The following are some of the more common furniture terms used on our website and in the industry. They may help you to better understand the furniture you may be looking at online and in person.
Types of Reclining Handles & Buttons:
Full Handle: This handle can be used to open and close the recliner with your hand.
Lift Recliner: A power button allows you to go from reclining to sitting to standing with the push of a button.
Power Recliner: A power button allows you to open and close these recliners, sofas and loveseats with the press of a button. This is a great option if you have trouble operating a traditional recliner.
Push Back: Use your weight to recline this chair, and your legs to close this recliner. There is no handle.
Release Handle: Pull this handle to recline and use your legs to close this recliner
Rip Cord: A rip cord style recliner is common in reclining sofas and loveseats. Use your legs to close this recliner
Types of Recliners:
Big Man Recliners or Comfort Kings: Typically a big man recliner is larger in scale but also features more robust construction to support greater weight. A regular recliner usually holds up to 250lbs while a Big Man can handle up to 350lbs.
Euro Style Recliner: These non rocking recliners are push-back recliners that usually come with an ottoman.
First Class Recliners: First Class recliners are a smaller recliner that features more robust construction and is capable of holding up to 350lbs. First class also features an extended warranty.
Glider Recliner: A Glider recliner has a gentle swinging rock when in the standard closed position and is stationary when in the reclined position. A Glider recliner requires more distance from a wall to recline than a wall recliner.
High-leg or Low-leg Recliner: High leg recliners look like a traditional accent chair but with the added benefit that they recline. Because the chair is up on legs the reclining mechanism does not go to the floor like a traditional recliner. Consequently they do not recline as far back. Also they are push back recliners. These are a great choice if you want a traditional looking chair but you don’t have room for an ottoman. Whether it is high or Low-leg depends on the height of the legs.
Rocker Recliner: A Rocker recliner rocks when in the standard closed position and is stationary when in the reclined position. A Rocker recliner requires more distance from a wall to recline than a wall recliner, but usually reclines farther back.
Wall Recliner or Wall Saver or Wall-away: Typically a Wall recliner is a non rocking reclining chair that can be used in a smaller space. A wall recliner can usually be placed within 4 inches of a wall and still recline without damage to your wall or the recliner.
Upholstery the fixed, soft coverings for furniture, especially seating and reclining furniture.
Cushion Back A style that uses separate or semi-attached cushions.
Fiberfill -Soft, synthetic material used as cushioning in upholstered furniture. Polyester fibers are most common.
Foam Cushions Usually polyfoam or latex foam rubber used in the seats and backs of upholstered furniture
Memory Foam Cushions A memory foam layer between a Dacron fiber pad and the 1.8 density 28lb. compression polyurethane seat core. Found usually in the seat of some reclining furniture.
Pocket Coil Cushions are usually in the seat of some reclining furniture. Pocket coils cushions are similar to those used in a traditional mattress and produce a firmer sit less prone to settling.
Sectional Furniture Referring generally to upholstered furniture composed of complementary sections that can be grouped in a variety of arrangements or used separately.
Tight Back Fully upholstered seat or back designed not to have a cushion.
Tufted Back is usually a tight back sofa or chair that has a tied down tuft design in the back or seat of upholstered furniture which produces folds and patterns. This tuft can be achieved with or without an accent button.
Common Reclining Fabrics
Recliner Fabrics must undergo rigorous testing since recliners have moving parts which increase friction and wear. Any fabric that pasts rub testing can be used on a recliner. Blends are common on recliners but some other terms you may have heard are as follows:
Microfiber 100% polyester fabric. Can be cleaned with water soluble cleaners.
Performance Fabric -fabric that is easy to clean and long lasting. Usually contains a high level of polyester.
Endurance Fabric long lasting fabric that is usually a polyurethane & cotton mix.
Bonded Leather is reconstituted leather made of varying degrees of genuine leather combined with other substances to give the appearance of leather. It’s applied to poly/cotton substrate with polyurethane on the face and leather particles on the back.
All Leather upholstery features varying grades of leather on the front and back of the reclining piece.
Leather Vinyl upholstery features leather on all the areas that you would ordinarily touch when sitting on the furniture, but has a matching synthetic vinyl on the back of the furniture. This gives you the benefit of leather but with a lower price.
Types of Leather
Top Grain Leather -Leather is not simply cowhide. Cowhides are thick enough to be split into two or three layers of leather. The layer to the outside of the animal is the top, and most desirable. Split Leather is the other parts of the leather and is used to make corrected leathers and suede.
Aniline Top Grain Leather with little or no protection. Also called Natural, pure, naked or unprotected leather. Anilines are the made from the highest selection of leathers available. They are colored with transparent dyes so you can see the surface of the leather. They can achieve a patina over time. Aniline will show all environmental history of the animal like brands or scratches.
Semi-Aniline Top Grain Leather is medium protection leather. These are soft and comfortable but with a slight finish to resist soiling. Color is more consistent than Aniline.Pigmented/Corrected or Finished Leathers are high protection leather. These are considered “everyday” leathers. These leathers have uniform appearance due to an application of pigment to the crust and then a protective finish is added for more resistance to heavy use. Protected leathers are the most common and most practical and offer the widest variety of colors.