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Our Brutally Honest Review of Our Tyler Pottery Barn Recliner

A brutally honest, unbiased review of the Tyler Pottery Barn Recliner, its pros/cons to consider, if it’s worth the money, and why it’s not for everyone.

A brutally honest, unbiased review of the Tyler Pottery Barn Recliner, its pros/cons to consider, if it’s worth the money, and why it's not for everyone.

Our living room got a new addition in the form of Pottery Barn recliners a month ago, and I’ve never been so happy to lose a battle over furniture with my husband.

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Rug | Coffee Table | Recliners | Lamps | End Tables | Fan | Sconces | Tree | Basket | Statue Planter | Pillow | Blanket | Fireplace Screen | TV

For four years, we stuck with our IKEA Stocksund chairs that served us well, but as comfortable as they were for the inexpensive price tag (they were great as far as IKEA goes), Robert had been dying for a recliner from Day 1.

We chose the Tyler Square Arm Down Blend Churchfield Camel Leather Recliner without Nailheads.

I wanted to wait a few weeks to share about them to give us time to break them in and see how they held up against our rough and rowdy bunch before completely formulating an opinion on them. There are some things we love about these Pottery Barn recliners and some things we’re not so keen on.

RELATED: You can see more of our favorite modern recliner chairs here.

modern high leg leather pottery barn recliners in living room

So if you’ve ever had the Tyler recliners on your wish list, I broke down our totally unbiased, brutally honest review in a pros/cons list.

modern leather recliners in living room

A Brutally Honest Review of Tyler Pottery Barn Recliners

The Pros

1. Comfort

  • This recliner is legitimately the most comfortable high-leg recliner I’ve ever sat in. We were able to “test drive” the Tyler recliner in the Pottery Barn store and the moment we tried it out, we knew it was perfect. The down blend cushions are so soft that allow you to sink in with just enough support.
  • The leather feels like butter! We chose the color Churchfield Camel, which is a warm, caramel brown made of 100% top grain leather.
leather recliners in living room

2. The Sleek Design

  • I love that the high leg design with the tailored clean lines make these chairs look modern and don’t scream “I’m a recliner!” the second you walk into a room.
  • They’re not bulky unlike many other recliners out there so they don’t take up nearly as much space but are still roomy enough to be comfortable.

3. The Delivery

  • I have heard of others not having the same experience as we did, but our white glove delivery service couldn’t have been better. The delivery guys showed up on time on the day we scheduled, set up our recliners, double checked everything with us, and went on their merry way. No issues. It’s possible ours was so smooth because we live near a major furniture hub in the Charlotte, NC area, so if you live far away from a distribution facility, your experience may differ.
pottery barn recliner in a living room

The Cons

1. The Wear

  • If you are a perfectionist, do not get these recliners. This is one of those chairs that requires you to embrace scuffs and natural wearing of leather. Our 8 year-old and 2 year-old have not been easy on the leather, despite us setting rules with them that they are not to horseplay on them or eat/drink on them. Our Yorkie mix dog hasn’t been gentle on them either. But we also knew they would show signs of life and patina over time. We’re okay with that.
leather patina and wear on pottery barn recliner
  • The cushions can start to look a little frumpy. Because they are down blend, the seats need some fluffing from time to time.
down blend cushions on pottery barn recliner

2. Limited Reclining Features

  • There are only 3 positions on this particular Pottery Barn recliner, so if you like to have complete control of your recline, this one might not be the best choice. However, there is a power version that provides more versatility with that.
  • You need a little bit of arm strength to force the seat back into recline since it is a push back style without a hand lever (again something the power recliner version can resolve). If you’re looking for a recliner well suited for someone elderly or very little strength, I’d steer clear of the manual one.
pottery barn recliner leather Tyler square arm

3. The Size

  • This isn’t at all a problem for us, but the size could be a deal breaker for others. Robert and I are both 5′ 7″ and our heads just rest on the back of the chair. For anyone taller than 6′, the height of the chair back could be an issue. Thankfully, most brick and mortar stores carry this chair so you can try it out in store before buying.
Tyler square arm pottery barn recliners in a living room

4. The Price

In the end, this is definitely one of those you-get-what-you-pay-for kind of furniture purchases. For this specific Pottery Barn Tyler square arm recliner we chose, it cost $1,649 for one chair. These recliners were a splurge for us, but the down blend cushions and top grain leather make them worth the price.

