I know there has always been recliners(chairs), but lately am seeing more posts about reclining sofas. My question is this, does no one sit upright anymore to visit or watch TV? Since I'm 68 and none of my adult children have them in their homes, and no one I know personally has one, am I missing out on something? I guess I always thought if you are tired you laid down on a bed. Call me uninformed.
We just bought a reclining sofa over the summer but we mostly just put the foot rest up, don't recline all the way back so much lol.
For as many times that I fall asleep watching some TV show, a recliner would be lovely for my neck.
I do have a reclining sofa but don't use it that often. After a long day on the feet, it's nice to put them up, especially when they need to un-swell.
We have them, but I personally don't care for them or the look. We bought them, because it's for the family room where my husband watches tv and he wanted reclining sofas for some reason. I just sit in them like I would a normal sofa, because I'm short and have to climb to get out of the recliner
Friends, in their sixties, have one in their family room. It basically seats two when in the reclining position w/ a console for beverages that flips down between them. Reminds me of airplane seating. We're huge fans of recliners that don't look like recliners tho.
Hmm,I don't think my sofa "looks" like it reclines. It's a sectional with curvy arms and fluffy pillows. And i've finally taken the plastic off where the reclined feets go.
here it is on delivery day.
You're right, it doesn't. Nice looking sectional.
I still prefer a reclining chair over a reclining sofa as like to have 2 armrests.
Increased popularity especially with a sectional may be because many rooms might not be large enough to hold a sectional plus 2 recliners. And many older people need to put their feet up! With a unit like wendek's it's all there in one.
My preference is for a comfortable chair with an ottoman. Even many of the recliners that supposedly don't look like recliners still look like recliners to me!
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I, who absolutely hate reclining furniture, am feeling a little guilty about my anti reclining snobbery. We live in a condo with no family room, and no guest room. We have resolved this issue by giving up our sofa and repurposing an antique daybed as our sofa/sleeper.Any night that we watch T.V. we do recline on the daybed, so we're even more reposed than someone sitting pitched back with their feet up.(did the Romans eat Dove bars?) I guess we're truly coach potatoes, with a modicum of style.
Add me to the recliner hater snobs.
Having said that, 10 years ago we had a second lakefront home in Virginia to run away to and friends were constantly a part of our weekends.
To satisfy the whims of my DH, we decided to purchase a lazy boy recliner sofa for the family room/guest quarters on the lower level.
It consisted of 2 middle regular seats that converted to a bed and 2 ends that you could slide into recliner position if you wanted to. I hate to admit that it was very comfortable while watching TV. (just, to me, ugly!)
PS. Charles: I'll get into your [coach] anyday. Sounds great!
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I wonder... if people associate reclining furniture with a certain sort of person, and lifestyle.
I guess everyone has a bit of snobbery regarding some element of design. And I agree that most reclining furniture are pretty ugly eyesores to have in the house, (that's why my La-z-boy rocker/recliner is in the bedroom), but there are some pretty nice recliners that i'd be willing to have in the family room.
Scandinavian Design stores (Danish Design in other places) have some very wonderful reclining chairs and sofas that do not look like recliners, and are good for the back, etc.This message has been edited. Last edited by: wendek,
Wendek, I wish we had seen something like your recliner sofa when my husband and I were shopping for a reclining sofa. Your's is very nice. We have a 3 piece made by Lane I think.
Anyone who feels like this hasn't shopped lately for a recliner. Even Danish/contemporary furniture stores offer recliners that don't resemble recliners of yesteryear in the least. I disliked the early recliners with their overstuffed profiles and telltale side mechanism, but they've come a long way since then baby. Tho I see the beauty and functuality of an ottoman teamed with a chair, you still can't tip the back in a sleepmode or semi sleep mode position. BTW, we're the proud owners of four recliner chairs. Our fist one was purchased from Ethen Allen decades ago and resembles a traditional wing chair. It's still working beautifully. I purposely searched for a pair of leather recliners for our family room that didn't appear over stuffed and was successful. They feature nailhead trim too.
