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After Work Leisure: Choosing the Right Recliner

Recliners are the perfect after-work “rest piece”. They provide the comfort that ordinary chairs cannot give; and they can be set and customized to a variety of different modes and poses to suit the person’s comfort. It’s a very nice piece of furniture if you just want to lie down and read a book, magazine or newspaper; or would just like to slack off in front of your television after a hard day’s work. However, you might want to consider some points in choosing the perfect recliner for your maximum reclining satisfaction.

Whenever you are in need for a recliner for your home, you need to know the three most important factors in finding the perfect recliner for you. These factors are: style, fit and fabric.

Reclinable leather chair

Style means the overall aesthetic look and feel of the recliner. This might well be of anything for any person because it all depends on what the person actually prefers in design. This could mean design as a pattern or design as a function; and can comprise both. A simple and uncomplicated style is sometimes more recommended over loud and very decorative designs. One note though: if you want that recliner to fit in perfectly, the recliner’s design must still somehow fit in the room’s general theme. You wouldn’t really want a gaudy recliner sticking out openly in striking contrast to everything around it.

The fit of your recliner is also one of the most important things to consider in purchasing a new recliner. Recliners that are very appealing to the eye but rather unappealing to the comfort of your body are worse than having a bad recliner design itself. Your recliner should feel very comfortable; as it is the main purpose of the recliner itself. Choose recliners that offer sitting positions that won’t strain the back, shoulders or the neck when sitting for a long period of time.

Finally, the fabric to be used is also important when choosing the appropriate recliner. Aside from the general function of the fabric itself such as added comfort or increased or decreased friction when sitting, it is also important to note the fabrics’ maintenance factor. Fabrics to be used on recliners must be sturdy and easy to clean for easy maintenance. Fabrics that are elastic enough are also recommended; but it will depend on the recliner’s general shape and fabric layout.

Colorful reclinable armchair

There are other factors such as the overall available functions of the recliner; but these three are the most significant. Which means their importance takes precedence over all other factors. Sure, your recliner might be a very high tech recliner that can modify itself according to your sitting position and all, but if the fabric is not too comfortable enough then you might as well opt for a sandbag for your recliner.

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Nilda Nora


I love writing about interior design. I am in love with achieving harmony at home to improve the well-being of my family. I usually write for the "Visitacasas" blog, both in Spanish and English, and personally answer the questions about home decoration of all our users.

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