Eero Aarnio

Eero Aarnio (born 1932) is a Finnish interior designer, well known for his innovative furniture designs in the 1960s, notably his plastic and fiberglass chairs. Aarnio studied at the Institute of Industrial Arts in Helsinki, and started his own office in 1962. The following year he introduced his Ball Chair, a hollow sphere on a stand, open on one side to allow a person to sit within...

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Just the Stats: Recliners PDF Print E-mail

The Just the Stats series gathers in one place data Furniture/Today's Market Research team has compiled on specific product categories; in this case, recliners. Drawn from special research reports published throughout the year, the data points spotlight what's going on with the category.

Recliner retail sales

2009 estimated spending in $ billions 2008 estimated spending in $ billions %change from 2008 % of total furniture and bedding market
Reclining chairs $3.3 $3.6 -9.7% 5%

Motion chairs (including recliners, gliders/swivel rockers, etc.) in furniture stores

  • Accounted for 7% of furniture store sales in 2008.
  • Accounted for 6% of selling space in furniture stores in 2008.
  • Median SKUs, 30 and median number of lines, 3.
  • Median best-selling price points for a leather recliner, $699 and $399 for a fabric-covered recliner.

Recliner features that entice consumers to pay more

% of consumers
Stain-resistant fabric 58%
Warranty 56%
Additional back support 46%
Leather 45%
Extended foot rest 36%
Safety mechanism when leg rest is extended 36%
Reclines to a flat, horizontal position 36%
Wider seat 33%
Rocking motion 33%
Swivel motion 28%
Brand name 27%
Glider motion 22%
Smaller in size   
Matching ottoman     
Motorized reclining motion    
Wing back 11%
Cup holders          
Exposed wood                                                             
Last Updated on Wednesday, 09 June 2010 06:31