Nanette Black. Recliner. January 10th , 2018.
In the late eighteen hundreds, a number of designs emerged for motion chairs. Typically made of wood, with a padded seat and back, these early recliners may have been more conversation piece than a furniture staple like a chair or sofa. Designs from France and America often featured what was referred to as document or a book holder. Two American cousins, Knabush and Shoemaker, are credited with gaining the patent on a wooden recliner. There was nothing remarkable about the design as it resembled a wooden beach recliner. The difference between this and other recliners was the patent. Issued in nineteen twenty eight, the patent led to the founding of LayZBoy. It would not be until nineteen thirty one that the cousins would patent an upholstered model with a mechanical movement. It would not be until nineteen forty seven that a competing company would add a built in foot rest. The addition of a foot rest would become a standard part of recliner design.
Although the health benefits have not always been clear in some critics minds. Rather they viewed as these chairs as a means to just relax. This being said the recliner has been used through history, and have come in a wide variety of styles, from the very ornate to the downright plain. The first recliners where seen in the 1700s and 1800s and were non-motorized. There were models of these recliners that permanently reclined. It was not a given that these chair would come with a foot rest. Multi position reclining chairs began to be seen in the late 1800s. These chairs could be manually adjusted to recline in various ways. One notable instance in history of these reclining chairs is Napoleon III, who is rumored to have had a padded armed, cot style recliner. In fact this may have been the first recorded instance of a recliner. Edward Knabusch and Edwin Shoemaker, in 1928, came up with what they thought was a great new idea for a reclining chair. Their earliest models reclined whenever you leaned back in them. However, these gentlemen were not the only ones who know people liked to relax.
In todays internet market, lift recliner manufactures are developing products that are internet friendly. Meaning retailers and manufactures of lift recliner chairs are able to provide well manufactured and quality web sites to help consumers pick their perfect lift recliner without leaving the comfort of their homes. Consumers are spending more time researching and learning about products that can help them regain mobility. The only problem is the lack of information to help consumers make the right decisions. In this article, consumers will learn the best way to go about picking and buying their perfect lift recliner chair.
In the period around eighteen fifty, the French introduced a reclining camp bed one of which reportedly belonged Napoleon III. This camp cot was quite functional for its time serving multiple purposes. Thought to be modeled after the daybed lounge, the camp cot served as a chair, a bed and chaise lounger. Well upholstered for the times, the reclining camp bed was portable and featured padded arm rests and a steel frame. While the Napoleon camp cot lacked a complex mechanism it no less functional than todays recliner designs. The user could sit in an upright, recline with the feet elevated or the cot could be folded out for sleeping.
The backs on most lazy boy recliners can be removed for shipping purposes. The clips that hold the back in place may not be properly engaged on the recliner you are considering purchasing. Again this could be an easy fix if the seller is selling because they think the back is broken on their recliner. Naturally you should beware of any recliner that shows signs of abuse or abnormal use, excessive soiling or improper cleaning or maintenance. If the recliner has been well cared for and you continue to maintain it then you may find a bargain out there that still has several years of use left.
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