Not Your Grandpa’s Recliner!

With over 130 recliners at BILTRITE Furniture – Leather – Mattresses, you’re sure to find the right one to suit your needs. We have the best selection of recliners in Metro Milwaukee. Do you have fond memories of your father or grandfather spending quality time with his family from his favorite chair? Maybe it was even his favorite TV-watching, reading, coffee drinking, and napping spot in the entire house. For many of us, we picture recliners as a large, overstuffed thing that is heavy on comfort, but not exactly the most stylish item in the house.

Well not anymore. Today’s recliners combine all the comfort you expect from Dad’s Favorite Chair with the chic design elements that makes Mom happy, too — and they are available in a variety of styles, colors and sizes. Also, many of today’s recliners come with lots of options to complement your lifestyle, from hidden cupholders, massage functions, and storage spaces for remotes.

So what should you look for when shopping for a new recliner? Here are a few suggestions to help you find the one that fits all of your expectations:

Size up your space.

Before coming to shop at BILTRITE Furniture – Leather – Mattresses, you need to measure the space where the chair will be located and make sure you have plenty of space to recline the chair fully. Some models are engineered so they can be placed close to the wall and still recline, but you’ll need to know how much space you have to work with.

See how it fits!

Recliners don’t have to be a one-size-fits-all purchase. There are recliners built specially for large body frames, such as Lane’s Comfort Kings, or for more small-scale frames, — most medium-sized recliners, however, will work for the average-sized person.

Test the reclining mechanism.

The reclining mechanism is one of the most important elements, of course, since it is the part of the furniture that is going to move and get the most wear. Test it out in the store. Recline it and close it several times. What feels best to you? Is it easy for you to use and get the chair into the fully reclined position? If not, you might even consider some recliners that feature a power mechanism to recline the chair at the touch of a button.

Choose a material.

Recliners come covered in a variety of materials, so consider which one fits your lifestyle best. Leather will offer that richer look and offer years of durability with proper maintenance. However, fabric allows you to be more creative with patterns and colors, and recent advances in textiles have given some furniture fabrics a big boost on the durability scale.

  • Fabrics: Choose a fabric that not only looks nice but will be able to withstand a lot of use.
  • Leather: Leather is classic and quite durable, but you should understand what you are getting in a leather recliner. Many leather recliners use a “leather match,” which features leather on the seat, arms, and footrest, and the sides and back will usually be vinyl dyed in a matching color to the leather. Building the recliner this way instead of using leather all around generally helps to keep the price lower.
  • Microfiber: When it comes to bang for your buck, microfiber may be your best bet. With a nice suede feel to it, it feels soft and comfy — and it has excellent stain-resistant properties. It is more durable than anything other than leather, is easy to take care of, and generally costs more than  traditional fabrics but less than leather.


Randi K. 4th Generation Family Member