Rv Recliners and Wall Huggers
If you’re upgrading your RV, or you’re currently starting a new build, one of the most exciting parts is buying new seats for it. It’s not uncommon for people to sit in an RV seat for many hours at a time, especially if you’ve a lengthy trip ahead of you.
Most RV’s have limited space inside the cabin, making the choice of seat quite important, as you’ll want to maximize every inch that you have available. Thankfully, most RV seat manufacturers are masters as packing in as much comfort as possible, within the tight spaces available.
In this review, we’ll look at the best RV recliner seats available right now. Not all will suit your purposes, yet we’ll go in-depth to help you choose the best one that suits your needs.
|Dimensions||35.75”D x 26”W x 42”H||37″ L x 30″ W x 39″ H||27.5″ x 37″ x 36.5″||37″L x 30″W x 39″H||35 4/5”L x 25 3/5”W x 39 3/4”H|
|Material||PU leather with wood frame||Espresso Faux Leather (Polyurethane)||Majestic Chocolate PolyHyde upholstery||Toffee Faux Leather (Polyurethane)||Black Leather Upholstery|
|Weight||83.8 lbs||96 lbs||68 lbs||88 lbs||68.6 lbs|
Our Favorite RV Recliners of 2017
1. Teyana Red Leather Recliner Club Chair
Our Rating: (4.5/5)
|Material||PU leather with wood frame|
|Dimensions||35.75”D x 26”W x 42”H|
The Teyana recliner, is a narrow style chair that would work well in a van style RV, where width is at a premium. Upholstered in PU leather, the seat has a wooden frame and pocket springs in the base.
As for style, it’s a very contemporary recliner and suitable for any upgraded RV that’s going for a modern theme. It might not work so well placed into a traditional RV design however.
The Teyana recliner offers a range of colors including red, white and black, plus a fully reclining mechanism is a leg rest that’s adjustable too.
The PU leather is easily wiped clean, and we would always suggest using a leather protectant too; helping to keep the fabric soft and supple.
- Height: 42 inches
- Width: 26 inches
- Depth: 75 inches
As I mentioned, this chair is ideally suited for RV installs where the width in an issue.
There’s definitively a feeling of quality with the Teyana recliner. The recline and leg rest adjustment is silky smooth, and that PU leather does look good.
The base cushion support is nice too, with a reasonable amount of sink, yet supporting you enough whilst seated. Those pocket spring also work overtime too, helping to support your entire body.
The only issues we had with the chair, was the lack of a cup holder, plus the narrow width of the cushion area. Then again, this chair is specifically made for installs where you just haven’t got the width to spare.
Pros: A well made chair that’s perfect for narrow installs and smaller RV’s.
Cons: Obviously misses out on some extras, like cup holders and base cushion width to keep those measurements down.
2. RecPro Charles RV Swivel Glider
Our Rating: (5.0/5)
|Material||Espresso Faux Leather (Polyurethane)|
|Dimensions||37″ L x 30″ W x 39″ H|
A chair that looks like it came from a rock stars tour bus! The RecPro once again manages to pack in a lot of creature comforts into a small space.
It benefits from a modular design, and requires a modest 12-inches of clearance to fully recline. For those who don’t know, RecPro are a popular brand with the RV community, you should have to look far for rave reviews from seasoned travellers.
The RecPro chair benefits from a modular construction, easy to clean faux leather, plus a width of only 30 inches for fitment into tight areas.
The base cushion and back are padded in high density foam, and it features pocket springs to help support you.
- Width: 30 inches
- Height: 39 inches
- Depth: 37 inches
You’ll need to provide 12 inches of clearance at the back to full recline too.
Unfortunately, there’s only one color available for the RecPro chair, glossy black. It’s a nice fabric, and does look like leather, even if it’s not. The base is well made, and has a feeling of solidity about it when finally fitted into the van.
When you received the recliner, it does require a small amount of assembly. That’s not a huge problem though, as you’ll be doing a lot more assembly to get the recliner into your vehicle!
The recline function is nice and smooth, whilst the swivel action is very nice too. Even though this is a narrow chair, it would be nice to see it in a larger RV where that swivel action could be put to good use!
Pros: Well made, comfortable to sit in with a nice recline and swivel motion.
Cons: Only available in one color, and the glossy pleather might not suit your interior.
3. Thomas Payne Majestic RV Recliner
Our Rating: (5.0/5)
|Material||Majestic Chocolate PolyHyde upholstery|
|Dimensions||27.5″ x 37″ x 36.5″|
If the RecPro looks like it belongs on a posh tour bus, then the Thomas Payne recliner looks like it belongs in a First-Class cabin. It’s supremely comfortable recliner, with two base cushions and pocket springs giving that “sink in feeling”.
Thomas Payne are a manufacturer who’ve been installing seats into brand new RV’s for many years. They also sell some of their seats to be installed on luxury yachts too. The attention to detail on all their products is second to none.
· Height: 36.5 inches
· Width: 27.5 inches
· Depth: 37 inches
You’ll need to provide 24 inches clearance at the back for the recline function to work properly.
The Thomas Payne recliner is extremely comfortable, and even though it has little sink in ability, it does manage to support properly. Sheathed in a rather fetching deep brown color, we can see it working in modern RV builds and more traditional campers too.
The recline function is good, and every lever and mechanism has a satisfying movement to it. There’s a high degree to be found in the Thomas Payne recliner, so if you’re basing your building around sheer quality, you won’t go far wrong with this model.
