If you are thinking of redecorating your living room, Claire Gibson shares her top insights into latest tends that are set to shape living rooms across South Arica in 2017.
08 March 2017, Johannesburg: Claire Gibson, from leading furniture manufacturer, La-Z-Boy, says that the living room trend forecast for the year ahead is exciting: “The latest living room trends are chic, inspiring and, most importantly, liveable and practical – and they are comparatively easy to achieve. They are particularly exciting to me, as I believe that unlike many décor trends of the past, the majority of them will also offer great longevity of style.” She offers the following summary of what’s trending in the design world at the moment:
Dynamite in small packages:
Many of today’s newly built homes, space is often at a premium – especially for those living in clusters, townhouses or apartments. As a result, the creation of smaller furniture with streamlined elegant design lines is in big demand says Claire: “When you’re living in a small space, it becomes even more important than ever that the things you own are not only functional and space-saving, but they are beautiful as well. The Launch of La-Z-Boy’s new Urban Attitude range is the perfect example of this – not only does this range offer all the comfort, quality and elegance that is expected from La-Z-Boy, but it is also in a much more compact size so that it doesn’t take up too much valuable floor space. The range also comprises incliners, which means that the seating can be placed much closer to the back wall, and that you can recline without using any more space.”
Lovely and chunky:
Although homes are getting smaller, there are still lots of larger, spacious homes in South Africa, which need larger furnishings. Says Claire: “For the last two decades or so, living room furniture has been inspired by the design trends of the ‘50s and ‘60s – full of straight and streamlined lines. However, this took a major swing in the ‘70s and ‘80s, where there was more of a focus on comfort and inviting, big, rounded styles. The latter is making a modern comeback in a big way. I am not saying that mid-Century is out – I don’t think it will ever be, but big is most certainly back! Large, chunky sofas that beg you to sink in for optimum comfort and hours of Netflix-marathons have never been more in demand. However, the modern designs have a twist – they look and feel comfortable and inviting, but they also offer more sophisticated lines than their predecessors and better reclining technology. Now you can have the best of both worlds – comfort and style in one package!”
Organic inspirations remain a big driver when it comes to décor – a trend that has remained popular over the years, and seems to gain momentum annually, notes Claire: “As a society, we have never been more in touch and in tune with the world around us and our love affair with nature seems to be growing exponentially. A fact that is clearly evident in how we like to decorate our homes. Not only are we including lots of natural materials in our décor, such as leather, wood, stone and metals, but the trendy colour palettes also reflect those inherent in Mother Nature. Earth tones remain a key design trend – adding warmth, depth and comfort to our indoor spaces. Shades of browns, greens, greys, and off-whites have never been more popular. Accents in brighter natural hues such as sky blues, grass greens and coral reds are used widely to create pops of brightness juxtaposed against the more relaxing, muted natural tones mentioned prior.
The design world is seriously in love with all things metallic at the moment, explains Claire: “Metallics go a long way to adding a sense of heavy glamour and industrial weight to any space they grace. Look for brushed, satin or matte finishes to add extra visual texture. Aged copper, brass, gold or stainless steel can be used to great effect in the living room to take the décor to another new level of chic – but only touches of it. The trick is to include noticeable metallic accents and not being too heavy-handed here. La-Z-Boy has been cognisant of this trend, and has added metal features and accents into its furniture designs – offering the perfect means of adding the glamour of metal into your décor composition.”
Less is more:
Minimalism has always been trendy, but the ethics behind this kind of décor are set to make a big stand in 2017, says Claire: “Today, there is a big move towards valuing quality over quantity, which is evident in the way we decorate our homes. The minimalism of the past that we are so familiar with is still apparent, but it is not just being done for the sake of a clean and streamlined living space. Today, it is all about including a few select statement pieces that mean something to the owner or that stand out because of the fact that they are so well crafted – and not drowning them in a clutter of beautiful items, but letting them shine and stand proud on their own.”
Claire Gibson from leading motion furniture manufacturer, La-Z-Boy, offers some advice on how to make your home look and feel like a luxury hotel.
20 January 2017, Johannesburg: One of the most decadently enjoyable parts of being a tourist is being able to savour and enjoy the stylish indulgence inherent in luxury hotels. Most of us are willing to sink our hard-earned cash into being granted the opportunity to experience such exquisite luxury, even if it is just for a few days – after all, you are on holiday, and you deserve it…
However, don’t you think that you deserve to experience this kind of sumptuous comfort on a daily basis – even if it is just in a small way? Claire Gibson, from leading motion furniture manufacturer, La-Z-Boy, thinks that each and every one of us do, and she explains that it is within our reach: “No matter what your budget is, with careful planning and some forethought, it is possible to achieve a lavish and luxurious lifestyle at home. Even though high-class hotels don’t come cheap – they employ the best-of-the-best designers and only use the most lavish materials – you will be surprised at what you can accomplish on your own.”
She provides her top pointers on how to achieve this look in your home:
1.) Always use good quality furniture and materials: Since expectations are high when you are paying premium in a luxury hotel, only the best of everything is used – from fittings to furniture and décor pieces. Claire notes that not only do top of the line pieces look good, but they are good for the hotel’s bottom line as well, as quality products generally last much longer. She says: “When decorating, always choose the best quality items that you can afford – it is better to have less, but the few items that you do have are high-end pieces. Items that you should never skimp on include flooring, beds and bedding, rugs, window dressing and of course, seating.”
