I found that Lazy Boy has the more refined reclining sofas. I hope to purchase one for our office/den area upstairs before Christmas.
We recently purchased a reclining loveseat and sofa and though we found some reclining chairs that weren't bulky, never did we find a sofa and/or loveseat that reclines that was not on the bulky side. Some more so than others, but I would classify them all as "bulky". Even those classified as "modern" are still big.
Try using words in a search as mentioned above "modern" or "trim" or "small" before reclining sofa. I found this one under "small" and it's the least bulky recliner I've ever seen.
I know the store is not in your area, but if you like it you might be able to find it in your area. Good luck!
Good advice from both of you...thank you!