How to Take Apart a Recliner to Reupholster

Written by thomas west
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A recliner is an upholstered and padded easy chair that has a reclining back rest for the comfort of the user. The chair's structure is usually made of hard wood and heavy duty steel and will last for many years with regular use. However, the padding and upholstery may not fair so well over time and will need to be replaced to make your chair like new again. The chair must be disassembled before re-upholstery can begin.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • Philips screw driver
  • Adjustable wrench
  • Flat blade screw driver

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Place the chair in an upright position with the back in a fully straight-up position. Locate the holding clips that keep the back attached to the base of the chair on each side at the rear. Reach into the gap between the back of the chair and the seat cushion on each side and rotate the lever upwards.

  2. 2

    Lift up on each side of the chair back and slide it off of the base. Set the chair back aside.

  3. 3

    Turn the chair over so the bottom is facing upwards. Locate the clips that hold the seat cushion in place near the front of the seat and adjacent to the arm on each side. Turn the holding screws from the clips in a counter clockwise direction with a Philips screw driver and set them aside. Pull the clips out of the arm towards the centre of the seat and set them aside.

  4. 4

    Turn the chair back over onto its feet. Lift the front of the chair cushion as high as it will go to reveal the bolts that hold the rear of the seat cushion to the arms. Remove the bolts in a counter clockwise direction with an adjustable wrench and set them aside.

  5. 5

    Lift the seat cushion from the chair base and set it aside.

  6. 6

    Turn the chair back over so the bottom is facing upwards. Locate the bolts that hold the arms to the chair by looking inside the bottom of the arm. Remove the bolts in a counter clockwise direction with an adjustable wrench and set them aside. Turn the chair over and remove the arms. Use a flat blade screw driver to pry them off if necessary.

  7. 7

    Reassemble the chair in the reverse order after re-upholstery is completed.

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