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Now that you have made the choice to enhance your in-home viewing experience with one or more home theater recliners, you need to make some new decisions. Do you want luxurious leather or durable microfiber upholstery? Do you want options like a Buttkicker, power recline or lighted cup holders? Before you give up and go back to sitting on your old second-hand sofa, here are some tips to help you choose the perfect home theater reclining furniture.

It is important to educate yourself on an available list of home theater recliners. There are many options to choose from that vary in price, style and accessories. Here are just a few of the key attributes that may help you decide on the home theater recliner that will best fit your needs.

Three important factors to consider with a home theater seat are price, upholstery and options. Let’s take a look at each of these features and some tips to help make finding the perfect home theater recliner quick and easy.

Home Theater Recliner Pricing (per seat):

$399 - $700

This represents the entry level price points, that we feel are a minimum, for a quality home theater seat. Knowing the market as well as we do, and what it takes to make a chair that will last, we see $399 as the entry retail point per seat, excluding discounts. At this level, there are countless options but they will mostly be in black or brown leather with limited ability to customize anything. In fact, the majority of models cannot be customized in most circumstances and you will have to select from the color options offered. The lower level of this price point will offer bonded leather upholstery choices with real leather starting above the $500 mark.

$700 - $999

This is the mid-market price points for seating. There is a very large selection of options in this category to choose from, including seats that can be custom made to order in colors and covers of your choice. This is where one will find best sellers in real top grain leather in black or brown. Many of the seats in this category are feature rich too with options like trays tables, hidden storage, accessory ports and power headrests. Brands in this category are Octane Seating, Row One, Southern Motion and Klaussner.


This category is where the true custom designs flourish from brands like Palliser, Fortress, Jaymar and Bass. There is almost no limit to the amount of options that one can add at this level. If you are planning a home theater buildout and have an expansive budget then this is the category where you will spend your budget on furniture. Every seat can be custom made not only in color, but also in size and features. The seating is made 100% to order and can include any feature one sees on any style anywhere - for a price.

Your budget has played an important role in building and designing your home theater. It will also play a vital role when purchasing the best home theater recliner. Luckily, many top manufacturers offer quality home theater recliners for nearly any budget. Use the pricing points above to begin narrowing down your options.

Remember, even if your wallet is light, you can still cash in on some luxurious seats with impressive accessories. You do not have to break the bank to find the perfect theater recliner; there are many seats at various prices to consider. Always keep your price range in mind.

Home Theater Recliner Upholsteries

  • Leather – Available in multiple grades.
  • Bonded Leather – A blend of leather scraps and synthetic materials.
  • Leather Match – Leather on seating surfaces, matching vinyl on sides and back.
  • Microfiber – Durable and easy to clean.
  • Fabric – Comes in thousands of colors and textures.

The material of your home theater recliner is an important decision for any customer. Many brands offer a wide variety of seating material. Consumers can pick from an extensive collection of fabrics, durable microfibers or soft leathers. A home theater leather recliner is on the wish list of many customers. Those who are interested in a home theater leather recliner should make sure they budget adequately and verify it will truly fit their needs.  For more valuable insight into the different types of leather mentioned here check out this helpful leather guide.

Leather theater seats tend to be more expensive than Microfiber materials, and may not be the best option for messy eaters and children. Theater leather recliners are available in a variety of different colors. If you are planning to buy a theater leather recliner, be sure to keep the room’s décor in mind. Select a theater leather recliner in a color that compliments existing room colors. Customers can also opt for stylish fabric or microfiber material. This is a less expensive alternative but gives an equally impressive touch. Microfiber also has the added bonus of being easy to clean, making it an ideal choice for households with pets or kids.

Home Theater Recliner Features & Accessories

Power Recline – Easy recline with the push of a button. Power recline also lets you stop at any angle.

Buttkicker – A subwoofer attached to the chair frame. Sometimes also known as a bass-shaker.

Built-On Risers – The riser platform is now built into the base of the seat for your second row so, no need to build a platform.

Lighted Cup Holders & Baserails – Small blue lights help you find your drink in the dark and illuminate under the seating.

Elevated Risers Built Into Seat – Back row elevated theater chairs to allow you to see the screen.

Heat & Massage – Get a relaxing massage while you watch your favorite program.

Flip-Up Arms – Enjoy the versatility and authentic theater feel provided by our flip-up arm models.

Motorized Headrest – Head rest adjusts to cradle your head at the perfect viewing angle.

Motorized Lumbar – Adjust your lumbar support effortlessly at the touch of a button to the firmness that best suits you.

In-arm Storage – Storage space that is usually hidden in the arm rests.

Tray Tables – Small tables that can be removed from the arm rests and stored in armrest storage.

Ipad Holders & Accessories – Unique brackets designed to hold a computer tablet horizontally or vertically.

Wallhugger –  Allows a full recline within inches of the wall behind the seat to save on space requirements.

USB Ports – Ports on the seat power switches can charge your phone and other devices.

Nailhead Trim –  A decorative nailhead trim gives a classic or western look.

Italian Leather – Imported from Northern Italy, this durable leather has a consistent grain and a supple feel.

Once you have chosen your home theater pricing and decided on a leather or Microfiber recliner that fits your budget and matches your room décor, it is time to accessorize. There are many different options to choose from at varying costs.

If you are really looking to shake things up, try a bass shaker like the Buttkicker. The Buttkicker is a sub-woofer built directly into your home theater recliner for a truly one of a kind movie experience. Another popular feature is light-up cup holders built directly into your home theater recliner. The last thing you want is your audience spilling soft drinks on your new home theater leather recliner. These light-up cup holders ensure your theater leather recliner stays spill-free while dazzling your audience.

New to the market is ambient lighting in the cupholders or baserail. These are lights that are attached to the base of the frame that gives a theater lighting effect in a dark room. They usually come in blue to not interfere with the screen and can be usually be turned on or off by flipping a switch located on the cup holders.

Ipad holders are another new accessory that seems to have caught the public’s attention. These can be purchased independently from the seats and generally fit into the cup holder as a base support.

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