How to Optimise Your Living Room for a Recliner Sofa

How to Optimise Your Living Room for a Recliner Sofa

Arranging a living room with a recliner can be a challenging task, but it's also an opportunity to create a comfortable and stylish space for relaxation and socialising. It’s a versatile piece of furniture, but clients who visit our showroom often wonder: how do I arrange my living room with a recliner?

A recliner can influence the layout and design of your living room. So, whether you're starting from scratch or updating an existing arrangement, there are several factors to consider when arranging your living room to incorporate your recliner sofa.

In this article, we'll share some tips and ideas to help you make the most of your recliner and create a functional and inviting living space.

Finding the Perfect Placement for Your Recliner

When it comes to adapting your living room to fit a recliner, finding the perfect placement is crucial. The right location creates a comfortable and functional space, while the wrong spot can make your recliner feel out of place or even obstructive.

Here are some tips to help you find the perfect placement for your recliner:

  • Consider the focal point: Your recliner should be placed in a way that allows you to comfortably view the room's main focal point, whether it's a TV, fireplace, or window with a view.
  • Balance the room: A recliner sofa is a substantial piece of furniture that may overpower a small space. Consider balancing the room by placing the recliner opposite a sofa or other chairs to create a symmetrical look.
  • Allow for movement: Make sure your recliner doesn't obstruct the flow of traffic in the room. Leave enough space around the recliner so that people can easily walk around it.
  • Emphasise comfort: Your recliner should be placed in a spot that maximises comfort. Consider placing it near an outlet for a lamp or other light sources, possibly near a side table, or a window for natural light.

By considering these factors, you can find the perfect placement for your recliner and create a comfortable and functional living space that meets your needs.


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Incorporating Your Recliner Into Your Living Room Decor

A recliner is a functional piece that can be incorporated into your living room decor in many ways. Here are some ideas to help you seamlessly integrate your recliner to suit your style:

  • Choose a style that matches your decor: When selecting a recliner, choose a style that complements your existing decor. If your living room has a modern aesthetic, consider something like the sleek and comfortable Bueno Recliner by Sitting Benz. If your decor is more traditional, a plush fabric recliner may be a better fit.
  • Add throw pillows and a blanket: Accessorise your recliner with throw pillows and a cosy blanket to create a comfortable and inviting spot for relaxation. Choose pillows that match your living room's colour scheme or pillows that add different textures and patterns.
  • Coordinate with other furniture: Coordinate your recliner with other furniture in the room. Choose a side table that matches your recliner's style, or select an accent chair with a similar colour or pattern to create a cohesive look.
  • Create a reading nook: If you love to read, build yourself a reading nook around your recliner. Add a floor lamp, a bookshelf, and a small side table for essentials to make the space functional and appealing.
  • Layer rugs: Layering rugs is a great way to add texture and warmth to your living room. Place a plush rug under your recliner to define the space and create a comfortable yet consistent design.
How to Optimise Your Living Room for a Recliner Sofa
How to Optimise Your Living Room for a Recliner Sofa


How to Balance Functionality and Aesthetics With a Recliner in Your Living Room

When it comes to arranging your living room with a recliner, it's important to balance both functionality and aesthetics. Your recliner should be comfortable, visually appealing, and practical.

Here are some tips to help you achieve that balance:

  • Room size: Consider the size of your living room when selecting a recliner. A recliner that's too large for your living room can overpower the space and make it feel cramped. An appropriately sized recliner will be compatible with your space and fit your needs.
  • Features: Select a recliner with the right features for your needs. Consider whether you want a recliner with a swivel feature, built-in massage, and heating, or one that includes a built-in footrest.
  • Maintenance is key: Choose a recliner that's easy to clean and maintain. Select a recliner with durable upholstery that can withstand wear and tear.
  • Spruce it up: Accessorise your recliner with pillows and throws. This adds a pop of color and a touch of texture to your living room while creating an inviting space.
  • Functionality: Ensure your recliner is placed in a location that doesn't obstruct movement or the room's centrepiece. The Tw207 Recliner by Sitting Benz is a stunning option that combines functionality with elegance.


In conclusion, finding the perfect balance between functionality and aesthetics is key when arranging your living room with a recliner. By selecting one that complements your decor, choosing the right size and features, and accessorising it with pillows and throws, you can create a suitable yet stylish space that meets your relaxation needs.

At FCI London, our expert design team can help you create your dream living room. We offer a wide range of luxury and contemporary furniture collections, including a deluxe recliner collection.

You can visit our showroom to see our furniture in person and get inspiration for your living room design.

For more design inspiration and ideas, take a look at our interior design project portfolio to see how we’ve integrated recliners to create a consistent aesthetic in various settings.

If you have any questions or need advice, don't hesitate to chat with us via WhatsApp or get in touch with our design team. We're here to help you create a living room with a recliner that perfectly suits your needs and taste.

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