Recliner and Lounge Chair Options for Tall People
My Research for Finding the Perfect Chair
I'm 6' 7" and have been researching the options for a recliner or lounge chair that will fit a very tall person.
I've talked with several tall people about how a chair should fit a body. The main concern is that people sit a few inches forward from the back and that the heel should rest on the downward slope of the footrest so it's fully supported. The weight of the leg should not create significant pressure on the heel nor should the heel be extended beyond the footrest so that it's dangling over the edge.
La-Z-Boy Tall Recliner
I went to the La-Z-Boy shop and sat in all the tall recliners they have in their showroom.
I liked how soft and relaxing they felt. Their backs were plenty tall enough to support my head when they were fully reclined. There were options available under a thousand dollars. While that sounds expensive, these were the lowest cost chairs I found.
What I didn't like is the length of the chair. When it's fully extended, it's just not long enough. My feet hang over the foot rest and after sitting for about ten minutes, my legs felt uncomfortable because the foot rest ends about 2/3 the way down my calf and my feet dangle over the edge.
If the chair was long enough, I may have purchased one, but I also didn't like how bulky it looks. We have an average size family room in our house and the chair seems bulky. I'd prefer a sleeker, more modern design.
Room and Board Tall Recliner
Room and Board has a recliner for tall people called the Dalton that is made for them by American Leather. What I like about the Room and Board recliner is the design. It's modern and sleek. However, even with the extra extension, it's too short for my legs. With 36 to 37 inch inseams, my feet dangle over.
In forums, I found lots of tall people talking about Stressless chairs by Ekorne. They have recliners with the built-in footrest, but they also have an ottoman option.
They are made by a Scandinavian furniture company. I really liked the comfort of the chair. The option with the high back and adjustable headrest fit me, and while I didn't find the built-in footrest long enough, the ottoman works great. These chairs come in sizes of small, medium, and large. One feature I liked is that the head can be tilted up and then the chair fully reclines to a comfortable sleeping position.
The chair I'm looking at is about $4,000. It's expensive. The issue we are having is that the design is a bit polarizing. I find it attractive, sleek, and modern, but my wife didn't like it. While she wasn't super descriptive, she said she thought it was dorky looking. One other thing I found a little uncomfortable is the leather. It's a tad slippery and caused me to slide forward. All in all, of all the chairs I've tried, this has been the best fit for a tall person.
American Leather Comfort Recliner
American Leather makes the best sleeper sofa with a really cool mechanism and a mattress that isn't all lumpy like sleeper sofas where the mattress is folded in thirds. I was hoping their comfort recliner would be equally cool and comfortable.
American Leather also makes recliners sold by Room and Board (Dalton Recliner). The recliner comes in two lengths. The longest is 47 inches from the back of the seat to the end of the footrest. This will likely fit someone 6' 4", but if you're taller than that, the footrest ends at the Achilles heel.
The pros are its high-quality components and the appealing design. The downside is it's just a tad too short for me.
The Tall Eames Chair
I was excited to see a tall Eames chair. This is a scaled design of the original chair that was developed in the 1950s. The design is modern but classic, and it's the best-seller at Design Within Reach. It also goes on sale twice a year for 15% off (in April and November) and has free shipping, which is like another 7% off.
This chair is tilted back and built for reclining. I wouldn't stick it in a social place in the house and expect people to talk. As soon as I sat down, my instinct was to shut my eyes and go to sleep. It feels very comfortable, but with my back and bottom pushed all the way back, my head was way past the headrest, with little support. That said, the seat is long enough to that if I pull it forward and slouch a bit, then my head rests comfortably.
The tall version, depending on the wood and leather used when they are assembled by hand in Michigan, costs from $5,000 to $6,500 and takes about 6 to 8 weeks to be made.
This chair ranks as my favorite design, but is just a little too short for proper head support to be my overall favorite.
What About a Custom Recliner?
I've called a number of stores, but so far, I haven't found a company that makes a custom fit recliner. It sounds like the main issue is the mechanism that reclines the chair and extends the footrest is standard, so it's hard to find an extended option that keeps the chair in balance.
So far, I haven't found anyone that can make a custom extension so the footrest is long enough, but I'll keep looking.
Non Reclining Classic Modern Chairs for Taller People
I tried several other chairs that weren't made for tall people but could possibly fit:
The Striad has a tall back and fits well, but it's very firm and doesn't recline. It also has a modern design.
The Egg and Womb chairs are classic modern designs that are firm and don't recline. If I was picking from these, I'd select the Striad because of the tall back and better neck support.