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How to Easily Remove a Recliner’s Back

Removing a recliner’s back and reinstalling it is sometimes necessary for various reasons, such as moving across the room, town, or country. Some recliners are part of sofas, while others are standalone chairs. Most reclining chairs and settees feature a knob or lever to make removing the back more manageable. While the procedures are mainly similar, minor distinctions exist based on the furniture’s manufacturer.

This article discusses how to remove back on the most popular models of recliners.

The Berkline Recliner

This model has a thumbscrew. The screws are located on the inside of the arms at about shoulder height. You need to loosen them by turning them in a counterclockwise direction. Besides, you may need to use a screwdriver or wrench for this step, especially if the screws have been in place for some time and have become tight.

Once the screws are loose, you can pry off the back cover using a flathead screwdriver or putty knife placed between the body and frame. Be careful not to damage either surface. If your recliner has locking tabs, depress them with a small flathead screwdriver while pulling up on the back cover to release it from its moorings.

After you’ve released the cover, lift it off and set it aside. You can now see how the recliner mechanism works. If you’re not confident about reinstalling the back yourself, take it to a professional furniture restorer or upholstery shop for aid.

However, if you decide to do everything by yourself, you will need to carefully remove all of the screws from around the edge of the frame. Again, be careful not to damage anything. Gently pry lose any staples or nails holding the frame together and pull out the old batting and cushioning material. Vacuum away all of the debris before replacing everything in reverse order. Ensure the screws are tight and give the cover an excellent tug to ensure its secure. You’re done!

La-Z-Boy Back Removal

If you have a La-Z-Boy recliner, the process is a bit different. The back cover is held in place by screws found at the top and bottom of the frame. Remove these screws and pry off the body using a screwdriver or putty knife.

Once you’ve released the cover, lift it off and set it aside. You can now see how the recliner mechanism works. If you’re not confident about reinstalling the back yourself, take it to a professional furniture restorer or upholstery shop for aid.

But if you are feeling adventurous, carefully remove all of the screws from around the edge of the frame. Again, be careful not to damage anything. Gently pry lose any staples or nails holding the frame together and pull out the old batting and cushioning material. Vacuum away all of the debris before replacing everything in reverse order. Ensure the screws are tight and give the cover an excellent tug to ensure its secure. You’re done!

Simmons Reclining Chair or Couch

Simmons reclining chairs and couches have a locking tab that holds the back cover in place. Depress the tab while pulling up on the cover to release it from its moorings.

Be careful not to damage anything. Gently pry lose any staples or nails holding the frame together and pull out the old batting and cushioning material. Vacuum away all of the debris before replacing everything in reverse order. Ensure the screws are tight and give the cover a good tug to ensure its secure. You’re done!

Reinstall the Back

So, you made your way to your destination. If your recliner has clips, align them with the corresponding slots on the frame and press until they snap into place. If your recliner has screws, make sure they are tight before replacing the thumbscrews.

Depress the locking tab on Simmons chairs and couches while pulling up on the cover to reattach it to its moorings. On La-Z-Boy chairs, insert the clips in to their corresponding holes before pressing down until they snap into place.

Give each of your newly restored pieces a final once-over before proudly displaying them in your living room!

If you’re not confident about any of these steps, it’s always best to take your furniture to a professional. But with a little bit of elbow grease, you can save yourself some money and do the job yourself.

Conclusion

So, there you have it – three ways to remove the back cover from your favorite recliner. If you’re feeling adventurous, go ahead and try one of these methods. But if you’re not confident about any of the steps, it’s always best to take your furniture to a professional. Thanks 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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