How to Replace Recliner Handles


You may not know how common it is for a recliner to need a replacement handle until yours breaks. It can be frustrating, especially if you can't get your chair to recline manually. It's important to get it fixed as soon as possible so you don't end up breaking any other parts of your recliner when you try to work it manually.

Things You'll Need

  • New recliner handle
  • General tools you have around the house
  • Time
  • Check the warranty on your recliner. Most recliners only offer a one year warranty unless you had purchased an extended one. There will be instructions if your recliner handle has broken during the time frame specified. You should call the number on the instructions and be prepared to give them your recliner's information and product number. The company should then ship you a free handle kit. The kit will have step-by-step instructions on how to replace your old handle with your new one.

  • Buy a recliner handle kit. You can do this several ways. Contact the dealer where you bought the recliner. They should be able to give you the number of a company you can buy the kit from directly. When you receive your kit just follow the directions to replace the handle. If you would like to save a few dollars you can purchase a handle kit on eBay. eBay basically sells anything you can think of and it is a great resource for buying discount handle's.

  • Salvage a handle from an old recliner. Often times you will see recliner's out to the curb because of the cushions being stained or ripped. The handle's are almost always in working condition. You could remove the handle from the recliner no one wants and place it on your recliner.

  • Make your own handle. If you are crafty with wood then you could very inexpensively make a recliner handle yourself. You don't need anything fancy and since handle's are small it should only take one small piece of wood. You might want to add a little stain to the wood so that it matches the rest of your chair.

Tips & Warnings

  • You can find step by step guides for your specific recliner by visiting the website for your recliner's brand. Each recliner is slightly different so it would be best to check the website if you can't figure out what to do.
  • Always be careful when working with tools. Wearing safety googles is suggested especially if you are making the handle yourself.

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