How to find the right recliner chair for you

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Forget everything you think you know about recliners.

With more choice available than ever before, the perfect reclining chair is out there for you, you just need to know what you are looking for.

Keeping up appearances

You can now get recliners in almost any style you can imagine, in a wide variety of colours, patterns and materials. Many people still think of recliners as being limited to large, leather armchairs but there is a huge amount of choice on the market and there are pieces which will fit in with any theme or colour scheme. La-Z-Boy’s Lisbon armchair is the perfect example of a contemporary chair which looks nothing like a typical recliner. With a neat, modern appearance, the Lisbon looks like a static model but its discreet recliner mechanism is hidden from view so you can relax and put your feet up whenever you want.

Relax with purpose

If you’re thinking about buying a recliner, the most important question to ask yourself is why. Thinking about how you will use your recliner will help you choose one which is right for you. Are you simply looking for a comfortable armchair you can really unwind on? Or perhaps you have mobility issues and need a chair which will make it easier for you to get up when you want to? Riser recliner chairs are growing in popularity for those who need a bit of extra help getting to their feet. Our Lift 'n' Rise chairs feature a patented mechanism which comfortably guides you into a sitting or standing position. They also have an ergonomic remote control to make it easy to use and a built-in safety feature to prevent entrapment.

If you want a reclining chair which you can use in a home office, a reclining swivel chair might be the answer. La-Z-Boy’s range of swivel chairs offer good head and neck support and can turn between 270 and 360 degrees, depending on the model you choose.

Manual or electric?

La-Z-Boy makes both manual and power recliners and it’s worth taking a moment to decide which type is best for you. Manual recliner chairs are operated using a latch or handle and tend to use a simple mechanism which adjusts the seat. One of the main advantages of a manual recliner is that it doesn’t use any electricity and can go anywhere in the house as you don’t need to plan for it to be positioned near a plug socket. They can also be a more affordable option and are very low maintenance. Power recliners need to be near a mains supply but often come with more features than a manual chair. Power recliners use an electric motor which gently changes the position of the chair until you are comfortable. They are extremely easy to operate as you simply need to touch a button. Some La-Z-Boy models also come with USB charging points so you can charge your phone or tablet while you are relaxing.

How does it measure up?

If you’re thinking of buying a new recliner, take a look at the space it will go in and check the measurements of any models which take your fancy. If you have a large open space which needs filling, you may want to go for a sofa with built-in recliners or even a corner group. There are also plenty of smaller, more compact options to choose from, including the Harvey armchair. Try to visualise how your recliner will look in your room and how you will use it in daily life to make sure you choose a piece you will enjoy relaxing in for years to come.