Are reclining sofas tacky? Here’s what it comes down to: If you’re trying to create a sophisticated, elegant atmosphere in your home, the typical reclining sofa might not fit in with the refined look you’re going for. You know the type of recliners I mean – those ones that look like a huge pile of overstuffed pillows. You see, many recliners are designed for maximum comfort, not just for their ability to recline, and aesthetics such as clean lines and a minimalistic design aren’t a consideration.
So, it’s not the ability of the sofa to physically recline; rather, it’s the overall design that can make them look less sophisticated – and yes, dare I suggest tacky – if they’re put into a refined space.
What Different People Think About Recliners
Recliners can be a divisive topic, with some people loving the comfort and relaxation they offer, while others see them as outdated or unappealing. It’s interesting to see how different people have different opinions on recliners.
The Pro-Reclining Sofa Argument
Some people are all for the cozy look. They want a space that’s designed purely to be a haven of comfort and relaxation — a space to kick off their shoes, sink into the pillowy heaven of those plush cushions, stretch out and let go of all worldly worries — And who’s anyone to judge?
Some people may even see recliners as an absolute necessity for their home, especially if they have mobility issues or need a comfortable place to relax after a long day.
And sure, they might not be the most high-end, designer piece of furniture out there. But is that really a fair standard to hold them to? Just because something isn’t a status symbol doesn’t mean it can’t be cool, right?
And let’s be real, what could be more chill than kicking back and putting your feet up after a long day? There’s just something about the comforting embrace of a reclining sofa that can’t be beaten.
Even if, you are not a huge fan of the giant pile of pillows look, these days there are many more styles out there to choose from. Some have the look of a traditional sofa —with legs, clean lines, and a minimalistic design. So much so, that you’d never even guess that they are actually a recliner.
I have to say I’m a fan of these sleeker more traditional sofa styles. But maybe that’s just me. Maybe I’m just biased because I love my reclining sofa (top image and below).
So let’s take a step back and consider the arguments against these comfy contraptions.
The Anti-Reclining Sofa Argument
Even accounting for different people’s tastes, one argument I’ve heard is that reclining sofas are too bulky and take up too much physical space.
But I don’t see how a reclining sofa is any more of an eyesore than any other piece of furniture. They may need to have a little extra room built into the design to accommodate the mechanism — and sure, if you’re living in a tiny studio apartment, a reclining sofa might not be the most practical choice. But compared to a sectional with a chaise permanently jutting out, a recliner takes up much less space, and it all folds away neatly when it’s not in use.
So there you have it: my thoughts on the most divisive debate since pineapples on pizza. While some may see these cozy pieces of furniture as tacky, I think who is anyone to judge? They may not be the most high-end, designer pieces out there, but they more than makeup for it in comfort and relaxation. And really, isn’t that what home furnishings are all about?