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Review of La-Z-Boy’s Riley High-Leg Recliner

May 7, 2021

Review of La-Z-Boy’s Riley High-Leg Recliner

The Riley Recliner exhibits a balanced dance between comfort and style. 


An artful, sculptured shape with a sophisticated flair, Riley is perfectly at home partnered with your contemporary sofa or left to showcase a corner entirely on its own. Comfortable too, you’ll appreciate the inviting curves and luxurious cushioning.


The Riley is a welcomed addition to any room. In fact, Racha, a design consultant at La-Z-Boy Hunt Club, says that “the Riley Recliner is one of the most presentable chairs that we have”. She adds that the Riley looks amazing in both fabric and leather.


Not only is the Riley recliner appealing to the eye, but it also doesn’t fall short in the comfort department. With high curved legs and a tall back, Racha says the Riley provides exceptional back and neck support, with the unexpected ability to recline. 


If you are looking for a chair that can choreograph easily into your decor and accentuate your room without having to sacrifice comfort, the Riley may be exactly what you need. 


Read on for an in-depth review of the Riley High-Leg Recliner.


Unique Features


The Riley High-Leg Recliner is casually elegant featuring a tall angled back, subtly flared arms, and tall tapered wood legs


The Riley is often referred to as a Secret Recliner because it appears as a stationary accent chair, yet has the ability to recline and can recline


The Riley has a push-back feature; simply recline by pushing back into the chair. This 3-position lounger features a full-layout position for the ultimate reclining comfort. 


Whether you are upright or watching TV, the plush cushions on the Riley provide extra softness and support. Finally, the Riley is completely customizable available in a variety of fabrics and leathers.

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Size & Dimensions


The size and dimensions can tell you a lot about a furniture item. To ensure that the Riley Recliner can fit in your home, it is always important to measure your space.


The Riley Recliner from La-Z-Boy is a generously proportioned chair that can accommodate individuals of medium to large size. It is particularly well-suited to those who are of average to tall height, typically ranging from 5'4" to 5'9".

While your height can be a considerable factor, it is important to note that height guidelines are NOT set in stone. The way you sit in a furniture item can drastically affect how someone might find a seat comfortable.


For more tips, take a look at the article How to Find a Recliner That is the Best Fit For You?


For reference, below are the dimensions of the Riley Recliner:


Recliner Weight: 78 lbs

Body Depth: 37 in.

Body Height: 41 in.

Body Width: 35.5 in.

Seat Depth: 19 in.

Seat Height: 21 in.

Seat Width: 22.5 in.


Options & Upgrades


At La-Z-Boy, everything is customizable. With a variety of options and upgrades available, you can make the Riley Recliner uniquely yours!

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Fabric & Leather Option


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


When selecting the fabric or leather for your Riley, the cost will vary based on the grade you choose. Each grade offers different qualities and characteristics, allowing you to find the perfect balance between your desired style and budget.


For a comprehensive understanding of La-Z-Boy's upholstery grades, check out this article. 


*Please note that this article's leather or fabric options may be discontinued or unavailable without prior notice. We recommend contacting your local Ottawa or Kingston La-Z-Boy store by phone or in-person to confirm availability. We apologize for any inconvenience caused by any changes to our upholstery selection.


Alongside our extensive range of covers, the Riley is also available in specialty fabrics that offer unique features and benefits…

Stain Resistant Covers


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

Pet-Friendly Fabric


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

Antimicrobial Covers


Antimicrobial properties surround each cover 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.

Energy Restoration


Restore by Nanobionic® features a mineral-based fabric coating that transforms natural body heat into energy using infrared technology.


Cushion Upgrade


At an additional cost, the Riley 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.


This could be a great option for people with mobility issues, allowing you to get in and out of your furniture more comfortably. 


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


Please note that reclining furniture purchased prior to 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.


Contrasting Welt Trim

Welt trim provides a tailored look to Riley seat cushions. Especially if your Riley Recliner is meant to be an accent chair, you may consider opting for contrasting welt trim to add some personality and decorative detail.


Finish Options


La-Z-Boy is all about customization, including customizing the legs of your recliner. The legs can come in one of two finish options:


  1. Brown Mahogany (Standard Finish)
  2. Coffee (Additional Cost)*

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The Riley Recliner falls within the mid-high price range. 


While the cost of the Riley is considered standard at La-Z-Boy, it is important to note that La-Z-Boy furniture is considered more expensive in the market. This cost is reflected in the quality of materials and craftsmanship of our products.


The starting price for the Riley High-Leg Recliner is currently at $1,649.

Please note that La-Z-Boy prices listed in this article are subject to change without notice. Information is current as of May 2, 2023. Contact your local Ottawa or Kingston location by phone or in person for up-to-date pricing.






The Riley High-Leg Recliner comes with 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


The Riley Recliner is rated 4.9 stars out of 5 stars in North America. 


This rating is based on a combination of comfort, quality, and design. 


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


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Is the Riley Recliner Right For You?


The Riley Recliner can be a beautiful addition to any room, but is it the right choice for you?


Racha says that the Riley is a great choice for someone who is looking for a stylish, yet comfortable, addition to a room. Unlike some other recliner styles that appear traditionally bulky, the Riley Recliner is classic and sophisticated. 


The Riley is considered to be a part of the Comfortably Casual style at La-Z-Boy. With this, the Riley can fit with many styles of decor depending on your own personal customizations and might work very well for someone looking for an accent chair. 


Racha adds that while the Riley Recliner may appeal to a woman with an eye for style, the square headrest and sharp edges also give off a masculine appeal. The Riley may be the perfect compromise for couples negotiating their taste and preferences when it comes to home decor. 


If the Riley has caught your eye but it is not just right, you may consider similar models such as the Haven High Leg  Recliner Chair or the Midtown Chair. These styles have slightly varying features while still balancing style with comfort, so you may find what you are looking for in these models. 


For even more options, take a look at our 5 Best Selling La-Z-Boy Recliners in Ottawa & Kingston.

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What’s Next?


Is the Riley High Leg Recliner what you are looking for? Why not start shopping today?


Visit us at a local Ottawa or Kingston La-Z-Boy showroom or plan ahead by scheduling your visit online. 


If you prefer to shop from the comfort of your own home, we also offer virtual design appointments.


We look forward to meeting you and helping you customize your Riley Recliner to fit your unique rhythm, so it glides right into your room design. 


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