After a long day of working, running errands, taking care of the house, family, pets, and all of the 900 other tasks we’re all expected to do on a daily basis, there’s nothing quite like that long-awaited moment of bliss when you can finally sink into your favorite recliner chair, put your feet up, and throw on one of your favorite TV shows. Enter recliner chair accessories: those handy little stress-free dodads that exist solely to make your lounging life even easier by maximizing every second of “me” time you’ve got to spare.
Stressless Accessories for Recliner Chairs
From armchair caddies that will keep all your viewing necessities, such as remotes, magazines, and TV guides, within arm’s reach, to recliner tray tables and cupholders that will allow you to snack to your heart’s content, there’s no shortage of innovative accompaniments you can purchase to customize your recliner to suit your every whim.
Accessories for recliner chairs also extend to those super-practical items, such as support pillows for those troublesome areas where you might need a little added cush, or chair protectors that will lengthen the life of your recliner, to ensure you get the most out of your reclining experience for years to come.
We’ve narrowed it down to 12 of the most universally useful recliner products on the market: Keep scrolling for FIRST’s picks for all of the best recliner chair accessories.
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Recliner Armrest Caddy Pocket Organizer
1. Recliner Armrest Caddy Pocket Organizer
Where to buy: $11.99, Amazon
Discreet and incredibly convenient, this armrest caddy pocket organizer from Fasthomegoods fits right onto the side of your recliner, taking up zero extra space and organizing all of your creature comforts in one easy-to-reach spot. Simply tuck one side in between the seat and the armrest, and let the other side hang over the chair. It comes with two special pockets for remote controls or mobile phones, another larger space for books and tablets, and a hidden pocket in the back where you can slip all of your taller magazines.
Recliner Armrest Food and Drink Tray
2. Recliner Armrest Food and Drink Tray
Where to buy: $22.99, Amazon
This wooden armrest tray table by Graystone is the kind of accessory that you’ll wonder how you lived so long without. Boasting a non-slip rubber surface on both sides, this miniature board will stay firmly in place on your recliner’s arm, as will the goods you set on top of it. You can also lift the sides up for an easy way to transport your goods from the kitchen to your recliner —or vice versa — making cleanup a breeze once you’ve finished.
Recliner Memory Foam Neck Pillow
3. Recliner Memory Foam Neck Pillow
Where to buy: $24.99, Amazon
Nodding off in your favorite recliner chair seems like a grand idea — until you wake up with a sore neck, that is. If you’re prone to taking naps in your favorite easy chair, dot&dot has just the product for you in the twist memory-foam pillow. Specifically designed for snoozing at odd angles, this comfort aid will provide all the neck support you can handle. For starters, unlike a traditional neck pillow, this one’s fully adjustable, allowing you to mold it in any which way that you please. Curve it into a standard U-shape, lift one side up to lean your head on, or roll it up for use as a mini cushion — the options are endless!
Recliner Lumbar Memory Foam Support Pillow
4. Recliner Lumbar Memory Foam Support Pillow
Where to buy: $29.99, Amazon
We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again; good posture is extremely important for tackling tension and pain in the body — especially when it comes to the lower back. A lumbar support pillow, such as this No. 1 bestselling memory foam lumbar cushion from LoveHome, is a great way to ensure that your spine is always in the optimal position for eliminating undue pressure. One of the 3,300 reviews on Amazon singing its praises advised placing it in the middle of your back as opposed to the bottom of the chair for the best results: “You should feel a huge difference,” the commenter raved.
Recliner Armrest Cupholder
5. Recliner Armrest Cupholder
Where to buy: $30, Amazon
We’ve all been there: You’ve just made a soothing cup of tea and nestled into your trusty chair, when bam! You spill your drink. Since most recliners are slightly wobbly, keeping your hot beverage still can be a real concern, and the CouchCoaster armrest cupholder eliminates this problem once and for all. Its sturdy, silicone body is both durable and easy-to-clean, while its ergonomic design allows for cup handles and other awkward hurdles. There’s also an adapter for added space that’s sure to fit even your largest mugs and tumblers.
