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Rv Recliners: Perfect for Small Spaces!
If you’re upgrading your RV, camper, or motor-home, It’s not uncommon for people to sit in an RV seat for many hours at a time, especially if you have a long trip ahead of you.
Most RV’s have limited space inside the cabin, which makes the seating quite important as you’ll want to maximize every inch that you can. Thankfully, most RV furniture manufacturers are masters at packing a lot of comfort into a small space.
In this review, we’ll look at the top RV recliners on the market. Your opinions may vary based on your specific space limitations but our breakdown should steer you in the right direction.
The RV Recliners
The Teyana recliner is a narrow style chair that would work well in most recreational vehicles. Upholstered in faux leather. It is also offered in a range of colors including red, white and black, plus it can recline up to 45 degrees.
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.
There’s definitely a feeling of quality with the Teyana recliner. The recline and leg rest adjustment are silky smooth, and the faux leather is quite nice. The base cushion support is excellent too, with a reasonable amount of sink, yet supporting enough while seated.
Pros and cons
- D-ring recline mechanism
- Durable upholstery
- Available in three colors
- Solid price
- Minimal recline
A chair that looks like it came from a rock stars tour bus! The RecPro once again manages to pack in a lot of comfort into a small space.
It benefits from a modular design and requires a modest 12-inches of clearance to recline fully. For those who don’t know, RecPro are a popular brand with the RV community; you won’t have to look far for rave reviews from seasoned travelers.
The faux leather is easy to clean and the base cushion and back are padded in high-density foam.
The recliner comes in five color options. It’s a beautiful fabric and does look like leather, even if it’s not. The base is well made and has a feeling of solidity.
When you received the recliner, it does require a small bit of assembly. That’s not a huge problem though, RecPro notes that it comes in one box and takes less than 5 minutes to set up.
The recline function is nice and smooth, while the swivel action is nice too.
Pros and cons
- Easy to clean
- Easy assembly
- Great padding
- Somewhat pricey
If the RecPro looks like it belong on a deluxe tour bus, then the Thomas Payne recliner looks like it belongs in a First-Class cabin. It’s a supremely comfortable recliner, with two base cushions and pocket springs giving that “sink in feeling.”
Thomas Payne is 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 in all their products is second to none.
You’ll need to provide 24 inches clearance at the bottom for the recline function to work properly. Ensure you measure before purchase as 2 feet is quite a bit of space when working with a small space.
The Thomas Payne recliner is exceptionally comfortable, and even though it has a 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 on sheer quality, you can’t go 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 are no tools necessary to get the chair operational.
Pros and cons
- Best upholstery on this list
- High-density cushion
- Low maintenance
- Easy installation
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 us, it looks a bit more classic than the Charles Swivel model.
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 incredibly 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 space than other chairs.
The material used is slightly different than the PL leather featured before. This time around the leather 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 extraordinarily 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.
If the Charlies Swivel recliner is for a rock stars tour bus, then the Charles Brown model is far more suited to life in a traditional setup, or as a replacement for seating in an older RV. That brown has obviously been chosen as an excellent match for the typical fabric used in a 1980-90s RV.
Pros and cons
- Only needs 3″ of clearance for full recline
- Great for taller folks
- Assembly is super easy
- Doesn’t fully recline
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 are, at best, poorly made, and at worst downright unsafe on 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 RV owner who likes to watch films while on the go.
It’s a supremely comfortable chair for watching films and it’s a little wider than normal coming in at 32 inches.
The recline motion is extremely solid, and belies its humble brand name and price point; however, the fabric is not real leather and seems like it might not be the most durable quality.
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, you 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.
Pros and cons
- Truly unmatched price-point
- Great width
- Ability to fully recline
- Perfect for watching movies in your RV
- The faux leather might lack durability
All the recliners in our roundup were winners, to be honest. All of these would be great additions to any 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 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. The quality and durability 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!
Chief Editor and Furniture Expert for Reclinercize.com
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