Perfect for putting your feet up, recliners are the ultimate in home comfort. Dating back as early as the 1800s, the style has evolved into the modern recliners we know today.

The tendency for Americans to put their feet up and lean back in their chairs led to the design of wood slat chairs which became popular when upholstered. In 1929 two American cousins founded La-Z-Boy, creating their unique recliner mechanism which allowed them to take the recliner market by storm. These designs are essentially the same as the recliners still sold today.

These days there are two main types of recliners available; manual and power. Manual recliners are adjusted by hand, with a lever or body motion while power recliners use an electric motor to change position at the touch of a button, giving you the option to adjust to a more precise angle.

Before choosing a recliner, take a look at our pros and cons and see if a recliner really is what you need for your home:


  • Recliners are perfect for relaxing in after a long day. You can kick back in comfort in front of the TV and catch up on your favourite shows or watch a movie.
  • A recliner is a versatile piece of furniture. Not only can it be used as seating but with its adjustable design, it can be used to sleep on as well. Ideal for homes where space is limited, a recliner won’t take up the room a sofa bed will.
  • Power recliners need no physical strength to operate the mechanism so they allow people of all ages and abilities to recline easily.
  • Recliner sofas are typically sectional, so you can choose which part of your sofa you want to recline. Not all seats have to recline at the same time.


  • Recliners tend to take up more space than regular sofas and chairs as they need plenty of room around them to recline. If you have a small living space then a recliner probably isn’t the best choice for you. Make sure you measure you room before you buy to make sure you can fit a recliner in the space.
  • Recliners can be heavy because the additional mechanisms, so they aren’t ideal if you plan on moving your furniture frequently.
  • You will find that recliners are likely to be more expensive than non-recliners; extra features are usually available which will only add to the cost.
  • Power recliners require a power source to operate. Depending on where your plug sockets are located in your home, you may be limited to where you can place your recliner. There is also the problem of the power cord which can be unsightly and a trip hazard.