Since its invention in the mid-1800s to a permanent place in homes and offices across North America, the reclining chair has come a long way. But did you know this now common style of furniture has surprisingly noble roots? Napoleon III was an early adopter of the new technology and is even rumoured to have owned one of the first reclining chair prototypes!
So, what has made reclining furniture so enduring? It all comes down to comfort. Recliners and reclining sofas allow you to lean back, prop your feet up, and find the perfect angle for relaxing, watching TV, and, of course, napping. For some (looking at you, Dad), nothing beats the comfort and snoozability of a good recliner.
To help you navigate the ups and downs of the many kinds of reclining furniture you’ll find in our stores, we’ve prepared this helpful primer. Keep reading to see how reclining furniture can put a little life (and a lot of comfort) into your rooms, and find out how the right piece can, quite literally, sweep you off your feet.