How to Repair a Recliner

Nothing is more frustrating than sitting down in your recliner, looking forward to a relaxing evening, then feeling or hearing something snap. However, fixing a recliner is usually very easy, and takes only a few minutes. Broken or missing fasteners, such as nuts and bolts or screws will need replacing. A broken wooden frame can be patched or even rebuilt.



Step 1

Determine exactly what is wrong with the recliner, and the tools that will be needed to repair it.

Step 2

If screws are loose, tighten them with either a flat-head or Phillips-head screwdriver, depending on the screw head type. If screws are missing, determine if there are matching ones anywhere else on the frame. If so, note the size and replace the missing screw with one that will fit.

Step 3

If nuts and/or bolts are loose, tighten them with an adjustable wrench. If nuts and/or bolts are missing, determine what size is needed, and replace them with ones that are the proper size.

Step 4

If the handle that operates the footrest has become loose, simply tighten the fasteners that are holding it to the chair. If the handle is broken, it is possible to purchase or order a replacement part that simply fits in the original opening. Obtain the brand name of the chair and order the handle that is designed to fit.

Step 5

If the recliner chair base is made of wood, cracks in the wood can be repaired with the application of wood glue and a clamp. Apply the wood glue, and then clamp the area until the glue has completely dried. If the wooden base has broken completely, the old one can be used as a pattern to make a new one, and the chair fastened to it.

Step 6

If the recliner base is metal, and you cannot repair it, it may be possible to replace the metal base with a more durable wooden one. Use the old metal base as a pattern to cut and build the wooden frame to fit the chair, and then fasten the chair to the new base.

Step 7

If there are tears or holes in the covering, upholstery patches can be purchased that will match the original color, pattern, and material. Some patches are self-adhesive; cut the patch to fit, expose the adhesive, and smooth the patch into place. Other patches can be affixed with fabric or another type of glue. Again, cut the patch to fit, glue and smooth into place, clamp or apply weight until the glue is completely dry.