La-Z-Boy (or Lazy Boy) has been manufacturing recliners since the 1920s and is still in business as of 2010. The first La-Z-Boy chair was made from wood slats and was not upholstered, but that soon changed in the 1930s when a fully upholstered recliner became available. The framework of your La-Z-Boy may last for many years, but upholstery may need eventual replacement. Knowing how to disassemble your La-Z-Boy chair is the first step in getting your recliner reupholstered.
Locate the levers that hold the back of the chair onto the base by reaching in between the seat back and the arms on each side from the rear of the chair. Pull the levers down with your hand. Now grasp the sides of the seat back on each side and pull straight upwards until the back slides out of the clips. Set the seat back aside.
Turn the chair over so that the bottom is facing upwards.
Locate the screws that hold the arms to the seat bottom, which are at the sides of the seat bottom near the front of the each arm. Loosen and remove the screws with a Philips screwdriver in a counterclockwise direction. Set the screws aside. Pull the metal straps that you removed the screws from towards the centre of the chair bottom. Turn the chain over so that it is right side up.
Pull up on the seat bottom at the front to reveal the screws that hold the rear of the seat bottom to the arms. Remove the screws with a Philips screwdriver in a counterclockwise direction. Lift up on the seat bottom to remove it fromt he chair frame. Remove the metal straps from the underside of the seat bottom with a Philips screwdriver in a counterclockwise direction. Set the screws, metal straps, and the seat bottom aside.
Locate the two bolts that attach the arms to the chair frame and remove them with an adjustable wrench in a counterclockwise direction. Lift the arms from the chair frame. Set the bolts and arms aside.
Use a digital camera or take notes during the disassembly of your La-Z-Boy chair. This will help you know where all the parts and fasteners go when you are ready to reassemble your chair. Keep small parts in plastic sandwich bags to keep them from getting lost.