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5 Best La-Z-Boy Recliners for Short People

January 17, 2022

5 Best La-Z-Boy Recliners for Short People

When you think of a La-Z-Boy Recliner, you likely think of laid-back comfort! But it isn’t that easy.

In order to get the utmost comfort and enjoyment from your recliner, it is crucial that its dimensions fit your body size and shape. 

Getting fitted for a recliner is comparable to getting fitted for new shoes. Although you may be going for style, if the shoe doesn’t fit your foot just right, it can lead to blisters, sore feet, and even potential back pain. Just like an uncomfortable shoe, an ill-fitting recliner can lead to unnecessary aches and pains

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As inventors of the reclining chair in 1927, we at La-Z-Boy have a wide variety of recliners suited for clients of all shapes and sizes. 

If you’re between 5'3" and 5'9", it is key to choose one of our recliners that is the right match for your uniquely shorter body type to enjoy your chair with ease and relaxation. 

More specifically, a shorter person typically requires a recliner that features a shallow seat and a short back in order to achieve proper knee and lumbar support.

Finding a recliner that is the perfect fit isn’t always easy. It often requires the help and expertise of a trained La-Z-Boy design consultant. 



To get you started, Magaly Del Castilo, the interior designer at La-Z-Boy Cyrville, has helped narrow down your choices by putting together a list of the best La-Z-Boy recliners for short clients.

In this article ...

  1. 5 Best La-Z-Boy Recliners for Short People
  2. How to Know Which Recliner Fits You Best
  3. Benefits of a Properly Fitted Recliner

5 Best La-Z-Boy Recliners for Short People

Below is a list of the 5 best La-Z-Boy recliners for short people. Magaly has carefully selected these recliners based on their specific size and dimensions.

1. Pinnacle Recliner

The Pinnacle Recliner has been around forever, according to Magaly. In fact, the Pinnacle is one of the Best Selling Recliners at La-Z-Boy Ottawa & Kingston.

This Recliner has an easygoing style that’s just right for resting and relaxing. Magaly says the Pinnacle has “an airy look about it”. Sink in and enjoy its plushly pillowed tall back and padded rolled arms. The chaise seat and legrest cradle your body in a continuous zone of comfort. 

With a small scale, Magaly recommends the Pinnacle for short individuals. The dimensions of the Pinnacle are ideal for those between the height of 5’4” to 5’9”

Overall Dimensions: 33W x 38.5D x 41H

Body Width: 33

Body Depth: 38.5

Body Height: 38.5

Seat Width: 19

Seat Depth: 21.5

Seat Height: 18.5

The Pinnacle is offered as a wall recliner, rocker recliner, and glider recliner, in both manual and power. Further, the Pinnacle is offered as a power lift recliner. Additional power upgrades include heat & massage, and adjustable headrest & lumbar support.

For more detailed information, take a look at the in-depth Review of the Pinnacle Recliner.


2. Harbor Town Recliner

Designed for smaller rooms, the Harbor Town Recliner gives you the comfort of a recliner with a lighter silhouette and a sleek, stylish frame. It features a channel-stitched back, a cushioned headrest and bentwood arms topped with pillow-like padding. With a rounded arm, Magaly says the Harbor Town is traditional in style.

Magaly also emphasizes the great head support of the Harbor Town!

As previously mentioned, the Harbor Town Recliner is built on a smaller scale offering exceptional comfort for short clients. More specifically, the Harbor Town Recliner is perfect for those between the heights of 5’2” to 5’9”

Overall Dimensions: 30W x 37D x 41H

Body Width: 30

Body Depth: 37

Body Height: 41

Seat Width: 23

Seat Depth: 19.5

Seat Height: 19

The Harbor Town Recliner is offered as a wall recliner, rocking recliner, and glider recliner. Further, the Harbor Town Recliner can be upgraded to power. 

For more detailed information, read an in-depth Review of the Harbor Town Recliner.

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3. Casey Recliner

The Casey Recliner combines contemporary style with classic reclining comfort. It features clean, modern lines, so it’s ideal for smaller spaces and contemporary decor. Casey’s chaise seat and legrest, multi chambered back and gently flared and rounded track arms cradle your body in comfort without a big, bulky silhouette.

Magaly says the Casey is “fabulous, clean looking, and super yummy”!

With a small scale, the dimensions of the Casey are ideal for those between the heights of 5’2” to 5’9”.

Overall Dimensions: 33W x 36D x 40.5H

Body Width: 33

Body Depth: 36

Body Height: 40.5

Seat Width: 22

Seat Depth: 20

Seat Height: 19

The Casey Recliner is offered in both manual and power as a wall recliner or rocking recliner.


