Sizing up recliners
Posted: 06 September 2012
House & Leisure asked the Vice President of International Sales for La-Z-Boy, David Crane. He says that you should start by looking at brands that specialise in recliners and not general furniture manufacturers. 'Due to their reclining movement, recliners have to be constructed in a manner that is specifically designed to withstand the stresses and strains this movement puts on the construction of the chair. The following pointers should help you assess the quality of any recliner:
- It should boast resilient cushioning made from high-quality polyurethane foam for long life.
- Upholstery should be durable – all fabric used to upholster La-Z-Boy recliners has been wear-tested and has to pass the highest standards for wear and tear before being La-Z-Boy-certified.
- Test the footrest several times to make sure it is easy to manoeuvre.
- The lever mechanism should be easy to access and operate.
- Focus on the frame construction by scoping the underside of the chair. You should see heavy-duty screws, not small ones or plastic ones. The frame construction should be made from hard wood. Unlike the frames of other recliners that are simply screwed together, the superior design of La-Z-Boy’s patented four-sided unibody frame helps to absorb the stress on the reclining mechanism for smoother operation and a longer life.
- Sit in the recliner and give it a ‘test drive’ before making any purchase decisions. See how the recliner fits the contours of your body. It should be easy to operate and smooth in movement. A recliner should offer various sitting positions for optimum comfort and utilisation.”