How To Reupholster A Recliner?

Recliners are the type of furniture that last for decades, which means that the décor around your house might change with time, and your current taste might be different than what it used to be, but your recliner will probably look the same unless you reupholster it. Or perhaps your recliner has started to look too shabby, and you are considering giving it away for a new one. There is no need to give away a perfectly functioning recliner only because it looks old. Reupholstering services are made for people like you, who want to upgrade the way their recliner looks.

There are so many fabrics, types, and grades of leather and designs to consider when reupholstering your recliner. All you need is a little guidance, and we are here to give you that! Keep on reading to find out how you can reupholster your recliner, what the cost of reupholstering your recliner is, and what kind of fabric you should choose.

How to reupholster your recliner

The following steps will guide you on all the necessary measurements and items you need to have to reupholster your recliner perfectly.

Measuring the recliner

The first thing you need to do to reupholster your recliner is taking its measurements. Measuring your recliner chair will help you understand how much material or fabric you will require. Start by measuring the width from the edge of one armrest to the edge of the second armrest. Next, measure the length of the recliner chair from the top edge of the backseat to the bottom edge, which is touching the floor.

Choosing a fabric

Choosing a piece of fabric or leather depends on your personal taste and choice. If you love colors and patterns, you should go for a printed fabric in contrasting colors. If you have a particular color in mind, you could take it to the fabric shop and use it as a reference guide to help in buying new fabric.

Disassemble your recliner

After taking all necessary measurements, you will need to disassemble your recliner. The reason for disassembling your recliner is that each part you remove and discover while disassembling will be covered in upholstery. You will need a seam ripper and stapler pin remover. Please take out the seat cushion and use the seam remover to separate it from the fabric. Unscrew the rest of the parts that are covered in fabric and uncover them. You will have to assemble your recliner again later, so make sure you have saved all the screws in a safe place and out of the reach of children.

Sewing the new fabric on the recliner parts

If you have still not bought new fabric for your recliner, you cannot proceed with this step until you buy one. Ask the retailer you are buying your new fabric from to cut its pieces in the required measurements of your recliner, as this will make it easier for you to stitch it on.

Execute the next instruction piece by piece for all the fabric you bought. Start by applying glue to parts of the recliner that were covered with fabric. This is done to ensure the fabric will not slip off even if it’s sewed on. Gluing will also help prevent the bunching of the fabric on your recliner.

Start sewing the new fabric on the recliner parts, but if you are not confident enough to sew by yourself, you could use a stapler to secure the fabric to the recliner parts. Do this for all pieces of fabric for all parts of the recliner.

Reassemble your recliner

Once every recliner piece is covered with the new fabric, it is time to put your recliner back together. If you do not know how to reassemble a recliner, follow any online guide that will help you do it in little to no time.

Cost to reupholster a recliner

You can determine how much it costs to reupholster your recliner depending on the kind of fabric you want to buy, the size of your recliner and whether you will be doing the entire process yourself at home or hire a professional.

The cost also depends on the kind of fabric you choose. Leather is more expensive than the normal recliner fabric. With all the necessary tools and fabric, upholstering your recliner can cost you around 300 to 500 dollars.

If you own a smaller recliner, it will require less fabric than a bigger one. You can reupholster a small recliner at home for about 100 to 400 dollars.

How much fabric do I need?

All recliners are different in shape and size, which means every recliner will require a specific amount of fabric. However, it is always good practice to buy more fabric than you need because if you make any mistake while gluing or sewing, you can easily replace that piece of fabric with extra fabric.

How To Take Care of Your Recliner Upholstery?

Recliner upholstery is a major investment and should be taken care of accordingly. Here are some tips on how to take care of your recliner upholstery so that it’ll last for years:

  • Vacuum regularly: It’s a basic maintenance tip. Regular vacuuming will help remove dirt and dust that can damage your upholstery over time. Be sure to use a soft brush attachment to avoid damaging the fabric.
  • Spot clean spills immediately: If anything is spilled on the upholstery, it’s important to spot clean it right away. This will help to prevent any stains from setting in.
  • Protect from sunlight: Constant exposure to sunlight can cause fading and other damage to the upholstery. If possible, keep your recliner in an area that doesn’t get a lot of direct sunlight.
  • Take care when cleaning: When cleaning the upholstery, use a gentle, approved cleaner. Avoid using harsh chemicals or scrubbing too aggressively, as this can damage the fabric.
  • Use throw blankets and pillows: Throw blankets and pillows are great for protecting your upholstery from wear and tear. They can also add a bit of extra comfort and style.
  • Vacuum crevices and seams: Vacuuming the crevices and seams of upholstery will help to remove any dirt or dust that has become trapped there.
  • Fluff pillows and cushions regularly: It’ll help keep them looking full and plump.
  • Protect from pets: Pets can cause damage to upholstery with their claws or teeth, so it’s best to keep them away from the furniture.
  • Use a slipcover: Slipcovers can help protect upholstery from wear and tear and dirt and stains.

Frequently asked questions

How much does reupholstering a lazy boy recliner cost?

A lazy boy recliner is just like any other recliner, and the same steps will be required if you want to reupholster it yourself at home. The cost should be around 200 to 500 dollars, but if you hire a professional to do the job for you, the cost will be around 500 to 1500 dollars.

Where can I buy seam ripper from?

You can buy all the necessary tools from your local hardware store or an online commercial shop.

Can I reupholster a power recliner?

You can easily reupholster your power recliner by following all the steps above and ensuring you have unplugged any source of power supply to prevent safety hazards.

Can you reupholster over existing fabric?

In most cases, you can reupholster over existing fabric. However, it’s always best to consult a professional upholsterer to ensure that the new fabric will adhere properly and that the old fabric is in good enough condition to be reused.


If you feel that your recliner has started to look old and shabby and are thinking of upgrading to the latest version in the market, take a pause because you do not need to buy a new recliner to update its look. Reupholstery services are offered to users who are just like you and want a less expensive method to upgrade their recliner’s look. Ensure that you have all the required tools and the right amount of fabric before beginning to reupholster a recliner. You can either sew the new fabric yourself or get professional help. Happy reupholstering!

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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