How to Measure Yourself For a Recliner-A Step-by-Step Guide To Getting the Right Fit

Buying a recliner is an investment. It is important to make sure that you are getting the best possible fit. A not-so-great fitting recliner can make your experience uncomfortable, and also might lead to more expensive repairs down the line.

To ensure you are getting the right fit, we’ve put together a step-by-step guide that will teach you how to measure yourself for your own recliner. Just follow these simple steps and you’ll be on your way to buying a great fitting chair before you know it.

How do I measure myself for a recliner?

If you’re looking for a recliner without arms, measure from the top of your thigh to right below your calf. A recliner with arms should be measured from top of your shoulder to the middle of your knee.

If you are interested in getting a customized recliner built by medical professionals, most hospitals have them available at their facilities, and they are covered by Medicare for most patients 65 years or older. You might want to consider this if you know that you will need constant caregiving, but want to maintain as much independence as possible–a custom chair is designed specifically for you and all its medical needs can be incorporated into its design.

A Guide to Recliner Measurements

It can be difficult to know how your recliner will fit you. This is because you may have different body measurements, and the process for measuring yourself for a chair is often quite different from that of a chair vendor.

For this reason, it’s important to understand the measurements that are used for a recliner. Furniture stores may use the following measures:

1) Back length (distance from the top of your head to your back)

2) Shoulder width (distance between your shoulder blades)

3) Hip width (distance between hips and knees)

Step 1 – Know Your Frame Size

Your recliner’s frame size is one of the most important factors when shopping for a new chair. This is because it will determine how comfortable your chair will be, and can also help you find the perfect size to fit your back.

To measure your frame size, take a tape measure and place it around your waist. You will then be able to measure from the top of your head to just above where the tape comes together. With this measurement you can then compare it to what you see on all other recliners in your home to ensure that you have an accurate fit for your particular chair.

Step 2 – Measure Your Seat Depth

If you are sitting in your recliner for a long period of time, maybe you have noticed that it is getting uncomfortable. You might be wondering how to find out if the seat depth on your chair is too small or too big. The easiest way to find this out is using a piece of string and measuring from one side of the recliner to the other.

The more comfortable you get in your recliner, the less likely it will be that you are going to need a new seat when it inevitably wears out.

You should measure from the top of one side of your recliner’s armrest to the bottom of another side’s armrest. If you notice that you can’t touch both sides with your hand comfortably, then it might be time to replace your armrests.

Step 3 – Measure Your Legroom

Seating is one of the most important aspects of owning a recliner. It’s easy to see how important it is, so why not make it easier? We’ve taken some time to put together this handy guide that will help you measure your legroom for your own recliner. The steps involved are very simple, but should take about 15 minutes.

To begin, find yourself a measuring tape and place it on the floor next to your chair. Then, stand up and adjust the chair so you can comfortably straddle the seat with your legs straight out in front of you.  Now that you have your measurement completed, you can compare it to the ones we have provided below for guidance on proper positioning for your recliner.

Step 4 – Measure Your Armrest Height

First, measure the height of your armrest on each side with a tape measure. This will give you an accurate measurement from the back of your head to the highest point where your seat meets the armrest.

Next, draw a line from the top of this measurement (the base of your head) to the center of where your seat meets the armrest.

For our example here, we’ll use a chair that is 24 inches tall and has an armrest that is 27 inches high. So, we will draw our line from top to center; this will be 24 inches from our first measurement. This is what we want to measure above our seat when you are sitting in your recliner.

Step 5 – Measure Chair Width

Once you’ve finished measuring yourself, step 5 is to measure the width of your chair. Ensure that you are measuring from the back of the chair to the front. If you sit on a swivel chair, ensure that your arms are at the back of the swivel.

Then take your tape measure and place it along the top edge of your chair. This will be the measurement for your seat height and back width.

For example:

If sitting on a swivel chair:

Step 3 – Measure Seat Height

Next, make sure that you have measured your seat height correctly as well. You can do this by placing your tape measure between each leg at a 45 degree angle to obtain a measurement for each leg’s height.

If sitting on a swivel chair:

Step 4 – Measure Back Width

Finally, measure how wide your back is by placing an object at eye level in front of you and behind each armrest. This will be your back width measurement. If sitting on a swivel chair:​

Step 5 – Measure Seat Width

And finally, measure how wide your seat is by placing an object at eye level in

Step 6 – Learn How To Take a Full Body Measurement.

If you’re buying a recliner for your living room, you’ll probably want to measure yourself. This will help ensure that your chair is functioning properly and is the right size for you.

You can view our full guide on how to measure yourself here, or simply click here.

A recliner may be eligible for a return if:

  • The cushion pad and the material surrounding it is not fully attached and sewn.
  • The fabric content that makes up the armless side of the chair isn’t 100% natural wool or 100% organic cotton, or contains artificial fibers such as polyester.
  • If there are any visible stains like grease, minerals (like salt), blood residue, watermarks, red wine vinegars (that result from food spills).
    If all of these conditions apply to your recliner’s condition perfectly–then go ahead and take advantage of this 365 day return policy!


The recliner is a very personal piece of furniture and is enough reason for you to spend time and money on it. It’s not just any chair either. It’s a focal point in your room and will make your whole house look better. It’s not just a chair either.

A recliner is not just a chair. It’s a piece of furniture designed to provide comfort and support for the body. For instance, if you sit down in a recliner, you are lowering your center of gravity and putting pressure on your lower back. If you don’t have the right recliner for you, it might not be the right chair for you either. So, to help you understand what kind of chair is best for you, here’s a quick guide to help with measurements and how to get the right fit.

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