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3 Things to Consider When Shopping for a Recliner or Chair


Buying a new chair or recliner can be an overwhelming task. There are so many styles and options for customization in today’s market that it can leave people with “decision paralysis.” Don’t worry — we are here to help!

We are well-versed in all the factors that go into picking a chair, and the three considerations below should help you narrow down your options.

Do you need a stationary chair, or a piece that has motion?

The first decision to make when it comes to chair shopping is determining what kind of motion you want for the piece, if any. Consider what the main function of the chair will be. Stationary chairs, for example, are excellent for sitting rooms or as accent furniture where the seat will mostly be used for entertaining or used for short periods.

If you plan to watch TV or nap in your chair, however, then purchasing a recliner or a swivel glider may be a more comfortable option for long periods of use. Swivel chairs are also great options if your space has multiple focal points, as the seat can be pointed in any direction without having to rearrange your furniture.

Our store carries the entire spectrum of possibilities — from stationary, swiveling, reclining, and swivel-gliding chairs. We also carry manual and power recliners depending on your preference. Visit our Roanoke showroom today to try out the options for yourself.

Will the chair be used by primarily one person or is it for multiple people? 

Next, you should determine who will be using this chair. Is dad looking for a recliner just for him? Then perhaps finding a Stressless chair and ottoman tailored to his exact size and preferences is the best choice. Or will this seat be used by the whole family? We recommend finding a more versatile option for a chair that is used by multiple people. Something with an adjustable headrest or a separate ottoman that can be moved to the right position will allow the chair to be comfortable for a larger variety of body types.

Fabric vs. leather — which one will serve you better?

Deciding on whether fabric or leather is a better choice for you can be daunting — there are so many options out there. We recommend considering the function and location of the chair first. Will this piece be in a high-traffic area or experience regular use? If so, look for top grain leathers or durable performance fabrics. These options are tough enough to withstand kids, pets, and stains.

If the chair is going to be in a quieter spot with less use, then you are free to use more delicate fabrics if you choose. Also, be mindful of how much sunlight the chair will endure. If your space has a lot of direct sunlight, then choosing a fabric that is resistant to fading is a smart choice. Our manufacturers carry thousands of fabrics and leathers for every type of project.

Lastly, consider the style of your space. It can be fun to choose detailed patterns and textures for chairs, since they tend to be smaller pieces that won’t overpower your space. Choosing contrasting colors and textures from the rest of your furniture can also add more interest to the room. We recommend working with a designer to figure out which options are best for you, both functionally and stylistically. Our store offers complimentary design services with your purchase, so you can get professional assistance for no additional cost.

We hope these three steps are helpful as you shop for your dream chair. If you still feel overwhelmed, we are here to walk you through the entire process. Simply visit our Roanoke Showroom or schedule an appointment at our Lynchburg Design Studio to get started today!