There is nothing more comfortable than a good recliner. But tall men tend to suffer when trying to use recliners built for average-sized people.
What’s the common problem?
They may end up sitting like a grasshopper with their knees up around their ears. They often find that head and neck support is inadequate, sometimes leaving their heads hanging over the edge of the chair back.
Because the average recliner sits closer to the ground, a tall man may have trouble standing up out of the chair. For large men, cushions may be inadequate, causing discomfort. Others may have to squeeze in between the armrests because of a narrow seat.
What do we suggest?
The remedy for all of these problems is finding the best recliner for tall man.
Fortunately, many furniture manufacturers design reclining chairs just for men of stature. Features include taller backs, longer length from the seat to the end of the footrest, seats set higher off the ground, and extra cushioning to support a tall man’s weight from head to toe.
Some tall men are so relieved when they find a comfortable recliner, they forget to check all the features, including the construction of the chair. We’ll tell you everything to look for when you go shopping for the big guy. On second thought, take him with you so he can try recliners out.
But before we get to how to shop, let’s look at seven recliners you should consider.
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How to Buy the Best Recliner for Tall Man
There are several things to consider when buying your chair, but before we get to those, let’s mention two important things.
First, you should know the exact dimensions of the space you have in your home for the recliner. You want to buy a chair that fits that space.
Second, you will want to read our reviews carefully and pick out a couple of chairs that sound right for you.
Once you have done that, you can narrow your choices by looking at the following criteria:
Don’t make comfort your only consideration.
Most recliners offer some degree of comfort. Manufacturers know this is one of the main considerations in selecting one. You are very likely to find many chairs with a lot of cushioning, and when you sit in one, you will no doubt be struck by the feel it provides.
Of course, for a tall man, comfort also depends on how well legs fit.
Do feet hang off the end?
The height of the back must also provide support for the shoulders and head.
Even if a chair does feel comfortable, it is important to sit in it for at least five minutes when trying it out. Notice if the cushions tend to sink to the point that they feel hard. Pay attention to the crossbars in the back.
Do they start to poke into your back?
Notice the level of comfort after a few minutes and compare that to when you first sat down.
But beyond these basics, there are still features to consider. It is fair to say that choosing a recliner based on comfort alone can be a mistake. You want many other elements to be checked off in your “pros” column.
Let’s look at some.
Types of Recliners
What else can customers look forward to know while browsing for recliners?
The first thing you must know is the type of recliner you are looking at. There are many types. Look over our list of various kinds of chairs so you can narrow your choices to the ones that most appeal to you.
- The Basic Recliner
Many bargain recliners simply offer the basics: a back that moves, a mechanism that puts the chair in reclining position when you push backward, and an extending footrest, usually operated by a lever.
If these features are all you really want or need, then be aware of that when you start shopping and avoid extras that don’t suit your purpose. You could save some money.
- A Recliner with Power
This type of recliner does all the work for you. At the push of a button, it will recline, and with another push, it will return to the upright position. An electrical cord plugs into a wall outlet, so the chair must be placed near one. Careful here! Cords can trip anyone passing behind the recliner.
- Rocking Recliners
No, this is not the name of a band of musicians. Many recliners rock when they are in the upright position. This can be a useful feature if more than one person uses the chair. While the tall man may want to sit back all the way, someone else may simply want to sit and rock. For example, a recliner in a nursery that rocks could be useful.
- Wall Savers
Some clever person came up with a reclining mechanism that doesn’t push the back toward the wall. Instead, it glides forward a bit before reclining. This allows you to place the chair up against a wall and still recline. This is a good feature if you are short on space. You will only need to set the chair out about six inches from the wall.
- Chairs that Lift
This is a good choice for someone who has trouble standing up from a sitting position. The power-lift chair has an electric mechanism that raises the chair and moves it forward so that the user can stand.
- Massaging Recliners
A massage feature is becoming more and more common in recliners. An electric massager vibrates the back and, in some models, the seat. Typically, the user can adjust the level of vibration. Make sure the massager is not too loud for your comfort level, or else the noise will be as unnerving as the massager is relaxing.
- Oversized Recliners
Of course, big recliners are our main interest in this overview of recliners for tall men. We mention it here so you will remember to ask for one by name. You will avoid a lot of unsuitable chairs if you state up front that you need one that will accommodate someone who is tall.
- Reclining Sofas
If you want to share reclining time with someone else, you can find sofas with reclining features. Each person can adjust the reclining level. It could be a challenge to find a reclining sofa that will accommodate a tall man.
As we said, this review focuses on recliners for tall men, but now you know what types are out there and this will help you steer yourself to the right kinds of chairs as you shop around.
But beyond these general types, there are some details you should look for. So let’s narrow your choices even further by looking at some more features.
