An easy chair is a type of chair designed primarily for comfort, and it is usually upholstered. Some easy chair models have a reclining feature that allows a user to either sit up in a sitting position or recline down for sleeping or otherwise resting. The recliner will feature an expandable footrest that will protrude from the base of the chair when it is in the reclined position. The specific design, shape, color, and upholstery of the chair will vary significantly by model; there are no set definitions of what may or may not be included in the chair's construction, as long as the final product is suitable for lounging in comfort.
The materials used to construct an easy chair range from natural fibers such as cotton to higher-end materials such as leather, or even synthetic materials such as nylon or polyester. The materials will have a significant impact on the chair's comfort and durability, as well as its overall aesthetic appeal. Softer materials are usually preferred, though leather is also a popular choice because of its high-end aesthetic and durability. The cost of a leather easy chair will tend to be higher than other types of chairs, however.
The construction of the chair will also have an impact on the comfort level. Designs seem to change constantly, and while traditional styles such as the wingback chair remain popular, more modern styles have evolved to include sweeping curves, visually stunning angles and lines, and other design features that can make the easy chair just as much of a conversation piece as it is a comfortable piece of furniture. Many homeowners consider the easy chair to be the most comfortable chair in a room, so it tends to get a fair amount of use, especially if it is a reclining version; it is therefore important to choose one that is durable and visually appealing.
An easy chair may also feature a swivel or rocking base for added comfort and functionality. A swivel base allows the user to face the chair in multiple directions, while a rocker allows for a gentle forward and backward rocking motion. An easy chair may be a reclining rocker, combining the convenience of the rocker with the comfort of the recliner. These chairs usually feature a pivoting arm on the side of the chair by which the reclining function can be operated quickly and easily.