When most homeowners start setting up a home theater or media room they tend to focus on electronics: big screen, projector system, surround sound, and lighting. Selecting the right home theater recliners is just as important as choosing superior audio and video components.No matter the size of your space and whether you want a single recliner or multiple rows, if you’re serious about your home theater or media room you’ll want to look for recliners that are durable and made with quality materials. After all, you’ll be using your home theater seating for hours at a time and many years to come. Most recliners also come loaded with features you may not be aware of.
Basic Recliner Types
● Classic Recliner – This is the recliner your dad or grandad loved and may have spent many afternoons napping in. The key feature is a manual lever or button that reclines the back and positions the footrest up.
● Rocker Recliner – Another manually adjustable recliner with a built-in rocker mechanism designed to rock back and forth in an arc. Most of these also have a swivel feature.
● Glider Recliner – Similar to a rocker recliner, the seat glides back and forth on a straight path instead of an arc. Gliders are most popular in nurseries for new parents to rock babies to sleep.
● Power Recliner – This is the most substantial of all recliners and features fully automatic reclining mechanisms instead of manual levers or buttons. Electronic controls give you precise positioning for back and footrest. Many of these also feature power adjustable headrests.
Theater Recliner Essential Features
Power recliners are the type of seating perfectly designed for home theaters, media rooms, and living rooms alike. Home theater single recliners offer the same wide array of features that seating rows, tiered seating recliners, and theater loveseats offer. Top grain leather, tray tables, in-arm storage, power recline, power lumbar, and headrest just to name a few. Whether you choose a traditional or contemporary style theater chair, you’re sure to find something that will look great in your family room, media room, or home theater.
A shining example of the perfect entry-level single recliner is the Seatcraft Monterey. It features most of the previously mentioned power options and is available in three top-grain leather colors. Additional features include a USB charging port, LED lighted cupholders, and ambient base lighting.
Soundshakers add an immersive sonic experience to home theater enjoyment. Integrated with your theater’s audio system, this bit of hi-tech wizardry transmits vibrations to your recliner in sync with the action on your screen. You’ll not only see and hear but feel each moment as your chair vibrates to each car chase or explosion.
The Seatcraft Kodiak includes this Soundshaker technology, along with adjustable power lumbar support.
The wall-hugger seating option allows the chair to sit just inches from the wall, even in full recline, furthering its efficient use of space. This is an important feature for single recliners in small living spaces or media rooms. It’s also perfect for multiple rows of theater seats to keep people in the front row from reclining into those behind them.
Materials and Durability
Durability starts with the frame. If you want your home theater seating to last through years of use, be sure your seats are made with the highest quality kiln-dried natural or engineered wood with blocked reinforced frame joint construction.
Upholstery is important, obviously, and should be durable and stylish. The Seatcraft leather recliners we feature are available in many different types. Leather 7000 is the very finest leather for home theater seating. This exclusive, luxury material is a type of top-grain leather that is painstakingly hand-picked for premium look and texture. Only the thickest, toughest, best looking, and most durable top-grain hides will do. The leather is then carefully buffed to remove any imperfections or variations in color and texture so that your home theater seat is tougher, more durable, and easier to maintain than any other material.
For those searching for the allure of leather, combined with the affordable value of other materials, bonded leather is an attractive alternative. It has the look and feels of genuine full-grain leather at a fraction of the cost. This is because bonded leather is made of a polyurethane-leather hybrid, which is more durable than fabric, while providing many of the same advantages in look, texture, and feel as full-grain leather. In addition, the material actually has more consistency than full-grain leather and is even easier to clean due to its non-porous material. Wipe with a damp cloth once a week, and it should look radiant for years to come.
Fabric upholstery is available in a wide range of main colors and coordinating piping colors. The Cavallo line of recliners features a plethora of leather and fabric materials. Fabric is a perfect choice for those looking for a multi-purpose material, as it’s renowned for projecting an informal, laid-back feel that is both warm and inviting. It is not limited by this reputation, however, as it can be fashioned into a dazzling array of texture, color, and pattern choices that can combine to mimic other fabrics with ease. The tough, resilient texture of burlap and the soft, velvety touch of suede can be equally replicated using fabric, at an outstanding value.
Recliners have come a long way since the classic manually adjustable seats of years past. Today, home theater seating comes in many styles and materials, and with advanced features that previous generations could only dream of. 4Seating.com is committed to providing the best options for your home theater. Whether it’s a single recliner, multiple tiered rows, or media lounge sofas, we have all the seating and accessories you’ll need to make your experience the best it can be.