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How to Repair a Recliner Footrest

Updated February 21, 2017

When you open the footrest on your recliner and inspect it, you will notice that the footrest consists of a wooden board covered with upholstery. The board itself mounts to a metal frame via four bolts. If you break the board for the footrest, you can quickly replace it with a new one. However, you must transfer the original upholstery and padding to the new board.

Remove the four bolts that secure the footrest to the metal framing of the chair with a wrench.

Remove the staples that secure the upholstery to the bottom of the footrest by prying them out with needle-nose pliers. Place the upholstery and padding off to the side.

Place the footrest on top of the plywood and trace it. Also mark the holes drilled for mounting the footrest to the framing.

Cut out the new footrest board with a saw and then drill holes in the places indicated with a hand drill and drill bit. Match the diameter of the holes by using the correct drill bit.

Place the padding onto the top of the board and then place the upholstery over the board. Flip the board upside down and wrap the upholstery around the board.

Staple the upholstery to the board with a staple gun. Pull the upholstery stout while you staple it to ensure the upholstery stays tight on the board.

Place the board over the framing and line up the mounting holes. Thread the bolts through the framing and into the holes in the board with your wrench. The bolts will tap the hole with threads as you turn them in with your wrench.

Things You'll Need

  • Wrench
  • 1/4-inch plywood
  • Saw
  • Needle-nose pliers
  • Staple gun
  • Hand drill
  • Drill bit set
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