How to Fix a Collapsed Recliner


If you would rather not replace your collapsed recliner, check for the source of the collapse, such as a broken base frame or loose joints. You might need the help of a friend or family member who is knowledgeable about furniture repairs if you find you must replace the recliner base. However, most other repairs can be performed by just about anyone.

Things You'll Need

  • Phillips head screwdriver
  • Flat head screwdriver
  • Wrench
  • Screws
  • Nuts and bolts
  • Wood glue
  • Clamps
  • Wooden replacement slats
  • Drill
  • Upholstery fabric
  • Needle and thread
  • Replacement cushion
  • Look over the different joints of the recliner. Tighten loose screws with either a Phillips head or flat-head screwdriver. The type of screw should also be noted in case any screws are missing and require replacing. Tighten loose nuts and bolts with a wrench. Replace any missing nuts and bolts as well.

  • Turn the recliner carefully on its side so you can observe the condition of the recliner base and repair it, if necessary. Repair cracks in wooden recliner bases with wood glue and clamps. Apply wood glue where needed and use clamps to keep the wood together until it dries. If wooden pieces or slats in a recliner base have broken completely and require replacing, use the old base as your model to construct a new wooden base. Observe where and how the old base is screwed into the chair before removal, and use a drill for easy replacement. Use a drill or screw to undo old wooden pieces that are still screwed into the recliner base.

  • Return the recliner to its original position and check its four stands for sturdiness. Replace worn-down stands or use paper underneath one or more of the stands if needed.

  • Reupholster or replace sagging cushions, which can make the chair feel like it has collapsed even if the base and loose joints have been repaired.

Tips & Warnings

  • Broken or collapsed metal recliner bases are generally harder to repair. If it is more cost-effective to fix the recliner base than to buy a new recliner, replace the metal base with a wooden version.
  • Replace defective handle bars that are not correctly adjusted.
  • Note how flexible the backside of the recliner is. If it is too tight, use a screwdriver to loosen the screws.

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