First - it is a Stratolounger - if that helps while you are comparing prices and such. It is a name brand, and the mechanism is a common one made for several brands of recliners.
Appearance - others have mentioned the color and I'll agree. It's not a dark chocolate brown. It's more of a hot chocolate milk color. Still very pleasing and it blends in well with other colors. The fabric is very similar to suede. I should have had help getting mine in through the door, because a brad on the door molding caught and ripped a small tear in the footrest, so we'll see how tear resistant this stuff is until I can repair it. I tore it, so I'm not gonna take it back. BTW, I used Site to Store - the free shipping really made this a deal.
I'm 6'3" 350lbs, so I was concerned with the size. My old recliner was a "big man" type, but it cost over $600 ten years ago. Couldn't afford that. This one is far easier to get in and out because the seat is several inches higher than my old one. The seat is narrower. It's a bit snug, but I'd bet after I waller the padding in, it will be fine. There is no opening between the footrest and the seat when unfolded - it's fabric covered there as well.
It rocks quietly and smoothly, and the recliner mechanism is a bit notchy, but it feels strong. You do have to "seat" the footrest home with the handle - it isn't designed to lock itself in with continuous motion like some others. No big deal, although reaching the lever may be a problem for someone with short arms.
My heels hang over the footrest unsupported, but that's pretty much standard for the majority of recliners I've encountered. It's only when my calves are the only things supported that I find a chair uncomfortable. The depth of the seat fits the bend in my knees fairly well, too. My inseam is 33" - but I usually buy 32s - so that can give y'all an idea of where your rear will park in relation to the seat back.
My head is fully supported leaning back. The chair looks wide and short, but it's really tall enough, and as I said earlier, the arms aren't really all that far apart.
So, the initial impressions are that this is a decent quality piece, at a very good price. We'll see how it is in a few years, but considering what it replaced, I could buy three of these for the current models of my old recliner. If this thing only lasts five years, I've come out ahead. It really is a nice chair.
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