Best Mission-Style Recliners

Best Mission-Style Recliners for Mid-Century Modern Interiors

Ian Mutuli
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Ian Mutuli

Founder and Managing Editor of Archute. He is also a graduate architect from The University of Nairobi, Kenya.
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With exposed wood armrests, mission-style recliners are handsome and will add timeless charm to any home. Different woods and fabrics are available, so there is bound to be a perfect mission-style recliner suitable for your comfort desires, and relaxation. However, finding the best mission-style recliner can be challenging. I've scoured the market and curated a list of high-quality, fashionable mission-style recliners.

My first pick is the BarcaLounger Mission 7-3323, crafted with high-quality materials that offer unmatched durability, stability, and a warm embrace. It is followed closely by Barcalounger Mission Recliner, offering a classic vintage look to your space with a wide seating space. However, the seat cushions are firm and may be uncomfortable when it's still new. Thirdly, HULALA HOME Genuine Leather Manual Recliner is your best friend if you're looking for a mission-style recliner that exudes a contemporary look for a minimalist yet fashionable charm.

So, let's dive into the world of fashionable mission-style recliners and discover the best mission-style recliners for mid-century modern interiors.

What is a Mission-Style Recliner?

The mission-style recliner originated from the Morris chair, an early style of recliner first marketed in 1866. A mission-style recliner features a heavy chunky look with flat vertical or horizontal wooden slatted sides and a lower seat. What makes it distinct is the wooden armrest, devoid of any cushion or upholstery. Moreover, the armrests don’t move when the chair reclines, so you can set food or drinks on them without fear of an accidental spill.

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Mission recliners are often lacquered to dark stained to achieve a stylish finish that resonates with the traditional craftsmen styles. Although mission-style recliner chairs are famous for the old comfortable frames preferred by older people, they have gained popularity in the modern generation. They can be mixed with more modern elements to create a unique feeling and a particularly appealing environment.

Best Mission-Style Recliners

1. BarcaLounger Mission 7-3323 (Craftsman) All Leather Push Back Manual Recliner Chair

BarcaLounger Mission 7-3323 (Craftsman) All Leather...
  • Barcalounger Mission 7-3323 Manual Push Back Recliner Chair in...
  • Characteristic of Art and Crafts period.
  • Mission recliner offers classic craftsman styling and boasts...
  • Leggett and Platt Mech Bullnose tight seat Pocketed coil with...
  • Beautifully hand carved Mahogany Stained Wood

Enjoy craftsmanship and high-quality materials, held at the core of the Arts and Crafts design principles with the BarcaLounger Mission Recliner Chair. This chair honors the original mid-century design with genuine leather upholstery, hand-carved mahogany stained wooden frame, flat slatted sides, and wide armrests.

The upholstery is soft and overstuffed to ensure you feel cozy whenever you sit in it. Its large seating area and wide armrests allow you the flexibility to relax as much as you want. This mission-style recliner chair also features an adjustable headrest, giving you maximum comfort as you rest your head on it.

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Unlike the traditional Morris chair, the BarcaLounger mission recliner chair features a footrest, making it an ideal option for daytime naps. I also use it for reading and lounging. It uses a manual push-back mechanism that gives way to the hidden footrest. I apply only a little pressure (2.5 pounds) to recline it.

Moreover, it is available in three colors, allowing you to choose what works well with your home decor. The recliner is also easy to clean and maintain, and if you want to enhance its protection, you can purchase a recliner cover. Expect unmatched stability, durability, and warm embrace from the mahogany framework, genuine leather upholstery, and rich hues.

Pros:

  • Genuine leather
  • Sturdy wooden frame
  • Very comfortable to sit in
  • Footrest included

Cons:

  • High price

2. Barcalounger Mission Recliner - Wenlock-Fudge

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Barcalounger Mission Recliner - Wenlock-Fudge
  • Barcalounger Mission Recliner - Wenlock-Fudge
  • Dimensions D 37.5" W 32.7" H 42" in
  • Seat Dimensions D 19" W 22.5" H 21" in
  • Leggett and Platt Mech Bullnose tight seat Pocketed coil with...

A contemporary take on a classic design, this leather recliner adds a touch of traditional refinement to a transitional-style living room. Enjoy peace of mind with the Wenlock fudge leather on this 32.7 inches wide recliner. The seat and backrest are fully upholstered in genuine leather, while the lower legs, solid wood frame, and arms are finished in a warm mahogany finish.

