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Reclining Sofa Buying Guide

With the touch of a button, reclining sofas give you (and your guests) an all-access pass to accessible living room comfort. Here are some of the most frequently asked questions about these popular designs – and your guide to choosing one for your space.

What is a wall hugger reclining sofa?

A wall hugger feature in a reclining sofa makes the entire sofa move forward as it reclines. This allows you to place the sofa closer to the wall – without having to worry about whether or not it will “bump into” the wall when it’s reclined.

Do reclining sofas come apart?

Reclining sofas do come apart. In fact, almost every reclining sofa does not come assembled, and assembly will often require locking the seats together via connector units.

How do you style a recliner sofa?

For some, styling a furniture piece as big as a reclining sofa can be daunting. Here are some simple steps for incorporating one into your home.

How do I make my recliner sofa look good?

  • If the recliner is NOT a wall hugger, take into account how far the recliner needs to be from a wall so that it can recline fully (without hitting the wall). In typical designs, the amount of space needed will usually be around five to ten inches.
  • Take advantage of throw pillows. Most recliner sofas are neutral-hued, a.k.a. lacking in the color department. Don’t be afraid to “brighten up” by layering on a colorful pillow or two!
  • Pair with a recliner chair. A reclining sofa goes with a recliner chair like two peas in a pod. (While there’s nothing wrong with a reclining sofa by itself, adding an extra chair can prove good “insurance” for when you’re entertaining and need extra seating.)

Are recliner sofas any good?

Recliner sofas essentially merge all the familiar comforts of a recliner – with the spacious seating capacities of a sofa. As such, they remain one of the most popular designs for living room seating.
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