We purchased this for my mother-in-law as an easy and comfortable place for her to relax--and even have an occasional meal. I dislike the look of traditional recliners because they are (to me) the opposite of stylish. This recliner is great-looking, and it is wonderfully comfortable, even for a fairly large person. Several of us "fought" over who would get to use it. As an FYI, it was shipped quickly for a very low fee--and arrived in perfect condition.