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Stressless Consul Chair Medium with Classic Base
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Stressless Consul Chair Medium and Ottoman, Leather
by Ekornes Stressless

At A Glance:
As an international brand, Stressless has done a fitting thing in naming three of its chairs after international-relations public servants. The Consul Small, Consul Medium, and Consul Large chairs are all part of the same style family, but in different sizes. The Consul Medium chair is the medium-sized chair of the bunch, and is perfectly suited to a comfortable domestic life.

Also available are the Consul Small and the Consul Large.

If you're looking for the Signature Base version, you can find it HERE.

What's To Like:
The recline function (the Glide System) reacts to shifts in your body weight. This means you never have to hold tension in your body, like you would in many other recliners. Your head, neck, and shoulders are supported well by the Stressless Consul Chair's headrest. The headrest moves with the chair to keep your head supported in a reading position with your neck muscles relaxed. As an alternative, you can drop the headrest if you'd like to lie almost fully flat. The Plus system within the chair controls lumbar region support, so that whenever you need it, the chair moves to support your lower back. And all that's not even getting into the way the chair looks! It's refined-looking, like it belongs in the home of someone who appreciates the finer things - like you do.

What's Not to Like:
We're not going to be able to knock this recliner's comfort. It's simply comfortable. So it's all a matter of taste at this point. If you don't like its look, then that's what's not to like. We don't think that the price tag is an issue here because of the incredible value a Stressless recliner is in terms of comfort and durability.

The Bottom Line:
With a striking combination of comfort, function, and balanced good looks, the Stressless Consul Chair is the direct result of more than 35 years of refining what Ekornes has preached all along. Slightly contemporary in its overall design, the wood frame and plush upholstery are reminders of the Stressless Consul Chair's luxurious quality.

Ekornes introduced the Stressless chair in 1971, meticulously developing and designing the chair to provide your body with the ultimate in comfort and support while sitting upright or reclined. This revolutionary design has made Stressless the ultimate recliner for the past 35 years.


  • Chair dimensions: 39.25" h x 29.5" w x 28" d
  • Ottoman dimensions: 15" h x 21.25" w x 15.25" d
  • Seat height: 15.75" h
  • Stressless Glide System: allows you to adjust the glide setting so you can automatically shift to any seating position by simply using your body weight.
  • Plus System: automatically provides correct support for your head and lumbar area in all positions. The lower back support adjusts in parallel with the headrest, so you can enjoy perfect support, whether you are sitting in an upright or reclining position.
  • ErgoAdapt: seat tilts down automatically the moment you sit down, providing the most comfortable sitting angle. If you prefer to lie down, the seat elevates to the completely flat position.
  • Upholstered in your choice of leather or fabric
  • Cushioned with two layers of foam
  • Glide system within the chair is made of sturdy steel
  • Strong, high-quality bent plywood base swivels and provides excellent stability

Optional Swing Table

The Stressless Swing Table is a round side table that attaches to the side of most Stressless recliners.

Designed with convenience and comfort in mind, the Swing Table is roomy enough for a number of items you'd normally keep on your end table, such as drinks, books, or remote controls. There's no better way to keep these items within arm's reach while staying relaxed. The Swing Table is also a great way to save space, as it can eliminate the need for an end table next to your recliner.

Available in 7 wood finishes, the Swing Table is compatible with most Stressless recliners.


The original Stressless Chair was designed to be the most comfortable recliner on the planet. The Consul Stressless Chair is designed to be the most comfortable recliner on the planet as well - but also one of the most stylish and pleasing to the eye. Unlike the traditional American recliner, where bulk is generally thought to equate to comfort, the Consul is slim and trim. Unlike the traditional American recliner, where padding and saggy leather upholstery is though to be the epitome of comfort, the Consul is lightly padded and tightly upholstered in a variety of different styles. And unlike the traditional American recliner, where a lever on the side and a springy leg rest with an accordion lift pushing it out and up is considered the height of of great design, the Consul Chair relies mostly on a small, attractive, and perfectly calibrated ottoman that looks beautiful and performs - well, beautifully. This is a new kind of recliner, a new kind of lounge chair for a new class of American furniture buyers - and the Ekornes Consul Stressless Chair is taking no prisoners on the way to being one of the most sought after and admired recliners in the world.

