Recliner chairs are popular and functional furniture pieces in the living room or recreational room as they allow you to just kick up your feet and throw your head back in a relaxing position. Finding the right recliner chair could be a daunting task especially if you have a long frame. You do not want your leg or head dangling off the chair as this cramps the joints and leads to discomfort.
A proper recliner should provide lumbar support as well as adequate head and neck support. This makes it important for you to look beyond the regular recliner chairs and go for specially made recliners that fit long people. An ideal recliner for a tall person should have a long leg rest to prevent dangling and the back should also be tall enough so your head would stay in place at the top of the chair when it’s placed in a reclining position.
To buy recliners that would be comfortable as a tall person, you have to measure your body dimensions, the space where it will be fitted, as well as the size of the recliner so you can buy one that fits without producing any discomfort.
If you are considering buying your recliner chair at a furniture store around you, you could skip this part as you get to test the chair before buying. However, for an online purchase, your body measurement is imperative as you would be able to compare the dimensions with that of the recliner. Get a measuring tape and measure your heel to the back of the knee to get an accurate lower limb measurement.
Also, measure the distance between your tailbone and the back of your knee for an accurate upper limb measurement. Once these are gotten, measure the distance between the tip of the palm and your elbow. Lastly, measure from your left hip to the right to get the body width measurement. With these dimensions, you can determine your height and buy a recliner that falls within your height range.
With your body measurements, you can shop for the right recliner online or at local stores. Ensure there is no gap from your lower back when seated upright or in a reclined position. This means your tailbone to knee measurement should be the same as the length of the recliner’s seat.
An ideal recliner should allow your feet to lay flat on the floor and not dangle when seated upright so your knees and lower back will be adequately supported against discomfort. This also allows blood circulation through the legs and feet. The elbow to the tip of the palm measurement should be equal to the armrest length so you can rest the whole length of your arm on it for adequate wrist support.
As for the body width, there should be at least a gap of about 1 inch between the inner armrest and your hips when seated. The middle cushion should follow the natural lumbar curve so you don’t have to bend or cave in on the recliner. If you can test the chair before buying, ensure your heels rest comfortably at the edge of the footrest without dangling to provide maximum comfort for your back and legs. You should also ensure there is maximum support for the head and neck muscles so the head can relax comfortably on the cushion.
Your recliner chair should fit into your space comfortably without looking cramped or out of space. To ensure this, measure the recliner from the outer edge of the left armrest to the other armrest to get the recliner width. Also, measure the length from the top edge to the bottom edge of the footrest when in a reclined position to get the full length.
With the recliner width and length measurement, you can determine the amount of space you need to fit the chair. The space should be at least 4 inches wider and 8 inches longer than the recliner to allow easy foot traffic and adequate space for rising. For example, a recliner with a height of 75 inches and a width of 36 inches should be fitted in an area that is at least 84 inches long and 40 inches wide for maximum comfort.
Buying a comfortable and perfect recliner as a tall person could be a daunting task but with the tips for finding the best fit explored in this article, you should be able to make a choice that your body will be grateful for and also blend in with your style.