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Power Chair Recliners, Power Seat Lift Recliners, Home Theater Recliners

Updated on August 18, 2016
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Lela earned a B.A. degree in Journalism from Sam Houston University in Huntsville, TX. She has been writing for the online world since 1995.

Power Recliners

Remodeling my living room and throwing out the dog furniture and it's time to buy a recliner!. Replacing old worn out couches and chairs with good leather furniture is expensive, but essential, plus I wanted more power.

Choosing a recliner involves a lot more than a trip to the internet where I usually shop. I had to actually go to a furniture store and park my megabutt into different styles and types of chairs on display to find one that "fit". It's a lifelong decision here! It would be easier if I were talented enough to build my own power recliner.

The colors that recliners come in now are still a bit old fashioned, but I guess they go with what works and sells well. I have an eclectic living room, but large pieces of furniture should blend in and accessorize, not dominate. I'm choosing a Navy Blue with power recline.

Some may think that power recline is a lazy feature. I can assure you that it is not. Although it is hard to pull that dumb stick back to recline the back and output the footrest, having a power motor doing it will allow you to start and stop the recline/footrest exactly where you want it to go for the most comfort possible.

Power Recline Video

Power Lift Chairs and Recliners

Going with a power lift function is for medical reasons. At times it may be essential for handicapped people and megabuttically challenged people, but raising and lowering yourself into a chair can be considered actual exercise if done right.

The power lift function also calls to mind scenes depicting fighter pilots ejecting from cockpits. I know the power lift chair is in no way that powerful, but some yahoo would probably make it that way.

Deciding to get a power lift chair is a personal decision and I really recommend the power recline function instead. It is possible to get both functions in one chair. That's taking power to the max.

Power Lift Recliners

Home Theater Seating

We do watch a lot of movies and I considered buying the home theater seats. They do come in a power recline option and have the cutest little cup holder and side storage compartment in the arms, but they generally only come in black. What's up with that?

I suppose the home theater should be dark to allow best movie watching. But what happens when you need to get up for snacks? It will be so dark that you'll stub your toe. I guess you could keep bags of chips in the convenient arm storage compartment. Candy bars too. You can even buy them in the great big economy bags. Now that's what I'm talking about.

But no, black chairs are not for me. I like the Navy Blue one.

Home Theater Seating

Popularity of reclining chairs.

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© 2011 Lela


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  • PR Morgan profile image

    PR Morgan 

    7 years ago from Sarasota Florida

    Sounds if I can get my dog to bring me a beer....!

  • Austinstar profile imageAUTHOR


    7 years ago from Somewhere near the center of Texas

    Well, Pieter, if you think your mom is funny, you would think I am hysterical! :-)

    Drbj, I hope she does get a new recliner.

    Well, here's the story so far. I found the one I wanted and found someone online to buy it from and deliver it (saves taxes and delivery fees since it was "free delivery") But the invoice was through PayPal, then it was supposed to be taken out of my bank account and PayPal says it did complete that transaction, but the money is still in the bank and the bank sent an email saying they declined to pay PayPal. I have not heard from the chair company yet, so I don't even know the story about where the chair is or the payment status. I tried to call the chair company, but they haven't returned my call. It's bizarre. I know where the money is, but not the chair! Updates to follow.

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    7 years ago

    Thanks Austinstar for reminding me of something funny about my Mom. She is vertically challenged and cannot get out of a conventional recliner with out rolling around, huffing and puffing. It may sound cruel but it always cracks me up. Of course that never goes over well and I get to hear about it..which cracks me up.

    I give this one: A big smile with a laugh on the side!

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    drbj and sherry 

    7 years ago from south Florida

    A friend of mine had one of those really, really old recliners. It was so old it began to fall apart and she would put duct tape on the affected parts. Soon you couldn't see the recliner for the duct tape. When she finally removed the duct tape that was getting aged and stained, the recliner collapsed.

    I'm telling her to buy one of your recliners to replace it - the gray one. So it will match the duct tape she loves.

