Repairing make some alterations on your own. ·

Repairing a recliner
which leans to one side

Comfort and relaxation
are the main purpose of every recliner. When they are working right, they are a
little patch of heaven after a long day. However, there comes a time when they
don’t work all that well. This is usually because of old age and sometimes
rough handling. Here we’ll talk about that unfortunate lean you’d like to shake
off. The good news is you don’t have to put up with it. You will however, need
to be willing to learn how to repair it. That being said, you need to
investigate and uncover the problem.

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Probable Causes

reclining system

One of the most
immediate causes could be a broken reclining system. Simply put, you have
either faulty or broken parts. Good thing that’s an easy fix. Either replace
the parts or calibrate the frame accordingly.

An Irregular

You’ll notice this if
you find that some spots in the space make a more comfortable seat than others.

Poor Chair

This is a problem you
will notice very early on, so you should be able to use the warranty.
Alternatively, you can still make some alterations on your own.


While this is not a
technical problem, it can give the false impression of awkward lean. All you
really need to fix this is change the padding arrangement.


More often than not,
the culprit is an older model. Older recliner models tend to unfasten over
time, leading to creaks and leans. This can be fixed, but you may need to go
hunting for specific parts to serve you. Be advised to choose a more modern
model next time. It will save you this trouble.

How to fix it

What you’ll need

A Pry Bar

Wood Glue




the recliner, so that the underside facing you. Now undo the screws of the
wooden panel underneath. Depending on the extent and location of the lean, do
this for the footrest. Keep the screws safe, you will need them later on.

Take off
the upholstery on the panels which conceal the frame. As soon as you can see
the naked frame, you should be able to tell what should be replaced or fixed.

If the
springs and joints squeak, lubricate them with a little oil. Prevent stains on
the floor by covering the floor underneath with newspaper. Wipe off the residue,
and continuously check if the sound is still present when you move it.

screwdriver should help you tighten loose joints. When you are close to coils,
however, be very careful. You can easily ease the tension in the springs.

Check for
minor fractures in the frame, especially in critical places like the areas
close to joints. This may be a sign that it needs to be changed.

 As you replace damaged parts, unscrew them
first and clean the affected area. Read the recliners manual as well as the
manual for the new part during installation. Ensure everything is fastened

If the
problem is a broken wooden panel, apply wood glue and enhance support with
metal bracing. However, depending on the extent of the damage, you may want to
replace it altogether.

Take a
final look at all the joints and parts. Ensure they work properly before
refastening the panels and upholstery.


Once you figure out
how to repair your leaning recliner, check periodically for any issues. If they
return, repeat until you solve the problem. You should be able to do this
easily once you know how to fix a leaning recliner.


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