Not an Urban Legend: Recliners That Are Actually Attractive

Not an Urban Legend: Recliners That Are Actually Attractive

Carrie McBride
Feb 29, 2016
(Image credit: West Elm)

My sister recently told me she was in the market for a recliner and I tried to talk her out of it. I tried hard. Visions of padded, overstuffed vinyl chairs danced in my head. But then she showed me a few she was considering and, I admit, they are not the eyesores of yesteryear. Here is a selection that might win you over.


With a 4.5-star rating, this attractive, transitional recliner is great for a small reading nook. Reviewers note how well its made and that it's a great value.

Certainly more traditional than the other recliners on this list, though still quite attractive with its compact frame and nailhead trim.

You don't need to have a baby to buy this super cute glider/recliner from Babies R Us. It's offered in a plethora of colors to suit any interior color palette.

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With 25 colors to choose from, you'll get a recliner fit for any modern interior. From one reviewer: "Looked around a lot for a recliner that didn't look like Grandpa's chair. This one fits the bill. It's a little on the small side, but it's comfortable and looks great in our modern home."

A hidden steel push-back mechanism ensures this sleek chair doesn't look like a traditional recliner. And though West Elm doesn't have reviews on their site, unfortunately, it's safe to say that the solid ash wood frame of this seat means it's a quality product.

If you just can't get away from the leather armchair idea for your recliner, Pottery Barn has this attractive option for you in three shades.

If you're looking for a recliner with a bit of firmness and support, check out C&B's Torino Recliner. Though no one has rated this yet online, its sister sofa has great reviews.

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Land of Nod has nailed the "made for a kid but stylish enough for adults" look, including this Campo glider/recliner. Also available in dark gray.

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When all you want to do is put your feet up, but don't want a mushy, puffy recliner, this is for you. Offered in three additional colors.

Originally designed in 1966 by the acclaimed Milo Baughman, this modern seat has three positions: upright, feet up and full-on recline.

This chair may be the priciest one on the list, but with a 10-year warranty, you don't need to be afraid of buyer's remorse. Note that you can fully customize this chair to your liking, though you need to build in 3-4 months for delivery.

Looking for a sofa to go with that recliner? Don't miss our Sofa Squad series, where we tested and reported on the best sofas at:

*Re-edited from a post that originally appeared 2.29.2016. - AH

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