For this section, we are talking about the upholstery materials, not the construction materials that will be discussed later.
Though most people think of leather when it comes to recliners, many are actually covered by a variety of fabrics as well. So let’s talk about fabric first.
You are not going to believe this, but experts in fabric have created tests for fabric durability. One is called the Wyzenbeek Test, and the other is called the Pilling Test.
The Wysenbeek Test involves what is called a “double rub.” To do this test, rub the fabric with your thumb or entire hand in one direction, then reverse direction and rub over the same area. Repeat this several times to see if the fabric produces balls of lint or threads start to come undone. This is a good way to tell how well the fabric will wear.
The Pilling Test is similar, except you rub the fabric in a circular pattern. See if fuzzing occurs. Give the fabric a minute or so of rubbing to truly test it. The factory usually performs such a test for up to 5,000 repetitions.
It’s not a bad idea to also check the seams. See if they start to pull apart when you put a little stress on them by pulling the fabric in opposite directions on either side of the seam. If the seams start to give, there is a good chance they will not hold under repeated use of the recliner.
There are many fine fabrics that are not suitable for recliners. Because the chair moves, it will put more pressure on the fabric than a stationery chair would. Perform your tests on fabric recliners to make sure you are looking at a chair that will last.
More than one person has been disappointed in the quality of leather on a recliner. Advertisers can play fast and loose with what qualifies as leather. You should understand a few things about this material if you are interested in a leather recliner.
Leather comes in two grades: Top-Grain and Split.
Top-grain leather is the outermost layer of the hide and is considered the premium grade. This type is generally the softest and most durable.
Split leather is the lower layer found beneath the hide. Many manufacturers process split leather into suede or something called coated split leather. This type is much stiffer than top-grain and does not last as long.
Some recliners include both grades. Top-grain is used for the seating areas of the chair, and split leather is used for the parts that are less visible and do not get as much wear.
As far as the color of the leather, there are two types of dying you should know about. The best is full aniline dyed leather. This is known as “tanning,” and it goes deep into the leather instead of just coloring the surface. The pigment-dyed leather is a coating on the surface. It tends to fade with use, and you may have to have the color restored after much use. Having a chair re-dyed is not cheap.
One of the main benefits of finding the right chair for your tall man is watching him be so comfortable he falls asleep during the big game on television. (Wake him up when his team scores.)But there are many other benefits as well.
Tall men can be prone to back pain, causing a lack of sleep, cramps, and leg stiffness. The right recliner. as well as good mattress topper for back pain can be the perfect place to provide support and rest for a bad back. Keep in mind that the lower back is most in need of support, so if back pain is a concern, choose a recliner with good lumbar support.
Joint pain can be relieved by a recliner that has a massager and/or heat function, as we have already mentioned. But a good recliner will also offer joint relief simply by supporting limbs thoroughly. This is why it is important to sit in a chair for an extended period before purchasing. Notice whether joints are well-supported.
Massage and heat in a recliner also improve blood circulation. This is especially important because extended sitting periods under the duvet insert can cause poor circulation. By periodically using the heat and massage functions, you can improve blood flow.
For those who need to sleep in an upright position, a recliner offers great benefits. Note that chairs that recline to a flat position are not the best for this situation. Instead, find a recliner that has a relaxing feel when it is partially reclined. An extra-wide recliner will allow for rolling over on your side.
You may not think of furniture as a hazard, but because of their moving parts, recliners do present some safety concerns.First of all, check to see if the recliner has a gap between the seat and the extended footrest. Some recliners do not have such a gap because the area is covered with material. For those that do have a gap, make sure that it is no more than five inches. This will help prevent children and pets from falling through it.
Also, check whether the chair pinches when putting the footrest down. It can be painful to get skin caught in the footrest mechanism. Also, make sure clothes don’t catch on the mechanism.
Durability is the issue you are most likely to overlook and the one you are most likely to regret overlooking. If a chair doesn’t last, then comfort and other features are of no use. Make sure you don’t end up replacing recliners frequently by checking to see if yours is made well.
The less expensive models may use cheaper parts for both the frame and the mechanisms that move. That doesn’t mean that they are bad. There are plenty of mattresses under 300$ that are perfect.
For the frame, hardwood is the best. Some chairs use plywood or particle board. These are strong at first, but do not tend to wear well. Examine the underside of the chair by raising the footrest so you will have a clear view.
While you are looking, check to see if screws seem heavy enough for the job, and look out for wood that has been stapled together. Stapled wood tends to separate over time. Check to see how the base is screwed to the chair because this is the main area of stress on the recliner.
