“Get out of my chair!”

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It’s June and Father’s Day is fast approaching. I can’t think of a better father’s day gift than the official chair of dads everywhere… the iconic recliner!

It could be the classic model with a fat lever you pull to kick your feet out, or some modern sitter with a built-in mini fridge and shiatsu massage, regardless, the recliner is the #dadseat of choice.  And “That’s my chair!” has echoed through family rooms of homes all over the world.

History indicates that chaise lounges, early forerunners to common recliners, have been around since ancient Egypt. Then of course, there was the first dentist chair in 1790, not officially recognized as a “recliner” but was adjustable and had a moveable headrest.

The earliest actual recliner chairs appeared in the late 1700’s, and were functionally similar to today’s recliners. The goal was always to allow the user to sit upright or recline back with the legs and feet off the floor. What has been dubbed by many designers as motion furniture, the recliner has been with us in one form or another for over two hundred years. The “Morris Chair” is an early type of reclining chair that was first marketed in the late 1800’s. Reproductions are still available today in the classic mission style made famous by Stickley Furniture Company.

In the late 1920s, American cousins Edward Knabush and Edwin Shoemaker filed a patent application that trademarked the design of a simple, reclining wooden bench that later became the traditional recliner. 

And in 1971, CBS debuted All in the Family in which Archie Bunker, the sitcom’s blue-collar star, lambasted America’s changing sociopolitical climate from the comfort of his pale yellow recliner.

Also in 1971, the first Stressless Chair was launched in Norway and immediately became the first real TV chair. You could lean backwards and rest, watch TV in comfort or turn around to face the coffee table with one easy movement. The patented sliding system attracted a great deal of attention and is still unique. This was the first recliner designed to meet your body’s need for movement and support when seated. The characteristic TV-recliner was a revolution in comfort and functionality, and soon became an international success. It offered a more contemporary look to fit the new modern designed homes.

Stay tuned for next week’s blog that will feature our five most popular selling recliners!

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