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How does a recliner chair work?

Updated February 21, 2019

Reclining chairs are popular seating options. Simple qualities make a chair a recliner. However, specific models and designs such as space saver versions (which may require less than a foot of space to recline), and automatic reclining (eliminating the use of levers), make some chairs more desirable. But while these chairs may have handy features, they may not be as durable, due to the wearing out of the mechanisms.

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Frames & Functioning

The frame of the recliner chair is made up of either wood (hardwood or plywood). The hardwood versions are superior, and will be fashioned with screws. The frame is the body of the chair and should be aligned properly to allow for reclining with ease. The arms of the chair are made up of panels, and are bolted together by cross bars. The separate pieces of the chair allow the chair to be pushed back in the reclined position.

Springs and Levers

For recliners that may be eased backwards without the use of a lever, the springs are the secret. When pressure is applied to the back portion of the chair it will recline. Bringing the chair forward is easily done by rising from the chair, or leaning in a forward position. This causes the springs to expand, and resume the original position.

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About the Author

Rica Lewis

A health-care professional for more than 10 years, Rica Lewis has obtained numerous certifications in the industry. In 2006 she began channeling her knowledge into health-related articles for print and online publications. Her work has appeared in "Metroparent Magazine," "Anew Heart Healthcare Magazine" and community newspapers. Lewis earned a diploma from LongRidge Writers Institute.

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