Ambassador Recliner Chair

The base of the Stressless armada of chairs (of which the Consul Small, Consul Medium and Consul Large are at the forefront) is a thing of real and rare beauty. Constructed in general of European Beech wood, with a finish that's calm and lovely and as restful as the chair itself, they make quite a statement. And that statement is: Not your average recliner! Most American recliners are upholstered from tip to toe, with no part of the base visible. That's because they mostly have to rely on a series of ugly springs and accordion "elevators" that make the footrest go up and down, and allow the back of the chair to recliner independently from the actual seat. Nobody wants to see a mass of gnashing metal when they're thinking about sitting in or purchasing a relaxing, stress-free recliner for their home. But the Ekornes Consul Stressless Chair doesn't have any gnashing metal, any ugly undercarriage to show off - it's just simple design, elegant technological solutions, and lovely finishes and accents. The base of the chair is simply that - the stand upon which the work of art that is the Consul Stressless Chair sits. That it is itself a minor work of Norwegian design brilliance is just the icing on the cake.So how do these chairs do it? How are they able to consistently outperform the competition with such little metal, so few visible inner mechanics? With the Stressless Glide System, that's how.

When you recliner in the chair or recliner that you have now, the sensation might not be as comfortable and ergonomic as you think. That's because the back of the chair adjusts independent to the footrest and the seat. They might all move at the same time, but that's hardly important when they aren't designed to work perfectly together. The Stressless Glide System, using nothing but pressure sensitivity and your own body weight, reclines at the pressure of your back. And when the back of the chair moves, so does the seat - in a manner that accords you the most comfort possible, the most back support possible, and the most style possible. When the back of the chair moves, it moves in two directions. The lower part of the seat actually firms and pushes up into your lower back. That's how the Ekornes Consul Stressless Chair provides its legendary lumbar support, something very few other recliners even attempt to provide. The upper part lays back and allows you total relaxation posture. At the same time, the seat moves precisely when the back does, moving backwards or forwards as needed to give you optimum support and comfort at all times.Adjusting the chair is simple. There is a small, discrete wheel that resides on the outside ege of the seat. You merely turn the wheel to a setting that feels right to you, and then you let go. From that point on reclining and sitting up will be completely under the control of your own body. The Ekornes Consul Stressless Chair will practically read your thoughts, and literally read your body, and react accordingly. People who use the chair often describe that sensations of effortless control and comfort as "floating on air." no wonder - the years of research and engineering that went into this amazing product are testament enough to the dedication of the Ekornes company in producing the world's greatest commercial recliner.

Support is one of the unsung heroes of the ergonomics movement. It is just as important as comfort, and in some cases even more important - it can prevent injury, fatigue, and persistent aches and pains caused by simple poor design in a chair. The Ekornes Stressless Chairs attack this problem with the renowned Plus System, which works hand in hand with the Glide System to give you the best possible chair experience.The Plus system has an amazing ability to make you comfortable and keep you supported. In works in several different areas of the chair, and of your body. The most important is probably the lumbar area of your back, the lower part of the seat back on the chair. This particular feature, you will remember, was discussed a few paragraphs ago. When you lean back in the chair (after you've adjusted for your own body using the wheel) your lower back will actually feel more support, not less. That's because the lower part of the seat back will actually rise the meet the indentation in your lower back - your lumbar region. This simple "fill-in" makes a huge difference in how comfortable you are in your own chair. Another big part of the Plus system is the headrest. The headrest moves in much the same way as the lower part of the seat back. When the chair can tell you need a bit more support because of the position you are in, or the position you are putting yourself in, it reacts smoothly and quickly. The headrest will rise up a bit when you lean back - that's the make it easier on your head and neck when you're having a conversation, or watching television, or reading a book. Most recliners, when the lean back, put your eye-line somewhere on the ceiling. But not the Ekornes Consul Stressless Chair. In this little number, you eye-line stays right where it should be - straight ahead, level with the horizon.All in all, you won't find a chair that's more comfortable, more ergonomically sound, more stylish, or more just plain cool than the Ekornes Consul Stressless Chair. An ambassador of good taste, a high ranking diplomat from the countries of Effortless Comfort and Good Looks, and one of the prized members of the Ekornes Stressless Chair stable, it's the chair that's just right. Not too big, not too small, but just right for you and your family.

About the Manufacturer

Erkornes Stressless
Stressless recliners and sofas have been synonymous with comfort since the company's inception in 1971. Known as the "Innovators of Comfort" - Stressless' designers and engineers have succeeded in creating a recline system that provides seamless support from your knees to your head regardless of how you're sitting. The Stressless glide system - a reclining mechanism hidden beneath the chair's plush, inviting exterior, permits freedom of movement without ever giving up lumbar, head and leg support. Combined with matching ottomans, and available in numerous sizes to accommodate, Ekornes Stressless chairs and sofas will be the most relaxing recliners you've ever experienced.

