Measure the space. Before you go recliner shopping, measure the area where you will place the chair so that you don't select a chair that might be too large for the space.
Choose the upholstery; recliners are made from fabric or leather. You can select a fabric-covered recliner to match your living room set. Leather recliners, however, are easier to clean. You can also purchase a slipcover for your recliner if you are unable to find an upholstery you like.
Note the weight capacity. Some recliners have a weight limit. Check the weight limit for the recliner before you purchase it to ensure it will meet your needs.
Select how many positions you want on the chair. Mobility Guide notes, "Some riser recliner chairs have infinite reclining positions; other have set positions." Decide how much control you want over the chair to choose a recliner based on the number of positions available.
Select extra add-on features. Some recliners offer luxury features, such as self-heating or massage. Other recliners allow you to adjust the firmness settings of your chair.