2.) Choose a neutral colour palate: The colour palette that you should choose needs to be gender-neutral and above all, calming and serene, notes Claire: “The colour scheme must scream class and sophistication, and should err towards a more neutral colour scheme, such as soft beige, light grey, pale blues, whites and fauns. You can always add a pop of glamour by including a dash of metallic or more saturated tones – such as silver, bronze or gold trimmings for example. However, the rule is never to go over the top with these small highlighting tones.”
3.) Err on the side of simplicity: Always choose furniture that is sophisticated, timeless and plain, over pieces that are overly fussy and intricate. Notes Claire: “You can use pieces with clean, sophisticated lines to create a neutral and clean foundation, which you can spruce up using smaller pieces that can be easily swapped out as fashions and trends change. For example, it is a far better option to choose a streamlined Norman or Houston recliner from La-Z-Boy, which boasts neat and elegantly contemporary design lines, over seating that is over the top.”
4.) Focus on areas of respite: Like a hotel room, your home should offer refuge from the stresses and strains of life. As such, Claire explains that it is important to pay extra attention to rooms in your home where you relax and unwind, such as the bathroom, the bedroom and of course, the living room: “Be sure to layer these areas with sumptuous materials that are inviting, and to include items of furniture that makes the experience of that room one of supreme comfort. Motion furniture is a good example – not only do the high-end models look stylish, but they also make the act of being seated sumptuously comfortable and inviting. You can opt for a single recliner in the bedroom for reading, or an entire suite in the living room, where you can put your feet up and relax with family or friends.”
5.) Include a good lighting scheme: A hotel is never dark or dreary, but rather, it is always well lit with chandeliers, wall sconces, downlights, lamps and mood lighting. Lighting is something that should never be overlooked, says Claire: “Be sure to include a layered lighting design in every room, where the lighting can be dimmed or made brighter, depending on the mood you are going for.”
6.) Climate control is a must: Air conditioning and heating are an essential element for a true hotel-type living experience. “A hotel is never too hot or too cold – the temperature is always just right. As such, be sure to include adequate air-conditioning and heating in your home for a luxurious feel. Fire places, whether gas or wood-burning, will take the hotel ambience to the next level,” explains Claire.
7.) A sensory experience: Don’t forget to appeal to all five of your senses when decorating. The décor, if well executed, will appeal to most of your senses, but don’t forget the sense of smell, says Claire: “Don’t underestimate how a wonderful smell can make you feel – you can transform an experience of a space by diffusing it with attractive and inviting smells. This can be achieved by including the likes of scented candles, diffusers, flowers, and so on.”
8.) Avoid the clutter: When decorating to emulate a hotel, Claire notes that clutter is the enemy: “All spaces in a hotel, whether big or small, are always neat, organised and space-savvy. There are adequate bookcases, tables, shelves, and chest of drawers to accommodate everything that is required. Also, there is nothing in a hotel space that is not meant to be there – everything has been painstakingly chosen and carefully arranged for the best possible aesthetic end result. So choose your decor pieces wisely, and be sure to include enough storage so that all your day-to-day items can be neatly stowed out of the way.”
9.) Bring nature into your space: Flowers and greenery are a key element in all hotel spaces – no well appointed hotel should ever be short of elegant, aromatic flower arrangements and luscious green foliage. Claire says it is easy to achieve this at home: “Always include flower arrangements in your home, or if you have budget constraints, then choose house plants that are both attractive and easy to maintain, such as orchids, lilies or delicious monsters for example.”
10.) Recreation is key: Hotels are all about relaxing and enjoying yourself, and although you may not have the budget to include a sauna or indoor pool in your home, you can still try and mimic the concept of recreational style, says Claire: “Be sure to amp up your recreation spaces by making the most of the areas in which you enjoy in-home entertainment. The area in your home that houses your home entertainment systems is a great example – create an in-home cinema type vibe by including motion furniture, great lighting, good sound to ensure that using it is a memorably luxurious experience.”
Reclining chairs and sofas can improve your health – we speak to Claire Gibson from leading motion furniture manufacturer, La-Z-Boy, to find out how.
15 December 2016, Johannesburg: Reclining furniture is regarded by most as a space-saving alternative to an ottoman, and a form of supremely comfortable furniture in which to unwind and relax. However, they are actually far more beneficial than originally thought. So says Claire Gibson from leading motion furniture manufacturer, La-Z-Boy, who goes on to add: “There are a number of ways reclining can improve your health and overall wellbeing, and with a growing array of motion furniture options, from single-seater recliners, through to 2- and 3-seaters, and of course, corner units, now the whole family can benefit!”
Claire provides a rundown on how motion furniture can benefit your body and lend to your overall good health:
1. Relieves stress
High-pressure workdays, long commutes, raising kids, not enough sleep or exercise, trying to make ends meet – the accumulated stresses of everyday modern life can damage your health in irreversible ways. In fact, studies have proven that an extensive range of health problems can be directly ascribed to stress, including the likes of headaches, depression, heart disease, and asthma for example. Stress triggers the heart and mind in negative ways leaving your body open to the repercussion of strain of everyday life. “Stress makes us feel awful emotionally, but it can negatively impact on our physical body, and it will exacerbate any existing health condition.” She says that many doctors recommend getting extra sleep as a great way of combating stress: “A recliner allows you to alleviate stress by offering you a comfortable and well-supported place in which to rest and relax.”
