How To Fix Cable On Reclining Sofa

Cables are an essential part of the mechanism on a reclining sofa. However, they are not ideal and tend to break out of old age or a manual brake. Thus, it is time for you to fix a cable on your sofa. This article discusses how to conduct this basic repair. Fixing the cable may not be that easy, but at least with this guide, you are one step closer to getting the job done right away.

Cable Repair Steps

This section will give you a short guide about repairing cables on the recliner sofa.

Remove seat covers and armrests carefully.

Removing any part of your sofa, including cushions, requires careful work, and your goal is not to damage them or yourself in the process. Once removed, put all aspects somewhere where they won’t get dirty or lost until reinstallation time comes up.

Unzip back panel

Locate the zipper on your recliner sofa’s back panel. Pull the zipper down with your hands until it is completely unzipped.

Get or make a string.

A string on the sofa’s back panel base holds all the springs in place. Make sure you have about an arm’s length of twine; if not, get one from any hardware store near you.

Pass the string through to the mechanism underneath

If you are planning on reusing your broken cable for this process, pass it around one of the pulleys and pull yourself up so that both ends are available to work with. Keep zipping up your back panel as you do this step to prevent any more parts from falling off or getting lost along the way.

Adjust new cable

Unless you have a similar old cable to use as a replacement, you will need to adjust your new one to make it fit. Unravel the string from the pulleys and then feed it around one at a time until reaching the other end. Feed the future into its pulley and pull on both ends of the string to correct the tension.

Zip up your back panel

Once done with adjusting your new cable, zip up your back panel and test out how it works by giving light tugs on both ends of the string.

Grab all loose parts and put everything back together

Put everything, including seat covers, armrests, and cushions, in their respective positions, making sure not to skip any steps along the way. The last step is to give a final tug on each part of your sofa to ensure they are securely in place.

How To Measure A Recliner Cable?

Do you have a broken recliner cable? Or are you planning to replace your old one with a new one? Either way, you will need to know how to measure a recliner cable.

There are two ways to measure a recliner cable. The first way is to measure the overall length of the cable. The second way is to measure the distance between the two endpoints of the cable. Here’s how you can do it!

Right Way To Measure A Recliner Cable:

1. To get an accurate measurement, it is best to use a tape measure.

2. Start by measuring the overall length of the cable. This is the distance between the two endpoints of the cable.

3. Once you have the overall length, you can measure the distance between the two endpoints of the cable. This will give you accurate measurements of the cable.

4. When measuring the distance between the two endpoints of the cable, make sure to measure from the center of each point. This will give you the most accurate measurement.

5. Once you have the measurements, you can then determine which size cable you need.

Replacing A Recliner Cable

  • First, you’ll have to uninstall the old cable.
  • Tip the sofa forward and pull the arm back.
  • The tail of the cable is attached to a hook, and it may be removed on the opening.
  • Then, spot the plastic clips holding the cable and remove them
  • Turn the sofa over and remove its handle.
  • Remove the handle that holds the cable’s tail and hook.

Installing The New Recliner Cable

Assuming you have the correct sized cable, you can now proceed with the installation process.

  • Feed the new wire through the hole in the handle you just removed.
  • Put the handle back to its original position. Then, pull the other end of the cable through the dust cover.
  • Reinstall the handle once the cable is secured.
  • Move the sofa to its upright position.
  • Finally, secure the plastic clips back and hook the cable tail.


Where can you buy recliner cables?

You can easily find recliner cables at hardware stores or online. One popular online retailer is Amazon. Another option is to go to a local hardware store, like Home Depot or Lowes. Besides, you can also contact your manufacturer to ask for a replacement.

Why should you replace your recliner cable?

You might need to replace your recliner cable for a few reasons. For one, perhaps the old one has broken. Besides, recliner cables can become frayed or worn down. So, that’s another good reason to replace it. Thirdly, if your recliner is not working properly, there might be some problem with the cable.

How often should you replace your recliner cable?

There’s no set timeline for when you should replace your recliner cable. However, it’s generally a good idea to inspect the cable monthly for wear and tear. If you notice any fraying or damage, it’s probably time to replace the cable.

How to measure a recliner cable?

Using a measuring tape is the best way to measure a recliner cable. Measure the distance from the top of the recliner armrest to the bottom of the chair. This will give you an estimate of how long the cable should be. Or, what you can do is simply measure the old cable and get a new one that’s the same length.

How to recline a chair without a lever?

If your recliner doesn’t come with a lever, just lean against the backrest using your entire body weight, and simultaneously push on the armrests.

How do you reattach a recliner cable?

First, identify the problem with the recliner cable. Is it frayed, broken, or just loose? If it is just loose, you can try tightening the screws or bolts that hold the cable in place. If the cable is frayed or broken, you will need to replace the entire recliner cable.


Cable breakage is widespread among all kinds of upholstered furniture. It would help if you fixed the broken cables as soon as possible. Otherwise, it can worsen and even pose a danger to those sitting or lying on the sofa. 

When you feel that the situation has reached its worst, follow this guide, and hopefully, it will work out for you. Fixing broken cables requires some technical knowledge but following these steps should help ease the process allowing anyone to do so if given a chance to try it out today!

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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