DIY Recliner Chair Organizer

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A recliner chair organizer prevents you from searching aimlessly for the remote control once you sit down to relax after a long day at work. A do-it-yourself organizer is inexpensive and takes little time to create. It can be as large or small as you desire. Handy pockets enable you to store the elusive remote control, magazines or other reading material, a pen and paper or even craft supplies. Coordinating the organizer fabric with the color of the recliner makes it seem to disappear against the background.

Things You'll Need

  • Ruler
  • Fleece or felt material that coordinates with the recliner (approximately 1/2 yard)
  • Scissors
  • Chalk
  • Fabric glue
  • Hook and loop self-adhesive tape
  • Hot glue gun and glue sticks (optional)
  • Measure a large rectangle onto the fleece or felt fabric with the ruler. It can be any size you desire, but one that is approximately 40-by-14 inches enables you to have three or four pockets of various sizes.

  • Mark the rectangle shape on the fabric with a piece of chalk.

  • Cut out the rectangle. Approximately half or more of this rectangle hangs down on the outside of your recliner arm. This other half is attached in between the seat cushion and the arm.

  • Measure the width of the remote control, your favorite magazine or book sizes and any other accouterments you want to create a pocket for on your organizer. Add 2 inches to each measurement. This allows you to easily slide the object into the pocket. Also, determine how tall you want each pocket. Ideally, it should be about half the length of the object to keep it from falling out of the organizer.

  • Trace each measurement onto the fabric.

  • Cut out each shape with the scissors to form your recliner organizer pockets.

  • Apply a stream of glue to one pocket close to the sides and bottom. If the fabric has a dull side, place the glue on this side so that the more vibrant color is facing out. Lay the rectangle down on a flat work surface with the vibrant side facing up. Attach pockets starting at one end of the fabric. It is a wise idea to place larger pockets toward the bottom of the fabric. Remember to position the pockets so that the opening is facing toward the end of the fabric you are not gluing.

  • Smooth the pocket in place with your fingers to allow the glue to adhere well.

  • Repeat the steps until all the pockets are in place, with the smaller pockets closer to the middle section of the organizer. This organizer forms an upside down "U" shape on the recliner arm, therefore the top pockets shouldn't extend beyond the middle of the fabric. Place smaller pockets side by side if you desire. Allow the fabric glue to dry completely.

  • Cut a strip of hook and loop tape. Make it the same size as the width of the fabric.

  • Peel the backing off one side of the hook and loop tape. Have an assistant separate the cushion and chair arm on the recliner by spreading it open with his hands.

  • Stick the hook and loop tape to the area where you will attach the recliner organizer. Ideally, it should be about 2 inches below the chair cushion so it does not show.

  • Attach the other side of the hook and loop tape to the inside end section of the organizer. This is the end without the pockets.

  • Press the hook and loop tape together to add the organizer to your recliner. Now it is ready to fill with your supplies.

Tips & Warnings

  • Neither fleece or felt require a finished hem. The materials do not ravel or fray, therefore are ideal for this craft project.
  • Use a hot glue gun to speed up the process if you desire. Children should use fabric glue instead of the glue gun, unless they have supervision.

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