2. Relieves discomfort associated with pregnancy
Being pregnant is a miracle, but it can also be a very uncomfortable business – some of the most common ailments include swollen ankles, tight fingers, achy joints, lower back pain and a general heaviness. To deal with many of these ailments, mothers-to-be are often advised to lie down on their beds – however, this remedy can lead them to feel cut off and isolated from the rest of the family. However, a recliner positioned in the living room is the ideal answer, notes Claire: “The angle of a reclining recliner takes the weight off of the front carriage of a pregnant woman’s body and helps to line up her centre of gravity. It also provides an ideal place to nurse the baby once it arrives – offering excellent neck and back support for the feeding mother. All La-Z-Boy recliners come standard with a rocking feature, making them the penultimate nursing chair!”
3. Improved circulation
Healthy blood circulation is essential for achieving the ultimate health by supplying organs and tissues with freshly oxygenated blood and nutrients from the tip of the head, fingers all the way down to the toes. Any congestion or blockage in the perfectly tuned roadmap of veins and arteries can deprive heart, lungs, brains, extremities and other organs of the precious oxygen rich blood and cause a host of medical conditions. Moreover, inadequate blood flow slows down healing from any illness, injury or condition and even further complicates an already existing medical history. Sufferers of bad circulation can suffer from many discomforts, including swollen joints and heavy feet, which is especially prevalent in those who stand for long periods of time. Over time, the effects of gravity on your blood flow will lead to blood accumulating in your lower legs, ankles and feet, making them swell, causing varicose veins and even clogging the veins. Says Claire: “Relaxing in a recliner with your feet up as often as possible can go a long way to alleviating any bad circulation caused by standing for too long.”
4. Relieves achy joints
Sufferers of arthritis will be familiar with the discomfort of swollen and stiff joints. Claire notes that arthritis sufferers can use a recliner to help angle their joints correctly in order to improve blood circulation in the affected area. In fact, some doctors even recommend that arthritic patients sleep in a recliner instead of in a bed to allow for better circulation and to keep the muscles pulling downward. “Incliners with LayFlat mechanisms that allow you to recline to a full 180-degree position are especially useful for arthritis sufferers,” she notes.
5. Helps back pain sufferers
A good quality recliner will offer excellent lumbar support to your entire body in all positions, even when reclining, as it has been scientifically proven that this helps to reduce back pain. Those who suffer from back pain associated with muscle strain or degenerative changes for example, can benefit from taking advantage of reclining in high-end motion recliners. La-Z-Boy recliners for
example, boast a duvet seat cover with calf support on the leg rest for optimum comfort.
6. Assistance for those struggling with mobility
Do you suffer from any ailments that affect your comfort when getting in, sitting in or rising out of a chair? Do you need to be able to sleep in your chair occasionally? Do you need a little bit of help when rising out of a chair? If the answer is “yes” to any of these questions, then an electrically operated Hi-Lift incliner, such as those from La-Z-Boy, would be a very beneficial investment for
you. Says Claire: “With a mere push of a button, the Hi-Lift incliner will automatically recline into a relaxing position. When you are ready to stand up again, you press a button, and the chair will automatically lift and tilt to help you to your feet – standing up out of your chair will not require any physical effort at all. It also offers support when you are sitting down – the incliner will rise to
meet you, and then gently lower you into a full sitting position.”
Today, motion seating is a major trend in residential décor, and it is understandable why – not only does good quality modern motion furniture offer high-tech, tailored and constructed access to seating comfort and convenience, but it is also aesthetically pleasing and good for your overall wellbeing. Claire Gibson, from world-leading motion furniture manufacturers, La-Z-Boy, offers us an explanation why.
05 December 2016, Johannesburg: Sitting is something that we do a lot of, which is why it is such a hot topic amongst designers, researchers and health specialists alike. The seating in your home needs to look good, it needs to be functional, and it needs to offer healthy and ergonomic support for your body. So says Claire Gibson, from world-leading motion furniture manufacturers, La-Z-Boy: “Today it is no longer acceptable to invest in seating just because it looks good – it needs to be comfortable and it is expected to offer true ergonomic support for your body as well, especially if you are sitting in it for any length of time.”
The duality of sitting
The act of sitting seems quite simple – just bend your knees and put your bottom in the seat. However, it is a little more complicated than that – it involves a number of complex structures, including bones, muscles, cartilage, tendons, joints and nerves. In fact, sitting is inherently a dynamic activity, because even when we are sitting, our bodies are constantly moving.
Claire explains: “Sitting entails motion, balance, position, posture and control. It involves both large motions, such as moving our arms and our legs, and small motions that allow us to maintain balance and change position slightly. And, when it comes to sitting, it is the ability to cater for both these macro- and micro-motions that are essential for our overall wellbeing.”
The only truly effective means of maintaining a seated position for any length of time is to be able to adjust for optimum comfort by continuously moving through a range of natural, centred and healthy positions. This requires a chair that allows users to dynamically shift between a range of stable postures. This is where motion seating is really ground-breaking, says Claire: “Any recliner worth its salt should offer various sitting positions for optimum comfort and utilisation – the back and footrest of any La-Z-Boy recliner for example, reclines individually to provide a total of 18 different comfort positions.
“You can move from slightly reclined to a full layout position, with the footrest raised to elevate your legs and feet for improved circulation. They have one continuous reclining surface, which guarantees full body and lumbar support in all 18 positions. For added safety, its footrest can be locked in three different positions.”
