Walmart offers the Acme Oakwood Microfiber Recliner in several colors (Beige pictured) for $159 with free shipping. That's $10 under our mention from last month and the lowest price we've seen. (It's the best deal now by $32.) It features a side lever and measures 38" x 35" x 40".
You don't need to hire a contractor or do extensive renovations to add value to your home.