Check the lever that releases the footrest. Make sure it does not wobble. Also, operate it to see how difficult it is to use. Some levers seem to require a certain angle to work well, and this angle is not obvious to the first-time user. This is the part the breaks most often in recliners.
It is advisable to operate the reclining and footrest mechanisms repeatedly to see if they consistently function well or if they develop kinks or glitches.
It is also okay to give the chair a good shake from side to side. Most people worry about the front-to-back motion, but see if the chair is sturdy when you push it from the side. It should be stable and should not wobble. (This is a handy skill if you think you will be needing to wake your tall man up.)
One popular feature in recliners is heat. This can relax muscles and provide pain relief.
This feature is often coupled with a massage function, though in such cases, the heat can still be used without massaging. Typically, the user can control the amount of heat generated.
This feature can be particularly useful for those with arthritis, muscle stiffness, or a tendency to feel stressed. Test the heat function for at least five minutes to see if it reaches full temperature in a reasonable amount of time.
A word of caution: make sure to turn the heating mechanism off when you get out of the chair.
You should get a warranty on your recliner. Your tall man will put some wear and tear on it, and you have a right to expect it to function properly. One of the best ways to get a decent warranty is to buy from a reputable furniture maker. Joe’s Recliners and Hamburger Stand is probably not a great place to buy your chair.
Before we get started on warranties, be aware that any kind of chemical treatment of fabric or leather can void your warranty on those materials. While water-repellant sprays are popular on fabric and leather conditioner works well, you could find yourself without a warranty if you use them.
When you see a long-term warranty on a recliner, this is usually a sign that it is well-made. Nevertheless, examine your warranty before purchasing.
Here are some things to look for.
Does the warranty come with the chair or do you have to purchase coverage?
Many chairs have a basic warranty, but you can buy additional coverage as well. Find out up front if you will need to buy a policy, because this adds to the price of the chair. Some manufacturers advertise a low price but fail to tell you that you will need to pay more for protection from defects.
Check to see if the warranty explains company policies.
Understand how replacements and refunds are handled. Does the company guarantee a timely response?
Be double sure about what to do if the chair arrives damaged. Recliners are usually boxed up, and you may not see damage until after the delivery person has already left.
Will the company pay for shipping the chair back? Will someone pick it up?
Ask if you can have the warranty before the chair arrives. Some companies mail the warranty to you, which means you could be stuck with a defective chair until you can get your hands on the papers.
Who has rights to the warranty?
Warranties only cover the original owner. That makes sense, but it can cause problems when you are buying the chair as a gift. Just know that you will be the one making any warranty claims because you will be the one whose name is on the purchase.
Keep your receipt!
The Bottom Line
Use our list of seven recliners to get started on your selection process. We have given you much to think about so that you can make an informed choice. Your knowledge will let pushy salespeople know that you know your stuff. Most importantly, you will be more likely to find a chair you will like for the long term.
A tall man has special needs, and will spend a lot of time in the recliner. Don’t overlook important features. You will find some tradeoffs. A chair that is just the right size may not have the type of frame you would prefer. A comfortable chair may not have a massager. No chair is perfect.
Still, you can get close to perfect, isn’t it?
All of the chairs on our list have had positive reviews from a majority of customers, and in some cases, those customers have bought the same chair for other parts of the house. So we feel confident you can be satisfied.
But the homework is up to you. The tall man using the chair is the final judge. And he is probably already grumpy from sitting in puny chairs. So check the details, because these are what are most likely to please the man using the chair.
Reread this article and make a checklist of the most important considerations, so you can do some comparison shopping.
Once you find the right chair, congratulate yourself by giving yourself a sitting ovation. Better yet, a reclining ovation.
Some manufacturers provide arm covers, but many do not. You have to order them separately. This can add to the cost of the chair.
The company has the choice of either replacing or repairing a recliner that is under warranty.
This is typically not covered.
Many recliners for big and tall men have extra support and can handle more weight.
No. Check to make sure the seat height is high enough to allow for a tall man to stand up comfortably from a sitting position.
You’re on your own.
So, after all this studying of recliners, what do we think is the best recliner for tall man out of our top seven?
When choosing the recliner with the best overall features, durability, and value, we would have to go with the Stallion Comfort King Chaise Wallsaver Recliner.
With a full body recline, this seat offers maximum comfort. The cushions for the back and the seat are attached so you don’t have to worry about slippage with time. The high- tension coils are reinforced to achieve maximum durability. This chair can support a weight of up to 500lbs.
The recliner for this seat is 48 inches long making it the tallest option at the moment. In full-recline, this seat stretches to the length of a king size mattress meaning even the tallest men can be comfortable. Proudly made in the USA with the finest hardwood you cannot go wrong with the Stallion Comfort Wallsaver.
This chair will make you and your family happy for years.
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