A true fit
Claire says that well designed motion furniture fits to people, instead of the other way around: “High-end motion furniture, such as La-Z-Boy recliners for example, offer full body support – from the head and neck, the upper back, lumbar region, right down to your legs and feet. This support is maintained no matter which position you are seated in, and it goes a long way to reduce any strain and pressure on your spine, legs and neck – ultimately promoting a healthy way of enjoying some good old fashioned R&R!”
So much so in fact, that well designed recliners have been noted as a good alleviator for back pain – this according to a survey of 300 primary care physicians across the United States (US), which was conducted by the LCWA Research Group. In the survey, 7 out of 10 primary care physicians in the US agreed that sitting in a fully supported reclined position at home could help to minimise back pain and discomfort. Says Claire: “La-Z-Boy recliners are the ideal solution for easing everyday aches and pains, such as back pain for example. In fact, they offer such effective total body and lumbar support, that they have been fully endorsed by the American Chiropractic Association.”
What to look for
So what are the things to look for when investing in a recliner that will offer access to healthy sitting comfort? Claire offers the following pointers – a good recliner should do the following:
Support a person’s body: Any good quality recliner or incliner should suit your individual body shape, height and weight for optimum support. With regards to motion furniture, the level of comfort is directly associated to the user’s measurements and weight. The patented La-Z-Boy mechanism for example, provides the smoothest reclining motion and allows you to adjust the reclining tensions so that you can customise the amount of effort needed to operate the recliner, based on your individual body type. The La-Z-Boy incliners also boast an easy-action latch release that is set flush in the side panels of the incliner, as well as adjustable footrest tension for customised comfort.
Support activity: A chair should support all the activities in which people engage, not just one primary activity. La-Z-Boy recliners for example, offer great support for hundreds of different past-times, including watching television, movies and sports, breastfeeding, gaming, knitting, and reading, to name just a few.
Promote movement: Any seating solution should encourage and even promote natural movements of the body while you are using it. “La -Z-Boy recliners are able to move with the user – making it easy for them to adjust their position until they have achieved optimum comfort.”
Enhance ease of use: Any recliner should be easy to use – offering fluid and flexible operation, as well as an unconstrained and dynamic response to your body’s sitting needs. Also, the controls that offer active adjustment should be simple to understand and operate that the user can get right the first time they sit in the chair.
“Seating should go beyond just conforming to the dimensional criteria of your
body – it should fit the people who sit in it, providing support for a wide variety
of body types, motions, positions and activities. A truly well designed chair, such
as those from La-Z-Boy for example, does all of this, as well as being easy and
safe to use, long-lasting, and they offer a timeless elegance that will stand the test
of time,” concludes Claire.
A piece of furniture that has been upholstered in fabric can be the celebrity piece that adds that pop of colour, texture or interest – bringing the entire design composition of a space together. We speak to Claire Gibson from leading motion furniture manufacturer, La-Z-Boy, about the most popular fabric upholstery trends currently making waves.
31 October 2016, Johannesburg: There is something inherently regal about fabric upholstery – it oozes comfort, design and a certain richness that can’t be compared. Says Claire Gibson from leading motion furniture manufacturer, La-Z-Boy: “When it comes to upholstery, there is a wide variety of both natural and synthetic options available, in an almost infinite diversity of colours, textures and patterns.
“However, there are definitely notable trends when it comes to the popularity of the different kinds of fabric that people choose most often. Since La-Z-Boy is an international brand, we get exposed to a wide variety of what is popular throughout the world. With regards to upholstery, South Africa is in line with some of the global trends, however, it also has its unique idiosyncrasies that are exclusively limited to local shores. Since each piece of La-Z-Boy furniture that is sold in South Africa is also manufactured here, it is easy for us to see which upholstery is the most desired by South African consumers.”
Claire points out the top four fabric upholstery trends that she believes will be most influential going forward in the South African market.
Although genuine leather remains La-Z-Boy’s top selling upholstery option, it is also a very expensive option. Today’s faux leather fabric products are much more affordable, and Claire notes that they look just like the real thing: “The faux leather fabrics that La-Z-Boy uses look and feel like the real thing, however, on close inspection, you can tell that they are not genuine leather.”
She says that their popularity is on the up-and-up, and it is easy to understand why: “Leather-look fabrics look just like the real thing, but they have a number of added bonuses as well – they are breathable, and so they are a better fit for our often hot and humid climate, they are more environmentally- and animal-friendly, they can be produced in virtually any colour, style or pattern, they are durable and easy to clean, they require very little maintenance, they are UV-resistant and they don’t crack.” She says that the only drawbacks of leather-look fabric when compared to genuine leather is that they don’t have the same hypo-allergenic qualities as genuine leather, they are easily torn and punctured, they don’t last as long, and they don’t develop a natural patina as they age.
Natural versus neutral
Natural earth tones are a huge trend right now, says Claire, however, she explains that the reference to natural tones does not mean neutral: “In fact, these trendy natural hues are a far cry from the flat almost two-dimensional neutrals that were so popular in the past. Today’s on-trend tones offer a wide array of various colours that occur naturally around us. They can be used to great effect to create a down-to-earth, almost bohemian look. Darker versions of these nature-inspired tones are especially popular, such as greys, blacks and dark browns, as are rich reds, blues, oranges and greens as found in nature. And of course, off-whites, such as maize, stone and sandy hues, remain ever popular as well.”
Plain versus patterned
Claire notes that eclectic and statement-making patterns remain an ever upward trend, however, these kinds of fabrics are being used more for soft furnishings instead of using them to upholster an entire chair or sofa: “Of course, when it comes to fabrics, individuality is key – it is important to be able to express who you are by the colours, patterns and textures that you choose.”
