8 Best Recliners for Small Spaces in 2022: Shop Our Top Picks

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Access to minimal square footage—whether it’s in your bedroom, living room, or nursery—doesn’t mean you can’t maximize the way you relax in it. One of the easiest ways to do so is with a recliner, which can give you the comfort you desire without taking up a ton of room.

As with nearly everything, there are seemingly endless options to choose from. So, we scoured tons of reviews to help you single out the absolute best recliners for small spaces. From a sleek, affordable chair to plush, luxe seating that swivels and glides, all of these picks are sure to fit perfectly into your home.

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Best Overall

Xander Swivel Glider Recliner

Our rec from West Elm Kids isn’t just for a nursery, the classic design makes it ideal for any room. It has a rounded back and chunky frame complete with foam cushions that offer peak comfort. And thanks to the way it’s designed, the mechanism is nearly silent and easy to use with one hand.


Best Budget-Friendly

Homall Recliner Chair

At around $140, this recliner from Amazon is a steal and it has more than 8,000 five-star ratings. In short, reviewers couldn’t be more impressed with the quality and comfort. “The material looks & feels almost like real leather,” one customer wrote. “It took me (a disabled female senior) 3 minutes to put together, and that’s including screwing in the 4 legs.”


Best Luxury

Carlo Swivel Glider & Recliner

If you prefer seating that’s fluffier, here’s the recliner of your dreams. Measuring 31 inches wide, it has a loose comfy cushion and a large back for extra support.

Additionally, the metal base allows you to recline, swivel, and glide all you want. Oh, and you can order it in a variety of fabrics and colors ranging from pewter distressed velvet to cloud-like white bouclé.


Best Innovative

The Glider

For anyone who’s not a fan of pulling a lever or pushing back to recline, consider Nurture&’s glider with a power recline. It relies on adjustable buttons that recline the chair and headrest, too.

Bonus: It’s upholstered in stain-resistant fabric. “I’m in it all the time with the new baby,” one mom shared. “It’s perfect for taking a little nap, feeding, rocking, or just plain putting my feet up. It’s supportive and also comfortable.”


Best Color Options

Macedonia Tufted Back Fabric Recliner

Next up, a mid-century modern recliner boasting clean lines that complements any aesthetic. It’s also available in a set of two in case you can’t get enough.


Best Faux Leather

Teasley Vegan Leather Recliner

There’s no doubt you’ll gravitate toward this vegan leather recliner. The chestnut brown hue is stunning and instead of pulling a lever, all you have to do is push back and the footrest will automatically extend.

A five-star enthusiast noted: “These chairs are high quality, the vegan leather feels like real leather, and the wood is solid. Assembly was a breeze. You literally just lower the backrest onto the appropriate hinge, and voila. I was shocked at the ease. Not sure I have ever made a better value-for-dollar furniture purchase.”


Best Wingback Recliner

Alta Manual Wing Chair Recliner

For a more traditional look and an added sense of security, consider a recliner with a wingback. It’s gorgeous and has all the customer praise that can’t be beaten.

“The chair was exactly as described,” according to one buyer. “We need a small recliner for our bedroom for me to use for reading. My husband who is 81 set it up alone. Please remember it is not made for a large frame person. I am 5’5” and weigh 150. I am recovering from hip surgery and need a firm, comfortable seat.”


Best With Left Side Control

Liam Left Hand Rocker Recliner

Calling all left-handed loungers, this was made for you. The reclining lever is—wait for it—on the left side. And once it’s fully extended, it goes out to a cozy 64 inches allowing you to really relax.

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