How Far From The Wall Different Recliners Need To Be?

If you’re going for a cozy, comfortable living room that makes guests feel right at home without sacrificing your space, then recliners are the way to go. Recliners are the ultimate in comfort but not always the best for walls. Here’s what you need to know about how far a recliner needs to be from your wall. 

The standard recliner usually requires at least 1 foot of space in front of the wall to open wide and sit on it with comfort. Below you may find additional information about how much space is needed with different recliner types.

Traditional Recliner

A traditional recliner typically needs at least 10-15 inches of space in each direction while the arms are being used. In addition, the armrests add additional space required to open wide and sit comfortably on the chair, which increases the distance it from the wall.

Desk Recliner

This chair type will need about 20-24 inches in each direction (including forward and backward) so that the seat can be opened wide and sit on it with comfort. However, it will need less space when it is not being used as a desk.

Wall Hugger Recliner

It generally won’t need the space to open wide and vice versa.

Rocker Recliner

This chair typically needs about 14 inches in each direction while being used for rocking motion. The rocking motion of a rocker recliner won’t need the extra space required to open wide and vice versa.

Glider Recliner

A Glider requires about 13 inches of space in front of the wall to open wide and sit on it with comfort. However, a glider also needs only 8 inches of space when not used for sitting but closed and pushed back.


Can Recliners Go Against Wall?

Yes, recliners can go against a wall. You just need to measure the space correctly and make sure you have room around it. You also need to make sure you have the proper wall anchors for recliners.

Where Should A Recliner Be Placed In A Room?

A recliner should ideally be placed in the living room, family room, or master bedroom. The purpose of a recliner is to provide a comfortable seating option for watching TV or reading books, so it’s not recommended to place one near bedrooms because guests might disturb sleep patterns by taking too long naps.

What Do You Put Next To A Recliner?

Next to the recliner you bought, some people put a magazine while others choose to sit and read or watch TV. While other people might rest their feet on the couch’s armrest, some like to drink a glass of wine or listen to music on their recliner. Whatever you choose, it will make your recliner more comfortable for both you and your guests.