How to Add Power to a Recliner in 2022?

We are buying a recliner to unwind in it after a long day at work or college. You may, however, need to move your reclining position often. The main problem with a manual recliner is that you need to get up to adjust its posture for your convenience. 

On the other hand, power recliners use an electric motor to adjust the heights, and it is far more comfortable than their manual counterpart. However, these models are more expensive. The alternative is to attach a motor to your armchair manually. This article discusses how to add power to a recliner in 2022. I hope that this material will help you to save some money. 

What is the difference? 

It is essential to understand the main difference between a manual recliner and an electric one before starting the whole process. 

Manual recliners use a spring, which is compressed when you push the chair down, and it creates the force to move it back in an upright position. However, most people neglect its maintenance. After several months, it starts to cause problems like squeaky noises and jerky movements. 

Electric power recliners are more expensive than manual ones; however, they are very convenient. This model type uses an electric motor to adjust the height without any difficulty; this makes them perfect for everyone. These models have additional features like USB chargers, massage functions, etc. 

Why try a DIY Power Recliner? 

If you go to the store and look for a power recliner, you will notice a significant price difference between the manual and the power models. The average electrical recliner costs around 700$, while the manual will cost you 300-400$. Besides, adding a motor to the armchair yourself is not as hard. You will need several essential items and two to four hours of free time. 

Let’s create a power recliner using our hands. 

There are a variety of kits available on the market that are built specifically for this purpose. So, you may buy them while still saving money. If you have a specific reclining chair type, you should contact the manufacturer to see if a conversion kit exists for your chair. The nicest aspect about these chairs is that their components may be changed separately, allowing for a lot of personalization. 

Another point in your favor is finding a low-cost power recliner frame on the market. The frame is the essential component of the power recliner’s construction, making the whole process more affordable and accessible. 

The essential things you need for conversion  

The components of converting a recliner to a power recliner include one or more electric motors based on the size of your best recliner and then some tools to adjust them. You will require the spring system of your manual recliner; it can be found within the frame. 

Each motor should be attached to one end of electric cables that run along the frame’s side and connect to an electrical outlet under the seat. This means that every time you use a power recliner, it draws electricity from your home. This may be a problem if you want to use the armchair outside your house, for instance, at a camping site. In that case, it is better to look for a battery-operated power chair that operates from batteries placed underneath or inside the seat. 

While adding a motor to the recliner, you may need to reinforce some side panels and footrest components. This will automatically add weight which you should compensate for by using rubber wheels several inches in diameter. Please note that these wheels need more space than normal ones, and please take this into account before ordering them. 

How to convert a recliner?

The first thing you need to do is disconnect the old seat spring system. You should remove the seat by unscrewing the bolts that hold it on the frame and placing a chair upside down on an even surface, such as a table. This will allow you to work correctly with all tools and trace to cut and re-tie the springs into a new configuration. 

The seat bottom should be riveted to the frame in three places: 

  • Near its front edge 
  • Near its back edge 
  • In the middle of one side 

Attach your new motor using screws and position it to operate behind or under this place when attached to the power source. Keep in mind that these systems are not compatible with more giant chairs since they have different requirements regarding weight capacity. Therefore, you should follow manufacturer guidelines for your specific model type before attempting any conversion on them yourself. As I said earlier, some manufacturers offer special kits for their models, so don’t forget to check anything for yours. 

There are also mechanical options to control the reclining mechanism through a switch attached to the chair’s leg or side. These switches are easily installed, and they work very well, but not as smoothly as electric motors and may give you some problems with time. 

If you want something more manageable, you can also find remote controls for power recliners at many stores around you. They attach to the arms or leg of your chair and allow you to control it from your seated position using a simple button system. The main advantage here is that such models do not require any modifications on your part. 

Advantages of A Power Recliner

Now that you’ve successfully learned how to convert your manual recliner to a powered one, let’s take a quick look at some of the advantages you’ll get to enjoy:


You can now easily adjust your chair to find the most comfortable position without having to exert any effort whatsoever. Simply use the remote control to recline back and relax.

Ideal for those with limited mobility

If you suffer from any type of mobility issue, a power recliner can make your life much easier as it will allow you to adjust your position without having to struggle. You don’t ever have to deal with getting stuck in a position that you can’t get out of.

Great for seniors

As we age, it can become increasingly difficult to move around and do things that we used to be able to do with ease. A power recliner can help make life a lot easier for seniors by allowing them to adjust their position without any hassle.

Power lift

Need someone to help you every time you want to get in and out of your recliner? Well, not anymore! A power lift recliner usually comes with a power lift feature that will allow you to get in and out of your chair with ease, even if you’re by yourself.

Massage Functions

Some powered recliners come with built-in massage functions that can help you relax and relieve any aches and pains you may be experiencing.

Rocking Feature

This is a great feature to have if you enjoy rocking in your recliner or if you have trouble falling asleep. However, not all power recliners come with this feature so make sure to check before you buy.

Are there any disadvantages of owning a power recliner?

The only potential downside of owning a power recliner is that it can be quite expensive. However, since you’re only adding power to your manual recliner, the cost shouldn’t be too high. There’s also a small chance that the power motor may break down after extended use, but this is rare and can usually be fixed quite easily


Recliners are beneficial to one’s health and must be accessible to everyone. Power recliners are too expensive, and it’s not simple to get a power recliner. So, you can transform a basic manual recliner into an electric model for a fraction of the price.

I hope that this article was helpful. Don’t forget to add this article to your bookmarks, so you will have access whenever you need it. Thank you for reading.

About Karen Miller

As an interior designer, I believe that living spaces should be welcoming and comfortable. When you walk into your home or office for the first time after it's been remodeled by me - all of those efforts are paid off with a sense of comfort in knowing how much care went into making sure every detail was attended too!

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