How to Fix a Recliner

Recliner Chair Advice

How to Fix a Recliner

Since they were introduced, recliners are must-have furniture pieces in homes as they offer immense comfort for users who wish to relax and lounge at home. However, since everyone prefers sitting in a recliner, they tend to wear down easily and develop problems.

If you start seeing problems on your recliner, getting them fixed by a professional may cost a lot of money, and there is even a chance you will end up having to buy a new recliner in the process.

Fortunately, some of the most common recliner problems can easily be remedied at home and it only requires a few tools.

Here are some of the things you need to know when fixing common problems with your recliner.

First, you need to prepare the things you’ll need. When fixing a recliner, you will need a screwdriver (both flat-head or Philips), extra wood, hammer, nails, wrench, wood glue, wood clamp, upholstery patches, glue and screws, nuts and bolts in various sizes.

Having screws, nuts and bolts in various sizes will help you easily fix your recliner if they are missing or need to be replaced. Some manufacturers sell upholstery repair kits which you can use to repair your recliner.

Next, determine the problem by locating which area in your recliner which has a problem.

If there is a problem with one of the screws, use either a flat-head or a Philips screwdriver to tighten the loose screws.

If there are a few screws missing in your recliner, check your extra screws to find a match and screw it tightly to the affected area. An adjustable wrench will work well if the problem is loose nuts and bolts.

If the problem is the footrest handle, you can check the fasteners which hold the handle to the chair. Tighten the fasteners if they feel loose.

If the footrest handle is broken, you can check the manufacturer of your recliner to see if they have a replacement handle available for sale or for order. If you cannot find a replacement part from your recliner’s manufacturer, check handles that can work in the original opening.

If your recliner base is made from wood, repairing cracks is easy with the help of wood glue and a wood clamp to hold the glued part in place until it dries. First, you apply wood glue on the affected area and clamp it together until it is dry.

If the wood base has completely broken, use the broken base as a guide to fashion a new wooden base, then fasten it to the recliner. If the base is made from metal, it will be difficult to replace it as it may require complicated metal work.

However, if you wish to remedy this problem, you can make a wooden equivalent of the metal part which has been damaged. Use the broken metal base as a template to cut the wooden frame, and then fasten the chair to the newly replaced base.

If the problem you have with your recliner deals with tears and holes in your upholstery, you can use upholstery patches to cover these parts. Upholstery patches come in various shapes, sizes and styles that can blend well with your recliner.

Some of them may even be self-adhesive, no longer requiring you to glue the pieces together. You can cut the patches to match the damage you need to cover, expose the adhesive and fix the patch in place until it is smoothly in place.

Other upholster patches may come with their own specialized glue to guarantee it will stick in place.

When fixing your recliner, it is also important to remember the following:

  • Do not force yourself to repair your recliner if it is clear the damage is too extensive and if your repair work will not last long. It is ideal you buy a new recliner to prevent any injuries
  • If you have children at home, make sure you supervise them when using the recliner as some parts may cause serious injuries for your children if they get stuck on these parts
  • Read the instructions carefully on how you can operate your recliner without breaking it

To prevent other problems with your recliners, double check the weight limit; excessive weight may cause problems to the integrity of your recliner’s base. Dirt and other liquids may also cause rusting or clogging, which would cause your recliner’s joints to lose their strength.

Clean your recliner regularly to keep it looking in top condition, and during the process, take the opportunity to check for any wear and tear, or problem areas.

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