How To Choose A Recliner Sofa? 5 Things To Consider

The recliner is a type of armchair designed to adjust into a slightly upright or flat position when reclined back. This is comfortable and affordable.

The market is flooded with different recliners. This article will help you choose the recliner that will suit your budget.

Two types of sofas 

We can put recliner sofas into two categories:  

  • Electric  
  • Manual

In this part I want to tell you about pros and cons of sofas.

The pros of electric sofa: 

  • Longevity. Although the mechanism of a hydraulic lift power recliner is simple and low-maintenance, they typically last far longer than manual recliners. This is due to their controlled and gentle motions, which limit the harm caused by wear and tear. 
  • Precision. Power recliners have motors and remote controls built in, allowing for accurate adjustments. As a result, you may quickly select the ideal position. 
  • Ease of use. The touch of a button activates recliners, making it easy for anybody to select the ideal inclination without having to apply any force. 

Cons of electric recliners 

  • Dependent on power outlets. Although some electric recliners come with a battery pack, the chair needs to be close to a plug socket. 
  • Higher cost. Electric recliners are rather expensive. However, their longevity may offset these expenses. We recommend you get warranties from the manufacturer. This will save you money in the future. 

Pros of manual recliners 

  • Simplicity. Manual recliners may be easier to operate. 
  • Lower costs. Due to the simple constructions, these recliners are often less expensive than power recliners. 
  • Lighter. They are lighter than electric ones. You can easily move them around the house if you need to. They don’t need to be near an outlet. 

Cons of manual recliners 

  • User strength required. The user usually has to push the moving parts of a manual recliner back into place. This might not work for someone who cannot do that. 
  • Limitations in movement. Manual recliners offer a reduced number of positions. This may be good for some people but not for others.

5 things to consider when choosing a reclining sofa

So, you decided to buy a recliner sofa? Awesome! We recommend you consider the following tips.

  1. Size. Determine how big your recliner should be. Are you going to use it as a place to watch a tv or as an additional bed? Look for the sofa that will suit your needs.
  2. Style. Consider the style of your home before making your purchase. Pick a design that will suit your room best.
  3. Fabric. Leather is a popular fabric for recliners, but it can be expensive. Check out the wide variety of cloth fabric recliners if you are on a budget. However, don’t worry! Check out our article “20 best materials for a recliner”. There are a variety of materials that can fit any budget.
  4. General Quality. We encourage you to buy high-quality furniture. You will spend more money right now, but the long run you will save money on reupholstering and maintenance. Don’t forget to browse customer reviews before settling on a piece.
  5. Price. You can find the model that suits your budget. However, do not sacrifice quality just to save a few bucks. You will regret it in the long run.


We hope that this article helped you understand what to think about when looking for a recliner. If you have any other questions or comments, contact us. And thanks for reading!

About Karen Miller

As an interior designer, I believe that living spaces should be welcoming and comfortable. When you walk into your home or office for the first time after it's been remodeled by me - all of those efforts are paid off with a sense of comfort in knowing how much care went into making sure every detail was attended too!

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