One of the oldest and most used basic pieces of furnishing a chair is also a classic style of furnishing used by many cultures around the world. Its main characteristics are two long pieces of a strong hard material, usually wood, attached at either end to a sturdy frame at a 90 degree or slightly higher angle, with springs or rollers stopping the chair from rocking or tipping over backwards. Modern day chairs use hydraulic lift systems to increase this height, allowing for much more flexibility in their designs. A modern day chair can have all of these basic features or none of them, depending on the style of the chair and the buyer’s personal preference. Regardless of whether you want a traditional-looking chair with a pedestal sink, or a more modern design with no pedestal sink, you will find that it comes with a wide variety of features available when choosing a modern chair.
The two basic styles of chairs are the padded and the glider. Padded chairs feature heavy fabrics on the upholstery or padding that prevent your body weight from being uncomfortable. Gliders have none of this, only having solid wood or fabric as the main form of support. Regardless of the style of chair, both of these types of furniture come with four legs, although the glider has slightly more flexibility in its design than the padded variety.
There are many different designs of a chair that features a single or double seat. A chair with only one seat is called a chair with a single seat and is designed for one person to sit in. A chair with two seats, also called a sectional chair, is more versatile, and can seat two people side-by-side if needed. Another style of chair is the sofas with a single chair and a matching Ottoman. The sofas feature one or two individual seats, with the Ottoman acting as a backrest.
One of the most important parts of any modern day recliner is the backrest, or the lumbar support. Modern day chairs-and-a-half come equipped with an Ottoman to give the user a low-cost and comfortable place to rest their arms and backs. Most recliners feature one arm, with either a chair-and-a-half with a single arm or two arms covered with a chair-and-a-half with two arms. The best recliners, regardless of style, feature a comfortable armrest, but some even offer an optional pelvis lift for those looking to improve their comfort level while seated.
The armrests on office chairs are generally lower than those found in chairs for the home. For this reason, the chair-and-a-half can be used as a temporary chair in the home. This is particularly useful for people that move around a lot or have children who love to sit in their chair all the time. It is also an ideal chair for the home office, allowing the occupant to work without having to worry about holding onto the chair all the time. With the lower armrests out of the way, the main article of furniture is available for use as a book case, end table, footrest, or even a few feet of office carpet!
When shopping for chairs and a recliner for the home, it is important to take into consideration the design of the chair and the type of padding used. Some newer models of chairs and recliners feature ergonomically correct seat bottoms and armrests, which eliminate the need for additional padding. However, even older chairs may need additional padding to make them more comfortable for long periods of time. The most important aspect to consider when purchasing a chair may be the amount of space the occupant has available for use.