How to Repair Recliner Frames

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Recliner chairs come equipped with lever mechanisms that project a footrest from the chair’s base and allow users to tilt the chair into a more relaxed position. Recliner chairs are typically reliable units, but can suffer from a range of issues including defective levers or creaking frames. Recliner frames can usually be repaired by tightening the fixtures and fittings inside the chair and examining the chair’s base.

Things You'll Need

  • Hammer
  • Screwdriver and screws
  • Metal lubricant
  • Flat-head screwdriver
  • Replacement hinges
  • Wood glue
  • Access the fittings of the recliner chair. Pull the cloth cover at the back of the chair to access the inside of the chair. Some recliner chair covers are secured with screws or nails. These can usually be removed using a screwdriver or the claw end of a hammer.

  • Grip each nut and bolt head inside the recliner with a wrench and tighten by turning firmly in a clockwise direction. Loose fittings can often cause annoying creaking noises when the recliner mechanism is operated.

  • Identify the springs and coils inside the chair once the nuts and bolts have been tightened. Apply a thin layer of metal lubricant to each coil and spring. These components can become stiff with repeated use, leading to excessive pressure on the chair and creaking noises. Lubricant helps reduce the friction and pressure on the springs and coils.

  • Check the base of the recliner. Remove any metal hinges that are bent or broken using the flat head of a screwdriver and a hammer. Fit a replacement hinge by securing it in the holes with screws and a screwdriver.

  • Identify any splintered or broken areas of the recliner base if your recliner is wooden. Apply a layer of wood glue to the center of any splits in the wood. Hold the broken areas firmly together so they can bond. Leave the glue to cure according to the instructions on the bottle.

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