I love being able to put my feet up, but I loathe the look of recliners. Every one of them just looks like something your middle aged dad drinks cheap beer out of. I won’t have that throwing off the entire look of my home; it’s just not the thing for me. However, I also didn’t like the idea of an ottoman that would be constantly kicked around and tripped over. I just wanted something that looked like a really nice, sophisticated arm chair, that also functioned as a recliner. I know they existed, because my mom had a set of them growing up and they were fantastic. However, apparently they have since fallen out of style because no matter how hard I hunt and try, I cannot find one anywhere. Fortunately, my best friend came through as she always does with the perfect solution: stop looking for something premade and having something made that fits your unique needs. So I did just that, I went to a custom furniture store with my ideas. They gave me an appointment with a furniture designer, who walked me through everything from shape and style to the mechanism that would make the chair recline. I was even able to find the perfect fabric that would compliment the rug I had already purchased for the space. Not only was the custom recliner built to my own needs, but custom built furniture is also guaranteed to last. So while the custom recliner is more money than a a store bought recliner, it is both just what I need and truly built to last.