10 Best Recliners for Short People


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If you’re under 5’4”, you are officially petite – or short like this writer. Although that status offers some benefits like enjoying extra legroom on a plane, a lot of things aren’t great about it. One of the biggest problems is that most furniture simply isn’t built for short people. This lack of choice is particularly annoying with a recliner where the chair’s right size affects your comfort and your ability to make the chair work correctly. Recently, however, manufacturers have been recognizing this issue and making chairs that fit you.

For a petite person, the most important measurement is likely to be seat depth. Something 24 inches or less will be the most comfortable for those who meet the petite standard. As for the footrest, if it is attached, your heels should just fall over the edge of the footrest. In many chairs, petite individuals will be nowhere near that edge, leaving them feeling clumsy and unable to operate the chair comfortably. 

There are a lot of choices to make when looking at purchasing a recliner: do you want manual or power? Is your style comfortable or contemporary? Will you use it more in an upright or reclining position? Sometimes, different functions are only available in one position or another. But, for a short person, in the end, the most important issue is comfort. That is, will you be able to find a chair that doesn’t make you feel like a five-year-old at the grown-up table. 

Some manufacturers actually categorize their recliners by the height of the potential purchaser. If you’re looking at chairs from a company that does that, you’ll want to stay in the petite range for those under 5” 5”. Next, sit back in your chosen chair and make sure your knees fully bend and your feet are flat on the floor. Recline the chair and check that your shoulders are lying on the seam where the back cushions meet. Also, make sure that the lumbar cushion fits into the natural curve of your lower back. Finally, make sure your heels are just at the edge of the footrest, as we said before. If your selected chair passes all of these tests, it should fit you quite comfortably. 

Best Recliners for Short People

This article will look at some of the best recliners available for those of us who lack height.

Ravenna Home Oakesdale Contemporary Recliner

ravenna home oakesdale contemporary recliner

The Ravenna Home Oakesdale Contemporary Recliner is one of the best on the market for shorter people. It’s Amazon’s own brand and is quite comfortable for small people. It is 35.4 inches wide, 36.6 inches long, and 39.8 inches tall. The seat depth is a petite-fitting 20.9 inches. Not only is it good for small people, but it’s also good for small places. You can have a recliner even in your smallest apartment. Reviewers say it’s easy to assemble and takes just minutes to put together. 

The chair is sturdily made and comfortable with an easy-to-clean fabric cover. Remember, though, this is fabric, not leather, and the chair operates manually. There are no magic words or controls to make this one work, and you’ll need a table for your cup, magazines, and remotes. The fabric is available in buff, gray, rust, and taupe. 

Flash Home Furniture Contemporary Recliner

flash home furniture contemporary recliner

Weighing in at a very light 40+ pounds, the Flash Home Furniture Contemporary Recliner offers a full 360-degree swivel and a petite-friendly seat depth of only 21 inches. An easy-to-use lever offers infinite reclining positions while the adaptable design fits any décor. The plush cushioned arms provide great comfort with horizontal stitching and layers of fire retardant foam. At only 28 inches high, the Flash’s back should be comfortable for the most petite among us. With a matching ottoman as part of the set, you can control where your legs fit into the package, something often a problem for shorter persons in many recliners. 

BestMassage FDW Petite Recliner Chair

bestmassage fdw petite recliner chair

With an integrated footrest, the BestMassage FDW provides an integrated footrest and is ideal for the petite individual. The curved armrests and higher back contribute to the overall comfort and ease of use for the BestMassage FDW. Built with a durable steel frame, the chair is covered in synthetic leather that is water-resistant and easy to clean. It reclines at 90, 120, and 160 degrees. The BestMassage is affordable and easy to clean while being soft and comfortable. On the other hand, the synthetic leather can make you hot, especially in warmer weather, and the reclining positions don’t lock. Nonetheless, the BestMassage FDW is an affordable, small recliner suitable for any space and well worth considering. 

Anderson Power Rocking Recliner by La-Z-Boy

anderson power rocking recliner by la-z-boy

When you think of a recliner, you almost undoubtedly think La-Z-Boy. This power reclining chair from an iconic brand offers soft padding and plush fabric. There are hundreds of colors, and it’s perfectly sized for smaller people. Because it’s a power recliner, you can recline (or stop reclining) at the push of a button and make use of the built-in USB ports for your phone and other devices. The Anderson also functions as a relaxing rocker soothing you with a gentle, rhythmic motion that relieves stress. With both high-grade foam cushions and premium-grade fabrics, the Anderson is a top-of-the-line chair with a lifetime warranty. The chair is 35 inches wide, 40 inches deep, and 32 inches high with a petite welcoming 20-inch seat depth. 

