How to Fix Recliner Mechanism?

The recliner chair is one of the best pieces of furniture for watching a TV or playing video games on a console. However, every piece of furniture tends to break from time to time, and experts charge from $250-$300 for fixing a single recliner. Nevertheless, you can save money by doing all the work yourself. This article discusses how a complete beginner can do it. 

How to fix a recliner mechanism? 

Before starting to repair your recliner chair mechanism on your own, you need to understand several essential things. From time to time, the recliner mechanism is worn out. In this situation, there are not many options is left but to replace the whole thing. However, suppose your recliner mechanism looks new and doesn’t show visible damage signs. In that case, you will need to understand the structural parts that make your recliner work. Check out my article about this to find out where the problem is. 

Guide on removing recliner mechanism from an armchair 

In some cases, you will need to disassemble and reinstall the back of a recliner when transferring it from one room to another to conduct a repair. The list of companies provides unique methods for their models. You can check this out in the user’s manual that came with your armchair or on the official webpage. However, some basic principles remain the same. 

Firstly, you will need to measure the dimensions of the recliner to understand if it will fit in the new location. Some models have locking tabs on them, and I recommend you move them using a screwdriver. 

Read more: 5 best Ashley recliner chairs of 2022.

After that, do the following: 

  1. Move the recliner chair to a cleared area. Then roll the chair onto its front and make it simpler to grasp, and this will make your life easier later. 
  2. Get rid of the tape linking the cloth with the loop-and-hook. 
  3. Remove the leather/fabric until you reach the recliner mechanism. 
  4. Examine the seat for metal tabs. Look for thumbscrews at the bottom of the recliner. 
  5. Turn the screws clockwise with a flat/standard slotted screwdriver. 
  6. It’s critical not to pressure the screws into the threads. Don’t forget to use the screws responsibly and prohibit kids from accessing them. 

Remove the sides of the recliner by grasping and pressing the metal locking tabs and then pulling the bottom of the recliner up. This metal locking will aid in releasing the mechanism. Then, pull it straight up. Move over one of the brackets sides by side if there’s any resistance or you encounter difficulties. 

Easy way to reinstall a recliner chair mechanism 

Reinstalling the recliner’s back is a simple procedure. All you need to do is place the brackets at a slight angle when fitting them together. This back may irritate you at first, but with practice, you’ll learn how to deal with it. Once the alignment is perfect, push the brackets together. That’s all. You can enjoy your comfortable recliner seat.

Read the post: 5 Best TV Recliners in 2022 to Watching TV.

FAQs about recliners in 2022

This article discussed the process of repairing the recliner mechanism, and I want to answer some frequently asked questions about recliners in this section.

How much will it cost to fix a recliner?

As I mentioned earlier, the repair service price depends on the extent of damage and the size of your armchair. It can be anywhere from $250-$300 at least. The good thing is that you don’t need to spend such an amount by repairing armchair by yourself.

How do I find out whether my recliner mechanism needs replacement or fixing?

You need to check the type and color of the threads inside the tube. If they’re fine and there’s no rust, then probably you’ll need to tighten/repair the mechanism. On the other hand, if the threads are worn out and rusty, then it’s time to replace them.

Where can I find replacement recliner mechanisms?

This is a common question that arises in most people’s minds when they need a new part for their armchair. I recommend checking online or calling a nearby furniture store for the best results. There might be several local distributors who will cater to your needs at even better rates.

Read later: 5 Best Recliners To Buy In 2022 For Your House.


Recliners aren’t only enjoyable furniture; they’re also designed for comfort and relaxation. The repair procedure is straightforward, but people spend hundreds of dollars on fees for a repair person. This article has proven how to solve the most accruing problems without spending a little fortune. Grab the correct tools and get to work.

Last updated: 25/04/2023

About Karen Miller

Hello! I'm Karen Miller, an interior designer from Chicago with a passion for creating beautiful and functional spaces. After leading designer at Chicago Interior LLC in 2010-2020, I started to share my expertise on home comfort. I'm excited to help you transform your home into a place of comfort and joy. Thanks for joining me on this journey!

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