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Review of La-Z-Boy’s Ferndale Chair: Recliner, Swivel & Gliding Chair

November 9, 2022

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Are you looking for a recliner with the look of a stationary chair? Well, you’ve come to the right place!

Not only does the Ferndale Chair offer the unexpected ability to recline, but it can also be turned into a swivel or swivel gliding chair. 

Racha Pharaon, a design consultant at La-Z-Boy Kanata, tells us, “This modern-looking chair has a lot of looks to it, which is why so many people love it.”

But you might be wondering, what else can the Ferndale do? How expensive is it? Is this the right furniture piece for me? This article will break down every important detail that you need to know about the Ferndale Chair.

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In This Article…

  1. Unique Features
  2. Sizes & Dimensions
  3. Options & Upgrades
  4. Cost
  5. Warranty
  6. Customer Reviews
  7. Is the Ferndale Right For You?


Unique Features

Ferndale Chair

Starting with unique features, the Ferndale is known as “a recliner with understated style and unlimited possibilities,” according to the La-Z-Boy website. 

This is shown with its unique key-shaped arms and a slim, inset back cushion that gives its clean lines and a modern edge. There is also a solid wood base and tapered wood legs that hold this chair together, which adds sophistication to the piece.

Ferndale OttomanAnd, as mentioned before, this chair has the unexpected ability to recline! Simply push back on the arms of the chair and watch the legrest kick up in front of you. La-Z-Boy has a whole line of Secret Recliners available in many different styles.

If you’re looking to maintain the illusion of a stationary furniture piece, the Ferndale also has a matching ottoman that can be used as an extra seat or a legrest. “These two pieces work hand-in-hand to create a lovely seating arrangement,” says Racha.



Size & Dimensions

The size and dimensions of the Ferndale tell us a lot about its shape. Most notably, the Ferndale has a small footprint but a tall back. 

First thing first, if you’re looking to add any new furniture item to your home, it is always important to Measure Your Space.

Racha says that the Ferndale is a good example of a smaller furniture item that can be comfortably placed in a smaller space. If you’re interested in Recliners for Smaller Spaces, take a look at this article.

Even though the Ferndale is small, it has a taller back than other chairs, which seats those with a taller scale. “This is also because of the higher wood legs, too,” Racha says. 

That being said, this modern furniture piece comfortably seats anyone with a height between 5’10” and 6’2”.

To learn more, check out our article on How to Find a Recliner that is the Best Fit For You?

Ultimately, we recommend you visit a La-Z-Boy showroom and take the Ferndale for a sit test with the help of a La-Z-Boy design consultant. 

Ferndale Chair Dimensions (Inches)

Chair Weight: 54 lbs.

Body Depth: 34.5” 

Body Height: 40”

Body Width: 32”

Seat Depth: 20”

Seat Height: 20”

Seat Width: 20.5”


Ferndale Swivel Chair Dimensions (Inches)

Chair Weight: 85.5 lbs.

Body Depth: 37” 

Body Height: 39”

Body Width: 35”

Seat Depth: 20.5”

Seat Height: 21”

Seat Width: 22”


Options & Upgrades

All upholstery furniture at La-Z-Boy is customizable. Give the Ferndale Chair your own personal touch by choosing from a range of options and upgrades.

It is important to remember that by selecting any options and upgrades in this section, the cost of the Ferndale product is subject to increase.

Swivel & Gliding Option

Ferndale Swivel ChairAs previously mentioned, the Ferndale can come as a swivel chair instead of a high-leg reclining chair. Built on a 360-degree swivel base, this motion furniture piece will keep you at the center of all the action in your living room.

If you enjoy the swivel chair, you can also add a gliding option to your swivel base. Gliders allow your chair to move in a smooth and graceful motion, similar to rocking chairs. The only difference is the motion is not arched but linear. 

To learn more about the difference between Rockers vs. Gliders or Swivels vs. Gliders, take a look at either of these articles.

Fabric & Leather Options

La-Z-Boy has over 800 fabrics and leathers to choose from, making the experience of personalizing your furniture seemingly endless.

Racha reveals that the Ferndale is part of La-Z-Boy’s Designer’s Choice Furniture.

Designer’s Choice furniture pieces offer even more selection in upholstery covers. “Instead of having only 5 or 6 select covers to choose from, people can choose over 100 without affecting the price,” Racha says.

It is important to note that Leather Selections will always increase the overall cost of furniture. Ultimately, choosing fabric or leather is up to you if you’re willing to spend extra cash on leather products.

In addition to the cover options mentioned above, the Ferndale is offered in specialty fabrics with unique features and benefits …

Stain Resistant Fabric

Innovative iClean Technology surrounds each fabric fibre, creating a barrier that repels spills before turning into stains.

Pet-Friendly Fabric

Tested and formulated to withstand the scratches and wear a pet can cause to ensure a durable and easily washable fabric.