  • Austinstar profile imageAUTHOR


    7 years ago from Somewhere near the center of Texas

    I tell ya, I need an eject button sometimes.

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    Kelly Umphenour 

    7 years ago from St. Louis, MO

    Thank you! Now I know exactly which power tool I didn't have and must purchase immediately! Maybe it could have an eject button?????? LOL:)

  • Austinstar profile imageAUTHOR


    7 years ago from Somewhere near the center of Texas

    Hi Jane! I have one of those back massage chairs. Bob and I love it. Maybe you were trying one too strong. Ours is a cheap one from Sharper Image (out of business now).

    I do like the idea of a chip and candy compartment!

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    Jane Bovary 

    7 years ago from The Fatal Shore

    The power lift/power recliner with chip and candy, sounds like the couch potato's perfect companion.

    You're right that buying an armchair is a serious needs to be thought out. I tried out one of those *power massage* armchairs in a furniture store once...I had a sore back for weeks!

  • Austinstar profile imageAUTHOR


    7 years ago from Somewhere near the center of Texas

    christopheranton - I hope I don't get electrocuted, I do have a drinking problem!

    SueRoy - YOU are the 100% old fashioned recliner user who voted! Maybe you are older than me.

    ChrisLincoln - I will wear the velvet short shorts when I am repulsed from the power lift chair! And that's not something you want to witness.

    Audrey-You don't need a recliner, you never sit still enough to recline. But if you did, you might need the power boost to get up again.

    Howdy Gus, you don't have a recliner? What kind of redneck are you? You need one that is covered in duct tape. I'm glad you can breathe again. It's hell when you can't breathe. My dad was a photo engraver back before OSHA came in and said that huge vats of hydrochloric acid and sulphuric acid should actually be vented to the outdoors and not go directly into the workers lungs! He's passed now because his lungs were destroyed by all the pretty photos you used to see in the Houston Post. I will always miss him.

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    Gustave Kilthau 

    7 years ago from USA

    Hi Lela (AustinStar) - Sure did wish I had had one of those nifty recliners back when breathing was a problem. Still would like one even though those bad times are gone, hopefully for good and all. Enjoyed your article.

    Gus :-)))

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    Audrey Kirchner 

    7 years ago from Washington

    Which brings up a very interesting point...I do not have a recliner and I seriously need one. Of course, I'd prefer one that launched me out of it so I could move faster. Great points and information - now will have to set my mind to getting myself one and then learning to recline!

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    7 years ago from Orange (or Lemon...) County, California

    Which begs the question...

    What does one wear to a megabutt propulsion event?

    Oh, right, we can talk about clothing on my hubs, but on recliner hubs, narry a shred...

    So, unfair


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    Susan Mills 

    7 years ago from Indiana

    One Hundred Percent of the people voting in your poll wanted to stick with the old fashioned recliners.

    One HUNDRED percent.

    Do you know what that means?

    Do you???

    That's right missy. It means my vote was right on the money!

    Excellent, informative, and humorous.

    I'm trying to get the picture of your megabutt being propelled in to space by the power recliner out of my brain... I could have done without that.....

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    Christopher Antony Meade 

    7 years ago from Gillingham Kent. United Kingdom

    They all look great, but what happens if you spill liquid on them?

    Do you get electrocuted?

  • Austinstar profile imageAUTHOR


    7 years ago from Somewhere near the center of Texas

    Stan always has the most unusual words. But you come up with some zingers yourself! And I collect funnies too, so thanks for that one.

    Bob wears blue jean shorts most of the time. He will wear the velvet short shorts when he needs to clean the dog hair off of the furniture. It's funny as hell.

  • ChrisLincoln profile image


    7 years ago from Orange (or Lemon...) County, California


    I know this was meant to be serious and all, but "megabuttically" kinda knocked it out of the park for me. What with Stan's existential recliners, I think I read this all wrong (think Monty Python and read it again...)

    Had to vote it funny, sorry that was me...

    Please tell me you do not make Bob wear velvet short shorts...



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