How to Remove the Back of a Lazy Boy Recliner

Lazy Boy recliners are a common piece of furniture in homes. The chair reclines back, allowing you to stretch your legs after a hard day at work. Recliners have come a long way since they were introduced. Lazy Boy now manufactures recliners with everything from cup holders to remote controls. When moving the recliner from one room to another, it might be necessary to disassemble the chair. Removing the back of a Lazy Boy recliner is usually all that is necessary. The back of the chair locks into place on a hinge, much like wall oven door hinges.

Move the recliner out so that you can access the back of the chair. Look for the seam between the sides of the chair back and the side of the chair. Some recliners have a fabric strip that uses Velcro to hide the seam. Pull the strip off the Velcro to access the seam.

Look for a thin black piece of metal in the seams near the bottom of the back of the chair. There is a lever lock that covers the metal.

Place a flathead screwdriver at the bottom of the flat lever lock and pry the lock up so that it is pointing toward you.

Grasp the back of the chair by its sides and lift straight up to remove the chair back from the recliner.


Installation is the reverse of removal. Ensure that you press the lever lock down flat when installing the back of the chair.

Things You'll Need

  • Flathead screwdriver
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Kenneth Crawford is a freelance writer with more than 10 years of experience. His work has appeared in both print and online publications, including "The American Chronicle." Crawford holds an associate degree in business administration from Commonwealth College.