The 10 Recliners That Prove: Yes, Recliners Can Be Cool

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There are those for whom the recliner needs no convincing. They intrinsically understand that the chair is the most comfortable seat in the house, the throne of the true American, style be damned. It is a laid back perch on which they can experience the triumphs and failures of American sports, the news of the day via magazines and newspapers, and, of course, the sweet dreams of a well-earned nap. The self-selected members of the recliner tribe do not care how bulky the piece of furniture looks, or whether it matches the other pieces of furniture in the room—there was so much truth in Martin Crane’s famous recliner on Fraiser. For them, the recliner is home. Home is the recliner. The couch? That’s for guests.

But then there are those who hear the word “recliner” and see nothing but an eyesore. The over-stuffed piece of furniture representative of the grumpy patriarchs they never want to become. They’ll choose a chair with an ottoman any day of the week, even though it takes up more space than they’d like. And, frankly, isn’t as nap-friendly.

Fortunately for everyone, recliners have become more stylish over the past two decades or so, resembling, well, cool furniture. Choosing one is no longer a sacrifice of style. If you are already a member of the recliner tribe, perhaps it’s time for a bit of an upgrade that makes a big statement. And if you are recliner-curious, here are some that you can proudly put in your living room that will have everyone asking: That’s a recliner?

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Risa Recliner

Design Within Reach


Available in a multitude of leather and fabric upholstery, the brand new Risa recliner, designed by Hlynur Atlason, is the statement recliner of the moment. The cast aluminum frame holds cushions lined with feathers that feel just right, along with the three different reclining positions. 

NÄTTRABY Swivel Recliner



This swivel recliner has a sleek base that gives the entire chair an airy quality that’s rare in a recliner, especially one at this price point. 

Westport Signature Leather Recliner

Room & Board


The easiest way to work a recliner into almost any decor is to choose one that has a Danish mid-century feel, like this one. It’s very hard to argue against something this timeless.  

Mod Recliner

West Elm


The metal frame of this well-proportioned model is what gives the West Elm recliner a cool edge—along with the wide variety of up-to-date colors that it can come in. 

Luke Swivel Recliner

Restoration Hardware


Available with a matte brass swivel base, this luxe recliner gives off a ’70s Italian vibe.  

Swivel Grano “Quick Ship” Glider Recliner

Monte Design


A recliner that glides and swivels? Wonderful for new parents who want to spend quality cuddle time with a newborn, or just need a nap themselves. 

Leisure Power Recliner Chair

Crate & Barrel


A sleek, low slung, boxy silhouette isn’t something you think of when you think recliner, which makes this a real standout. It’s powered, so you can really dial in that perfect lounging position with the push of a button. 

Amani Modern Classic Black Leather Channel Tufted Recliner

Kathy Kuo


You know what says it’s time to lounge more than a leather  recliner? A leather recliner with distinctive channel tufting. Time to chill.  

Arlo Recliner

Room & Board


The Arlo comes in a variety of arm styles and bases, so you can choose something more traditional or something more modern. 

Lieb Recliner

Ivy Bronx


Why choose between a recliner or a love seat when you can kind of have both in this generously proportioned recliner? 

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Kevin Sintumuang is Esquire’s Lifestyle and Culture Director. 

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