Recliner vs Chair: Which one to choose?

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What’s an advertiser chair

The armchair is an advanced, high-tech category of upholstered furniture, designed for full relaxation under heavy working hours. Such models were created back in the first half of the last century, but there was no need to use them in mass production. Customers of the furniture were mainly aircraft, spacecraft construction companies, which were interested in the ideal support and rest of pilots during long flights. But the accelerated pace of life, the increase in production, the transition to digital technology, accompanied the introduction of space seats in the realities of everyday work.

Determine in advance what you need: place of installation, type and so on:

The types of chairs

What kind of chairs do you need, hard or soft, regular, folding mud and stackable? Or do you need half chairs – chairs with armrests?

Place of installation

How do I choose the best recliners for back pain for my kitchen and dining rooms? The approach here will be different, and first of all it concerns materials. The kitchen requires models that are resistant to dirt and moisture, preferably with an easy-to-clean backrest (not always taken with clean hands). A chair in a separate room-dining room may also have textile upholstery, while in the living room it may be upholstered with leather in a tone of upholstered furniture. And for folding chairs in the cafe, where they will be used very intensively, you need to choose a frame of the most durable materials, and seats and backrests – from the most practical.

What is the difference between an advertiser and ordinary swing chairs?

  • The models have a complex mechanical design, which can be equipped with different types of control: sensor, remote control, or mechanical levers.
  • Such chairs allow you to change the angle of inclination of the back almost to the lying position, and are equipped with an extendable leg support.
  • Models combine the functions of a working chair and a cosy place for a short rest. They rotate, swing with the innovative glider and unfold into a lounge chair.
  • Some variants are equipped with massage options for maximum relaxation and distraction in a short period of time.
  • The shape of the chairs emphasizes the anatomical curves of the body, so that the sitting position has no harmful effect on the spine.

As for the normal chair, please note:

The depth and width of the seat is spacious and does not fit into the seat. The front edge of any chair must not “slide” into the space under your knees. A seat depth of 40-45 cm is optimal: in this case a gap of approx. 5 cm between the leg and the tip of the seat remains. This is particularly important when choosing a rigid dining chair. When purchasing a model with armrests, pay attention to the width of the seat. Your guests may be full of people who simply will not fit in the chair.

Tilt angle and backrest position

Support the spine. In a swivel chair the backrest should be almost vertical – let’s say the inclination is not more than 2-5 degrees. When designing a backrest, manufacturers usually consider the curvature of the Akerblom line. Some chairs have spring-loaded backs, and the most advanced chairs are equipped with shock absorption: when pressed under the weight of the body, the back of the spinning chair slowly deflects to the desired angle and straightens as soon as you stop leaning on it.

Weight of the chair

Move or not move? Think of what is more important in your case, mobility or stability? If the former, it is better to choose a light chair made of plastic or, for example, of bent birch plywood. This model will be easy to move from place to place, move from room to room or store in a pantry, getting only on holidays, when the table gathers guests. If you need stability, pay attention to other types of chairs, for example, buy a heavy wooden chair with thick legs or, say, spinning, on a metal frame – naughty baby, swinging on it, never turns over.

Unlike ordinary chairs, advertisers have artificial intelligence:

The principle of the smart chair

The principle of the advertiser depends on what mechanism is built into the chair. The simplest design is a mechanical layout by pressing on the backrest, or by actuating a special lever. This option is not smooth, requires, though small, but physical effort. The backrest is fixed only in the specified positions, it is impossible to choose another angle.

More functional, which have gained high popularity, are models with an electric drive. They are divided into..:

  • wired models;
  • wireless;
  • sensory models.

In the first and second cases, the chair is controlled by a remote control. The third version has buttons built into the armrests. Seats on the electric drive have a wide range of fixed positions, smooth layout, can have additional options in the form of massage, memory and playback of your favorite position.

Also the principle of the advertiser is determined by the chosen basis. The chair can have a familiar wooden frame, which deprives it of turning and swinging functions. Be close to the office model, with a spinning base in the form of a cross on wheels, or a solid metal disk. There are also modular constructions, the elements of which are transformed independently of each other, they are mainly equipped with sofas-advertisers.

How to choose a chair-recliner

You already have an idea of what an advertiser is, and you are probably baffled by the question of how to choose the most appropriate model. For this purpose it is necessary to define with desirable functionality and the budget which can be used for chair purchase. The price range of the models is very noticeable, and for some people the cost can be a key factor in the choice. But we will still proceed from the availability of the necessary options and the place of installation.

So, where do you want to put your future purchase? If this is an office, you should look at models with their own, swivel base. They’re designed like computer chairs, with a folding footrest. They can be equipped with a mechanical folding footrest, or they can be controlled by a remote control. The second option is much more expensive, because it has extended options: massage, fixation at any angle, swinging by an advanced mechanism. If the advertiser is planned for home needs (for example, to work for a laptop, or for the design of a home theater), will fit the model on the frame. They are made in classical, easily fit into the living room forms, or non-standard, minimalist. The former are equipped with a wooden frame and an exit foot, the latter with a metal base, with a foot like a chaise lounge chair. They will emphasize the modern studio, or complement the office. Thus, having defined the necessary parameters, the choice of a smart chair will not be a problem for you.

Is it possible to make an advertising chair yourself.

The high comfort chair works with a special device that provides transformation of elements. It is sold separately, in specialized furniture stores, and allows you to make your own advertiser from the old chair. Furniture on a wooden frame is the easiest to convert, and you can use as a mechanical device, and installation with electric drive.

