If there were inner beauty contests for furniture (hear us out) recliners would win every time. Big, comfy and great for weekend power naps, there’s a reason they’re found in so many homes and have endured as a furniture staple for so long. Yet the classic recliner, with its lumpy, overstuffed shape and often bland color options, has hardly been considered a design-forward piece of furniture.
If you still think that recliners belong in the knotty pine-paneled basements of your youth, however, or should be banished to the man-cave of your current abode — we implore you to think again. In recent years, discerning shoppers have been able to find more and more recliners worthy of a place in even the most sophisticated spaces. (We’re looking at you, living room.) From chic fabric colors and textures to of-the-moment design (hello, midcentury modern style!) it’s time to give the humble reclining chair a second look and a second sit (or nap). Here are five recliners that no one will believe you can actually kick back in.
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1. ANJ Pushback Recliner
With a classic silhouette, this recliner feels timeless, not dated. When positioned at 90 degrees, it looks just like a normal armchair that’s great for reading or watching TV. When you sit, however, you can choose between two reclining positions: 120 degrees (again, for for watching TV or reading), or a more laid-back 145 degrees for naps. The generous foam padding makes sure whichever you choose, you’ll be comfortable.
2. Christopher Knight Home Mid Century Modern Recliner
With a slim, midcentury modern design, this is a true incognito recliner. When upright, even a discerning guest would have a hard time spotting a recliner. It also comes in ten colors, ranging from neutrals to eye-popping blues and reds. While it isn’t as padded as a classic recliner, it still has ample foam padding in the seat and back. Added bonus: Because the design is more slim, it’s also is great for small spaces.
3. Tuoze Recliner Chair
This Tuoze recliner chair provides ample comfort and multiple reclining positions at a great price. Made from comfortable, dense foam, the tufted design also provides head and foot support. The seamless design also supports your entire body as you recline and makes it better suited for taller people. While it is a pared-back version of a recliner, it still has a classic recliner silhouette.
4. BenchMaster Newport Swivel Recliner and Slanted Ottoman
By separating the footrest from the rest of the chair, this BenchMaster Newport Swivel recliner and slanted ottoman offers a fresh take on the recliner. Because it comes with an ottoman, it has the added benefit of having a footrest at any position, even fully upright. The swivel base and ottoman also make it a good small-space solution for office as well as living rooms. It’s also the only recliner on our list that swivels — up to 360 degrees in any direction!
5. Esright Massage Recliner
If comfort is your top priority, it’s hard to beat a classic recliner. There’s nothing wrong with leaning into (or should we say leaning back?) your comfy urges. And honestly, if you’re going the classic-recliner route, why not go all the way and get one that also offers a massaging function? In addition to an overstuffed shape, this Esright Massage Recliner also gives you a cup holder and side pocket for TV remotes, books or magazines. A wired remote also lets you choose between full-body massage options and even heating. We’re in a state of half-asleep bliss already!