Recliners that don t look like recliners is a definite modern trend. And why not? Maybe you are old enough to remember the first recliners. Perhaps you remember your grandmother or grandfather’s recliner. Chances are it was a clunky chair, probably upholstered in that faux leather stuff called Naga Hide, and probably was some basic color like olive drab, brown or black. Today’s recliners offer a great deal more in the way of variety, and – News Bulletin Ahead!!! – Most of them don’t really look like recliners. What they do look like is stylish armchairs or sometimes even love seats that look good with your other furnishings. Here are a few of the features to look for in your next recliner.
Legs are a key. Those old recliners were square, clunky things that did not display legs. The Victorians, who disguised the legs on pianos, chairs and just about everything else, would have been proud. But modern recliners often display shapely, well-turned wooden feet and legs that look like the underpinning of any stylish armchair.
Upholstery is just as important as legs. No longer are you restricted to vinyl faux leather. The stuff is easy to clean, but it doesn’t wear well over time – witness all the older recliners that are liberally adorned with duct tape to hold the stuffing in on arms, back and seat. Moreover, it isn’t the most comfortable material to sit on. For your modern recliner, you can choose from a variety of upholstery fabrics, just as many as you would for an easy chair, ranging from simple cotton to sophisticated real leather. This, of course, means that the choice of color is also yours.
Body style is just as wide ranging. You can still get those old-style recliners, but you can also get recliners that look like classic wingback chairs, that feature puffy 1990s upholstery, the clean lines of modern or even neo-modern furnishings, or even more exotic styles such as stressless slingbacks. Oh, and do not forget zero clearance recliners or gravity-free lawn chair recliners!