To begin with, the mechanism must be assembled, if it is electric, decide where, on what side is attached to a cable with a socket. After that it is necessary to disassemble the chair, because the device will be held on the frame, and proceed with installation. This is the most time-consuming part of the conversion, coping with it, we can say that half of the case is done. Now it remains to attach the backrest and footrest to the protruding parts of the device. As a footboard you can use a polished board in the tone of the chair, or not a bulky pouffe.

Summing up, we can confidently say that the equipment of old upholstered furniture advertiser can be done by yourself, but if you do not want to waste time on rework, welcome to, where finished and beautiful furniture is always available.


Beautiful angular sofa

If chosen correctly, the sofa will not look like an elephant in the living room and will not get lost in the spacious room, merging with the walls and floor. When to stop on a bright red or lemon yellow sofa, and when on a discreet gray or beige? Should it be placed in the far corner of the room or in the middle of the living room? Look for tall carved legs and flower upholstery, or buy a low leather sofa with a mini-bar?


Sofa in house

Imagine a kitchen without a fridge and stove, a bathroom without a toilet, and a bathroom without a shower and bathtub. Also ridiculous and orphaned would look like a living room without a sofa. Since the appearance of this piece of furniture, it has received the title of a symbol of the living room and since then has occupied an honorable central place in almost every home. The shapes, materials and textures change. The goal remains.

These 6 tips will help you make the right choice:

  1. Determine why you need a sofa? You can only sit on it, or use it as a bed or storage space;
  2. Decide on the size of the sofa? Take the exact measurements of where it will stand to find a model of suitable size;
  3. Don’t forget that choosing this piece of furniture is better with a tape measure. In the large sales area, even a huge sofa will seem neat and tiny;
  4. The color of the sofa depends primarily on the interior of the room. It can be a contrasting accent spot, or harmoniously combined with shades of walls, ceiling and floor, and can visually reduce or increase the space;
  5. The form is chosen based on the general style of the interior of the room. For classic styles – we choose the appropriate models, wide, luxurious, with many details. For modern and minimalistic – as simple and concise as possible;
  6. Material and texture depend on a number of factors, including the presence of small children, pets, location of the sofa, its purpose and intensity of use.

Of course, in some cases these rules can be neglected, fully trusting in your taste or flair. If you work with a designer, then it is worth listening to the opinion of a specialist.


As we said above, when choosing the shape of the sofa should be guided by the general style of your interior. In this case, the most popular are the following models, on the basis of which all sorts of interpretations are created:

  • Chesterfield – solid, leather, classic;
  • Cabriole – with curved legs and smooth lines;
  • Lawson, with pillows under the back and rounded armrests;
  • Tuxedo, with armrests and backrests that form a single whole;
  • English sofa – country style, with soft cushions and low armrests;
  • Bridgewater, with a smoothly curved backrest;
  • Modular structures-transformers that roll out into individual poufs and easily change shape.
  • And many others.

Today furniture manufacture offers the most various models which are universal and suitable for any interior. Thus strict frameworks and definitions for such sofas do not exist.

Black angular sofa

Very interesting look models with additional functions. Built-in bar, subwoofer, regular or programmable advertiser – they will add comfort to your life.

If the sofa is used not only for daytime activities, but also as a bed, then when choosing a sofa is worth paying attention to the mechanism of transformation:

  • The book;
  • E-book;
  • Click-Kluck;
  • accordion;
  • Dolphin;
  • Rolling out;
  • Puma;
  • Pantograph;
  • Rollerboard;
  • Lit;
  • Conrad.

Extra storage space for sleeping accessories will be a nice and useful bonus.


There are no clear rules as to what size a sofa should be. The main criterion is absolute harmony. A sofa that is too big, with blown shapes, will take up all the space in the small living room and will dominate the interior, looking inappropriate and ridiculous. A small unsightly sofa in a large room will be lost, spoiling the whole perception of the interior. In this case, you can install U-shaped or paired sofas, and complement them with an ensemble of chairs.

Living room furnishings

The size of the sofa can change the visual perception of the room. The shape of the room will also depend on where to put this piece of furniture. Square living rooms allow you to place the sofa almost anywhere: in the center, against the wall, in the corner. In rectangular extended rooms it can be used as a zoning element, dividing the room into two functional zones, such as the kitchen and living room.

For asymmetrical living rooms, rooms with a semicircular wall, columns or panoramic glazing, sofas with soft contours, without sharp corners or arbitrary shapes are ideal. They look very original and modern, may well claim to the accent element in the interior.


The competent combination of these two parameters depends on both the general perception of the sofa in the living room interior and its service life! For example, many people are attracted by light sofas – white, milk, beige, but because of the impractical color, few dare to buy such a sofa. Meanwhile, it is even easier to take care of a light removable cover than a cover of any bright shade.

White sofa with blue wall

If practicality for you in second place, then you can choose what you like. Colour depends primarily on the colour range of the room. In small living rooms look good sofas with light upholstery – white, beige, pearl, pearl. In monochrome interiors – those that are selected in color, taking into account the selected shades. Bright accent or too dark sofas should be left for spacious living rooms – although exceptions are possible.

As for the material, it should be said that the leather, velvet, microwelure and suede look spectacular, but require regular careful care. Canvas, flock, jacquard and tapestry are less whimsical and therefore more common in everyday interiors.

More ideas on colours, shapes and placement of sofas can be found in our portfolio, for example in the living room design section.

Are you dreaming of a harmonious interior, where each thing is in its place? Do you find it difficult to choose not only a sofa, but also other interior items? Are you confused with the layout and do not know how to place everything to be comfortable and beautiful? Do you doubt the color scheme or are you confused in styles? Please contact us! We will find the best solution together! A professional approach is guaranteed!