Pet-Proof Recliner Protection Cover
6. Pet-Proof Recliner Protection Cover
Where to buy: $34.99, Overstock
Our pets might pretend to be perfect little angels when we’re around, but, as many a Youtube video has shown, as soon as we’re out of the door, they’re back to making themselves right at home and climbing all over the furniture. This Sure Fit quilted microfiber protective recliner chair cover will guard your goods against any scratches, fur, spills, stains, or dirt, Fido might leave behind, and its non-skid silicone backing will keep it firmly in position.
Mobile Recliner Tray Table
7. Mobile Recliner Tray Table
Where to buy: $39.98, Amazon
Shortly after the invention of “TV dinners” in 1953, America’s love affair with TV tray tables was born: The appeal of simultaneously enjoying a hearty meal while taking in a favorite television series was simply far too great to pass up! Though many side tables are not suitable for recliners due to height requirements, this BarelyHome pick is adjustable, eliminating any potential problems. A rolling base and built-in storage space for magazines, books, remote controls, and more also set it apart from the pack.
Mobile Recliner Tablet Floor Stand
8. Mobile Recliner Tablet Floor Stand
Where to buy: $39.99, Amazon
We’ll admit it: We can’t live without our tablets. Checking social media, video chatting with friends and family, and even watching videos and shows on a tablet has become the norm, and what better place to do it all than from the comfort of your cozy recliner? This height-adjustable, rotating tablet floor stand allows you to do it all without straining to hold your device up. What’s more, the stand comes on wheels, so you can smoothly roll it around the house should you decide to relocate.
Suede Recliner Slipcover
9. Suede Recliner Slipcover
Where to buy: $44.79, Target
After years of use, the material of your much-loved recliner chair might be getting a little ratty. Before you rush off to buy another chair or spend your hard-earned dough on reupholstery, why not try a slip-on recliner cover, like this faux suede number from Target? It’s super stretchy, so it will fit your recliner like a glove, and it has an elastic-fit bottom to secure it in place. Not only will it instantly revamp an old recliner, it will protect your chair from stains and spills, too!
10. Recliner Lap Desk Workstation
10. Recliner Lap Desk Workstation
Where to buy: $47.24, Amazon
Whether you work from home or need to do some quick business while you’re away from the office, this lap desk by Sofia + Sam has you covered. Designed for use from your reclining chair, it features a slot for a tablet and a phone, a slide-out mouse deck for left or right-handed users, memory-foam wrist cushioning, and a USB lamp — they’ve really thought of everything!
11. Recliner Protector with Built-In Storage
11. Recliner Protector with Built-In Storage
Where to buy: $59.99, Target
A super-stylish recliner protector with built-in remote control and magazine pockets? Don’t mind if we do! We’re loving the vintage look of this distressed brown faux leather recliner chair slipcover from Sure Fit at Target, which fits effortlessly over any size lounge chair to fully protect your recliner’s surface. There is a fleece fur trim for an added cozy touch, and it’s also machine washable.
Recliner Recliner Swivel Safety Handle and Tray Table
12. Recliner Swivel Safety Handle and Tray Table
Where to buy: $149, Amazon
If you tend to suffer from aches and pains, we’ve got the perfect recliner accessory for you. Sure, the Able Life bamboo swivel tray table is a bit pricey, ringing in at $149, but then again, it isn’t your average chair add-on. In addition to a built-in cup holder and flat surface storage, the Able tray has a safety handle that also serves as a crutch to assist you in getting in and out of your recliner with ease. Setup is quick and easy with no tools required. Better yet? It’s fully customizable, with options to extend and adjust its specifications and a 360-degree swivel capability that allow you to use it any which way you choose.