How to Buy a Reclining Sofa

by Cary Stuart

A reclining sofa brings the best of two worlds together: the comfort of a recliner and the size of a sofa or loveseat. Before you buy a reclining sofa, there are a few things to keep in mind that will make your purchase easier and ensure that you are more than pleased with your new piece of furniture.

Buying a Reclining Sofa:

How to Buy a Reclining Sofa

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  1. Pick the color for your new reclining sofa.

    If you already have established your decor, you can use this for inspiration for your new sofa. It is best to stick with a color that will wear well and that will allow you several different options in terms of matching with your existing flooring.

  2. Select the fabric for your sofa.

    If you have several children and pets, a leather reclining sofa may be subjected to excessive wear and tear. Picking a durable fabric that will be both stain- and tear-resistant might be a better choice. But if you don't have to worry as much about spills and animals on your furniture, leather furniture has a timeless look and unbeatable comfort.

  3. Measure the space where your sofa will be placed.

    Most reclining sofas will require at the minimum a few inches of space between the wall and the sofa itself to allow for full extension of the recliner. This step will also help you avoid picking a sofa that is either too big or too small for the existing space.

  4. Decide what other features are important to you.

    Reclining sofas typically include other options, such as a fold-down, center console with cup holders or even different types of reclining mechanisms. Other features may include treated fabric for stain resistance or even the type of trim on the sofa itself.

  5. Pick a sofa you will love for a long time.

    Your reclining sofa will be with you for many years, and you will likely be spending a lot of time on it. So be comfortable with this piece of furniture as the centerpiece of your living room.