Learn All you Need to Know about Recliner Maintenance

Taking care of your recliner takes a lot of patience and commitment. Even so, with the right tools and the right tips, any individual, regardless of whether he or she is tech-savvy or not, can manage to repair a recliner.

Some of the first things to keep in mind is you’ll need to operate the unit properly. Avoid performing violent motions or any tugging while you’re pulling the handle. The same rule applies when trying to close the unit. Too much force could be damaging, and if you can’t seem to close it at all, you might need to try again. Whatever you do, don’t apply too much pressure and don’t force the recliner shut.




Several tips to get you started

Children and teenagers can accidentally jump onto the footrest and, therefore, inflict damage upon the mechanism. Over time, you’ll get used to the model in your house so much that you’ll be able to pick up on whether something is different or not. A clinking sound or a distinct feel may be clues that you might need to do some recliner maintenance. It could take years and years before something like this happens.

Any issues that you might discover with your recliner during the first year after you have bought it should be reported to the seller. Some manufacturers will offer you complete warranty coverage for a number of years, so why not just take advantage of it and get your product fixed or replaced for free?



Get the proper tools

Before starting to fix your recliner, you need to gather the proper tools. In this case, all you need is a screwdriver, wood glue, and a clamp, an adjustable wrench, upholstery patches, wood, a hammer, as well as nails, nuts, bolts, and screws. The size of the screws and others depends on the recliner model you own. It’s best to have as many sizes and varieties at hand, just in case you don’t know which types go into your recliner.



Recliner maintenance

After you’ve gathered the things you need, what you have to do is discover the problem. What’s wrong with your recliner? Take it step by step to make sure that you don’t miss anything.

For example, your unit might be suffering from a case of loose screws, nuts, or bolts. It goes without saying that all you have to do is use your flat-head screwdriver or adjustable wrench to tighten them. Some screws might be missing, so be sure to compare them to the ones you’ve gathered in your maintenance kit and replace them correctly.

Another problem that you may be able to identify is related to the handle. If the handle operating the footrest is broken, you can order a new one, provided you check for the brand and model and get the right one. Let’s say that your handle is loose. If it is, it’s probably easier to manage, as you will only have to tighten the fasteners.

Some users might have the unfortunate surprise of realizing that their recliner chair base has cracks or has broken altogether. The cracks can be repaired with some wood, glue, and a clamp. As is the case with the handle issue we were mentioned earlier on, the wood base can be replaced by buying a new one. If you’re crafty enough, you can make a new one based on the pattern.


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By contrast, the base might be made of metal. In this respect, it might be close to impossible to build a new one out of metal, so try using a strong type of wood. As previously described, use the pattern to make a new base and then fasten the chair to it.

Dealing with tears in the covering is by far the simplest way of maintaining your recliner in perfect shape, as you will only need the correct upholstery patches. Of course, they should match the covering on your unit regarding color, material, and pattern. Some patches are self-adhesive and, therefore, take the hassle out of fidgeting with any glue. All you have to do is cut the patch so that it matches the piece that’s missing from your covering and then use a clamp or apply weight to make sure that the glue sticks and dries.



Final tips

Simplifying the maintenance can be done at the right moment when you buy your recliner. Some retailers offer maintenance kits, so be sure to buy one or two of these when you purchase the model of your choice.

Children shouldn’t be in the area you’ll be doing your recliner maintenance, to avoid being hurt. Pay attention when operating the unit, as it can cause injury even on a grown-up.