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The rise in Popularity of the Recliner

Updated: 6 days ago

Welcome to DesignTime..

Kathy, you talk about a lot of furniture pieces for the home….how they are made, where they are made, plus lots of other details!  Learning about furniture and how it has evolved gives a better perspective on what is made today! 



Reclining type chairs have been around in several forms since the late 1700’s.  But since the 1950’s, chairs that were used in the Living Room have become recliners in almost every home today!  


Tell us what happened to the regular chairs during the 1950’s.

The chair in the Living Room during the 50’s had become an important seat.  It was usually was deemed ‘dad’s seat’.  It was widely accepted that hard-working husbands were entitled to come home and sit unbothered in a chair that was all theirs and put their feet up. When the TV dad arrived on the scene in the 1950s, the recliner had already been established as not only a dad necessity , but an item that pretty much every one could afford!




That was evident in many of the older tv shows. How did the chair get this honor?  

The chair was a seat of power in the living room. More comfortable lifestyles became common and as homes were built larger, the demand for furniture also grew. With this demand came a shift in designing for comfort. The chair moved from a piece of formal character in which you sat straight, but now towards more relaxed positions.  This idea flourished with a number of innovations that led to the mass production of recliners.


Recliners are a beloved addition to any living space, offering unmatched comfort and relaxation. They are the go-to spot for unwinding after a long day, watching your favorite TV show, or reading a good book.

Do all recliners fit every one?

No, they are made in a lot of different sizes and come with multiple features, such as power, lumbar  support, head tilt, massage and even zero-g positions.  Also, there are many  styles and they can get gotten in lots of different fabrics and leathers.




Thank you for helping us understand the changes that the recliner style chair has taken over the years.  And, thank you for watching DesignTime!


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