|

Unbiased Review: Leather Pottery Barn Recliner 2 Years Later

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 2 years ago, and I’ve never been so happy to lose a battle over furniture with my husband.

I’m constantly asked about how we’ve liked these recliner chairs as we have lived with them the past couple of years. So we’ll dive into our brutally honest, unsponsored review.

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.
living room

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.

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.

How to Choose a Good Recliner Chair

Everyone’s opinion will differ, of course, because everyone’s style, comfort preference, and way of living is different.

When furniture shopping, consider the following for the perfect recliner chair:

  • Aesthetically pleasing – a chair that won’t disrupt the decorating style in your room
  • Comfort – considering how the chair feels in sitting, reclining, and lying positions
  • Ease of use – fits into your lifestyle needs with features like a swivel, rising, power, or stationary
  • Longevity – selecting quality upholstery made of a performance fabric or top grain leather that will last versus an upholstery that stains or damages easily
  • Price – often recliners are priced to “get what you pay for”; consider if price or quality matters more to you and where you can compromise on your budget or features you want in a chair.
Pottery Barn leather recliner with blanket

Why We Chose a Pottery Barn Leather Recliner

We bought the Tyler Square Arm Down Blend Churchfield Camel Leather Recliner without Nailheads because it ticked all of those boxes for us. Our recliners were delivered in July 2021.

  • Low profile so they look like armchairs rather than recliners when in the upright position.
  • Comfortable with soft yet supportive down blend cushions you can sink right into.
  • High quality materials of top grain leather and down blend for super longevity.
  • Classic design with clean lines that will stand the test of time and fits into many interior design styles.

I wanted 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

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.

We bought these leather recliners ourselves, and my opinions are unbiased about them.

modern leather recliners in living room

Pottery Barn Recliner Pros

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. The moment we tried it out, we knew it was perfect.

Supportive, Soft Cushions

The down blend cushions are so soft that allow you to sink in with just enough support. I highly recommend visiting a local Pottery Barn store so that you can try them out in person before deciding to purchase.

Soft Leather

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

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 look more like accent chairs with the square legs.

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.

Chair 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 team 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

Pottery Barn Recliner Cons

Wear Over Time

Leather Patina

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 11 year-old and 5 year-old kids 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, so they do show signs of use.

But we also knew they would show signs of life and have a rich patina over time. We’re okay with that.

Maintenance Tip: To increase the longevity of your leather and improve its appearance with wear, use a leather protector care kit every 1-6 months, depending on how often you sit in your chairs.

leather patina and wear on pottery barn recliner

Cushion Sagging

Over time, the cushions can start to look a little frumpy.

Because they are down blend, the seats need some fluffing from time to time and have a softer feel. But the upside is down blend cushions tend to last longer than regular foam cushions because they are higher quality. Even with down, they still have great cushion support.

down blend cushions on pottery barn recliner

Limited Reclining Features

There are only 3 positions on this particular Pottery Barn recliner. If you like to have complete control of your recline, this one might not be the best choice.

Power Recliner vs Manual Recliner

If you want a wide variety of reclining positions, 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. It’s hard to keep in a fully reclined position sometimes without a bit of extra force.

pottery barn recliner leather Tyler square arm

Size

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.

UPDATE: Pottery Barn now makes size options for a Tall Recliner (41″) and an Extra Tall Recliner (45″).

The standard size isn’t at all a problem for us, but the size could be a deal breaker for others. Robert and I are both about 5′ 7″ and our heads just rest on the back of the chair.

They’re also really heavy so it’s hard to move furniture.

Tyler square arm pottery barn recliners in a living room

High 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 currently costs $1,999 for one chair (at time of this posting).

These recliners were a splurge for us, but the down blend cushions and top grain leather make them worth the price due to their longevity.

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.

Warranty

Please note that the biggest negative of all is Pottery Barn does not offer a furniture warranty. Pottery Barn does, however, offer a 30-day money back guarantee.

Furniture companies like La-Z-Boy, on the other hand, have a lifetime warranty that covers mechanical parts, spring assembly, and frame parts for recliners.

The reason we chose Pottery Barn is because I much prefer the style of their recliner designs, and so far, after over 2 years, we’re still happy with the quality.

Overall Pottery Barn Tyler Recliner Chair Review

All in all, we are really pleased with our decision to buy these recliners. I will say movie night at our house has never been sooooo comfortable!

(By the way, you can see our brutally honest review of the Samsung Frame TV here too.)

Here is how the recliners looked in our living room after 1 month.

living room with limewashed brick fireplace and pottery barn recliners

And here is how the recliners look in our living room after 2 years.

pottery barn leather recliners 2 years after purchase in a living room

Do you have a recliner you absolutely love?! Tell me your recs or personal leather recliner reviews 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.

More Product Reviews for Your Living Room

Frequently Asked Questions

What brand of recliner is best?

According to Forbes, the top rated recliner brands are West Elm, Pottery Barn, Latitude Run, Raymour & Flanigan, and Ashley Furniture. La-Z-Boy is top rated by Consumer Reports.

How long should a recliner last?

Quality recliners last about as long as sofas: 7 to 15 years. Leather chairs can last up to 20 years, especially ones made of heirloom quality leathers.

Which lasts longer, manual or power recliners?

Power recliners usually last longer than manual recliners because of their gentle, controlled movements that create less wear on the mechanisms over time.

signoff

Similar Posts

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

61 Comments

  1. 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!

  2. 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…..

  3. 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 !

  4. 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.

  5. 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.