Best Material for a Recliner

Choosing a recliner with the right upholstery can have a huge impact on your chic and relaxing design. Along with complementing your color scheme and decor, recliner materials can protect your furniture from stains and offer soothing texture to help you relax. When browsing different recliner types from Rooms to Go, consider the following upholstery options for a look and feel you'll love.

Fabric Recliners

Versatile fabric recliners add a sumptuous touch to your living room or studio apartment. Many of these seats have a blend of cotton, wool and other fibers to provide a soft, smooth surface for you to sink into at the end of a long day. While this material helps you feel warm and cozy as you snuggle in, it's also light and breathable enough to circulate air and keep you cool.


Fabric upholstery features a strong, tightly-woven design that can withstand wear and tear, making these recliners excellent for everyday use. Use one in your nursery to create a comfy space to cuddle your newborn. Or, add it to your chenille living room set to tie the layout together and provide a relaxing spot for kicking back and binge-watching your favorite shows.

brown fabric recliner

Style Considerations for Fabric Seats

Since fabric works for almost any interior design, it's easy to find a modern, traditional or farmhouse-style recliner featuring this plush material. Want to establish a relaxed, eclectic look? Choose a transitional-style fabric reclining chair that complements your antiques as well as your updated accents.

blue patterened recliner chair

Leather Upholstery

If you're going for a stately, sophisticated aesthetic, leather may be the right recliner material for you. Its glossy sheen lends a rich, luxurious look to your room, while the supple fabric conforms to your shape to ensure maximum comfort. With proper maintenance, a leather recliner can bring lasting quality and style to your design.


Leather furnishings can be expensive, so it's important to compare different leather types to find the best fit for your decorating budget. Choose between:


  • Real Leather: Recliners with full-grain or top-grain leather upholstery are usually the most expensive. However, many people believe that real leather is worth the investment since the tough material will likely last much longer than other options.
  • Faux Leather: Leather-like materials like vinyl and polyurethane deliver the same timeless look of real leather for a more affordable price. While the low cost may be appealing, it's important to remember that leather-like recliner materials can sometimes be more susceptible to tearing and staining than a chair with real animal hide upholstery.
  • Vegan Leather: If you're living a cruelty-free, hypoallergenic lifestyle, a recliner with vegan leather upholstery may be the perfect option for you. A mixture of sustainable, toxin-free materials like recycled plastics, cork and other natural fibers create the leather-like texture of these seats. Usually, vegan leather costs more than traditional faux leather and less than real leather.

navy leather reclining set

Chic Leather Recliners

A mid-century modern or traditional recliner with leather upholstery suits the polished vibe of a den or home lounge. However, you can also select contemporary leather recliners if you're looking to give your game room or home theater a chic upgrade. Depending on the grain, leather seating can enhance the charming, down-home appeal of your rustic study or sitting room as well.

gray leather recliner chair with ottoman

Microfiber Material

Performance fabrics like microfiber may be the best recliner material for homes with pets and children. Tightly woven microfiber can keep dirt, debris and moisture from penetrating the fibers of your recliner to help it withstand stains and spills. It also makes it harder for your furry friends to snag their claws in the material and rip up the upholstery.


While recliners with microfiber fabric can sometimes come with a high price tag, there are some affordable synthetic options available at Rooms to Go. For example, a soft polyester recliner has strong, stretchy material to help your furniture look nicer longer. However, they typically cost less than a real microfiber seat.

blue microfiber recliner and living room set

Modern Style and Efficiency

Microfiber is a common choice for simple modern interior design styles. However, you can find microfiber recliners with glider bases and unique stitched detailing that suits a cottagecore or country aesthetic. Also, this versatile material comes in various colors to complement almost any palette or chic layout.

brown microfiber recliner and living room set

Browse Recliner Upholstery Options

Whether you like the look of smooth leather or textured fabric, Rooms to Go offers plenty of cozy and stylish recliners to choose from. Check out our selection of reclining chairs, loveseats, sofas and sectionals to find seating with the right materials for your comfortable layout and interior design.


In This Guide:

  1. Types of Recliners
  2. Recliner Materials
  3. Recliner Sizes
  4. Power vs Manual Recliners
  5. How to Choose Reclining Furniture
  6. Recliner Delivery

recliner chair with ottoman