However, Pottery Barn runs sales very frequently and typically the best time to buy is during the Buy More, Save More sale for 25% off.

Overall Pottery Barn Recliner Review

All in all, we are really happy with our decision to buy these recliners. I will say movie night at our house has never been sooooo comfortable! The girls cuddle up in them, and we are certainly breaking them in quickly.

We are getting a replacement for our sofa (that has caused back problems for Robert) with two matching sofas hopefully next month, so the recliners will move to facing the fireplace when those arrive for ample TV viewing. (By the way, you can see our brutally honest review of the Samsung Frame TV here too.)

living room with limewashed brick fireplace and pottery barn recliners

Do you have a recliner you absolutely love?! Tell me your recs in the comments so we can keep this post going as a helpful resource.

That yummy warm leather does make it feel a touch more like fall in here, which I love. And really, it might be the only fall decorating we do this year with all of the construction still happening in the front of the house.

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31 Comments

  1. I purchased the Tyler Leather recliner with nailheads roughly 3 years ago and absolutely loved it. I worked part time at Potterybarn years ago and always planned on buying a leather chair from there when I could afford one. However I recently discovered that the hinges to recline the chair have been tearing up the cushion. I emailed their customer service, but because I was outside my 1 year warranty, there was nothing they could do and they pointed me to either a furniture repair place in my area and/or gave me some sku numbers for buying replacement cushions. Honestly am quite disappointed in the response I received as the chair is quite expensive and you would think for the price it would be quality made and last more than 3 years that kind of wear would occur. My next step is to go to the store to see if I have better luck, will reply to this post if I have better luck going that route.

  2. Thank you for such a great review. The Wife (Liz) and I just (today) ordered one of the PB Tyler square arm recliners (vintage leather midnight) w/oxidized stain nailheads. I so excited to receive it. We are expecting it sometime late Nov early Dec. While we were there in the PB store (Orlando) we also ordered the Big Sur (slipcovered) loveseat with the double chaise and matching ottoman (32×32) We’re both very excited to receive everything. Again, thank you for your great review, I really enjoyed it.

  3. I took delivery of two of these PB Tyler recliners (similar color leather) in July after waiting for months on delivery. I choose them because of their compact footprint and look to suit our small room. And yes, I sat on them in the store, but only for a short time obviously and not for 2 hours or anything. However, I must say I am very disappointed with the comfort of them after using now for over a month. My partner feels the same way. In the first recline position while watching a movie etc I find myself constantly shifting to try get comfortable. My lower back actually hurts from using them, and that’s never happened with any other furniture I’ve owned. Also the seat cushion is not that padded and you don’t really sink into it in a good way. And I find myself regularly trying to smooth it out after use to make it look less disheveled. Now I figure I need to buy lumbar cushions for them to try get comfortable on them. Also, it is difficult to keep down in the fully reclined position – that’s another big problem I have with them. In the upright position they are not comfortable either as the back seems too straight. All in all, I would certainly not buy these again and would not recommend them at all. To be honest I am very disappointed after spending almost $4000 for two armchairs (incl delivery) that I thought would be an upgrade in comfort from the 25 yr old armchairs that I replaced. In hindsight, the old ones were much more comfortable- 😔 Its never a good sign when reviews are not allowed, as is the case on the Pottery Barn website. Now I know why! It has put me off buying anything there again to be honest. I am toying with the idea of trying to sell them, such is my disappointment with them.

    1. Oh, No! I hate to hear you are disappointed in the chairs. I will let you leave your review here for others to consider when thinking to purchase. I am really pleased with ours so far. But, I know they may not be for everyone.

