Because recliner sofas are often bulkier than other styles of such furniture, it’s important that you plan exactly when it will go in your room. Will there be enough space both in the back and the front of this sofa for it to properly recline? For standard recliners you should plan for about 1.25 metres (around four feet) of space in front of and behind the sofa. Specially designed wall-hugging models should be considered where space is tight.