designs, including a multi-position recline, 360-degree swivel mechanism, and zero gravity support
Transitional refers to the intermediate switch from one style to another and more. With a style somewhere between traditional and modern, transitional recliners have the following features:
- Maintain the wingback design and button tufted upholstery
- Versatile visual elements and textured designs like patterns on the fabric upholstered with wood frame
- Neutral, earthy color tones
- Features a more contemporary form and line, and mixtures of direct lines and curves with clean, minimalist contours
Factors to Consider When Shopping for a Leather Recliner
Leather upholstered recliners are a good choice because they last longer. They are easier to clean and fashionable. Leather is not slippery so you can easily slide in and out without the danger of slipping out from the chair. Leather material also stays cool. So what should you consider when shopping for leather recliners?
- First, you need to identify where you want to place the recliner. Then, get the dimension of that space.
- The width. Choose the width that suits the size and preference of the use. If you want more space to move around, choose a recliner that has a wider seat or chair.
- The height. This will depend on the height of the user. A smaller chair will leave the legs of taller people dangling afar of the footrest, while a too short chair will not allow shorter people to angle their knees when the footrest is down.
The design of the armrests will also depend on the user’s preference. Some like the armrests to be nearer the chair. Of course, wider arms are preferred by many.
Tip: Remember that leather needs treatment occasionally to keep it looking good.
Recliners are relaxing and comforting pieces of furniture. However, not all families are able to own one because of their fairly high price. Modern furniture manufacturers invented new ways so families can enjoy the luxury offered by recliners. Today, you can see recliners incorporated into modern sectional sofas. You can find these sectional sofas with recliners not on shops but on online modern furniture stores.