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What is a Recliner Chair?

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A recliner chair is an armchair with an adjustable back and footrest. People who are interested in purchasing a recliner chair should comparison shop before making a decision on a particular model. Recliner chairs vary in quality and price, but a good recliner should last about ten years with regular use.

There are several types of recliner chairs sold in stores today. Some of them include the rocker recliner, the push-back recliner, the wall-saver recliner, massage recliners, and electronic recliners. Each chair recliner has different features that may appeal to a variety of consumers.

A rocker recliner chair rocks when it is positioned upright and can be lowered by using a special hand lever. The rocker recliner starts at about $350 US Dollars (USD) but can cost up to $600 USD for a top-of-the-line model. A push back recliner chair reclines when the sitter leans backward. This type of recliner often costs about $250 USD, but does not last as long as one with a hand lever.

The wall-saver recliner is a useful choice for those who have limited space within the home. This is because a wall-saver recliner chair only needs about 6 (15.2 cm) inches of space between the wall and chair. Traditional recliners need about 12 (30.5 cm) inches or more.

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Massage and electronic recliners are two other options for consumers who are interested in purchasing a recliner chair. Massage chairs run between $800 USD to $5,000 USD. Electric recliners are beneficial for those who are disabled or others who may have mobility difficulties.

No matter which type recliner a person decides to purchase, it's important that she examines it carefully before making her decision. For example, the consumer should make sure that no more than 5 (12.7 cm.) inches of space lies between the seat and leg rest when opened. If there is too much space, kids and pets can get trapped between the space and suffer an injury.

When shopping for a recliner, make sure to test the chair out to make sure it's comfortable. Sit in the chair for at least five minutes. The feet should touch the floor when the recliner is upright, and the headrest should support the person's head and neck. Verify that the chair has comfortable cushions as well. It's essential to make sure the footrest is easy to adjust and the chair doesn't squeak. A squeaking chair is a warning sign that the chair may have loose parts or be poorly aligned.

Another important feature to check is the foam density of the recliner chair. Foam in a recliner chair should have a density rating of 1.9 or more. The majority of these chairs have a rating between 0.9 and 2.5. A higher foam density means the cushion will retain its shape longer.

The upholstery of a recliner chair is another important factor to consider. Leather recliners are more durable, but they are also more expensive, usually setting consumers back at least $1,000 USD. Those who like the feel of suede should consider a synthetic microfiber fabric instead. A microfiber fabric is best at withstanding moisture and wrinkling. These types of recliners usually cost between $500 USD and $1,000 USD.

Smart consumers will avoid vinyl recliners, which have the tendency to crack. Although they are priced between $300 USD and $700 USD, they may not be the most durable. Those who are looking for a fabric chair may want to choose a wool recliner. Wool-covered recliners are great at resisting stains and are long lasting. They run about $1,200 USD or more.

Choosing a recliner is a task that may require a bit of homework and comparison shopping. They are sold at varying prices and differ in durability. Whether a person chooses a basic recliner or a luxury model, she should make sure the chair comes with a manufacturer's guarantee.

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