Babyletto Kiwi Electronic Power Recliner

babyletto kiwi electronic power recliner

Perfect for the new mother, the Babyletto Kiwi Electronic Power Recliner is among the best smaller recliners around. With a 21.5-inch seat depth, the Babyletto is well within the comfort range of the shorter mom. Covered in Eco-Performance Fabric, the Babyletto is water repellent and stain resistant. It provides a USB port with a 270-degree swivel and a back-and-forth glide when upright. Greenguard Gold Certified, the Babyletto has been tested for over 10,000 chemical emissions and VOCs, giving you cleaner indoor air and a healthy environment for your baby. The Babyletto also has a matching gliding ottoman available separately to complete your comfort. 

ANJ Recliner Chair

anj recliner chair

The ANJ Recliner adds a level of luxury to your purchase with leather upholstery. The ANJ will fit into almost any décor with its bonded leather and soft foam cushions in a rather contemporary style. Built with a steel frame, the ANJ is dependable and heavy-duty. The ANJ’s adjustable backrest reclines to either 110-degree or 145-degree incline, suitable for any height. Somewhat larger than the previous two chairs, the ANL features a seat depth of 22.5 inches. 

Adriana Taos Fawn Leather Power Recliner

adriana taos fawn leather power recliner

A real luxury entry in the petite person recline brigade, the Adriana Power Recliner by Pulaski features a seat depth of only 20.5 inches and an integrated footrest. Its traditional styling and neutral color palette allow this recliner to fit into any décor, while its heavily cushioned body cries out for comfort. Top grain leather is easy to clean, while the power reclining mechanism makes it easy to operate. A USB power port makes using your handheld devices simple as well. Nothing beats a cozy recliner and an e-reader to while away a snowy winter afternoon. The Adriana’s features and leather make it among the pricier models available.

URRED Power Recliner Chair

urred power recliner chair

Some of us have the double recliner issues of being short and not quite on the slender side. URRED offers a range of simple and ergonomic power recliners with up to 330-pound weight capacity. Covered in flannel and filled with high-density foam, the URRED Power Recliner offers massage and heat along with cup holders, side pockets, a lumbar pillow, and a remote control. With three settings for seating, the URRED is equally comfortable for reading, watching TV, and napping. It also includes a powerful and varied massage function with heat for full relaxation. With a seat depth of 28 inches, the URRED is slightly larger than our other choices, but its power and adjustability with the lumbar cushion should make it still quite comfortable for the shorter person who carries a bit more weight.

Clonmel Collection by Signature Design by Ashley

clonmel collection by signature design by ashley

The Clonmel Collection offers a range of reclining furniture for the shorter person. From the Zero Wall Power Wide Recliner with its 24-inch seat depth to the variety of reclining sofas and loveseats it offers with 24-inch seat depths, the Clonmel Collection offers a lot to the vertically challenged. The Zero Wall is wide, but its zero wall function means its fully reclined length of 68 inches doesn’t overwhelm your room. Featuring high-resiliency foam and pillow-top armrests, the Clonmel Collection’s microfiber upholstery gives you the feeling of luxury. With overall reviews of 4.9/5.0, the Clonmel Zero Wall can serve your shorter person’s needs well. 

Christopher Knight Callade Reclining Loveseat

christopher knight callade reclining loveseat

The Christopher Knight Reclining Loveseat is perfect for the diminutive couple. It has strong upper back support and is a manual recliner. The overall size is compact at 39.25 inches wide with a seat depth of only 20.5 inches. Covered in polyester fabric, the Callade is easy to keep clean and fits anywhere in your home with its small profile. With a strong metal frame, the Callade should last for years. 

Small Recliners Easier to Find

The first modern recliners, developed in the 1920s, were designed for Dad, and Dad was expected to be tall. La-Z-Boy, the original commercial manufacturer, made large chairs for large people. The chair took up a significant part of the room and was rather uncomfortable if you weren’t tall and strong. Today, a wide range of sizes and comfort packages are available, making the recliner a chair for everyone in your home. Overall, getting a comfortable recliner is no longer the problem for shorter people that it used to be. 

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