“However, furniture, especially good quality branded furniture is on the upper end of the price spectrum, and as such, consumers prefer to get them upholstered in plain fabrics to boost their longevity of style. It is a prudent move, as you can always decorate them using soft furnishings, such as scatters for example, in more detailed, patterned materials – and these can be easily and affordably switched when you tire of them.”
Claire notes that textured fabrics remain very popular: “Textured fabrics are much more practical when compared to monotone, flat fabrics as they don’t show marks or dirt that easily. They also help to add a textural richness to any design composition. At La-Z-Boy, we have noticed that textured fabrics in a wide variety of colours remain a popular choice with our clients, including shades of Cherry Red, Royal Blue, and Emerald Green for example.”
She notes that velvet is currently making a huge comeback: “Velvet is definitely having a trending moment. One of the main things to remember with velvet however is that it has to be used in moderation – for example, it can be used to great effect to upholster just one piece of furniture to add more drama without overwhelming the space. Velvet upholstery fabric has a perfect textural component that draws the designers to lounge on it for countless hours flipping through issues of interior design magazines!”
Visit www.la-z-boy.co.za to browse their wide range of recliners, incliners and motion suites.
Looking for the ideal Christmas gift for the person who has it all? Why not consider giving them the gift of comfort and relaxation by gifting them a La-Z-Boy recliner? Claire Gibson from leading motion furniture manufacturer, La-Z-Boy, tells us why recliners make the perfect Christmas gift that keeps on giving.
12 October 2016, Johannesburg: Christmas can be the most wonderful time of year, but it can also be the worst…. You know what I am talking about – gift shopping. Finding a versatile, practical and stylish gift can often be a near-impossible task, especially if the person you are buying for has it all… However, with a comfortable and oh-so-stylish La-Z-Boy recliner, your work has been done for you. So says Claire Gibson from leading motion furniture manufacturer, La-Z-Boy: “La-Z-Boy offers a number of stylish recliners that will make the perfect gift for any member of the family. With a wide range of styles and colours to choose from, there is a La-Z-Boy recliner to match every space and person. What’s more, is that a recliner will offer years of comfort and relaxation – making it a gift that just keeps on giving!”
Traditionally, recliners were most commonly known as a “man’s chair”, but La-Z-Boy recliners have been making inroads to change this stereotype, explains Claire: “From fun colours for your children’s game room, to slick white recliners to match a tranquil, minimalist space, to classic brown leather for the more traditional interiors, and even the motion lounge suites, today there’s a La-Z-Boy to suit everybody’s individual taste preferences. Also, the styles have changed with the times – recliners are no longer the bulky, eyesores that they were in the past. La-Z-Boy for example, offers a wide selection of streamlined, slick and contemporary designs that boast more compact profiles and attractive aesthetics. Today, there is no need for you to compromise on style for added comfort – with a La-ZBoy, you can have them both!”
So what makes a La-Z-Boy the ideal gift?
La-Z-Boy recliners boast a number of health benefits and customisable features, making it the ideal gift for that special someone that you would really like to spoil. Claire offers the following examples of who would benefit from receiving a La-Z-Boy for Christmas:
- For back pain sufferers: La-Z-Boy recliners are proven to offer excellent back and neck support, making them ideal for people who suffer from back pain. With their high quality and resilient polyurethane foam cushioning, La-Z-Boy recliners offer excellent support for the back and specifically the lumbar in all its reclining positions.
- For breastfeeding moms: With its supportive shape and variety of reclining positions, La-Z-Boy recliners are perfect for breastfeeding mothers. In a reclined position a mother can breastfeed with ease, in a comfortable and relaxing position. Its back support and leg rest, also make La-Z-Boy the perfect chair for pregnant woman, as it not only supports their back, but raises their legs, alleviating some of the back pain and water retention that can be caused by extra weight during pregnancy. You can also request an added rocking feature that will help lull your little one to sleep.
- For avid gamers and committed TV viewers: As La-Z-Boy recliners offer excellent back and neck support, they are ideal for people who spend a lot of time sitting. This makes them perfect for gamers, or people who enjoy watching TV, as your back is fully supported – preventing stiff necks or aching lower backs that is often the result of sitting for hours in the same position.
- For the elderly: La-Z-Boy’s unique combination of high quality materials, supportive shape, and easy to use reclining mechanism, makes it perfect for older members of the family. With a leg rest to lift legs and improve circulation, as well smooth reclining, and a safety lock to ensure no movement in the leg rest, offers a comfortable, healthy and relaxing experience. Some of the other optional extras include a power incliner for the ultimate in automatic relaxation, and a hi-lift incliner for those who struggle to get in and out of a seated position on their own. La-Z-Boy incliners are also available with a manual Lay-Flat mechanism for 180-degree reclining comfort, and a swivel option.”
- For anyone looking for some high-end, in-home relaxation: Stylish, stress-relieving and with 18 different reclining positions, La-Z-Boy recliners are perfect for anyone who enjoys comfort and wants to relax in style. Ideal for winding down after work or curling up with a book on the weekend, La-Z-Boy recliners provide an incomparable source of stylish relaxation.
What makes La-Z-Boy so special?
