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There’s noth­ing like curl­ing up with a good book on a re­cliner af­ter a hard day’s work. But how do we choose one that’s per­fect for us? Har­vey Nor­man has the an­swers.

Home & Decor (Malaysia) - - Design Buzz -

QWhat are the ad­van­tages of a re­cliner?

AA re­cliner is an es­sen­tial piece in a home. It is com­fort­able and easy to op­er­ate, which makes it suit­able for your fam­ily mem­bers of all ages. La-Z-Boy, with its spe­cial patented mech­a­nism, pro­vides smooth re­clin­ing mo­tion and al­lows you to ad­just the re­clin­ing ten­sions. You can cus­tomise the amount of ef­fort needed to op­er­ate the re­cliner based on your body type.

Nor­we­gian brand IMG, mean­while, of­fers a unique and flex­i­ble mo­tion sofa sys­tem that gives you end­less com­bi­na­tions. Its Mod­u­lar Seat­ing pro­gram al­lows for a va­ri­ety of con­fig­u­ra­tions to suit your spe­cific needs. It is a com­plete sys­tem that com­prises sofa, love seat, chairs and home theatre seat­ing of un­sur­passed com­fort. The theatre seat­ing can be con­fig­ured by us­ing dif­fer­ent arms.

QHow do I choose a good qual­ity re­cliner?

AThe most im­por­tant as­pect when it comes to choos­ing a re­cliner is the level of com­fort and sup­port it pro­vides. When you’re in a re­clin­ing po­si­tion, the chair should give ad­e­quate lum­bar sup­port while the arm­rest should also be high enough so that you can rest your arms com­fort­ably. The chair must also be big enough so you can change po­si­tions eas­ily. A firm, ad­justable back­rest will give you added flex­i­bil­ity. In a nut­shell, a good re­cliner should re­lieve pres­sure points, not strain them.

Next, look at the re­cliner’s mech­a­nism. If it’s go­ing to be used by dif­fer­ent mem­bers of the fam­ily, chances are the back and leg rests will be ad­justed fre­quently. Con­sider get­ting one made from sturdy and durable com­po­nents for a longer life­span. Take note that re­clin­ers that use gas-based mech­a­nism are eas­ier to ma­noeu­vre. Mod­els with dual-hinged head­rests are also at ad­van­ta­geous.

The re­cliner’s up­hol­stery plays an im­por­tant role too. Tra­di­tional fabrics like cot­ton of­fer a wide va­ri­ety of pat­terns and colours. How­ever, if you have young kids at home, we rec­om­mend more stain-re­sis­tant fabrics such as leather. Al­ter­na­tively, choose syn­thetic mi­crofiber cloth; it feels like suede or vel­vet, durable and af­ford­able.

QWhat type of re­cliner will suit my liv­ing room?

ANar­row down your search by de­ter­min­ing what style you’re look­ing for. Make sure the re­cliner matches the theme of the room. Whether it is mod­ern or clas­si­cal, there are re­clin­ers to suit ev­ery home.

It is also im­por­tant that your re­cliner is big enough to al­low you to rest com­fort­ably. But ad­justable re­clin­ers tend to be big­ger than con­ven­tional sin­gle-seat chairs. If space is a fac­tor in your home, be sure your re­cliner fits into your liv­ing space.

QMost of the re­clin­ers with good fea­tures are ex­pen­sive. How do I choose one that fits my budget?

AThe range of re­clin­ers can range from RM899 to RM20,000. Set a budget be­fore head­ing to the stores and en­list the help of a sale as­so­ciate. To pre­vent break­ing your budget, you can se­lect re­clin­ers made from less ex­pen­sive fabrics. Bear in mind that the mech­a­nisms and frame of the re­cliner can also af­fect their price.

La-Z-Boy PIN­NA­CLE Fab­ric Rocker Re­cliner 10T512 RM3999

La-Z-Boy JOSHUA Fab­ric Rocker Re­cliner 10T592 RM3999

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