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The tight bullnose seat with pocketed coils encased in high-quality foam, zippered semi-attached back pillows, and padded footrest guarantee long-lasting comfort. I have kids and furry pets, so I was looking for a pet-friendly lounge chair that is equally comfortable. The leather upholstery is easy to clean; I only need to wipe off spills with a soft cloth. And it’s tear resistant and doesn’t show any claw marks.

Add a classic vintage look to your room with this manual recliner featuring a tall backrest, suitable for taller people. The seating is also wide, giving you enough space to sit and unwind after a long day, watch TV, or read your favorite book.

Pros:

  • Semi-attached pillow back
  • Pocketed coil springs
  • Genuine leather upholstery
  • Easy to assemble

Cons:

  • Firm cushions

3. HULALA HOME Genuine Leather Manual Recliner

HULALA HOME Genuine Leather Manual Recliner with Wood...
  • 【Mid Century Recliner Chair】Combining a clean-lined design...
  • 【Heavy-Duty and Durable Design】Thanks to its solid wood...
  • 【Multifunctional recliner】 Accent living room chair or...
  • 【Comfortable Single Sofa】The retractable footrest, curved...
  • 【Easy Assembly & Warranty】Recliner chair dimensions:...

Whether you need it to elevate your living room look or accent the master suite, this plush HULALA HOME Genuine Manual Recliner is the perfect spot to unwind. Crafted from solid and manufactured wood, its tastefully curved arms and luxurious genuine leather exude a contemporary look for a minimalist yet fashionable charm.

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The solid wooden frames provide proper support, while the built-in sinuous spring back and seat cushions offer added resilience and unmatched comfort. Also, the soft cushion padded back, foam filling, and polyester fiber upholstery exude ease and comfort when in both upright and reclining positions.

Moreover, its reclining ability up to 140 degrees and the extending footrest allows me to fully stretch and relax while watching, reading, or lounging. Thanks to its solid framework, this chair supports up to 350 pounds, so even my partner, who is 280 pounds, can comfortably sit in it.

What's more, this Hulala manual recliner is available in many understated colors, perfect for any home décor. And it is easy to assemble, thanks to the straightforward instruction provided.

Pros:

  • Comfortable
  • Built-in sinuous wire back and seat cushions
  • The seat reclines up to 140 degrees

Cons:

  • None

4. Comfort Pointe Solaris Midnight Blue Faux Leather Wooden Arm Push Back Recliner Chair

Comfort Pointe Solaris Caramel Faux Leather Wooden Arm...
  • Modern contoured wood arms
  • Leather gel technology gives the look and feel of top grain...
  • Exposed wood arms in chestnut brown finish
  • Cushioned head rest
  • Drop in coil seating for comfort

Comfort Pointe Solaris Faux Leather Recliner Chair is another high-quality and excellent mission-style recliner that you can use in your home. It combines modernism and traditional recliner chair design to give you a unique piece that will blend into contemporary or mid-century themed décor.

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Its slim chestnut wood structure, tapered legs, gently curved armrests, and innovative leather gel upholstery make it a sturdy and durable option suitable for any family room. This push-back chair's cushions are also filled with drop-in coil and high-quality foam for utmost relaxation. The headrest is also cushioned for additional comfort while lounging.

This chair is smooth and compact, and the three reclining positions of up to 150 degrees allow a comfortable position to lay back and have my afternoon naps. It was easy to assemble, and its tall backrest and weight capacity of 330 pounds are an added advantage because it has become everyone's favorite in my home.

Pros:

  • Stain resistant
  • 150-degree recline
  • Tall backrest, good for tall people

Cons:

  • Some customers reported quality issues

5. Christopher Knight Home Munro Recliner

Christopher Knight Home Munro Recliner, Sand + Teak
  • CONTEMPORARY DESIGN: Featuring smooth channel stitching and a...
  • PUSH-BACK RECLINER: This recliner is a push-back recliner that...
  • CHANNEL STITCHING: The channel stitching in the backrest offers...
  • RUBBERWOOD FRAME: Our environmentally-friendly wood not only...
  • DIMENSIONS: Choose an accessory that is the perfect size for you...

Treat yourself to well-deserved comfort with this outstanding recliner chair. Featuring smooth channel stitching and a rich solid wood frame, this chair offers the look, feel, and design of a contemporary design with a mid-century twist. Its minimalistic and refined structure pairs perfectly with the push-back functionality, bringing out the ultimate comfort with little effort.