However, it must be noted that not all recliners are equal – as with everything, you get what you pay for. Says Claire: “To guarantee maximum comfort, style and durability, it is important to invest in the best quality recliner that you can afford, and to choose a reputable brand. With over 80 years to their name, La-Z-Boy has developed the ultimate in luxury reclining furniture. We are so sure of the highend quality of all La-Z-Boy products that they all come with a unique 10-year limited warranty for added peace of mind and confidence.” She provides a brief outline on what features set La-Z-Boy apart from other recliners on the market:
- Independent reclining action: With a La-Z-Boy, you can recline without opening the footrest, which means you can rock and recline with your feet on the floor.
- Adjustable reclining tension: By adjusting the backrest tension up or down, you can customise the amount of effort is takes to recline the back of the chair.
- Locking footrest: The La-Z-Boy footrest does not sag when it is in use, ensuring that your legs are fully supported at all times while reclining in the chair.
- Seat tilt ratchet mechanism: This mechanism, exclusive to La-Z-Boy recliners, allows you to adjust the seat into 18 unique positions. Using this mechanism, the user can customise the position of the chair to suit their individual requirements.
- Durable frame construction: All La-Z-Boys are constructed from solid timber and engineered framing material that is precision cut and assembled using interlocking joints for supreme durability.
- Locking and removable back: The back of each La-Z-Boy recliner can be removed and reattached using steel slides and toggles. This makes for easy set-up and movability of the recliner.
“If you are looking to truly spoil somebody this festive season, consider buying them a La-Z-Boy recliner – it is a gift that is as practical as it is beautiful, offering a lifetime of in-home rest and relaxation. It truly is the quintessential gift that just keeps on giving,” concludes Claire.
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Gone are the days when recliners were the sole domain of channel-flipping, beerswilling, sport-watching males. Today’s recliners boast designer good looks, with a more streamlined and chic overall design – appealing as much to the ladies, as they do to the men. Claire Gibson from leading motion furniture manufacturer, La-ZBoy, tells us more…
29 September 2016, Johannesburg: Many of us will have fond memories of our fathers or grandfathers sitting comfortably in their enormously bulky recliners, spending quality time with their family, watching sports on the TV, reading, drinking coffee, or relaxing with a beer after a long day’s work. However, the modern recliners have had a complete feminine makeover – Claire Gibson from leading motion furniture manufacturer, La-Z-Boy, explains: “Only distantly related to the hulking loungers of the past, modern motion furniture combines all the comfort you would expect from Dad’s favourite chair, with the chic design elements that will make Mom happy too.
“In the past, homeowners, and in particular women, would only tolerate motion furniture in their home – seeing it as a sacrifice on style in lieu of comfort. However, modern motion furniture is no longer the eyesore it was in the past – the designer styles available today allow you to enjoy both comfort and stylish good looks at the same time. Says Claire: “Stylistically speaking, modern motion furniture has become far more streamlined and smaller than traditional models – which not only makes it better looking, but also more appropriate for the younger, more urban consumers who don’t necessarily have the space for a large recliner.”
Further upping the design stakes, modern motion furniture features elegant designer accents, such as slender armrests, a wide choice of both fabric and leather upholstery, automatic reclining controls, and of course, an array of creature comforts, such as cup holders and hidden storage. Says Claire: “To be honest, La-Z-Boy’s motion furniture is just as stylish as any other lounge suite or side chair, but it has the added benefit of allowing you to recline and put your feet up as well.”
So what should you look for when shopping for a new recliner? Claire offers a few suggestions to help you find one that meets all your expectations:
- Size it up: Make sure that you have a clear understanding of the space in which your motion furniture will be placed. For those who have limited space, an incliner would be more suitable, as it has been designed so that it can be placed closer to the wall behind. Also, be sure to measure the door/s and areas of access to the room in question, to ensure that you will be able to get the recliner, incliner or motion suite into the desired room.
- A quality frame is a must: Any quality piece of furniture starts with a quality frame, says Claire: “Any good quality recliner should last for a minimum of 10 years or more. Look at the bones of a recliner to make sure that it has been well crafted and it is made from good quality, solid materials. La-Z-Boy recliners for example, boast a 4-sided unibody frame design, crafted from superior Radiata hardwood and steel for lasting durability. We are so sure of the quality of our recliners, that all La-Z-Boy furniture comes with a unique 10-year limited manufacturer’s warranty for added peace of mind.”
- Test the comfort: Before you make any purchasing decisions, test it out and see how it fits. Also, determine which features you desire. Says Claire: “La-Z-Boy recliners are sprung for complete body and lumbar support in all 18 positions, as well as a duvet cover seat with calf support on the leg rest for optimum comfort and durability. La-Z-Boy incliners and suites also boast unique seating technology with added memory foam.”
- Choose the features: Modern motion furniture can be ordered with a variety of added features to improve your reclining comfort, notes Claire: “A rocker option comes as a standard feature on all La-Z-Boy recliners, which is an especially useful addition for new mothers. Some of the other optional extras include a power incliner for the ultimate in automatic relaxation, and a hi-lift incliner for those who struggle to get in and out of a seated position on their own. La-Z-Boy incliners are also available with the a manual Lay-Flat mechanism for 180-degree reclining comfort, and a swivel option.”
- Upholstery that suits your lifestyle and décor: Motion furniture can be upholstered in a wide variety of materials – so you can find one that best suits your lifestyle and décor requirements. Leather offers a rich look, and will guarantee years of durability with low maintenance. Fabrics are less expensive, and come in a variety of colours, patterns and textures; however, it is best to get the fabric treated to ensure maximum longevity. Says Claire: “La-Z-Boy offers a wide range of high-end upholstery choices – ranging from genuine leather, through to a wide variety of luxurious upholstery options. At the end of the day, it’s all about offering high-end good looks, with comfort levels to suit.”
