The Anatomy of a Recliner: How to Measure Recliners Important Dimensions

You’re probably thinking, how do you measure a recliner? It’s not as difficult as you might think. All it takes are some simple measurements and the right tools to get started.

In this article, we’ll discuss how to measure recliners so that you can find one that suits your needs perfectly.

 

How to Measure Recliners

Steps How to Measure  Recliner Important Dimensions

Step 1. Measure the width of your back. You’ll need to measure from one side of your shoulder blades, across the other, and then down both sides of your spine. This is going to be how wide you want the chair’s seat cushion to be on either end.

Step 2. Measure how tall you are sitting in a reclined position (or as far as you might want to recline). Make sure that your feet are flat on the floor and make a mark. Measure from this point up to the top of your head, then subtract 12 inches for height needed at least in the back of the chair so that you can rest your neck without putting pressure on it.

Measure how deep into the seat you want the cushion to be.

Step 3. Now, measure how long it takes you to get up from a reclined position (or as far back as your feet can go without hitting the wall). Make sure that there is enough room for this movement and then measure out at least 18 inches of space in front of where your toes will land when you stand.

Step 4. You should measure how wide you want the seat to be. Make sure that there is enough room for movement of your arms and then measure out at least 18 inches from each side of the chair where they will rest when sitting in a reclined position (or as far back as possible).

If it will not fit, consider narrowing down the features that are the most important to you.

Step 5. Measure how high off of the ground you want the chair to be lifted when in a reclined position (or as far back as possible). Like with width, make sure there is enough room for movement and then measure out at least 18 inches from where your toes will land when standing up.

 

Note: if you are taller than average, it might be a good idea to measure how high off the ground you want your chair lifted in both positions.

This will allow for more versatility when deciding which recliner would best suit your needs.

 

How many Storage Compartments do you Need?

Some have just one or two, while others have as many as five or six.

How Deep is the Storage Area?

If you need a lot of room for storing items, look for an armless recliner with ample space in between seats so nothing gets lost behind them.

Is there anything that could fit under your feet when sitting on the chair such as pets, children, or just clutter?

Some recliners have a storage compartment underneath the seat that could come in handy.

 

Do you Want to use Your Chair for Reading While Sitting up From bed?

If so, look for one with headrests and footrests as well as armrests on both sides of the body. These will help you stay in one place while reading.

If you want to use your recliner as a workstation, look for options with arms storage or CPU stand and USB ports if necessary.

Determine how many people will be using the chair regularly before buying it. You may need an extra-wide option so more than two can sit on the chair comfortably.

 

What do I need to Know Before Buying a Recliner?

#1. Measure the space you have available to see how large of a recliner will fit.

#2. Check that it’s not too heavy for your current staircase and be mindful if there is limited clearance at the doorway or other area where you’ll need to move it in/out frequently. If so, look into lighter-weight options.

#3. You’ll also want to check that it will work with your current style of furniture.

#4. It’s important to consider how many people will be using the chair regularly before buying it. You may need an extra-wide option so more than two can sit on the chair comfortably.

 

Common Recliner Features

A full recline provides you with the most comfortable sleeping experience, putting your body in a natural “Z” shape so it can optimize blood flow and breathing.

A textured seat and back fabric add to the comfort of your recliner experience.

Adjustable headrests allow you to get comfortable in a variety of positions or heights.

Memory foam cushions provide superior pressure relief, conforming to body shapes for enhanced support and relaxation. This is more important if you have back problems, arthritis, or are pregnant.

Pillow top arms provide extra comfort by hugging your body as you recline and come to the perfect angle for watching TV from across the room.

Integrated headrests hug the back of your neck with a gentle cradle, allowing you to lean in any direction without feeling uncomfortable.

Seat depth is another important dimension for measuring a recliner. The seat should be deep enough to provide ample room for the user’s legs when seated.

Recliners are typically available in three styles: power, manual, and zero gravity. Power chairs offer all of the convenience of a motorized chair but with the added benefits of a recliner.

Manual chairs are perfect for seniors or those with limited mobility and offer complete control over the chair’s movements.

Zero gravity models provide an ultra-comfortable sitting experience by eliminating pressure points on your body, allowing you to relax in any position without feeling discomfort.

In addition, many recliners are available with adjustable headrests, lumbar support, and padded armrests.

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