4. Vail Recliner

Like its namesake city, the Vail Recliner is rich in beauty and luxury. It has a petite scale, but it’s still big on comfort, with a plush, biscuit-style back and padded rolled arms. 

The dimensions of the Vail Recliner offer the most comfort for those between the heights of 5’2” to 5’9”.

Overall Dimensions: 32W x 36D x 40.5H

Body Width: 32

Body Depth: 36

Body Height: 40.5

Seat Width: 17.5

Seat Depth: 19.5

Seat Height: 18

Aside from its compact dimensions, Magaly emphasises that the Vail offers entry-level recliner pricing for those shopping on a budget.

Further, the Vail is offered in both manual and power as a wall recliner or rocking recliner.


5. Reed Recliner

The Reed Recliner is a family favourite that’s sure to become the destination for comfort in any home. Magaly says the Reed is “very casual looking”. It features ultra-plush padding on the flared arms and back, plus a one-piece chaise seat and legrest that create a continuous zone of comfort in the reclining position.

Constructed on the petite scale, the dimensions of the Reed are ideal for those with the height of 5’4” and under.

Overall Dimensions: 36W x 37.5D x 40.5H

Body Width: 36

Body Depth: 37.5

Body Height: 40.5

Seat Width: 19

Seat Depth: 21

Seat Height: 19

The Reed is offered as a wall recliner or rocking recliner in both manual and power. In power, the Reed has an optional adjustable headrest feature.


How to Know Which Recliner Fits You Best ...

With a list of the five best recliners for shorter individuals, you have successfully narrowed down your search among the countless options available at La-Z-Boy.

But your search for your ideal recliner does not end there.

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As you evaluate these five choices, you will want to determine which recliner’s dimensions properly fit your unique height and size. In order to do so, a trained design consultant at La-Z-Boy will help you get properly fitted for a recliner …

Step One - When you sit back into the depth of the seat, make sure that your knees are bent at a 90-degree angle and your feet are comfortably reaching the floor. 

Step Two - As you lay back, your shoulders should naturally lay at the seam where the two back cushions meet.

Step Three - It is important that your chair provides good lumbar support. Resting into your chair, you want to ensure that the middle cushion provides enough lumbar support to your lower back. The cushion should support the natural curve in your back ensuring that it does not cave inwards and cause tension. 

Step Four - As you rest your head, the cushion that supports your head and neck should not cause extension or strain forward. Your neck should rest comfortably aligned with your spine and your head should naturally relax into the cushion. When in a reclined position, your feet should not dangle too far over the edge of the chair … the heels of your feet should just fall off the edge of the footrest. 


Benefits of a Properly Fitted Recliner

Once you have chosen a recliner with the optimal fit for your shorter physique, not only will you experience exceptional comfort in your chair, but you will also enjoy some additional health benefits. 

Zero Gravity Position

In a fully reclined position, most La-Z-Boy recliners achieve a zero-gravity position. 

In this position, the pressure of gravity is relieved from all your muscles and joints. With this, your muscles enter a complete state of relaxation. All tension will then release from your back, neck, and abdominal muscles, giving your body a true chance of recovery after a long day. If you suffer from back pain, it is especially helpful to rest in your recliner for lower back pain relief. 

Better Circulation

The zero-gravity position also promotes better circulation throughout the entire body. This optimal circulation allows for your blood to return to your heart faster, relieving each body system of strain leading to faster healing. 

Improved Lung Health

Believe it or not, even your lungs will benefit from your recliner chair. When you recline back into a relaxed position, your diaphragm is able to expand to its maximum capacity, improving total lung function. Over time, the lung expansion experienced in your recliner chair will lead to overall deeper breathing.

Easier Digestion

Finally, the relaxed and reclined position actually promotes better digestion. While resting with ease, your digestive system is able to process your food fully. In no time, a belly full of food will feel nicely digested and you will be able to sleep more peacefully.

What's Next?

You are so close to finding the perfectly fitting recliner chair! 

With this list in mind, height is only one part of the equation. It is also important to consider the functionality you require and style you prefer when choosing a recliner chair.

Our team of design consultants at La-Z-Boy Ottawa & Kingston are not only trained to help you get fitted for the perfectly sized recliner, but they are also skilled at helping you find a recliner that meets your lifestyle needs. 

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Further, everything at La-Z-Boy is customizable and we offer complimentary design services. Once you have chosen the ideal frame, a design consultant or interior designer can help you customize your recliner so that it fits seamlessly with your home decor and current furniture arrangement. 

Get started today by visiting us at a local Ottawa or Kingston showroom. If you prefer to plan ahead, schedule a visit online. 

Related Links:

Top 5 La-Z-Boy Recliners for Small Spaces

The 5 Best La-Z-Boy Recliners for Tall People

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