  4. We been in the market for a small sofa, do you the space. This is the exact color I was looking for. I found the exact sofa I’ve been looking for, but it’s way out our price range. Still looking. Will keep you informed on what we select. You space is totally breathtaking. I love EVERYTHING ABOUT IT! Thanks for

    1. Ivory,
      have you checked out Downeast Basics Home collection? They have a sofa/loveseat that is a beautiful cognac color and might have the look and price range you are looking for. We purchased the sofa, loveseat and chair in a fabric (when that was offered) several years ago. It has held up wonderfully.

  5. I bought a recliner from club furniture that is identical to the Tyler from PB but the leather we choose doesn’t show distressing (it was an upgrade). We’ve had the chair for 3 months but so far no sagging in the cushions at all but probably to early to tell yet. We love love it! It was made in USA too so hoping that means quality.

  6. I dislike the big oversized kind of recliners (you know, the ones you might see in a “man cave” 😉. We have had a club chair type recliner for many years- the first pair we had were Laziboy, fabric, and a warm golden yellow color. They wore fairly well until there was a hole in the foot rest part just from my hubby loving and using it for many years. Next we purchased a lovely pair of darker brown leather club chair recliners that were Flexsteel- again these were awesome, we loved them but probably needed to condition the leather more frequently because it now needs a little brown polish to cover some of the worn spots. Moved those to our family room and then got another pair of leather Flexsteel club style chair recliners in a warm greige color. They are awesome and probably my favorite pair yet!! I like a little firmer seat, so we were able to order our chairs with that option. Highly recommend Flexsteel- might be a tad less expensive than Pottery Barn, but I feel that the quality is still good 🙂

  7. Thanks, Lauren for your very honest critique on the chairs! The tip on how this chair may be difficult in operating was so helpful. They’re quite beautiful in your room and since I’ve been threatening to buy PB sofas; I was truly wondering how PB holds up. Will you be looking at their sofas also (lol)?

    1. Yes! We ordered two York sofas to go with the recliners back in January, and they’re now not set to arrive until October. Covid has caused major delays on everything, unfortunately. So once those arrive, I’ll share about those too. 🙂

  8. Lauren, the room looks so inviting and cozy.
    I noticed the chair’s back legs may be on backwards. I’m not sure if this might weaken the support over time. They can be tricky sometimes. Lol!

    1. Ha! I’m glad you noticed that! The delivery guys put those on, so I guess that’s worth mentioning in the review now. Thanks for pointing that out! We’ll fix them now.

  9. We have had 3 Bradenton Young leather recliners in the wing back style. The first one in blue is still in use after 30 years! The second one in an oxblood leather was horrid! Leather quality was the worst, the lower part of the recliner broke on one side and the pillow top had to be replaced due to wear after a year. The current one is back to blue leather and we are in love again! The style doesn’t look like a recliner, easy recline and comfy for everyone. We tested many brands before going back to B-Y. Paid $1600.

  10. I bought two leather pottery barn Grayson recliners in the color, signature maple. So far so good! I love their leather! Also. Pottery barn is no longer doing sales or military discounts unfortunately.

    1. Yes, they told me in January that because the supply chain has caused such a strain on inventory, they’re limiting sales until supply issues have recovered.

  11. Your review came at a perfect time.
    We just received a cloth recliner from Ashley. To begin with my elderly aunt has a lot of health problems & a Physical Therapist from home health evaluated her & her environment & recommended she get rid of her glider. He gave us guidelines on getting her a new chair based on her small frame & current physical problems as well as possible future limitations.
    Following his advice we looked online then went to a few stores & ended up getting a higher seat with an electric control that makes it easier to get in & out of—-it is not a power recliner, she had one of those that was just way too big.
    You are so right about making sure furniture “fits” the physique & needs of each person.
    Thank you for sharing your experiences with your furniture buying as well as your home redos.
    Your home looks lovely & light yet cozy.
    Those new reclines are beautiful.

  12. I have a La-Z-boy recliner that I just love. And it is over 20 years old, but in like new condition. I’m not sure what kind of fabric they used to make that recliner, but it is very nice. Not sure just when my second husband bought that chair. The one thing I would never do is buy leather or vinyl furniture again. I had a vinyl couch many years ago and it was miserable in the heat and humidity because the vinyl wanted to stick to me if I did not use a sheet or blanket between me and that oh so hated couch…

    1. We were VERY close to going with La-Z-boy recliners! That was our second choice if we changed our mind on the PB ones.

