In Motion

January 26, 2015


The practical benefits of motion furniture in comparison to stationary furniture.

The decision between different features and options when purchasing furniture can be an overwhelming one. When choosing between motion furniture and stationary pieces, we believe the decision is a simple one: motion furniture. These pieces provide infinite benefits, and are well worth the minimal added cost.

Comfort is Key

The most important thing to consider when making a decision between motion and stationary furniture is your personal comfort. Motion furniture has more customizable features, including leg height, rocking options, swivel, an adjustable headrest, power or manual options, and more. Another premium feature that is available for motion furniture is a massage option, which has numerous advantages, including superior relaxation, pain relief, and improved blood flow and circulation.

Practicality Considerations

One concern when purchasing motion furniture is the idea that the piece will be big and bulky. While this may have been an issue on older models, more modern pieces have many options that make them both easy to store and easy to use.

Motion furniture comes in various models that boast wall-hugging features, allowing for a smaller footprint without giving up the luxury features expected of these premium pieces.

Another available option is an attached footrest, which can be hidden within the unit itself. This option, in contrast to a separate footrest, or ottoman, takes up no space when in an upright position.

Style & Function

A final consideration when purchasing motion furniture is the functionality of the piece. Because of the moving parts and pieces of motion furniture, there is the potential for wear-and-tear-related issues.

There are a few things to consider here. First, the upholstery used can make a difference in wear and tear. Leather is the most durable upholstery option when it comes to motion furniture; it will stand up to the wear of the motion parts and continue to look new for the greatest length of time.

Second, pre-testing the furniture by sitting in it, adjusting it, and checking for misalignment, looseness, or wobbles can save a lot of time and headaches in the future.

Third, purchasing a reputable brand or manufacturer will ensure that you own a piece of furniture with the highest performance quality standards. The construction of these well-manufactured pieces is significantly better quality than those of less reputable companies; you are sure to get what you pay for when considering manufacturing costs. For a comprehensive list of preferred vendors and manufacturers, please see the end of this post.

Finally, be sure to ask your furniture salesperson about included or additional mechanical parts protection warranties to ensure that you have given yourself the highest odds of maintaining your recliner for years to come.