Marie Todd. Recliner. January 13th , 2018.
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.
While much of the written history of the recliner starts in the early Twentieth Century, the recliner chair dates back much further. The earliest recliner chairs actually appeared in the late Eighteenth Century, and were functionally similar to todays recliners. The goal was always to allow the user to sit upright or recline back with the legs and feet off the floor. What has been dubbed by many designers as motion furniture, the recliner has been with us in one form or another for over two hundred years. Modeled after the chaise lounge, the long history of the recliner has seen this popular piece of furniture go from simple to fully motorized. Thought to be an American invention, the recliner has its roots as far back as Napoleon.
Recliners Gains Wide Popularity. When the 1950s rolled around most American homes had a recliner or two. There function and style had grown as well. Although during this time the recliner was viewed as a "Mans" chair. Being able to put your feet up at the end of a long work day was sought after. Recliners became central to family rooms as TVs grew in popularity. This is when it became common place to have a recliner in a home. Whereas before the recliner was a luxury. Also around this time people began to see the health benefits of these chairs as well. With the nature of work during this period, a recliner might have been the only way a man coulee set without back or leg pain.As soon as Father got home everyone knew to vacate the chair.
The cushion can be made from fiber or foam. Fiber cushion is filled with synthetic loose fibers. It is very durable but you wont be able to maintain the cushions shape. As a result, one area may have little padding while another area will have a lot of padding. Foam cushion is able to mold the persons body contour effectively. High quality foam cushion is made from memory foam. Gel cushion is able to distribute the persons weight evenly. Because it is made from gel, the manufacturer adds a cushion to reduce the pressure. Gel cushion is heavy and bulky so it is hard to move around. Air cushion is lightweight and able to relieve the pressures from the body. Air cushion may require more maintenance.
If three position power recliners lack flexibility, one can step up to the more versatile and expensive infinite position recliner. Gaining more bells and whistles, the primary difference is the number of motors. Two and three position lift chairs have one motor to do everything limiting flexibility and precise position selecting. An infinite position recliner has two motors, one to raise the foot section and another to recline and lift the recliner. An example why one would want an infinite position recliner over others types of lift chairs would be someone needing to operate the feet section independently of the back. This allows one to raise the feet leaving the chair seated in the upright position more suitable for eating and reading.
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