Like anything else in home furnishings including wallpaper, recliner chairs are offered in so many styles today to suit everyone's taste, comfort level and style. They come in wood or chrome arms as well as upholstered, high and low backs, wide and slim backs, wings or not, head pillows or not, and tilt modes galore from formal to informal styles. BTW, if you've never sat for a period of time in a good quality recliner, you haven't experienced the ultimate comfort level that only they can offer in occasional chair seating. Heck, when I get to "the senior's home stage of life", I'm hoping to have a recliner chair with heated seat, cup holder and massage options for my aching body!
I've never understood the feelings of dislike over recliners, overstuffed furniture, etc. Maybe I have been in too much pain all my life, even as a child?
I'm even thinking of getting rid of the table/chairs we have, and putting in something more comfortable where I can snuggle in soft comfort with my feet up. Now, if I can just figure out what that would be.... for the dining area!
Give me cushy and soft, lift my aching feet up, and let me relax.
No, we don't sit upright on our living room furniture. (no tv room) We have a leather sofa that we lay on, and oversized wing chairs with matching ottomans to put our feet up.
I keep flokatis on the ottomans, and toss them into the washer to keep them fresh.
We don't have a reclining sofa, and not likely that I would. I like arm rests, or the whole thing to myself to lay on. I don't wanna share a sofa.
NOW you're talking!!!
It was at Macy's. I'm happily surprised to see they are coming out with nicer recliner designs.
What I really prefer is the overstuffed leather rocking chair that may or may not recline.
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About 5 years ago while mattress shopping, i found a wonderful, cushy recliner that did everything except cook dinner, for $5000. I did not buy it but it would talk to you - sort of - and 'feel' where you seemed tense before starting the full body massage. oh man, if I had surplus money to burn, i would have bought it.
We have a wide ottoman to put our feet up on when we watch TV or sit in the Den.
My therapist got me started on putting my feet up when I sit. I even have a small foot rest under my desk while at the computer. Better for circulation is what I was told.
Works for me!
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I have to admit that I *LOVE* reclining sofas. I find it useful because I have a tendency to fall asleep while watching TV. And my dogs like to snuggle up next to me. With a simple recliner, it got too crowded. Now with a reclining sofa, I've found that I can accomodate us all
Here's a few reclining sofas.
The one thing to note is that while many of the reclining sofas look like overstuffed old fashioned recliners, you can also find some really nice modern reclining sofas:
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I too who am a reclining furniture snob, am considering a recliner..but it can't "look" like an old man grandpa recliner like my mom and dads!!
Once we move into our new condo, I'll probably start looking for a good quality recliner that doesn't look like one. I feel the push is on to do so as I have a knee replacement in my future and that sounds like a good place to be. Now, do I want cupholders and heated seats??
In our living room. We have a slipcovered sofa. And 2 reclining chairs. We love those chairs. We always sit in them instead of the sofa. It's just so relaxing to recline and watch tv. Comfort is important to us.
This is why I refused to buy a kitchenette table with upholstered chairs that rolled on wheels.
This is the main reason most people dislike reclining furniture so much... i looks like grandpa furniture.
far cry from the days of a one br apt i shared with my parents...they "gave up" the bedroomspace to me and used twin beds in teh lr for years! back in those days very often a manager would take one look a smal child and say no children allowed, so when they did find "temp" apt in downtown hollywood i got the private space...those were the days of 1 tv in livingroom only...so the small kid hit the stairs for her own room...
enter the 2012 and i find myself back in the lr off and on even though i have our br, plus 3 others to choose from...and seriously thinking of bringing back the old "hollywood bed days"...after 2 bouts of the big "c" both gone, thanks be, i've gotten in the habit of becoming a night owl, or as dh has coined..vampira, lol..i'll do dishes, laundry, and on occasion vac'ed at the oddest of hours...
now back to the recliner sofas..2 of my kids have them..one an awful set of hand me downs, and the other a set from costco...they both have served the purpose of seating adults, sleeping spaces for over-nighters and lots of family gatherings...not your mom's or grandparents formal sofa and love seats, but furniture based rough handling of soccer, wii games and dozens of sleepovers...
i think your decision should be based on what you can afford and need...
ps this old back does love grabbing one of the recliners at ds1's and the feet go up!
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