Reclining Loveseat - The Ultimate Buyer’s Guide
Written by Andrew | Last Updated 2019-10-25
Not only a home designer, Andrew is also the founder of BFA. He always have full enthusiasm for the industry and his job, and he enjoys to share some new ideas to others. His professional advice can help you choose furniture better and home style which fits you.
There are many different reasons for buying a loveseat, the most important of which is that loveseats can hold two people while allowing you to save space. This is an important consideration for people who have limited space but still want to stage their living or family areas with a functional yet classy aesthetic.
Before you even set out to purchase a loveseat, keep the following three points in mind.
1. First of all, be prepared to spend a lot of time shopping around if you are looking for something specific, or if you have a picky significant other! When it comes to electric/powered recliner loveseats, they are smooth and provide you with effortless reclining. The price is likely going to be much higher than even a regular sofa, but it will be worth the investment if you find the right item for your home. Some models require you to keep the recliner plugged in all the time, which might not be what you want or expect, and the fact that recliners require reclining space and therefore need to be placed at a distance from any wall may also be an issue. We get to space and placement considerations in further detail further down this post. That said, being able to set your footrest at any angle you want you’re an electric recliner is definitely a plus. Many people have complained of manual recliners popping up to an uncomfortable angle instead of staying halfway out, canceling any benefit of angled leg-rests.
2. Your persistence will pay off. There are so many designs and models on the market that if you look hard enough, you will definitely be able to find exactly what you were looking for, to begin with. Don’t fall into customer traps or get duped into paying for something that you don’t want or doesn’t fit with the room theme and usage you have in mind for your new recliner loveseat.
3. Finally, you have the option of testing before you invest in a recliner loveseat. Give the recliner loveseat you have chosen a thorough test by sitting in it every-which-way. Sit in it, slouch, lie down, turn left and right, really get a feel for it before coming to a decision. Some people prefer soft cushioning, some people prefer firmer cushioning, and some people prefer the soft feel of leather while others prefer the homely touch of cotton or linen. Choose the design, color, and material (fill and exterior, both) of your choice accordingly.
Now that we know what to expect before even initiating a search for the perfect loveseat, it is a good time to familiarize yourself with the different types of loveseats out on the market. Here, we give you a breakdown of some of the more popular loveseat types and common materials, and we also discuss the pros and cons of different options, as well as some of the designs, features, and functions you can choose from when selecting a new loveseat for your home.
There are two broad loveseat categories from which you can choose (not including specific features, such as reclining loveseats, which we get into a little later in this post). These categories are as below.
These are designed to comfortably hold two people, but you must remember that different models have different widths and depths. Generally speaking, general-purpose loveseats vary from between 4 and 5 feet in width and about 3 feet in depth.
Smaller-sized loveseats that are designed for use in smaller spaces such as in lofts and bachelor pads can be as small as 4 feet across and 28 or so inches deep. This may not seem much smaller than the average dimensions of loveseats noted above, but keep in mind that the average sofa is about 7 feet across and up to 40 inches deep.
As is true for regular sofas, you can find loveseats in every imaginable style and color, ranging from minimalist armless loveseats to overstuffed and padded loveseats with reclining features. When you set out to purchase a loveseat, it is important to select a model that provides you not only with the features that you need but high-quality construction as well so that your loveseat will be able to withstand years of regular use.
A few common loveseat features you might want to consider looking into are as below.
Solid hardwood (or even manufactured wood) frames that are nailed and glued together provide durability and quality for everyday use.
You can buy loveseats with a variety of cushion fillings, from foam and synthetic materials to steel coil suspension springs with metal clips.
Innerspring coils in your seat cushions (or perhaps high-density foam) are also comfortable options to consider.
When it comes to recliner loveseats, you need to decide whether you want to go for a lever/pull mechanism or if you prefer a power motor setup. Each has its own advantages and disadvantages.
Once again with recliner loveseats, you need to decide whether you want a model that simply reclines or if you want one that allows you to lay the recliner completely flat.
In terms of upholstery and exterior materials, you can choose either fabric or leather. Both materials are further categorized into a number of grades, ranging from high-end to basic. High- performance loveseats that come in fabric usually come outfitted in synthetic fibers. Examples of this include polyester, which is resistant to stains and tears. If you want a more natural look and feel to your loveseat, go for cotton or even a linen blend.
If you want to go high-end and purchase a luxury loveseat, you can’t go wrong with a 100% pure grain leather loveseat. You can get combination material loveseats that include leather with other materials such as vinyl but all-leather seats are about as high-end as you can go.