Materials & Measurements

Fabric or leather upholstery, laminated European beech base, steel recline mechanism

Recliner: 39.25" h x 29.5" w x 28" d
Seat height: 15.75"
Ottoman: 15" h x 21.25" w x 15.25" d

To get a closer look at the upholstery options for the Stressless Consul Chair, visit our Ekornes Stressless Materials Library.

Batick Leather:
A corrected aniline-dyed, pigmented and grain-embossed upholstery leather, which has had most of its natural marks removed. The protective layer of lacquer allows spills to be easily removed. Easy to clean and attractively priced, Batick is a popular choice for those who want a more resilient leather.

Paloma Leather:
An aniline-dyed upholstery leather with a combination of dyes and pigments in the finish. Paloma has a natural grain pattern with visible natural marks. The light finishing treatment improves the physical properties and provides a more uniform color. Paloma has been developed to produce a very soft, rich and friendly feel. The preferred choice of those who want a soft, authentic look in leather that breathes well.

Cori Leather:
Cori is a corrected, pigment improved and grain embossed upholstery leather. Cori has a substantial body and a distinct pebbled grain. Most of its natural marks are removed. Cori has a tip-shine which adds depth and character to the surface. Some colors have two-tone/ tone-on-tone effect. A protective layer of lacquer simplifies cleaning.

Pioneer Leather:
A luxurious, full grain aniline leather, Pioneer retains the original grain of the leather, and is treated with oils, waxes, and transparent dyes. It is made to enhance the soft touch and natural appeal of the leather, offering vibrant colors and a beautiful luster. This leather will gain patina and become more beautiful with time. However, the delicate finish of Pioneer Leather offers just a slight protection. It can absorb moisture easily and is vulnerable to heat, sunlight, and spills.

Noblesse Leather:
Noblesse is the most exclusive leather quality offered by Ekornes. It is a full grain semi-aniline, which means that it is dyed all the way through and has only a thin protective topcoat. This allows the leather to keep the natural softness and lustre that characterises a first-class furniture leather. A natural material like Noblesse retains its original grain and structure. Minor color nuances and skin blemishes may also occur. Such individual details could lead to slight variations in different parts of the furniture cover. Although the topcoat provides a measure of protection, Noblesse is the most delicate of the leather qualities that Ekornes uses. It absorbs moisture easily, and is more vulnerable to wear and tear, heat, sunlight, spills and perspiration. Regular maintenance is important to keep its attractive appearance.


Shipping & Delivery

Room of Choice Delivery: $143.60 per item

If you don't like carrying furniture, this is a great option. The shipper will schedule an appointment with you prior to delivery and bring the furniture into your home for you. This service does not include unpackaging or assembly.

  • Typical transit time is 4-7 business days. Some larger and specialty items may take a bit longer.
  • Shipper will arrange a four hour window for delivery at least 24 hours in advance.
  • Your driver or delivery team will bring the furniture inside your home and into your room of choice (Up to two flights of stairs).
  • Delivery folks will not unpack or assemble your furniture.
  • You must inspect the purchase at the time of delivery and sign for any damages.
  • We'll be sure to assist with any damage that may occur. Please call Smart Furniture right away if any issues arise.
  • If you're ordering multiple items from the same manufacturer, we might be able to bundle your shipping upgrade costs! Give us a call and we'll make sure you're getting the best shipping price possible!
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Questions & Answers

Product Q&A

Q: Where can I find other sizes of the Consul Chair?
A: Two alternate sizes are available - the Diplomat (small) and the Ambassador (large).

Q: What is the difference between the 3 chairs?
A: The only difference is size. All three chairs offer the same features.

Q: Does this purchase include the ottoman?
A: Yes, the Diplomat Consul Chair is included with your purchase.


Frame: warranted for 10 years
Foam casings: warranted for 5 years
Wood base: warranted for 5 years
Leather/fabric: warranted for 1 year

Ekornes guarantees the internal mechanism of our recliners for a period of 10 years from the date of purchase of the product. The 10 year guarantee covers the Plus system and the internal metal frame, including the metal springs and gliding system. It does not cover damage to leather or woodwork or any faults or damage caused by the use of the product other than in accordance with the manufacturer's recommendations, as well as any faults or damage arising from any repairs made by any persons not authorized by the manufacturer.

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