Recliners: Origins, Construction and T.Y. Fine Furniture Selections


The origin of the modern recliner goes to 1928 when cousins Edward M. Knabusch and Edwin J. Shoemaker partnered and started using orange crates to make mock ups of what would become their ubiquitous recliners. Actually, their first chair was a wood-slat folding porch chair designed so folks could sit outside and enjoy nature. This company is La-Z-Boy.

There are two important key areas to consider when purchasing a recliner. The first is the frame/mechanism that a chair is constructed around; if that fails then the chair will fail. How many times have you sat in a recliner only to have one side recline, and the other gets stuck? Or the leg rest won’t work.

The second key is how the foam is manufactured with the best being cold-cured, molded foam which is the same process used by automotive manufacturers in their car seats. The advantage over cut foam is that the product will contour and curve with your body while not shifting around under the leather or cloth covering. It’s for this reason that superior, recliner manufacturers make more than one sized model of each chair. A chair that has cold molded foam provides for a feel that melds to the body as though it was customized. To get the full benefit of your chair you need to be fitted in the showroom.

T.Y. Fine Furniture is now carrying a line of contemporary styled recliners from a Norwegian design firm. These are built with an outstanding steel frame and mechanism as well as injected cold foam molding. These chairs feature 360 degree swivel, gliding/rocking function, adjustable head/neck support and an integrated footstool. We are also able to get these chairs in varying grades of leather with the top being “aniline,” which is a top grain, full aniline-dyed nude leather. Basically, this is the softest, richest option offered. The second is “Elite” which has been lightly coated with a surface treatment for increased protection. The third is “Trend” which has been treated to resist stains, this is perfect for families. The last grade is “Prime” that has been treated to offer the highest degree of protection and value. These recliners are slim, sleek, and the recliner arm is discretely placed in a location that is convenient to use and very attractive to the eye. They are also the only recliner on the market to use the injection foam method. Basically, these are not your dads’ recliners.

T.Y. Fine Furniture works hard to ensure that all of the items we sell are healthy for the home and the environment. The recliners we carry have 10% soy bean content and their superior construction and warranty mean that they won’t be in a land fill in a few years. The cold cure foam construction method also eliminates waste since they only inject the amount of foam that will be used. That means little to no waste.

by Wes Miller, Sales Manager


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