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The rubberwood frame with a gorgeous teak finish, curved armrest detail, and a tall, slim upholstered seat adds a touch of sophistication that provides a smooth design. The channel stitch pattern adds a bit of texture without sacrificing comfort. This chair is my favorite spot for lounging and reading. It is also available in three colors, allowing you to choose what complements your décor.

This charming recliner is a beautiful addition to my living room. Its load capacity of 300 pounds makes it capable of accommodating most of my family members. Moreover, the polyester fabric is perfect for my furry friends as it is easy to clean and stain-resistant. I only have to wipe off messes with a damp cloth.

Pros:

  • Easy to clean and maintain
  • Beautiful channel stitching

Cons:

  • It doesn't fully recline
  • Firm cushions

6. TRIPLE TREE Push Back Recliner 

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TRIPLE TREE Push Back Recliner with Wooden Arms,...
  • [Modern Design]: Our push-back linen chaise lounge chair is...
  • [Adjustable Recliner]: The back of our recliner can be adjusted...
  • [Quality Materials]: The recliner stand is constructed of...
  • [Wood Arms]: Wood arm give the push-back chair a sense of design...
  • [Simple Assembly]: Easy to assemble in minutes using packaged...

On a mission to recline in style? This TRIPLE TREE Push Back Recliner, crafted from high-quality wood, metal frame, and linen, masters the art of mission-style design. The stained wood finish, ample seating space, and plush foam-back, upholstered in dark gray linen, evoke a feeling of warmth, coziness, and modern elegant style. It is also available in navy blue.

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Stable and sturdy, the chair has a metal frame, solid and manufactured wood armrests and legs, and a metal reinforced footrest for long-lasting support. Plus, the curved armrests give this push-back chair a sense of design and added support to keep you lounging for ages. With a maximum weight capacity of 300 pounds, this lounge chair is suitable for any leisure place in your home.

Talking of comfort, you can adjust this Triple Tree chair up to 160 degrees. I bought it for my daughter as a housewarming gift, and she appreciates that she can lie in it like a bed. She also complements its comfort, thanks to the high-density soft sponge padding.

However, she complains that the armrest is too slender to support her hot chocolate mug or popcorn bowl for movie nights.

Pros:

  • Sturdy and durable
  • 160-degree recline

Cons:

  • Not stain resistant
  • Slender armrest

7. Home Square 2 Piece Faux Leather Wooden Arm Recliner Chair

Home Square 2 Piece Faux Leather Wooden Arm Recliner...
  • Midnight Blue Faux Leather Wooden Arm Push Back Recliner Chair x...
  • Modern contoured wood arms
  • Leather gel technology gives the look and feel of top grain...
  • Exposed wood arms in chestnut brown finish
  • Cushioned head rest

While looking for mission-style lounging seats for my partner and me, I came across these push-back chairs, and the idea of twinning at a lower price was something I couldn't let pass.

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Home Square 2 Piece Faux Leather Wooden Arm Recliner Chair is one of the best Mission styles recliners for those on a budget. This set comes with a low price tag, almost the same as other single pieces in this list, but looks good when you place it in your room.

A classic mission-style recliner is what I got with these Midnight Blue wooden arm push-back chairs. The chestnut brown wood arms with tapered legs and faux leather upholstery work together to bring you a comfortable and casual style. 

The seat is covered by leather gel upholstery which provides a soft touch of top-grain leather, which is comfortable to sit in and easy to clean. The frame is strong enough to bear 300 pounds of weight, and its versatile design gives you three positions, from upright to a 150-degree recline. We like using these seats while reading or watching TV.

Pros:

  • A set of 23-position recliner
  • Stain resistant
  • Budget-friendly

Cons:

  • Short footrest

8. BarcaLounger Artisan Electric Recliner Chair

BarcaLounger Artisan Electric Recliner Chair with Power...
  • Barcalounger Artisan Leather Power Electric Recliner Chair and...
  • Craftsman styled wood arm Artisan collection featuring power...
  • Split pub back design and boxed styled pad over chaise seating...
  • Genuine Wenlock Fudge Leather with a USB outlet for your device...
  • Recliner Overall Dimensions: D 37.8" W 33.5" H 41.75"

Kick back and relax retroactively with this BarcaLounger Artisan Leather Electric mission-style recliner with wooden arms. This craftsman-styled recliner has a power reclining mechanism with an electric power headrest, freeing you from the manual push-back recliner. It is also available in a three seater capacity but double the price.

