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Children’s recliners have the same basic structure as an adult recliner. The size is the only difference in most cases, but the discerning consumer needs to watch for different features when selecting the best kid recliner. Children have different uses for their recliners. They are not likely to be sitting back to watch a three-hour sporting event or chat with friends but will be getting in and out of their chairs often. Three key issues to consider when choosing a children’s recliner are the strength of the frame, the durability of the fabric and the ease of use.
A frame built from solid oak is common for children’s recliners, and these structures are the best on the market. A quality kid recliner will have a sturdy base structure that will withstand children plopping into the seats. The easiest way to examine the structure is to turn over the recliner, which is pretty simple with a small recliner. The support wood should be solid and thick and hold up all parts of the recliner. The support beams need to be in a square to support the seat, and the best small recliners will have supports between the four legs of the support structure.
The fabric of a kid recliner needs to be a material that will not show dirt easily. Ribbed fabrics are excellent choices for hiding stains, and some patterns do that as well. The fabrics for children’s recliners also should be washable. Even if the fabric cover is not removable, the owner should be able to spot clean it without difficulty. Children tend to spill more than adults, so the durability of the fabric will be an important selling point for a kid recliner.
Children do not have fully developed fine or gross motor skills, making the ease of use a key factor in choosing the best kid recliner. If the recliner has a lever to extend the foot, the lever needs to be large enough for children to grab the handle and flexible enough for them to be able to move the lever while sitting. Other features, such as cup holders, are common on children’s recliners. Before making a purchase, consumers should have the child sit in the recliner to see whether these features are easy to reach and use. Otherwise, they add to the cost of the recliner without adding value to the product.
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