Should Your Feet Hang off a Recliner?

William Adams
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Should your feet hang over a recliner chair? Yes! Your feet need to hang over the footrest of the reclining chair.

should your feet hang off a recliner

When buying a recliner chair for the very first time, you might wonder Am I too big for this recliner chair?

Some customers worry that they've selected the wrong size of recliner chair when their feet hang over the edge of the chair's footrest extender.

Don't panic if you've experienced this because it is, in fact, a good thing!

Should your feet hang off a recliner? An introduction

Hairy Lower Legs Of Man Whose Feet Hang A Little Over The Edge Of The Footrest Of The Leather Recliner

All recliner chairs are developed so your feet hang over the end.

The ideal position in a recliner is to have your heels reach past the footrest.

This divides the weight evenly over a large part of your legs, allowing you to sit comfortably.

There's a lot more than you'd think about setting up your recliner chair effectively, especially to ensure maximal assistance for your legs.

Below, we'll take a look at a few questions you might have:

  • Why do your feet need to hang over the recliner chair?
  • How to position your feet properly on a reclining chair?
  • How can you comfortably sit in your recliner for a long time?

Where should your feet go on a recliner chair?

Closeup Picture Of Crossed Lower Legs And Feet Of Man Watching Tv In Recliner In Living Room

The biggest charm of a recliner is the ability to lift the footrest, allowing you to chill comfortably on top of the chair's luxurious padding and soft material.

There are two essential feet positions to keep in mind when sitting in a recliner:

  • When the footrest is extended
  • When the footrest is not extended

Reclined position (extended horizontally)

Closeup Photo Of Gray Recliner Standing In Reclined Position Standing As Horizontally As Possible With The Backrest Reclined

When seated in a reclined sitting position (in other words, when the footrest is extended), your feet need to slightly hang over the footrest.

With your heels over the edge of the footrest, your weight is divided evenly over a big part of your legs.

If you don't believe me, try having your heels on the footrest, and you will find out yourself that it isn't comfortable for long.

You need to position your feet properly in order to prevent leg cramps when you sit in a recliner chair.

One of the main reasons for leg cramps is muscle tiredness.

So when your feet are properly positioned, both legs will be relaxed and not tense at all.

This will prevent unpleasant leg cramps and it will also help prevent the recliner from tilting forward due to a less than optimal balance.

Typical sitting position (not extended, upright)

When seated in the typical sitting position (footrest not extended), your feet need to rest flat on the floor.

Try to sit in a neutral posture with your legs forming a 90-degree angle.

This will eliminate pressure from both your lower back and knees, enabling correct blood flow within your lower body.

Read our related article How tall of a recliner do I need? for more recliner selection tips!

How do recliner chairs affect blood flow in the legs?

Another question many people ask is: are recliners bad for leg blood circulation?

A recliner, when properly placed, can help improve blood flow!

You need to lay on your back with both legs raised a little above the heart to achieve this.

This takes the pressure off the blood veins while increasing blood flow through your body.

Drawing Of Heart And Blood Drops Moving In Circle Around It Symbolizing Blood Flow In Legs Which Improves Thanks To Sensible Use Of Recliner

Considering that the total leg weight is nearly 18,5% of the human body weight, a heavy-duty recliner chair can support the legs.

These are the most significant benefits for your body from positioning your feet correctly:

  • lowered pressure in the lower body
  • you improve the blood flow in your legs
  • helps to prevent varicose veins and other circulatory conditions

There are even more benefits of elevating your legs correctly when using a reclining chair.

Not only does raising your legs supply pressure relief, it may reduce swelling too!

Health advantages of elevating your legs

Uncovered Lower Legs And Feet Of Man Reclining In Horizontal Position In Recliner And Hanging With Feet Slightly Over End Of Footrest

Some general benefits of raising your legs are the following:

  • Reduces tension by giving some relaxation
  • Calms the nervous system especially when you combine it with rhythmic breathing
  • Reduces swelling by promoting the flow of fluids in your legs
  • Relieves sore and worn out leg muscles

However, be careful not to sit for too long periods.

A reclining chair can trigger leg issues when used incorrectly and/or used all the time.

Tip: Read How should you sit in a recliner with good posture? for some handy ergonomic tips.

For example, if you sit for 8 hours straight without any movement, your muscles will feel weak and stiff due to lack of exercise now, would they?

Keep in mind to move during the day in order to combat a sedentary lifestyle. A recliner chair is perfect if you like taking a rest or nap once in a while.

But too much sitting is bad for you, especially in a recliner!

Over the long term, constant inactivity can slow down your metabolic process and cause many health issues.

Should your feet hang off a recliner? Essentials to keep in mind

Closeup Image Of Male Feet Of Man Lying In Recliner Feet Hanging A Bit Over The Footrest

Now you know that your feet should hang over the recliner chair to relax to the fullest.

In addition to positioning your legs effectively, keep in mind to move your legs during sitting time.

Picking the most suitable recliner for a heavier person is also essential to comfortably relax while enjoying a well-deserved rest.

About William Adams

I’m an engineer and a happy plus-size individual myself. I love to blog online if I can have a positive impact on the lives of others. I help other plus-size people with in-depth product guides to make shopping for products and services less stressful in their busy lives. Read More