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The solid wood frame, slatted armrest detail, split pub back design, and boxed upholstered seating result in a delicate blend of classic Mission style and chic contemporary style.

The pocketed coil seating boasts luxurious comfort, and the electric recline mechanism adjusts the headrest and gives way to a hidden footrest to relax after a long day. The dark chocolate brown genuine leather upholstery, combined with wide wood armrests of warm chestnut finish, highlights a classic vintage look that won't disappoint.

This chair's controls, located on the side, are easily accessible and easy to use. It also includes a USB port that is always useful for charging my phone as I lounge. My only issue is this recliner's weight, that's too heavy to move around by one person. Also, it has a maximum load weight of only 285 pounds, so my heavier housemates don't have a chance with it.

Pros:

Cons:

  • Weight capacity of 285 pounds

9. Mid-Century Modern Design Beige Living Room Accent Reclining Chair

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  • Mid-century Modern Design Beige Living Room Accent Reclining...
  • Seat: 21 inches High X 23 inches Wide X 23 inches Deep....
  • Chair: 42.5 inches High X 28.75 inches Wide X 37.75 inches Deep.

Update your reading nook with this Mid-Century Modern Design Beige Living Room Accent Reclining Chair. This push-back recliner's sleek silhouette is crafted from solid and manufactured wood, with slender, straight arms and flared legs, for modern sophistication.

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Neatly finished with beige fabric upholstery, it is soft to the touch, easy to clean, and resistant to wear and tear. And the cushions are padded for utmost comfort and relaxation. The simple recline mechanism requires a little only a little push-back force, freeing you from unsightly levers and knobs.

This chair's tall backrest, cushioned headrest, and padded footrest are precisely what I need for my movie nights and reading sessions. It is comfortable, and the fabric is breathable, keeping me fresh even after several hours of sitting there.

Pros:

  • Wear and tear-resistant fabric
  • Beautiful walnut finish
  • Firm cushions

Cons:

  • Slender armrest

Factors to Consider when Choosing the Best Mission-Style Recliner

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1. Material

While the framework is the last thing you'd pay attention to when you sit on a recliner as you relax with a book, it supports your weight and the other parts of the chair. Unlike other recliners, mission-style recliners are made with wooden frames. Here are the different woods used to make a mission-style recliner's frame

  • Kiln-dried wood: This is a durable type of framing as there is no moisture in the material, which easily can cause warping
  • Softwood: Although it is not the most durable frame material, it is still an excellent option as it is more robust than engineered wood. But it contains knots that can compromise the material's strength after a long time.
  • Engineered wood: This is the best option for keeping up with the latest trends in home décor. It is also the most cost-effective option but not the most durable.
  • Solid wood: Frames from solid wood are denser and stronger than engineered wood and softwood frameworks. Most of the best mission-style recliners in this list have solid wood frames and armrests.

The quality of the upholstery material is also an important factor to consider. Several materials are available, including faux leather, genuine leather, linen, and polyester. Ensure you choose a high-quality upholstery material that is comfortable and easy to maintain

2. Reclining Mechanism

Like other recliner chairs, you should consider how far your mission-style recliner can recline. If you prefer to nap on a recliner, use a mission-style recliner with infinite position or recline ability of 160 or 180 degrees. But if you only need to use it for reading or watching TV, then most of the options above will best suit you.

3. Size

Your mission-style recliner should fit the space you have in your home. Measure your room's size and the recliner you're buying. Measure the chair when it's fully reclined to ensure there's enough clearance from the wall.

The recliner's weight capacity and the size of your body is another essential factor to consider. Ensure the chair can comfortably bear your body weight and more. Several options in our list can carry up to 300 pounds. Also, ensure your feet can reach the floor while sitting, and your head should fit the headrest.

4. Design

Mission-style recliners come in various designs to add style to your home. So ensure you choose a design and color complementing your existing décor. 

Conclusion on Mission-Style Recliners

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A mission-style recliner chair is inviting to sit and relax on after a long and tiring day. It's so comfortable that you wouldn't want to get up once you start lounging on it.

The best mission-style recliners offer ultimate comfort and relaxation. They feature a rustic and classic design that adds a touch of vintage to any space. By considering size and material, you can get the best mission-style recliner that meets your needs and budget and potentially blend functionality and aesthetic appeal.

Ian Mutuli

About the author

Ian Mutuli

Founder and Managing Editor of Archute. He is also a graduate architect from The University of Nairobi, Kenya.
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