Antimicrobial Fabric

Antimicrobial properties surround each fibre to protect against mould, mildew, and odour-causing bacteria.


Superior stain and fade resistance properties make fabrics easy to clean and incredibly durable.


Conserve Sustainable Fabrics are soft, durable and made from recycled water bottles.

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Cushion Upgrade

At an additional cost, Ferndale’s cushions can also be upgraded to include firmer cushioning, meaning over time, your furniture will remember your unique figure and enhance the comfort of your furniture.

For more information, view our Motion Furniture Collection catalogue and our in-depth Review of La-Z-Boy’s Chair and Sofa Seat Cushions.

*Please note that reclining furniture purchased before January 2021 had the option to upgrade to airform™ cushions.  This cushion includes a two-inch layer of premium quality memory foam added on top of the standard foam base within the seat, chaise, and leg rest of the unit.

Wood Base Finish Options

Most stationary furniture products have the option to customize the wood leg finish. Given that the Ferndale recliner has tall legs, its wood base finish can also be customized. 

The Ferndale offers the following wood finish options:

  1. Mahogany (Base Price)
  2. Coffee (Additional Cost)
  3. Graphite (Additional Cost)
  4. Driftwood (Additional Cost)



Regarding cost, Ferndale chairs fall within the mid-price range at La-Z-Boy. Racha explains that the cost of high-leg recliners are less expensive than regular recliners, which can be an option to consider if you’re on a budget.

To learn more about the Cost of a Recliner or the Cost of an Accent Chair at La-Z-Boy, check out this article.

While the cost of the Ferndale is quite standard at La-Z-Boy, it is important to note that La-Z-Boy furniture is considered expensive in the market. This cost is reflected in the quality of materials and craftsmanship of our products. With this, the investment tends to be worthwhile if you are looking for long-lasting furniture.

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*All La-Z-Boy prices listed in this article are subject to change. We aim to update all cost-related articles twice per year. This article was last updated on October 19th, 2022. Please visit and select an Ottawa or Kingston La-Z-Boy store location to view the most up-to-date pricing. 



The Ferndale is covered by La-Z-Boy’s Limited Lifetime Warranty, which covers the repair or replacement of the frame, spring systems, and mechanism, given that they are quality-crafted and built for long-lasting comfort.

While still quality-crafted, other aspects of the product, such as fabrics, leather, and cushion, are not meant to last a lifetime. However, these parts are still covered by the La-Z-Boy Manufacturer’s Warranty for a given time.

To learn more about the warranty at La-Z-Boy, take a look at the article Are La-Z-Boy Recliners Guaranteed for Life?

To further protect your purchase, La-Z-Boy offers an extended warranty plan at an additional cost.


Customer Reviews

Ferndale’s recliners are enjoyed by many La-Z-Boy customers. This table shows how our customers have rated each piece of furniture out of five. 

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Ferndale Swivel Chair


Ferndale Swivel Gliding Chair


Star ratings can only tell you so much. Here are some reviews from customers …



Is the Ferndale Right For You?

Now that you know everything about the Ferndale Chair, all that remains is determining if this chair is the right furniture for you. To figure this out, we must take a look at budget, functionality, and style.

First of all, the starting price for the Ferndale is considered mid-price at La-Z-Boy, according to Racha. She also mentions that it is more expensive than stationary furniture but less expensive than recliners. 

Since La-Z-Boy is considered more expensive than other furniture stores on the market, it is important to consider that before purchasing our furniture. If you want to purchase furniture that will last a long time but isn’t too expensive, the Ferndale might be right for you!

In terms of functionality, the Ferndale is perfect for taller individuals looking for a chair that won’t take up too much space. Because of this, shorter individuals may not feel as comfortable sitting down on this furniture item.

If you are a short person looking for furniture, take a look at our Recliners for Short People article.

Lastly, in terms of style, Racha says that Ferndale has a very transitional look to its style. “Because the wooden base gives it a more classic look and the back has more of a modern edge to it, I can safely say that many individuals will like this piece of furniture because it isn’t trying to be too much of something,” she says.

She also says that because of the Designer’s Choice upholstery covers, you can create some interesting looks with this chair – either an attention-grabbing accent chair or a neutral-looking seat.

You can learn more about our Top Swivel Accent Chairs at La-Z-Boy by checking out this article.

What's Next?

Now that you have a more knowledgeable understanding of the Ferndale Chair, why not discover this and our other furniture families in person?

You can start shopping by visiting one of our local showrooms located in Ottawa or Kingston. You can also schedule a visit online before coming in.

Our design consultants are always eager to lend a helping hand. Take advantage of our interior design services to see how the Ferndale could fit into your home design. 

If the Ferndale wasn't what you were looking for, take a look at some of our other furniture family reviews:

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