Let’s be honest, the recliner chair and recliner sofa used to be an enormous lump of American-influenced furniture that many of us wouldn’t dream of having in our homes. However, that’s all changed in the last few years; today’s recliners have undergone a significant revolution making them super comfy, sleek, durable, practical, stylish, and, frankly, nothing like their forebears in any way shape, or form.


In fact, recliner chairs and sofas have now become a must-have for many and consistently rank within Fabb’s best selling pieces of furniture. Why wouldn’t you choose a recliner chair or sofa that has all the design style of a static piece, but with tonnes of brilliant gadgets – all for a similar price!

"Recliner chairs and sofas are now some of our best-selling pieces of furniture. Why wouldn't you choose a recliner these days - they look just like a static piece, but have so many more features," Laura Chiddey, Commercial Director, Fabb Furniture.

Ergonomic design

The recliner chair and recliner sofa has experienced a remarkable transformation over the past few years which has revolutionised the way we relax and unwind. Gone are the days when recliners were bulky, unattractive pieces of furniture. Today, UK manufacturers have embraced ergonomic principles, incorporating sleek and stylish designs that seamlessly blend with contemporary interiors. Recliners now feature curved lines, plush padding, and refined materials, ensuring both aesthetic appeal and optimal comfort.

Technological integration

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close up of power controls for recliner sofa
close up of drink holders for power recliner sofa

The integration of technology has significantly contributed to the evolution of recliners. Modern UK recliners offer an array of features, including built-in USB charging ports, wireless charging pads, and touch-panel controls. These additions ensure that users can conveniently charge their electronic devices without having to leave the comfort of their recliners.


Today’s recliners can even come equipped with massage and heating functionalities, transforming them into personal relaxation hubs. The ability to enjoy a therapeutic massage or bask in the soothing warmth of a heated seat elevates the recliner experience, promoting stress relief and rejuvenation.

Smart home connectivity

The rise of smart home technology has influenced the design of recliners in the UK. Several manufacturers have embraced connectivity, allowing recliners to be seamlessly integrated into smart home ecosystems. This integration enables users to control their recliners using voice commands or smartphone apps, creating a truly personalised and effortless experience.


Through smart home connectivity, recliners can synchronise with other smart devices, such as lighting systems and audio equipment. Imagine settling into your recliner, commanding it to lower into your preferred position, while the lights dim, and your favourite playlist begins to play — all with a simple voice command. The possibilities for creating a personalised, immersive environment are endless.

Sustainable materials and manufacturing

In recent years, there has been a growing emphasis on sustainability and eco-friendly practices. UK recliner manufacturers have responded to this demand by prioritising the use of sustainable materials and adopting environmentally conscious manufacturing processes.


Recliners are now crafted using responsibly sourced woods, recycled metal frames, and eco-friendly foam cushions. In addition, manufacturers are employing water-based adhesives and low VOC (volatile organic compound) finishes, reducing harmful emissions, and creating healthier indoor environments.

The past five years have witnessed a remarkable transformation in the world of recliners in the United Kingdom. From their enhanced ergonomic designs and technological integrations to smart home connectivity and sustainable manufacturing practices, recliners have become the epitome of comfort, style, and convenience.

As the demand for relaxation and wellness continues to grow, it is certain that recliners will continue to evolve, providing even more innovative features and design improvements. With their ability to adapt to modern lifestyles and create personal oases of tranquillity, recliners have become an essential piece of furniture in any contemporary UK home. So, why not kick back, recline, and embrace the enveloping comfort that these modern marvels have to offer?

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