There is little that can compare to kicking back in a comfy recliner after a stressful day. However, finding the right recliner to fit your body, budget and style is not that easy. Claire Gibson from leading motion furniture manufacturer, La-Z-Boy, offers some advice on what to consider when looking for the perfect recliner.
28 August 2016, Johannesburg: Today’s recliners offer a surprising variety of new features and come in a range of styles, from classical to contemporary. However, even with the ever-growing assortment of recliner styles on the market, choosing a recliner involves more than just aesthetics – you also need to consider size, shape, fit and comfort. Claire Gibson from leading motion furniture manufacturer, La-Z-Boy, offers the low-down on what to look for when investing in a recliner:
Consider size: Before you go shopping, make sure you have a clear idea of how much physical space you have allotted for the new recliners. Aside from floor space, you also need to think about which size will fit your body shape best. Says Claire: “If space is at a premium, you may want to consider investing in an incliner, instead of a recliner, as it can be positioned very close to the wall behind and hence, requires much less floor space. Instead of the backrest moving backwards like a recliner, the seat of the incliner moves forward, allowing the backrest to tilt back.”
Consider comfort: When it comes to recliners, comfort is arguably the most important consideration, as this is what differentiates it from an ordinary chair. The only way to work out if a recliner is comfortable is to try it out for a minimum of five minutes. See how it fits, if your feet touch the ground, if the armrests are positioned at a comfortable angle, and if the footrest, seat and back support your entire body. Claire explains: “La-Z-Boy recliners are sprung for complete body and lumbar support in all 18 positions, as well as a duvet cover seat with calf support on the leg rest for optimum comfort and durability. La-ZBoy incliners and suites also boast unique seating technology with added memory foam.”
Consider durability: Claire notes that any good quality recliner should last for a minimum of 10 years or more. She says that it is important to check out how the recliner is made: “Look at the bones of a recliner to make sure that they have been well crafted and are made from good quality, solid materials. La-Z-Boy recliners for example, boast a 4-sided unibody frame design, crafted from superior Radiata hardwood and steel for lasting durability. We are so sure of the quality of our recliners, that all La-Z-Boy furniture comes with a unique 10-year limited manufacturer’s warranty for added peace of mind.”
Consider style: For many, the thought of choosing a bulky recliner that would compliment your existing décor scheme seems like “Mission Impossible”. However, today, recliners are available in a wide variety of modern designs and updated styles to suit any high-end interior, says Claire: “Gone are the days of clumsy, bulky recliners that although were comfortable, were also an eyesore. Today, La-Z-Boy has gone to great lengths to ensure that their customers have a wide range of styles to choose from that will complement any well composed décor composition. They also offer a wide range of high-end upholstery choices – ranging from genuine leather, through to a wide variety of luxurious upholstery options. At the end of the day, it’s all about offering high-end good looks, with comfort levels to suit.”
Consider added luxuries: Modern recliners can be ordered with a variety of added features to improve your reclining comfort, notes Claire: “A rocker option comes as a standard feature on all La-Z-Boy recliners, which is an especially useful addition for new mothers. Some of the other optional extras include a power incliner for the ultimate in automatic relaxation, and a hi-lift incliner for those who struggle to get in and out of a seated position on their own. La-Z-Boy incliners are also available with the a manual Lay-Flat mechanism for 180- degree reclining comfort, and a swivel option.”
Claire Gibson from leading motion-seating brand, La-Z-Boy, provides her top things to consider when investing in home theatre seating.
21 July 2016, Johannesburg: For many, owning your own in-home theatre is what dreams are made of – it doesn’t get better than being able to enjoy cinemaquality entertainment in the comfort of your own home. Although many people do a lot of research regarding the audio-visual equipment that is required for such a set-up, it is important to remember that when it comes to home cinemas, the seating is just as important as the technology.
Says Claire Gibson from leading motion seating brand, La-Z-Boy: “Anybody who has sat through the Star Wars Trilogy on uncomfortable seating, and ended up sounding like Chewbacca at the end of the ordeal, will understand just how important choosing the right seating for your home cinema is. The fact is that you will be seated for a minimum of the duration of a full-length movie, which is on average between one and a half, to two hours long. As such, it is important to choose seating that is not only comfortable, but something that supports your body correctly, as well as being stylish and durable.
“La-Z-Boy motion seating is the ideal choice for any in-home cinema. We offer specific home theatre suites that offer everything you need for enjoying a cinema-quality theatre experience in the comfort of your own home – except for the popcorn machine!”
She offers the following considerations that ought to be reviewed before making your final purchase decision:
1.) Measure up
Before you can start the selection process, it is essential to have a clear understanding of the size of the room in question. Once you have measured up your home theatre room, you can start to work out what space you have for seating. Remember that you can’t place the seats too close to the screen, as it will decrease the viewing quality. You also shouldn’t sit too far from the screen, as it will make it difficult to appreciate the high definition. There are many different, very technical calculations that are required to determine the optimal viewing distance in a space, however, for the average person, it is easier to use a specified calculator from the Internet, such as the following one that is free to use: http://www.engineeringcalculator.net/hometheater-calculator.html. Note that, depending on the size of your room and television, an optimal viewing distance may be impossible to achieve – which is why you must remember to invest in an appropriately sized television before you buy the seating.
