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Today we are going to talk about the recliner, affectionately nicknamed daddy's armchair. The differential of the recliner is comfort, after all, it comes with a retractable support to stretch the feet, has support for the head, is wide and reclines in three positions, you can even lie down.

If you are buying a recliner, this article will help you a lot. In it, we'll tell you everything you need to know about this type of furniture, what the different models are, in which rooms you can place it, how much it costs and where to buy.




First things first

  • The recliner can have the external covering of different fabrics such as leather, suede, chenille, among others. The internal coating (padding) can be foam or pocket springs.
  • Some recliner models are motorized, have side pockets to put books and magazines and some even come with electronic massager for you to relax even more.
  • This type of armchair is an excellent option for women who are breastfeeding, although there is a model suitable for this practice (the structure is very similar to the recliner).

The Best Recliner: Our Picks

Buying Guide

There's nothing better than a comfortable armchair to relax in after a hard day's work. It's even better if you can stretch your legs and relax, watch TV, read or even take a nap. Whatever your way of relaxing, it is worth buying a recliner for your home, you can place it in the bedroom, office and living room. There are different models and you can combine the furniture with the decor of the environment.

Imagem de pai e filho sentados em uma poltrona.

The recliner is also known as daddy's armchair. (Source: Victoria Borodinova / Pixabay)

What are the differentiators of a recliner?

The recliner is the ideal model for rest and relaxation. She is large, cuddly, has the high backrest to support the head, retractable footrest, arms and some models have differentials such as cup holders and side pockets to put books or magazines. The internal lining can be made of foam, high-density silicone fibers or zig and zag bagged springs that provide comfort, regardless of the weight of the person sitting in the armchair. The external covering can be made of noble materials such as animal leather, linen, suede and chenille, or cheaper materials such as synthetic material, suede, corino, among others.

Depending on the model, the armchair can tilt up to three levels and this movement can be performed by motorized device. You can stand, lean or practically lie down at the touch of a button.

The ease of use of this model makes the recliner ideal for anyone, especially those with reduced mobility such as the elderly and people with disabilities. Another unique feature of this model is that it can be for one person only (conventional model), double or even triple.

Advantages
  • It is ideal for resting, reading and watching TV
  • It can be used in the living room, bedroom and office
  • The covering can be made of different materials
  • Available in the versions for one, two or three seats
Disadvantages
  • It takes up a lot of space
  • It is a relatively expensive piece of furniture

How to combine the recliner with different environments of the house?

The recliner can be found in different styles, finishes and colours, so this furniture looks good in different rooms of the house such as living room, bedroom and office.

In the living room

When we think of a recliner, the first place that comes to mind is the living room. The furniture makes the room cozier and is ideal for relaxing with the family. The recliner, whether a classic or modern model, makes a big difference in the decor of the living room, besides serving as a support furniture when you receive guests at home.

Imagem de uma poltrona reclinável em uma sala de estar.

The recliner is quite versatile. (Source: Pixabay / Pexels)

The armchair does not need to be the same colour and material as the sofa, but it is important that you choose models that match. That is, if the sofa is printed or colored, opt for an armchair a little more neutral (and vice versa). When you place it in the living room, preferably place it next to the sofa or coffee table, in front of the TV, fireplace or near a window (if the armchair is made of leather, make sure it doesn't receive direct sunlight).

In the office

You can also buy a recliner for your office, either indoors or outdoors. The furniture suits this type of environment, because of the sophistication of the piece. Use the armchair in the upright position with your feet on the floor if you are in a more formal meeting, the intermediate position can be used in less formal situations and you can tilt it completely when you want to relax or rest.

In the bedroom

The recliner can be the missing piece of furniture in your bedroom, because it can be used to bring even more comfort to the environment and still fill an empty space in the corner of the room. The most interesting is that this type of armchair combines with the single room, double room and the baby or child's room. In a teen room with boho style that mixes printed pieces and different textures, a recliner made of leather in a neutral colour like caramel will contrast with the decor, enhancing it.

Imagem de um quarto.

The recliner also enhances the room, whether for children, singles or couples. (Source: Milly Eaton / Pexels)

For mums who are breastfeeding, the recliner replaces the breastfeeding chair. When the child is older, the armchair can be used to read a story at night or help them with their homework. A tip, if you are buying a recliner for a child's room, choose one that is made of easy-to-clean materials, as the recliner can get easily dirty.