Another plus point for this recliner, is the fact it comes 99% assembled. Of course, you’ll need to use tools to fit the chair into your build, yet there’s absolutely no tools needed to get the chair operational.
Pros: Extremely well made, comfortable and very little assembly needed to get to the point where you can fit inside your RV.
Cons: You will pay a premium for this level of quality and convenience. Definitely a recliner for the premium RC build!
4. RecPro Charles Zero Wall Recliner
Our Rating: (5.0/5)
|Material||Toffee Faux Leather (Polyurethane)|
|Dimensions||37″L x 30″W x 39″H|
The RecPro Charles is similar in construction to the earlier Charles model featured; this time however, it’s sheathed in a deep fawn brown color leather. To our mind, it looks a lot more classic than the Charles Swivel model.
· Height: 39 Inches
· Width: 30 Inches
· Depth: 37 Inches
In addition to this, you’ll need to add another 12 inches of space at the back to allow for the recline function.
The earlier Charles model featured in our guide and this model are extremely similar, featuring the same style of construction and base material. Both are extremely comfortable places to sit, and the base cushion allows you to sink in, get positioned and supported with ease.
Like the Charles Swivel, the same modular construction is used, allowing the recliner to be fitted into far tighter spaces than other chairs.
The material used is slightly different than the PL leather featured before. This time around the leather really does look and feel like the real thing, in fact we’re wondering if it’s PL leather at all!
You’ll find this recliner extremely soft and supple to the touch, and we feel it’ll get even better if you get around to treating it with a leather cleaner and conditioner occasionally.
Assembly is a snap, taking just 5 minutes and no tools to get the chair operational. In a similar way to the Thomas Payne model above, everything is well documented and the instructions are super easy to read – no dodgy Chinese English here!
If the Charlies Swivel recliner is for a rock stars tour bus, then the Charles Brown model is far more suited to a life in a traditional setup, or as a replacement for seating in an older RV. That brown has obviously been chosen as a great match for the typical fabric used on 1980, through to 1990 RV’s.
Pros: A solid recliner, manufactured by a decent brand in a color just perfect for fixing up older RV’s
Cons: After much research, we found the fabric is PL leather; however, we had to ask RecPro to find out, we certainly couldn’t tell by the look and feel of it!
5. Giantex Manual Wall Hugger Rv Recliner
Our Rating: (4.4/5)
|Material||Black Leather Upholstery|
|Dimensions||35 4/5”L x 25 3/5”W x 39 3/4”H|
A brand that’s new on the block, and a chair that’s cheap at under $200 is a worry for us. We’ve heard horror stories about Chinese made RV chairs that at best are poorly made, and at worst downright unsafe for the road!
However, after taking a good look at the Giantex recliner, we think this model is the real deal. It’s a full recline model too, almost folding flat when pushed to its limits – this is a chair for the RC owner who likes to watch films whilst on the move!
· Height: 40 Inches
· Width: 32 Inches
· Depth: 64 Inches
Those measurements sound scary for an RV owner, but never fear; they’re the measurements taken with the recliner set back as far as possible – almost flat.
We felt we should include these measurements, as unlike the other models on test, the Giantex really does like to recline, and will take up more space.
It’s also a little wider than standard too, coming in at 32 inches.
First things first, this is a recliner for those RV owners who want to pack a nice TV screen in their vehicle. It’s a supremely comfortable place for watching films, and some of our review team wanted to take a nap whilst sitting in it!
Recline motion is extremely solid, and belies its humble brand name and price point; however, the fabric is not real leather, and feels like it might not be the most durable quality in our review.
If you do purchase this chair, do it for the extreme comfort, and bargain on a re-upholstery job at some point in the chairs life. At a price this cheap, we can’t complain too much.
As for assembly and fitting, it does take a solid 15 – 20 minutes, as there’s a bit of light assembly to do out of the box. The tools for assembly aren’t included in the pack either, there’s nothing particularly odd you’ll need, but you’ll need to grab your toolkit to get it together.
Once the chair is together, you’ll find it’s comfortable, good looking and works perfectly.
Pros: Cheap, reasonable quality and easy to assemble.
Cons: The fabric is not the most robust we tested.
All the recliners in our round up were winners to be honest. There’s none our review team wouldn’t want as part of their RV build; however, depending on what you want, the choices become smaller.
Traditional and 80’s – 90’s RV owners will probably want to pick up the Thomas Payne and RecPro Classic Recliners. Both models offer great quality, and the style will suit the interior you already have.
If you’re running a fresh build, and want something ultra-modern, then look at the Teyana Red, Rec Pro Charles in black, plus the Giantex for a more budget option. All three will rock a contemporary design of van – and the Giantex is the ultimate TV watching recliner.
The only major issue we had with the Giantex, is the fact the fabric wasn’t that robust. If you plan on taking your kids traveling, we’d leave this recliner and purchase something like the Thomas Payne – quality that will handle family life with ease.
If you’re rebuilding an older tour bus, or that’s the style you’re looking for, then the Rec Pro in black is exactly what you need! In its shiny black fabric, it’s the perfect recliner to fit in something like an old Detroit Diesel or similar old school RV.
Whatever RV recliner you pick, make sure to measure, and measure twice! Most of the recliners featured here are 30 inches wide, and need extra space at the back too. Do your homework, and double check for top marks!