Choosing The Right Loveseat
Here are a few things you should keep in mind when buying your next loveseat.
1. Carefully measure the space in which you intend to use your loveseat and consider the placement of al of the other pieces of furniture you have in the room so that things do not look overcrowded. When you choose where to place your loveseat, you have to make sure that you leave enough room so that everyone can move around with relative ease in the room (and around the loveseat) and that you have adequate space for other items such as coffee tables, side tables, and lamps.
2. An additional space consideration for reclining loveseats is that you need more space behind your reclining loveseat to enable the reclining feature and even more space if you want to purchase a recliner that can lie completely flat.
3. For traditional loveseats, if you plan on placing your new loveseat next to or near other types of seating, you have to make sure that the arms, legs, and back and seat heights of your loveseat and the other pieces of furniture are more or less the same. With this in mind, armless loveseats can help with easier placement.
4. Room staging is important as well. What will your room look like with a reclining loveseat? To create complementing looks, you can try matching the style of your loveseat to the sofas or chairs you have in your room or family area. This works great if you plan to use your loveseat with other seats to create conversation areas. A popular setup idea is to have two loveseats of your desired style and color facing each other or at right angles to each other to create warm, functional conversation areas.
Pros and Cons of Recliners and Non-Recliners
Let’s now talk about the different benefits of recliners and non-recliners.
First of all, recliners are more expensive than non-recliners, but non-recliners give you more material options.
Secondly, while recliners give you more seating positions, non-recliners give you more choices in terms of style.
Furthermore, recliners require more space to be able to use them, while non-recliners can be used anywhere, and you can even use a table in front of non-recliners.
Recliner loveseats are usually heavier than their non-reclining counterparts.
Finally, although reclining loveseats provide extra comfort, non-recliners have no moving parts that require maintenance of any sort.
When it comes to manual recliners, you need to be careful while pulling the lever, otherwise you can hurt yourself. There is no risk of this type with electric or motorized recliners that recline with the push of a button. Also, pushing down the leg-rest of a manual recliner can be difficult as well, especially for older users or those recovering from surgery or other ailments. This is an important point since reclining loveseats are often purchased by people who buy the loveseat expecting to spend a lot of time in it recovering from injuries or medical procedures.
Arriving At A Decision
Reclining sofas are popular thanks to the seating space they provide you with, not to mention the comfort and ease of use they provide. You can sit in them and even take a long nap in them, and everyone in your family can enjoy them thanks to their versatility.
The biggest pros of reclining loveseats are that they are extremely comfortable and are great for whenever you need extra back support. They come in manual as well as motorized and electric versions that are easy to use for those who need a truly easy-to-use recliner to lie down in. The downsides of reclining loveseats, however, are that they are more expensive than regular recliners or sofas, and you need to keep motorized recliners plugged in all the time if you want to be able to use them whenever you want. You also need to make sure that you have enough clearance behind the recliner to be able to use the recliner feature.
With these pros and cons in mind, you may be able to arrive at a decision for your recliner loveseat based on your budget, the amount of space you have in your home, the features you need, the material and colors you like, and what is available in stores near you.
We would, however, like to quickly discuss a few alternatives to reclining loveseats, not to recommend the alternatives but rather to emphasize the benefits of reclining loveseats themselves.
Reclining chairs are great if you want a recliner but don’t have enough space in your home for a full recliner sofa or recliner loveseat. They take up less room, are available in a wide range of colors and fabrics, and you can design your room to the theme and aesthetic you like. They also provide amazing back support, but they still take up a lot of space when fully reclined and they are still very pricy.
Traditional sofas do not come with the fancy trappings of recliner loveseats, but they are relatively inexpensive as compared to recliners (especially electric or motorized recliners) and they look good in any room, which means you do not have to restrict their use to the family or living rooms. However, they provide limited comfort and seating space, and the shape and size of standard sofas mean you cannot do much with them in terms of being creative with their design and layout.
Convertible sofas are common with people who have smaller homes or frequently have guests over. These sofas are sofas in the day and beds at night and are less of a hassle to use than laying out a mattress every evening. Selections were limited in the past but increased when this seating solution started to become more popular. However, they tend to be very, very heavy, and as a hybrid solution in between a bed and a sofa, you can expect a convertible sofa to be less comfortable than a standard sofa (and much less comfortable than a loveseat, especially a reclining loveseat).
With these comparisons in mind, it is clear that the winner in terms of function and comfort is the reclining loveseat, and we hope you found this guide to be a useful starting point as you initiate the process of selecting, finding, and purchasing your new reclining loveseat.