How to Take Apart a Lazy Boy Recliner?

Lazy boy company is one of the oldest furniture companies. It has been producing recliners since the 1920s. However, the modern Lazy Boy recliner silhouette was only created in the 1930s. It was the first company to create such type of chair, but you can easily find different models.

Nonetheless, the basic structure of the seats hasn’t changed much. There is a hardwood skeleton covered with padding and fabric on top, supplying solid (+robust) construction. However, these advantages come at a price. This structure frame causes the increment of weight that makes it very problematic to move.

Whether you’re moving, redecorating, or just rearranging your room, you’ll want to know how to disassemble a Lazy Boy recliner. In this article, I will go over the topic in more depth. I hope that after reading this, you will understand all about disassembling and assembling a Lazy-boy recliner.

How to disassemble a La-Z-Boy recliner

You’ll need your toolbox before you begin disassembling a Lazy Boy electric recliner or basic recliner. It would help if you had these, and the reason is that removing the back and disconnecting the connections is essential. These need a decent adjustable wrench set (WorkPro or similar) and a screwdriver.


Removing the stuffing from your Lazy Boy recliner will require a decent cutter, and Fiskar should do the trick. I recommend you start by feeling around for the release buttons on the back of your chair. Place your fingers in the gap between the recliner’s back and base to find them. Pull up on the controls, and the back should pop off.


Your next step will be to remove the arms from this chair. I recommend looking for the metal brackets that hold the armrests to the seat cushions. You can find these near the front of the chair. Remove each screw with a flat blade screwdriver using a clockwise rotation. It is essential to keep these screws safe away in a separate container. Pull each bracket away from the armrest, and the arm will come free.

Locate the holes in the chair’s base and insert your adjustable wrench. Turn the bolts counterclockwise to remove them. Remove the seat cushion from the base. Then, using your adjustable wrench, remove the bolts from the chair’s base. The arms may now be removed. You should be able to access the chair’s base and turn its screws counterclockwise to remove them.


The steps above should make transporting your recliner around much more accessible. You may also make changes to the recliner’s back. Check out my article about how to upgrade your recliner.

Brackets tend to loosen over time, so I recommend you tighten the screws that you can see to keep them in place. Just remember to keep all screws and bolts in a safe place, and you will need them when you’re ready to put the recliner back together.

How to reinstall the back

So, you did everything you’ve wanted, and now you are ready to reinstall the recliner. This is relatively simple. All you need to do is push the recliner forward so that the arms contact the floor when you have the components in position. Align the brackets on the recliner’s body with those on the armrests by pushing the arms upward.

Reinstall the backside of the recliner into its upright position by rolling it forward. These help you ensure that the brackets on either side are engaged. After that, push down on the locking levers by using your screwdriver. Recline the chair back to its original position. Make sure to twist each class gently in both directions to test for proper installation. If all is good, then the chair is ready for use.

I want to warn you that you can harm yourself if you will not correctly reinstall your recliner. It is better to check if you did everything perfectly rather than recover from injuries. Trust me on this one.


Here I want to answer some of the often asked questions from all around the internet concerning assembling and disassembling a recliner.

How do I remove my Lazy Boy recliner if it doesn’t have release buttons?

It is relatively easy; just remove the screws that hold the back in place. After that, you should remove the arms, base, and seat cushion.

What do I do if my recliner won’t recline?

Many reasons can cause such problems, including a disconnected wire or faulty reclining mechanism. I suggest you read my earlier taking your recliner to a professional to fix it.

How do I know if the screws and bolts are tight on my Lazy Boy recliner?

You can do this by using a torque wrench. This will help you tighten the screws and bolts to the proper injury and have your recliner ready for use in no time. Just make sure to keep all screws and bolts in a safe place so you can reassemble the chair correctly.

Can Lazy Boy Recliners Be Taken Apart For Moving?

The best part about moving a Lazy Boy recliner is that they are designed to be taken apart and moved easily. All you have to do is remove the back and seat cushions, as well as the arms. You can also refer to the product manual for specific instructions on how to disassemble your particular model.

Do Lazyboy sofas come apart?

Yes, Lazyboy sofas come apart. The back and seat cushions are removable, as well as the arms. The sofa frame itself is also designed to be disassembled for easy moving.

How do you move a heavy recliner?

To move a heavy recliner, simply disassemble it into its component parts. Then, you can easily carry the recliner through doorways and downstairs. Once you have the recliner in your new home, simply reassemble it.

If your recliner isn’t coming apart as easily as you’d like, you can always contact Lazy Boy customer service for assistance. They’ll be able to provide you with step-by-step instructions on how to disassemble and move your recliner.

How do you separate recliner pieces?

Separating recliner pieces for most models is easy and shouldn’t take more than a few minutes. Also, you might need just a few tools, including a screwdriver. Remove the screws and bolts that hold the different pieces together, and then carefully take the pieces apart.

Do all recliner backs come off?

No, not all recliner backs come off. Some models have a fixed back that can’t be removed. However, most Lazy Boy recliners have removable backs, which makes disassembly and moving hassle-free!

How heavy is a recliner?

The weight of a recliner depends on several factors such as the specific model, material, build, etc. However, most Lazy Boy recliners weigh between 50 and 100 pounds.

Final thoughts

A Lazy Boy chair is a fantastic piece of furniture. You may sit up to watch television or relax and nap in it. Some versions even feature a massage function, allowing you to unwind after a long day. These chairs, on the other hand, are pretty large and hefty. If you need to move your Lazy Boy chair to another room in your house, whether for moving or decorating purposes, you’ll have to learn how to disassemble a Lazy Boy recliner.

Following such instructions will help you out to not only remove but also reassemble your recliner with ease. This will allow you to move your recliner as needed without causing harm to yourself or the Lazy Boy. Then you may go back to enjoying it.

Last updated: 12/08/2022

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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