Get Rid of That Retro Recliner

April 1, 2014 § Leave a comment

Today's recliners come in many different styles

Bring your living room into the 21st century

The recliner has been around since 1850, according to an article published by Age UK. These early recliners were multi-purpose pieces of furniture that could convert to a chaise lounge and bed as well as provide comfortable seating. Although they were functional and durable, they weren’t all that easy to operate, and you probably wouldn’t want one of them in your living room. Although these models are (for the most part) a thing of the living-room past, you might be surprised to learn that yours is only marginally better.

If you take a look around newly decorated homes in MA and RI, you’ll notice that today’s recliners come in many different styles. You’ll find recliners that look like regular wingback chairs, hi-leg models that resemble armchairs and larger models that will seat two comfortably. You can find a recliner to match any decorating theme, including mission, contemporary and early American.

Modern rockers do a lot more than just recline. You can find ones that swivel, rock or glide. Lift chairs, once available only through medical supply stores, have arrived in furniture stores and are an excellent alternative to a traditional rocker for anyone who has difficulty rising from a standard chair. Although the seat doesn’t elevate, power recliners, which operate with just the push of a button, are another option if you’re looking for ease of operation.

Another bonus is that with the new space-saving models, you don’t have to dedicate wasted space just to own a recliner; many models can be placed as close to the wall as a regular chair. You can also find recliners that are much smaller than the ones designed in the last quarter of the 20th century. Many of the new styles take up no more room than an armchair.

You won’t be limited to the upholstery that your grandmother loved, either. You can go with bold geometric prints, muted solids or sophisticated paisleys. Leather is still a popular option for recliners, but so are the new easy-care cotton blends. Color choices abound, regardless of the style or fabric desired.

If you’re still living with a beast of a recliner, it’s time to check out all the new styles and options available at Cardi’s Furniture. You’re sure to find the perfect recliner to bring your room up to date at one of our conveniently located furniture stores. You can also browse our online inventory for more ideas.


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