Tips for selecting the best recliner

Recliners are a very popular type of chair today, due to their ability to switch to a “relax” mode. But how do you go about buying the right recliner for your needs? Read our quick furniture buying guide for recliners that may give you some pointers. Also read: 6 Mistakes Furniture Buyers make.

Size matters

If your living room is quite small and one of those lumber-jack sized recliners just will not fit, you should be able to order a smaller one. Think about not only your available space, but the size of the person who will be sitting in it most of the time.

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Quality construction

You can go with a well-known recliner brand that’s likely to hold up amazingly well. They might still recline and goes back to a sitting position with ease, even after years of use. Cheaply made chairs won’t last if you use them all the time. The materials used to build them are usually low quality that breaks easily or bow which means your swiveling or reclining chair may end up feeling like a carnival ride.

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Do you have pets? Although you might love the beautiful fabrics covering the chairs you look at, they may not an option for you. You might want to go with leather. This can be a good choice for you as the pet hair doesn’t stick to it and it’s easy to keep clean. A fabric upholstery can be a deal breaker as even though the chair is built well and lives forever, the fabric becomes soiled and smelly and cleaning it is costly and labor intensive. Little accident’s can really finish a chair off if the padding gets saturated.

Also keep in mind that although the structure and the upholstery might be holding up very well, the material they stuffed it with might be gone. Instead of the cushy, comfy chair you started out with, you have a Flintstone model. It can be hard as a rock as you’re sitting on wood with leather covering.

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Think about delivery

Larger furniture stores have their own trucks and can usually deliver quickly. Smaller stores must rely on independent trucks to deliver. This can be a problem as you can wait for weeks for your chair. Apparently, trucks carrying special-order items are often given a back seat to trucks filled with large orders. Keep in mind that special orders do take time, sometimes a long, long time, to make their way to your home. Also, find out if they even deliver. Some stores offer amazing prices, but you have to pick your chair up and take it home yourself.

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Color is also important

Leather might solve the problem of coloration for you, but think about how the color of the chair will work with the rest of the room. That trendy hue may seem very appealing, but trends change quickly and many folks are still haunted by colors that were in and out way before the furniture was ready to be replaced. A neutral shade is a better choice, you can always perk it up with trendy-colored throws and toss pillows.

Find out about any warranties and return issues. With some stores there is no turning back once an item is delivered. The law may say they have to take it back, but it may not say if you’ll have to return it yourself or how much hassle they’ll give you about it.

The best thing to do is take your time, measure your space and the person most likely to sit in the chair. Consider your lifestyle when choosing a fabric and color. And be patient if you place a special order.

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