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I’m beside myself. Surely, you know the answer. Why did God ever invent the recliner chair?
I mean, I just finished reading your post about the wife who was struggling with her husband’s love of heavy, dark furniture. Not to one-up her, but no, actually, I’m 100-upping her.
I’d be thrilled with that living room that she hates. Anything but the behemoth my husband just ordered.
He says that it’s the recliner chair he’s always dreamed of.
No, Laurel it’s a freaking NIGHTMARE!
And, it’s going splat in the middle of our family room.
Fine, I realize that this is a first world problem, but I’m actually sick to my stomach just thinking about it.
Believe me, I was so upset that he said to find him another recliner chair that we both like and he’ll cancel the order. But, it must be a comfortable recliner.
Oh, and he’ll be needing a new massage therapist to replace those whatever-they-are massaging things!
Yes, it’s one of those chairs!
Please, Laurel, I’m begging you!!!
I don’t want to make you feel any worse than you already do, but didn’t anyone ever tell you?
On your first date in between the bruschetta and the eggplant parmesan, you’re supposed to casually inquire of your hot date:
“How do you feel about recliner chairs?”
According to the survey, here are the six most common responses. ;]
a. He looks confused because he’s trying to figure out if your query means that he might get lucky later on?
b. He looks happy because he’s convinced that this bizarre question is code for he will get lucky later on.
c. He’s desperately looking for clues on your poker face to know how to answer this to your liking.
d. He doesn’t look up but with a piece of parsley dangling from the corner of his mouth, he states that he can’t imagine watching the game on Sunday without one.
e. He’s been through this before and knows good and well why you’re asking him this question. It means that you like him enough that if he plays his cards right, he’ll eventually get lucky, especially if he blatantly lies that he doesn’t care much one way or the other. (Believe me, he cares!)
f. He wipes his mouth and with the most charming smile, ever bestowed upon a man says that he has never given it much thought. “How Do you feel Anais, about reclining chairs?
Obviously, Anais, you did not ask him this question.
So, what did you talk about on your first date?
Oh, never mind. That’s not actually any of my business, is it. Please, forgive me.
However, thank God it’s 2019!
Gone are the days when the ONLY recliner chair one could find looked like a hippopotamus who mated with a shar pei and is about ready to give birth to septuplets.
You know the one
Or, this one that looks like it’s about ready to roll into battle.
Oh man, does that book really say ARSENAL? hahahaha! No kidding!
Then, there’s the space walker recliner chair. I think this might be Anais’ nightmare.
(no complaining. you were warned!) :]
I prefer these types of “chairs” in outer space. Ya know? Look Ma, no tether. Yikes! That’s brave.
But fine if you need a bloody ugly chair that floats, massages your tired muscles and as a bonus works as an effective contraceptive device, that’s also your business.
However, there is nothing even remotely chic about any of these. This type of recliner chair requires its own room preferably in an underground secret bunker.
Clearly, you didn’t discuss this before you went on the second date???
And then you went and had kids with him? Oh dear, don’t tell me he wants one for Father’s Day!!!
This is reminding me of this post about the furniture that desperately needs to go on a diet. Remember?
Of course, I am being my cheeky-sefff here. However, I do believe that it’s possible to make everyone happy with beautiful furniture including a recliner chair!
Now, some of you may remember another version of this post from two years ago about recliner chairs. However, some of those chairs no longer exist. AND, there are some new and even better chairs in the market place. Or, at least, they are on my radar this time.
In fact, some of these chairs are completely indistinguishable from their non-reclining cousins.
Why is there any difference at all?
The reason that there’s a difference is that like a sleeper sofa, there needs to be room for the mechanism.
I’m thinking, these chairs are so beautiful, you might just prefer to have a pair of them instead of a typical club chair.
Just in case you feel the urge to uhhh… recline.
If other inhabitants of the house need more cushioning, well, that’s what throw pillows are for!
My favorite club chair is the Addison from Williams-Sonoma Home. It comes with lots of options.
- dozens of fabrics
- nailheads/no nailheads
- choice of leg color
- choice of cushion fill
And, as of this writing on May 14, 2019, you can get 30% off with code: SAVENOW. That is merely a coincidence. But, that puts these beauties in the moderate price range and their upholstered pieces are of excellent quality.
This is the Addison in leather and with nailheads from the side. Well, duhhh! But, look at those lines!
This is a very cool chair.
Rejuvenation, a partner-company with Williams-Sonoma also makes a version of this recliner chair. It is a little wider which might be nice for some people. It comes in both a power version (with a cord) and a manual version and other options as well.
BTW, it is also on sale. In fact, Rejuvenation is having an awesome site-wide sale. So, if you’re looking for cool lighting, hardware, furniture, etc, I’d head over there.
For a smaller mid-century recliner chair, West Elm makes this sleek piece and a few others, as well.
The Sedgwick recliner at West Elm (above) is deeply discounted right now. And, there are some new colors to check out.
However, Pottery Barn (most of the upholstery is now made in North Carolina) has the most variety in recliner chairs that I like.
The classic art-deco club chair inspired Manhattan chair from PB has been in their line forever. In fact, I had two of these in the non-reclining version. Circa 2000, a client was getting rid of hers and I purchased them from her. They were quite comfortable, as I recall and looked terrific in our basement.
Above are some chic leather recliner chairs from Lee Industries
And, below are more recliner chairs.
To find out more, please click on the individual images.
And, if you’re interested in pinning these chairs for reference, I made a graphic with Picmonkey that makes it easy to pin.
please pin to pinterest for reference
I know that this recliner chair issue is a common one. Hope there’s something out there that will work for everyone!