This is not Archie Bunker’s recliner…
Welcome to the new world of reclining. You will love what technology has done to this home furnishings category. They are more sophisticated then you ever thought possible.
Typically a reclining chair is an armchair whose back can be lowered and foot can be raised to allow the sitter to recline in it. A recliner is an armchair that reclines when the occupant lowers the chair's back and raises its front. It has a backrest that can be tilted back, and often a footrest that may be extended by means of a lever on the side of the chair, or may extend automatically when the back is reclined.
Daniel F. Caldemeyer is known as the father of the modern day recliner. His invention, as owner of National Furniture Mfg. Co based in Evansville, Indiana, initiated the widespread home usage of the chair that he called the rocket recliner. His name was based on the fact that he developed his chair based on the science of kinetics that he used while serving in the US Air Force. His design was used by NASA for the seats in Projects Mercury, Gemini and Apollo. His chairs were used in the ready room for these missions and can be seen in the movie Apollo 13. The Secret Service bought 50 of them for President Lyndon Baines Johnson as a Christmas gift. A Life magazine photo of President Johnson, post gall bladder surgery, has the President lifting his shirt and showing his scar while sitting in one of these chairs. The Presidential Seal was embossed on these chairs with one currently in the Smithsonian Institution and another at the Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum. With over 300 patents, Caldemeyer added the foot lift rest, heated seating and massage features to this chair and had the patent for the first entertainment center.
Modern recliners often feature an adjustable headrest, lumbar support and an independent footstool that adjusts with the weight and angle of the user's legs to maximize comfort. Additional features include heat, massage and vibration. Some models are wheelchair accessible. Recliners can also accommodate a near supine position for sleeping, and are common in airplanes and trains, as well as in homes. A raiser armchair includes a standing-up system, for elderly and people with limited mobility.
So here are some of the current trends in reclining seating:
From Lee Industries: “The Power Relaxor” is hard wired and has dual controls and a USB outlet. Photo of (Lee 1374Relaxor)
From American Leather: “The Comfort Recliner” features a personal, infinite-position system that adjusts to your exact comfort needs. The Infinity System™ features a back and footrest that operate independent of each other and can stop in any position, a fully adjustable headrest pillow and a height-adjustable base. All this is wrapped up in an elegant look that brings style to any room in your home. There are even four sizes to choose from, plus hundreds of fabrics and leather choices to complete your look. The Comfort Recliner® is a recliner for people who take their relaxation seriously.( Photo of American Leather Comfort Recliner)
From COZZIA: The ultimate massage chair. Owning one of these advanced massage chairs is like having a personal massage therapist in your home. It is controlled by a microcomputer that performs various intelligent massage types and combinations such as kneading, Swedish, tapping, shiatsu, clapping, rolling. The advanced 3D foot roller with rolling and scrapping for the soles, the vibration and air massage, the new tablet features and the advanced functions will give you a marvelous experience. Relieve back pain, muscle tension and soreness. Improve your blood circulation and relieve headaches. Raise alertness and improve your sleep. ( Photo of Cozzia.)