Buying Guide: How to Choose the Best Recliners in Canada

Buying Guide: How to Choose the Best Recliners in Canada

Selecting the perfect recliner for your home is more than just finding a comfortable chair; it’s about enhancing your relaxation and enjoyment of your living space. With plenty of options available in the market, choosing the right recliner can seem like a daunting task. However, with the proper knowledge, you can make an informed decision that suits your needs and preferences perfectly.

Let’s dive deeper into the world of recliners in Canada and discover how to make the perfect choice.

Understanding Recliners

Recliners are more than just chairs—they’re a sanctuary where you can retreat after a long day. These specially designed chairs feature a backrest that reclines backward and a footrest that extends forward, allowing you to find the perfect position for relaxation. Several types of recliners are available in the market, catering to different needs and preferences.

Manual recliners are operated by a lever or handle, allowing you to adjust the position manually. On the other hand, power recliners are equipped with electric motors that enable you to recline at the touch of a button, offering unparalleled convenience. Whether you prefer the classic simplicity of a manual recliner or the modern functionality of a power recliner, there’s an option to suit every taste.

Man sitting in the Fjords Urban Swivel Glider Recliner.
Additionally, recliners in Canada come in various styles, including rocker and glider designs. Rocker recliners feature a curved base that allows you to rock back and forth, while glider recliners move in a smooth, linear motion. Choosing between these styles depends on your preference and the desired level of motion.

Key features such as built-in charging ports, adjustable headrests, and lumbar support further enhance recliners’ comfort and functionality.

Assess Your Space

When deciding between recliners in Canada, it’s essential to consider the available space and existing décor. Measure the area where you plan to place the recliner to ensure it fits comfortably without overcrowding the room. Consider the layout of the room and the placement of other furniture pieces to create a cohesive and harmonious design. This can determine what type of recliner would work best—whether you have a small space or lots of room to work with.

Matching your recliner’s design, colour, and fabric with the existing furniture and décor can elevate the overall aesthetic appeal of the room. Decide between fabrics that complement the existing upholstery and consider the room’s style when choosing the recliner’s design. Whether you prefer a sleek and modern look or a cozy and traditional feel, there’s a recliner to suit every style.

The Stockholm Swivel Glider Recliner by Fjords styled in modern living space.

The European-inspired Q03 Quantum ergonomic recliner styled in modern living space.

Designer Advice

Transforming a space into a haven of style and comfort requires a keen eye for design. Chervin Furniture and Design’s expert designer, Karen, shares that to achieve a cohesive look in your home consider the importance of shape and scale.

Emphasizing the importance of consistency in furniture shape or scale with variation in height sets the foundation for a harmonious arrangement. She suggests pairing pieces like Vogel’s Oxford or Bexley recliners with a contemporary sofa, demonstrating how contrasting elements can complement each other effortlessly. Moreover, mixing materials, such as a fabric sofa with a leather recliner, adds depth and character to the space, creating visual intrigue.

With these expert tips in mind, anyone can embark on a design journey that reflects their style while creating a welcoming and cohesive environment for relaxation and enjoyment.

Mixing materials such as a fabric sofa with a leather recliner is a great way to add texture and pull the room together.

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Customize Your Comfort Level

Comfort should be your top priority when shopping for recliners in Canada, as it directly impacts your relaxation experience. Factors such as padding, lumbar support, and headrests play a crucial role in determining the comfort level of a recliner. Testing out different recliners in-store can help you find the perfect fit for your body type.

Cushioning:  Look for plush cushioning that provides support, ensuring a comfortable seating experience. It’s key to consider cushion filling like fibre, foam, and more high-quality feather-down options.

Lumbar Support: Lumbar support is essential for maintaining proper spinal alignment and reducing the risk of back pain. Choose a recliner with built-in lumbar support or opt for one with adjustable lumbar settings to customize the level of support to your liking.

Headrest: Adjustable headrests allow you to find the perfect position for your head and neck, minimizing strain and discomfort.

Ergonomics: Select a recliner that suits your body type and size. Consider the dimensions of the recliner, including the seat width, depth, and height, to ensure a comfortable fit. Pay attention to factors such as seat firmness, back support, and armrest height.

Tech: Nothing says true comfort like having everything in proximity. That means choosing a recliner with built-in USB ports, or maybe you need a cup holder to maximize your experience. Or this is where you decide if a power recliner would best suit your comfort needs.

Helpful Buying Tips for Recliners in Canada

Before making a final decision, here are some helpful tips and resources for choosing the best recliner in Canada for your home.

  • When choosing a recliner, durability is critical for long-lasting comfort and satisfaction.
  • Set a realistic budget when shopping for a recliner in Canada.
  • Look for recliners with sturdy hardwood frames and high-quality upholstery fabrics that withstand daily wear and tear.
  • Understanding the warranty coverage and after-sales support is essential for peace of mind.
  • Research reputable retailers and brands in Canada to find the best recliner.
  • Regular maintenance and cleaning are essential for prolonging the lifespan of your recliner and keeping it looking its best.
  • Follow the manufacturer’s guidelines for cleaning. Check out the Chervin Furniture Care Guide for more information.
  • Consider investing in fabric protectors or upholstery cleaners to maintain the appearance and integrity of your recliner.
  • Don’t hesitate to seek professional recommendations through design consultations for personalized advice and guidance.

Choosing the best recliner for your Canadian home requires careful consideration and attention to detail. By prioritizing comfort, durability, and personal preferences, you can create a relaxing oasis where you can unwind and rejuvenate. Remember to assess your space, consider design elements, prioritize comfort and ergonomics, and utilize helpful tips and resources along the way. With a well-informed decision, you’ll be on your way to ultimate relaxation and comfort in no time.


Stop by our showroom in Elmira or Waterloo to explore all recliner options that best suit your home.


Canadian Recliners FAQs

Can recliners be customized to accommodate specific needs or preferences?

Yes, many recliners offer customization options such as adjustable lumbar support, heated seats, massage features, and even built-in USB ports for charging devices. Some manufacturers also offer custom upholstery choices to match your decor perfectly.

How can I ensure the recliner I choose matches my existing furniture and decor?

Consider bringing fabric or colour swatches when shopping to compare against your existing decor. However, you can also choose complementary colours or patterns to add visual interest.

What recliners does Chervin carry?

At Chervin Furniture & Design we have plenty of options—from manual recliners to power recliners and so much more. We also carry big-name brands like Fjords, Palliser, and Vogel. Visit our showroom in Elmira or Waterloo, Ontario to shop our recliners.

What features should I prioritize for maximum comfort and ergonomic support?

Look for features such as ample padding, lumbar support, and adjustable headrests. Additionally, consider the recliner’s size and dimensions to ensure a comfortable fit for your body type. Testing out different recliners in-store can help determine which features suit you best.

How do I determine the right size of recliner for my body type?

Pay attention to the recliner’s seat width, depth, and height, as well as the length of the footrest when fully extended. Ideally, your feet should touch the ground when seated upright, and there should be ample support for your head, neck, and lower back in the fully reclined position.

How do I maintain and care for my recliner to prolong its lifespan?

Regularly vacuuming, spot-cleaning upholstery, keeping moving parts lubricated, and avoiding placing the recliner near direct sunlight or heat sources can help maintain its condition. Follow manufacturer guidelines for specific care instructions, and promptly address any issues to prevent further damage.

Are more expensive recliners necessarily of higher quality?

While price can be an indicator of quality, it’s not always the case. Assess the recliner’s construction, materials used, and warranty coverage to gauge its overall quality. Sometimes, mid-range options offer excellent comfort and durability without the hefty price tag.