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Diplomat Chair and Ottoman, Fabric Upholstery
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 Diplomat, Ambassador, and Consul chairs are all part of the same style family, but in different sizes. The Diplomat chair is the small-sized chair of the bunch, and is perfectly suited to a comfortable domestic life.

Also available in leather upholstery.

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 Diplomat 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 Diplomat 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 Diplomat 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: 37" h x 28.25" w x 27.5" d
  • Ottoman dimensions: 15" h x 21.25" w x 15.25" d
  • Seat height: 15" 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
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Optional Swing Table

The Stressless Swing Tableis 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.

Stressless Swing Table

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About The Manufacturer

Erkornes StresslessStressless 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.

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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 Ambassador, Consul and Diplomat 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.

Shipping & Delivery

Standard Shipping: $127.60 per item

Diplomat Chairs in fabric are made to order and arrive in 8-12 weeks.

For additional information, please see our shipping and delivery policies page.

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    It seems that the Stressless chairs have a glide system that is used for comfort and ergonomics, but does it also glide freely back and forth like a maternity glider? Is it designed to be used in the fashion of a rocking glider or is it just supposed to glide when you get in and out of it. Thank you.
    Asked on 2/11/2014 by Dave von Dave from Newest Jersey

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    • Smart Furniture Staff Reviewer


      Yes, Stressless Chairs have a glide system that allows you to set the tension for recline. It isn't meant to be used in the fashion of a rocking or maternity glider.

      Answered on 2/12/2014 by Melanie from
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The internal mechanism of Stressless recliners is warranted for a period of 10 years from the date of purchase. The 10 year guarantee covers the Plus system and the internal metal frame, including the metal springs and gliding system. The warranty does not cover damage to leather, fabric or wood components.