How to fix sagging recliner seat?

Repairing a broken recliner can be the most daunting furniture repair job, and this is due to the overall complexity of the recliners. They are made up of many different parts that work together in a delicate balance. So, it quickly becomes somewhat problematic when one aspect of this organism starts to malfunction.

The best way to repair a chair cushion is to replace it with a new one, but this method does require some experience and time when it comes to removing various screws and positioning them correctly on the new cushion. This article will discuss how to fix a sagging recliner seat by yourself.

Prepare for work

Firstly, you will need to use an adjustable wrench to unscrew the cap holding down your recliner leg (four legs should be attached). You will remove all four caps before moving on to the next step.

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Get rid of old caps

Remove all four caps to expose each leg’s screw. Loosen each screw using your tool of choice. In my case, it was a cordless drill.

Remove armrests

To gain the highest level of access possible when repairing your chair, remove both armrests. This can be done by removing the bolts on each side of the upright post that holds up the arms.

Unscrew bolts and screws

Once you have removed all bolts and screws, lift off the top half of your recliner’s base. You will then see a crossbar lying in a groove and two metal pins in a cylindrical shape. Lift these out (the pins first) and put them aside for safekeeping. The crossbar should slide right out, too; if it doesn’t move quickly, lightly tap it with your mallet.

Find the springs

With the crossbar gone, you can see where your recliner’s spring system is located. You will put it back into place after replacing the chair cushion.

Get rid of the cushion.

Removal of your old cushion can be tricky (and potentially dangerous). First, find the zipper located along the side of your chair cushion and zipped shut.

Zipper goes away

Unzip this zipper, but do not altogether remove it as it is unnecessary for now. With a flathead screwdriver or similar tool, gently poke upwards from underneath on one end of the wire spring to unfasten it from the groove it lies.

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Spring goes loose

You should have gotten one spring loose and ready to be removed by doing this. Please don’t obliterate it, as you will need to do this step on all four springs to replace your old cushion.

Now return the crossbar and pins, placing them where they originally were. Position the new chair cushion on top of these parts correctly. Ensure that your cushion’s zipper is unzipped and facing up at the ceiling before you continue with step ten.

Check out the recliner’s cushion.

After replacing your crossbar and pins, zip up your recliner’s cushion and check that it has been put back into place properly by sitting on it and rocking back and forth a few times. Securely tighten any screws or bolts that may have come loose earlier during the repair process (such as the ones holding the cushion down).


Congratulations! You’ve now successfully replaced your recliner’s cushion, and all you need to do is put the chair back together. Work backward through this article, using care when it comes time to re-attach each part.

Make sure that all screws and bolts are tightened securely before moving onto the next one; if any come loose during use (which they shouldn’t), you can pull them later as necessary.

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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