2.) Comfort considerations
Motion furniture comes in all shapes and sizes, so it is important to sit in your motion furniture and give it a “test drive” for comfort before making any purchase decisions. After all, if this is the seating you are going to choose for your home theatre, you are going to be sitting in it for extended periods of time. See how the seating fits the contours of your body and assess how comfortable it is. Any motion furniture should be easy to operate and smooth in movement. It should also offer various sitting positions for optimum comfort and utilisation – the back and footrest of any La-Z-Boy recliner for example, reclines individually to provide a total of 18 different comfort positions. They also boast one continuous reclining surface, which guarantees full body and lumbar support in all 18 positions. For added safety, its footrest can be locked in three different positions.
3.) Get the look
Of course, aesthetics are an important consideration as well. Cinema seating comes in a wide variety of shapes, sizes and upholstery options. Today, they needn’t be the traditional chunky designs of the past, as there is motion seating that boasts streamlined and contemporary aesthetics. Upholstery is another extremely key consideration. Leather is the most expensive, and it is easy to understand why – it is beautiful to look at, comfortable to sit in, easy to clean, and incredibly durable. However, if leather is just not in your budget, today there are a number of faux leather options that look exactly like the real thing and offer all the benefits of genuine leather, but at a much more affordable price point. Of course, traditional fabric upholstery is also a winner regarding comfort and style, and it is especially recommended in very hot and humid areas.
4.) Choose a well known brand
For added peace of mind, it is important to choose a brand that has earned a reputation for providing comfort and quality that lasts. Fly-by-nighters might offer cinema seating at more affordable prices, but the quality of this seating cannot be guaranteed. La-Z-Boy for example, remains one of the world’s most recognised and trusted furniture brands and it is available in a wide variety of selected retailers throughout South Africa. All La-Z-Boy furniture comes with a 10-year limited warranty.
Claire Gibson, from leading motion furniture manufacturer, La-Z-Boy, offers some insight into the top things to avoid when investing in a Hi-Lift incliner.
30 June 2016, Johannesburg: Do you suffer from any ailments that affect your comfort when getting in, sitting in or rising out of a chair? Do you need to be able to sleep in your chair occasionally? Do you need a little bit of help when rising out of a chair? If the answer is “yes” to any of these questions, then an electrically operated Hi-Lift incliner, such as those from La-Z-Boy, would be a very beneficial investment for you.
Claire Gibson from leading motion furniture manufacturer, La-Z-Boy, explains what makes Hi-Lift incliners such a popular and helpful choice of seating for those with ailments and the elderly: “With a mere push of a button, the Hi-Lift incliner will automatically recline into a relaxing position. When you are ready to stand up, you press a button, and the chair will automatically lift and tilt to help you to your feet – standing up out of your chair will not require any physical effort at all. It also offers support when you are sitting down – the incliner will rise to meet you, and then gently lower you into a full sitting position.”
She says that La-Z-Boy Hi-Lift incliners have been engineered to provide you with the smoothest, most secure motion. The frame-in-frame La-Z-Boy design also guarantees quiet, dependable operation and keeps mechanisms safely hidden, for optimum styling and good looks.
When it comes to Hi-Lift incliners, there are many options to choose from, however, it is important to remember that not all brands are created equal. Says Claire: “When it comes to motion furniture, as with everything else, you get what you pay for. However, when it comes to choosing mobility-enhancing furniture, it is especially important to choose something that is of a good quality, as it will not only guarantee maximum return on your investment, but it will also impact on your overall wellbeing and comfort.”
For those interested in investing in a Hi-Lift incliner, Claire recommends the following considerations:
- Supreme support: Check out whether the seating offers complete lumbar support to your entire body in all positions, even when reclining, as it has been scientifically proven that this helps to reduce back pain. Those who suffer from back pain associated with muscle strain or degenerative changes for example, can benefit from taking advantage of reclining in high-end motion incliners. La-Z-Boy incliners boast a duvet seat cover with calf support on the leg rest for optimum comfort. In fact, the La-Z-Boy Hi-Lift incliners offer such good support that it is one of the few brands endorsed by the American Chiropractic Association, as well as the Chiropractic Association of South Africa.
- A good fit: Just like any incliner, it is imperative that the chair fits your particular body size. This is very important because the larger the chair, the deeper the seat cushion. Choose a chair that’s too big and your legs may not touch the floor when sitting straight up. Choose a model that’s too small and your lower back area might not respond well. As such, try out the incliner to make sure that it offers a good fit.
- Choice of uphosltery: Choose the upholstery wisely – if you live in a hot and humid climate, perhaps leather is not the best option as it will be a little sweaty. However, if you would like something that is easy to clean and offers maximum longevity, then leather is a great option. La-Z-Boy for example, is available in a wide variety of upholstery options, which include fabric, leather-uppers and full leather options – so you can customise this seating to suit your personal preferences, taste and budget.
- Guaranteed longevity: Find out how the units are constructed, and what they are made from. Also, the guarantee on each unit is a good indicator of what kind of quality you are investing in. La-Z-Boy incliners boast a 4-sided Unibody frame design crafted of superior Radiata hardwood and steel for lasting durability. All La-Z-Boys come with a unique 10-year limited warranty for added peace of mind and confidence.
- Proudly South African: Try and source something that is manufactured locally, as this not only supports the local economy and creates jobs for South Africans, but it will ensure that spare parts and after-sales service are readily available if required.