You may already know Stressless furniture for their luxe recliners and modern style. Stressless recliners are known for their ability to perfectly adapt to your body as you sit, making them some of the most comfortable recliners in the world. As it turns out, Stressless recliners are not only a great choice for their comfort but also for their versatility.
The line is customizable down to the type of fabric, leather, and countless colors to choose from. There are also five bases to choose from so you can customize your chair to fit your lifestyle and design preferences. There is the Classic Base, Signature Base, Star Base, Home Office Base, as well as the LegComfort™ System.
When choosing a recliner, it’s not just about the style, the base is an important factor and will dictate how your chair looks and functions. Although all of the bases are great choices to support a therapeutic chair, there are pros and cons to each.
Here’s a detailed look at each base:
This is the original base and the one that has been around the longest. It has a curved wooden profile that is highly recognizable with the Stressless brand. It allows for the chair to recline simply and easily, regardless of body weight. The classic base swivels 360 degrees and turns from the bottom of the base, which means it swivels with more ease when it has something to grip to like a carpet. If you’re using it on a hardwood floor you may need floor protectors.
- Pros: The design is classic and identifiable. It swivels 360 degrees and is a more affordable option.
- Cons: The classic base doesn’t have the Balance Adapt System which automatically adjusts to your position and allows for more mobility.
A newer design that combines wood and a metallic accent. One of the benefits of this base is the Balance Adapt System which allows the recliner to automatically adjust to every movement with a slight rocking motion. The base swivels 360 degrees, making it perfect for entertaining. The swivel comes from the base of the chair rather than the bottom of the base so it will swivel easily regardless of the floor.
- Pros: This base offers more range of motion than the Classic base. The design is multi-textured and modern.
- Cons: If you don’t like the metal element of the design, the Signature Base may not be for you.
This base has a sleek, modern feel and stands out when the light hits it. It has the same swivel and rocking motion that the Signature Base has.
- Pros: The design gives the chair a sleek, modern feel. It also has the same range of motion as the Signature Base.
- Cons: This base is only offered on certain chairs, making your selection somewhat limited.
Home Office Base:
This base allows you to have the same therapeutic comfort of the recliner in an office chair form. It allows for height adjustment and is on wheels for ease of movement. Perfect for upgrading your home office.
- Pros: If you’re looking for a great range of movement in your office space, the wheels make this choice perfect. It gives you the ease of an office chair with the luxurious comfort of a Stressless recliner.
- Cons: The base is site specific and is recommended for use on a space that isn’t carpeted.
The LegComfort™ base is a hidden and automated footrest that negates the need for a separate ottoman. It extends with the push of a button located on the side of the recliner. It is only available in medium and large sizes, and it mimics the Classic Base in terms of design. It’s a great option if you prefer to have one piece of furniture rather than a recliner and an ottoman.
- Pros: You’ll get the same support and function as the recliner but without the separate ottoman. It’s a great option for smaller spaces.
- Cons: The added weight of the system makes the chair a bit harder to recline for smaller people.
How much do they cost?
The Classic Base is at the lowest price point and will not be an additional cost to the chair. The Office Base is an additional $200 in most cases. The Signature Base, Star Base, and LegComfort™ System will be an additional $500.
Which base is right for you?
When choosing which base is right for you, you should consider both function and style. It’s important to also consider the other pieces in your space and determine whether you prefer the wooden style of the Classic Base or the more modern feel of the Signature Base or Star Base. Considering whether you want the ability to have more mobility will be an important factor in deciding between the bases.
If you have minimal clearance in front of the chair or just have a smaller space in general, the LegComfort™ might be the way to go. And finally, you really can’t go wrong with the Office Chair Base when it comes to upgrading a home office.
Seeing the options in person and testing them out will be a great way to feel out the different options. Come into any of our six locations to get a feel for the five bases.