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Secret Recliners! Recliners That Don't Look Like Recliners

October 13, 2021

Secret Recliners! Recliners That Don't Look Like Recliners

Recliners that Don’t Look Like Recliners

By Mary-Lee Smyth, In-home designer

La-Z-Boy: Kingston, Ontario



When you hear the word “Recliner” what image comes to mind? 

Maybe something like this…..





Or how about something like 




They may not look like “recliners,” but at La-Z-Boy,  they are what we  like to call:

Secret Recliners!


For over 90 years, La-Z-Boy has defined comfort; and now, we’re setting the bar for style.


First, with modern silhouettes and designer details, we offer recliners in looks you’d never expect. Then, customize by adding your personal touch with fabrics, finishes, and trim.


Prefer a modern recliner look? Our designer choice line of chairs includes high & low leg chairs with rich velvet fabrics as well as unexpected colours and prints. 


While prioritizing style, our stylish recliner selection at La-Z-Boy does not sacrifice comfort. In fact, these recliners are built with the same standard of quality and craftsmanship that all La-Z-Boy furniture maintains. 


Sounds pretty good right? Read this article to learn more about our secret recliner selection at La-Z-Boy and determine if a secret recliner is right for you!

In this article:



Features of a La-Z-Boy 'Secret Recliner'


Traditional and contemporary style meets La-Z-Boy comfort with recliners you’d never expect. With this, recliners are making their way from the basement to the living room with designer recliners. 


There are a few key features that make these recliners considered stylish and worthy of display in the home. Secret recliners often feature the following:


  • An updated style & clean lines
  • Tapered upholstery
  • Decorative fabric and detailing such as welt trim or nail head trim
  • Tapered & decorative wooden legs
  • High or Low-Leg design
  • Uniquely sculpted arms


For example, you may be able to envision a stylish high-leg recliner model in a rich leather with the added glamour of nailhead trim in your living room. 


But what really makes a stylish recliner at La-Z-Boy "secret" is the push-back feature.


Choosing one of La-Z-Boy’s high-leg reclining chairs lets you simply push back to activate the leg rest and reclining position. You can even add the convenience of power and recline to your desired position at the touch of a button. 


When you are not reclining, the footrest folds discreetly away; this is what makes it a secret recliner. 


Now, let's dive into the specific types of Secret Recliners you can find at La-Z-Boy ...

Midtown reclining chair
woman sitting in Midtown reclining chair

High & Low-Leg Recliners


High and low leg recliners are “the real” secret recliners! This is because you would never know they were recliners just by looking at them.


Our customers know them as push-back recliners or high-leg loungers. These beauties were designed to complement stationary sofas and sectionals in your living room. People love these recliners because they look like stylish accent chairs, and secretly, they recline!


La-Z-Boy has taken the bulk out of these chairs but left in the comfort. Given that they are built on a smaller scale, high and low-leg recliners are great for small spaces where you don’t have room for an ottoman.


These chameleon chairs have clean lines; there’s no handle to recline; you just use your body weight to push back or press the button on the power chairs.


A design consultant in our Kingston location, Barbara Patton, says, “people are amazed to see we have this kind of chair!” She recommends ordering a kidney-shaped pillow for behind the neck. It adds comfort when you recline and style when you’re not in the chair.


We carry dozens of different styles and sizes of high and low-leg recliners and they all have several things in common:


  • Available in hundreds of fabrics and leather covers 
  • Wooden legs that come in a standard brown mahogany finish (additional leg colour options available to match wood furniture in your room.)
  • Upgrade from the standard seat cushion* to memory foam for extra comfort.


*Standard La-Z-Boy reclining seat cushions feature contoured-cut polyurethane high-resiliency foam seats. These cushions provide you with superior support by reducing pressure points in all upright and reclined positions.  The upgrade is "airform™ provides responsive cushioning and contoured support so you can enjoy the ultimate in comfort. 


High-Leg Recliners at La-Z-Boy


People love the high leg (sometimes called wing back) recliners because the chair is up off the floor, creating space underneath. It can make a small room look neater and more spacious, making for easier vacuuming and dusting.


The Riley High Leg Recliner, the Haven High-Leg Recliner (featured in the image below), and the Reegan High-Leg Swivel Chair are examples of the high leg recliner style at La-Z-Boy.  


In fact, the Reegan is one of the Top 5 Best Selling Accent Chairs at La-Z-Boy Ottawa & Kingston. The Haven is also considered a best seller!


Haven High-Leg Recliner



Low-Leg Recliners at La-Z-Boy


Alternative to high-leg recliners, people love low leg recliners because of their low profile and modern design, a decidedly upscale look. The Nouveau Low-Leg Recliner (pictured below), the Midtown Swivel or Glider Chair, and the Cabot Low-Leg Recliner are examples of the low-leg recliner at La-Z-Boy.



Woman reclining in Nouveau recliner



Urban Attitudes Reclining Chairs

Additionally, La-Z-Boy has an Urban Attitudes collection that features several secret recliners.


Each sofa style from the Urban Attitudes collection can be paired with any of the five designer reclining chairs which also happen to be high-leg recliners. Each recliner coordinates flawlessly with the rest of the collection, helping you create vibrant and eye-catching combinations without sacrificing comfort.


No one would suspect these secret recliners,  simply push back to enjoy instant reclining comfort. Make it yours with your choice of fabrics, finishes, and other available upgrades.


Currently,  the Urban Attitudes Collection has 3 recliners to choose from:


  1. Brentwood High Leg Reclining Chair

2. Ferndale Press Back Reclining Chair

3. Albany Reclining Chair 
Urban Attitudes Recliners

* Please note that the Cambridge Recliner Chair and the Chandler High-Leg Recliner Chair have been discontinued from this collection at La-Z-Boy.

Duo Collection Reclining Chairs

Finally, there are three secret recliners that are part of our Duo® collection. At first glance, all you see is an accent chair. But, look closer, and you’ll find that these sophisticated lines also have the power to recline.


  • Manufactured with premier construction
  • Patented ComfortCore cushions support your every curve with the perfect balance of firm support and luxurious softness.
  • Even when placed inches from a wall, the duo reclines with ease.
  • Go cordless: optional hidden battery pack lets you place duo anywhere in your room.
  • Powered backs and leg rest provide limitless reclining positions on both sides, all at the touch of a button.


  1. Edie Duo® Reclining Chair & a Half
  2. Bennett Duo® Reclining Chair
  3. Colby Duo® Reclining Chair


Duo Reclining Chairs


*Please note that the MacKenna Duo® Reclining Chair has been discontinued from this collection.


What's Next?

Elegant, sophisticated, and oh so comfortable, you can customize these secret reclining chairs with wood finish, contrasting welt trim, nailhead trim, and a myriad of covers just right for your space. Most of these recliners are available in our stain-resistant iClean fabric as well.
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