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How Do Recliners Work? (Manual, Automatic & Electric)

How Do Recliners Work

Do you want a recliner for your comfort and relaxation but don’t know how it works? Don’t worry! Because we will provide you with a detailed guideline about how recliners work.

If you have back pain, back surgery, or feeling uncomfortable due to your body pain or suffering from a chronic disease, then a ergonomic recliner is a better choice. Before buying any recliner, it is essential to understand its working and features. So, let’s get started!

What Is a Recliner?

A recliner is an easy chair for comfort and relaxation with a footrest and an adjustable back. Moreover, you can up and down the recliner according to your requirements. Its apparatus is made up of heavy metal. Reclining chairs are also known as move and action furniture because they can change their shape and movement.

How Does The Recliner Work?

Now, we will discuss how the recliner works so that you can understand its working and use it according to your comfort.

1- Frame

Before understanding the functioning of the recliner, it is important to understand the frame of a recliner as it is made of plywood or hardwood, which is aligned with heavy screws. Moreover, heavy screws are used to maintain the stability of the recliner. You can sit on the chair to check it and pull the lever, due to which your bodyweight moves backward.

It is necessary to check that the recliner bears your weight or not to make sure that it doesn’t break. Because if it could not carry your weight, then it won’t work for long. Every chair is not manufactured in the same way, but the chairs with strong frames work longer. Moreover, hardwood frames are better than plywood.

2- Arms

The arms work independently. It is made of different panels which are used for reclining. They are bolted together for a better work experience. They are bolted in a crossbar.  Furthermore, the arms are used to push off while reclining, so it is important to ensure that they are well constructed.

3- Springs and Lever

It is easy to understand the working of the spring of the recliner. The user applies pressure on it, and the balancing springs absorb this pressure and compress it. When you get up from the chair, the springs will come back to their position.

How Do the Manual and Automatic Recliners Work?

Every recliner furniture is made to recline, which is the best feature of it.

Let us discuss how recliners work. Firstly we will discuss the working through manual recline:

  • It is performed through the lever and a handle.
  • The user pulls and lifts the lever and a handle to recline.
  • You should take these steps carefully and smoothly.
  • Then this motion will certainly push the back of your chair due to your weight.

Now, we will discuss how an automatic recliner works:

  • It is performed through an electrical motor.
  • Also, it doesn’t need any physical effort to use the recliner.
  • You can operate it through remote control or touch system on the chair.
  • You will see different options on the screen or remote to operate your recliner.

You can see the clear difference between manual and automatic recliners. An automatic recliner does not need any physical strain for consumers.

How do Electric Recliners Work?

Electric recliners are a new addition to the furniture. Electric recliners are also known as riser recliners. It has more advantages in comparison to other recliners.

Its working include:

  • You will put your weight across the chair.
  • There are handles which help you to sit and stand.
  • You can take help from those handles and can sit or stand easily.
  • Moreover, you can use it to alleviate pain.

Features of Recliner

A recliner consists of a footrest, headrest, and lumbar support. You can adjust the position of a recliner according to your needs. Modern recliners also include the features like vibration, massage, and heat.

Moreover, you can turn some of the recliners into a sleepy position. You can control the position of the recliner manually. Also, some of the recliners can be controlled by pressing a button. There are twistable wing nuts under the chair that you can use to reduce or increase the chair’s tension.

Sometimes users report problems in the tension of the chair, due to which it doesn’t recline. You can solve it by adjusting the tension underneath the chair.

Is a Recliner Beneficial for Your Health?

  • Recliners relieve your stress. When you sit in a comfortable position and your backbone gets some rest, you feel relaxed.
  • When you come from your office or your workplace, you feel inflammation on your legs and feet. It is because you sit in the same position for a long time. A recliner is the best solution for this problem. The recliner elevates your feet which will result in relief to your lower body. Moreover, blood circulation in your body will be improved by it.
  • The recliner is the best option for those with back pain or back surgery. The lumbar support of a recliner reduces lower back pain.
  • The recliner is very beneficial for the physically impaired or those who cannot sit and stand due to any pain.

Related Article: Recliners for Degenerative Disc Disease & Tailbone Pain

How to Take Care of Your Recliner?

If you do not correctly use a recliner, you can face some problems related to it, maybe after few years. It is essential to pay proper attention to your recliner. If you want to use it for a long time, you must take care of it regularly to work properly.

If you notice any unusual sound from your recliner, you can use a lubricant for it. Please hire a professional to check your recliner so that he can solve the problem earlier.

Conclusion

Summing up, with a large variety of recliners in the market, it is crucial to know how a recliner works to choose the best one for you. Recliner chairs are made for your comfort and relaxation. You can never feel uncomfortable or stressed while having a recliner. So it’s a good decision to buy a recliner. Lastly, we hope you find this article informative and helpful you.

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About the author

Patricia Zwilling

I am a Healthcare Consultant and a physical therapist at the American Pregnancy Association. We consult about women's health during the pregnancy period.