Did you know that you can also find reclining armchairs for children with cheerful prints and colours that can add a special touch to the decoration of the little one's room? The children's recliner is a reduced version of the adult model and can be used for playing, studying, reading and resting

What is the difference between a recliner and a nursing armchair?

A model very similar to the recliner is the lounge chair, so much so that many people confuse one model with the other. For you to know the differences and similarities between the two models, we prepared a comparative table, check:
Reclining armchair Breastfeeding armchair
Structure Wide, high backrest for the head, arms and footrest It may or may not have support for the arms and head. The footrest is made by a pouf
Inclination Three positions: sitting, reading and resting Inclination of 45 º
Extra Features Pocket for magazines, cup holders and swivel feet The chair can have swing

How much does it cost?

The prices of a recliner vary according to the dimensions (height, width and depth), material used in the internal and external covering, style, brand and functionalities. You will find from cheaper options, for about R$ 300, to much more expensive options that reach R$ 10,000.

Imagem de sala de estar.

Tilting armchairs cost from R$ 300 and you can find them online. (Source: Mariamichelle / Pixabay)

Purchase criteria: Factors to compare recliner models

Choosing a recliner should be done carefully. In addition to choosing a model that harmonises with the decor of your living room, bedroom, office or any other environment, you need to consider the following product features:

  • Dimensions
  • Density
  • Design
  • Covering
  • Differentials

We will detail item by item so that you are not left in any doubt about what characteristics define a quality recliner.

Dimensions

Before buying a recliner, you need to keep in mind that this piece of furniture has larger dimensions than conventional armchairs and you will need to have enough space in your living room, bedroom or office to recline it. Generally, a recliner has the following dimensions: 110 cm high, 95 cm wide and 90 cm deep. But you can find smaller and larger models.

Imagem de uma sala de estar com duas poltronas reclináveis.

It is important that you buy a recliner with dimensions that are compatible with the room in which you will place it. (Source: Shadowfirehearts / Pixabay)

For you to make sure that the armchair has the dimensions compatible with the environment in which you will place it, check the measurements of the furniture closed and open. It is important that the armchair is at least 20 cm away from other furniture. It is also important that there is a distance of 1 m to 1.5 m between the armchair and the space that people use to circulate. Leave a distance of 70 cm between the armchair and the coffee table.

Density

Another important characteristic is the density of the foam that makes up the internal lining of the furniture. The ideal density for this type of furniture is 23 to 28 g/cm³. Also make sure of the maximum weight that the armchair can support. Most models can withstand up to 100 or - at most - 160 kg. If the seat has a low density, over time a "hole" will form in the centre of the seat, in the shape of your body.

Design

The design of the recliner varies less than other types of armchairs, but that doesn't mean you can't choose a model to match your home décor. The recliner has a style that ranges from classic to contemporary, but also matches rustic and vintage environments, after all, the pieces made of leather are timeless. If you choose a model with black or brown leather covering, the armchair will become a very modern and refined item and you can put it in a more formal environment as the office.

Imagem de um estofado de couro.

Leather is a strong, durable and very elegant material. (Source: Dmitriy Cherevko / 123RF)

Covering

You can find armchairs in a variety of upholstery styles, almost always these materials are soft to the touch, soft and grippy, but you can choose a higher or lower quality option.

  • Genuine leather: this high quality and durable material quickly adapts to body temperature, making the seat comfortable and cozy. Armchairs made of this material are considered luxury items.
  • Synthetic material: synthetic material is cheaper but equally beautiful. This type of fabric demands low maintenance.
  • Chenille: this material is similar to velvet, pliable and the fluffy surface absorbs and reflects light to different levels.
  • Corino: corino is an ecological material made from 100% cotton fabric and PVC coating (70%), polyester (25%) and polyurethane (5%).
  • Teflonized Gorguron: this fabric is impermeable for a brief moment, but it gives you time to run to get a cloth or paper towel and remove the drink that fell out. This model is also great for those who have pets at home, because their paws won't scratch or fray the fabric.

Other options are suede, suede and linen.

Differentials

Some recliner models have very interesting features:

  • Massager;
  • Side pockets to store magazines and books;
  • Cup holders in the arms (just like the cinema seats);
  • Swivel feet;
  • Automatic reclining mechanism.

Just make sure they are really essential for you, otherwise you'll be paying extra for something you won't even use.

(Featured image source: Stvic2017 / Pixabay)

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