The main parts of a La-Z-Boy recliner are the backrest, footrest and arms. Some La-Z-Boy recliners also feature headrests, footstools and lumbar support. Some models have rocking or gliding ability as well.
The recliner was first introduced by La-Z-Boy in 1928. The original version of the recliner was made entirely of wood and was more similar to a bench than its modern-day counterpart. The first upholstered La-Z-Boy recliner appeared in 1930 and featured a mechanical movement, which is standard on most recliners today.
One of the main features of a La-Z-Boy recliner is the reclining backrest. When a person sits in the chair and pushes back, the whole back of the chair tilts backward, placing the person in a relaxing, almost prone position. Many La-Z-Boy recliners have a footrest that extends automatically when the backrest tilts back or is extended by operating a lever on the side of the chair. For maximum comfort potential, arm rests are also standard on all models of La-Z-Boy recliners.
Some La-Z-Boy recliners don't have a footrest and don't extend backward. However, these are still considered recliners because of their basic designs. Some La-Z-Boy recliners have high wooden legs, while others have squat legs and are labeled "low profile." Certain models of La-Z-Boy recliners come with a heating capability, while others feature extra storage in the form of large pockets on the sides of the chair.