How Much Does A Recliner Weigh?

Do you dislike moving around heavy furniture? Although the weight of a recliner is not a feature people often worry about while shopping, it is best to have a general idea about the weight of your desired recliner beforehand. Lightweight recliners are very easy to handle when relocating to a new place, while bulky recliners can give you a tough time when trying to move them.

Recliners can vary in weight just as they vary in shapes, types, and sizes. Different recliners are made from different materials; for example, power recliners involve a working mechanism that adds to the weight of the recliner. One seater recliner weighs less than a recliner sofa.

The factors that make up most of the recliner’s weight are the materials used, the size of the recliner, and the functionalities it offers.

Determining the weight of your recliner

An average recliner can weigh about 50-60 pounds, but a recliner sofa can weigh up to 230 pounds or more. Do you see why there is such a drastic difference in their weights? It is because a recliner sofa can be 4 times the size of an average single-seat recliner. Let us have an in-depth understanding of how a recliner’s materials, size, and functionalities impact its weight.

Materials used

The material of your recliner’s frame plays a huge role in deciding its total weight. Some recliner frames are made of hardwood, while others are made of metal. Metal frames weigh a lot more than hardwood frames because they consist of more parts that need to be welded. On the other hand, hardwood is much lighter, so a light metal frame can weigh the same as a thick hardwood frame. Not only this, but the difference in the kind of metal used also makes a huge difference. For example, a frame made from steel is heavier than a frame made from aluminum. Tubular frames are very light compared to solid frames, so reputable manufacturers use solid frames to provide stability and sturdiness. 

The concept above can also be applied to fabrics and leather. Fabrics barely add any weight to the recliner compared to leather, which is thick and heavy. 

Size of your recliner

Although this is obvious, the size of the recliner matters a lot when it comes to determining its weight. Bigger recliners use more materials, including a bigger frame and more fabric which automatically means they will be heavier than smaller recliners.

Functionalities of your recliner

Understandably, a basic recliner will not weigh as much as a recliner that offers different functions. If your recliner has an in-built massage system, it will add to its weight. Some recliners come with a reading light attached to them, food trays that you can pull out whenever you want to eat, or chillers in the armrest to store and cool your drinks. All additional features add to the weight of your recliner.

Frequently asked questions

How much does a recliner sofa weigh?

A single recliner can weigh up to 150 pounds, a loveseat weighs 250 pounds, a three-seater weighs up to 350 pounds, and four or five cushion recliners can way more than 500 pounds. 

How much does a power recliner weigh?

Some power recliners are more heavy-duty than normal power recliners. The weight of power recliners can range from 70-200 pounds, depending on the model and functionalities.

How much does a lazy boy recliner weigh?

Lazy boy recliners have many different models, each varying in weight. They are one of the sturdiest recliners available and also create some lightweight models. They can range between 60 to 160 pounds.

How much does a one cushion recliner weigh?

One cushion recliner can be as light as 55 pounds.

Are reclining sofas heavy?

While there’s no definitive answer, most reclining sofas tend to be on the heavier side. This is due to their construction and materials. Reclining sofas usually have a metal or wood frame, which can add to their weight. Plus, they often have features like built-in massage systems and heaters, which can also make them heavier.

Why is knowing the weight of your recliner useful?

Knowing the weight of your recliner comes in handy when you need to move it around your home. If you have a recliner that’s too heavy to move on your own, you’ll need to enlist the help of friends or family members.

Additionally, it’s helpful to know the weight of your recliner if you plan to disassemble it and take it with you when you travel. That way, you can make sure that you have the proper equipment to move it safely.

How much weight can a recliner hold?

The answer depends on the specific recliner. Most recliners are designed to hold between 250 and 350 pounds. However, there are some models that can accommodate up to 500 pounds, so it’s always best to check the manufacturer’s specifications before making a purchase.

How much does a 3-seater sofa weigh in kg?

There’s no definitive answer, as the weight of a 3-seater sofa will depend on the materials and construction. However, most 3-seater sofas tend to weigh about 280 pounds, i.e. 127 kgs.

How much does a Lazyboy couch weigh?

Most Lazyboy couches weigh between 200-250 pounds.

How much does a loveseat recliner weigh?

The exact weight will depend on the particular style and size of your loveseat recliner mode. However, most models fall under 100-200 pounds on average.

How do you move a recliner by yourself?

If you need to move a recliner by yourself, the best way to do it is to first disassemble the back and armrests. Once you’ve done that, you should be able to lift the couch easily. If you can’t disassemble the couch, you can try sliding it across the floor with the help of a furniture dolly.


We all can agree that although weight is not a factor to worry about a lot when buying a recliner, it is helpful to have a lightweight recliner when relocating. Every recliner is made of different materials, has a different size, and offers different functionalities, all of which add to its total weight. Different materials vary in weight. Hardwood is lighter than metal, leather is denser and heavier than fabric, and steel is heavier than aluminum. A bigger recliner uses more materials, making it heavier than smaller ones. Customers can keep these factors in mind, especially when looking to buy a customized recliner for their home.

Last updated: 25/04/2023

About Karen Miller

Hello! I'm Karen Miller, an interior designer from Chicago with a passion for creating beautiful and functional spaces. After leading designer at Chicago Interior LLC in 2010-2020, I started to share my expertise on home comfort. I'm excited to help you transform your home into a place of comfort and joy. Thanks for joining me on this journey!

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