  13. I’m sorry, but I have to tell you, your white glove service wasn’t so great. The back legs of your recliners are on backwards. I checked by looking at Pottery Barn website to verify. 😉

    1. Oh jeez, I just saw that too! Legs on backwards! Also, if these chairs are a few weeks old and already sagging cushions, they’re not going to look great in a year and will look 20 years old. I also don’t like the flap in the back when in the reclining position. For the hefty price, I think Blesser could have done a lot better. I don’t like these chairs at all.

  14. My husband used to have one of those big puffy recliners that I totally disliked. When it broke he went shopping for another and we found the Ekornes Stressless Reno Classic recliner and ottoman. It’s untraditional in the way it looks and works but is the best recliner he has ever had. It was pricey but you pick your fabric or leather color (we too went with a caramel leather). We’ve had it for 10 years and looks like the day we bought it. The dogs also claim it 😁

  15. Your recliners look great! It’s so nice to be able to put your feet up without having to have ottomans/footstools. Also nice if you don’t feel well and want to recline but maybe also watch tv; sometimes it more comfortable to recline than to lie down completely on a sofa, especially if you want to have a drink handy next to you. I believe recliners for sure need to be sat in first. I am 5’4” and my husband is 6’ and long legged, and he definitely needs a higher seat than I do. We got him a new Smith Brothers leather recliner last year that he loves! Mine is an older microfiber that looks like distressed suede and they complement each other well as the colors are similar in tone and both have antique brass nail heads. Trying to remember the brand name of mine, thinking it’s Flexsteel. Mine is a power recliner and I don’t like having the cord show or how long it takes to lower the chair, but it’s sooo cozy! It’s five years old and still in great shape! New to Smith Brothers in recliners but we have had a sofa for several years and know they are great quality.

    1. When my husband and I bought 2 recliners our nephew said, “you know you’re getting old when you buy matching recliners!”. Welcome to the world of the elderly, lol ! 😀

  16. Once upon a time, I bought a dark brown leather Lazyboy loveseat from a craigslist ad for “a temporary solution”. Have you ever heard there is nothing so permanent as temporary?? It was old when we got it and really old now, my daughter and her husband have it and love it.
    We have a newer version, it’s SO comfortable I don’t even care if it’s a little pouffy. For date night at home/movies/the news, I highly recommend a love seat version of a recliner!

  17. I told my hubby two things: NO recliners and NO Beatles music! I would listen to the Beatles all day and fill my house with recliners if I could have him back. Your recliners are lovely and look lived in and comfy. And I have two Stocksund chairs and love them! Solo, now of course…..

  18. Thank you Lauren , perfect timing ! I have been looking at purchasing 2 of these recliners from Pottery Barn in Australia . I too thought that I would never have a recliner in my home, but my bad back is changing my mind in a hurry ! My only concern is the size of our room . I too have sat in them and didn’t want to leave . Perhaps a new home is required to accomodate them !

  19. We have 2 recliner wingback chairs from Hancock & Moore in ox blood leather that are 22 years old. They look as good as the day we got them. The only thing I don’t like is they are not wall huggers. We got Lazy Boy wall hugger recliners for my elderly parents and they are very nice and can be very close to the wall and fully recline. We can only partially recline ours because they are close to console table/cabinet behind them.

  20. love the soft color – not liking the messy chair cushions though. Looks like they already need more stuffing. We have a leather chair (although not a recliner) that is 10 years old and still looks as new as it did when we bought it. Love it. I love the streamline look of yours – it’s what we always look for in a recliner. I like that many brands are now offering smaller recliners – I think they realize us women hate those overstuffed monsters in our space..hehe. Good point to note about height – as men love their recliners, but many wouldn’t fit. We always have to do a butt check for any furniture we buy. I see so many pretty pieces online, but always, always, gotta go look, feel and touch before we choose. Those will keep you all cozy for many years I suspect! They look great & the color is very warm in your room.

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