How to Adjust the Reclining Tension on a La-Z-Boy Recliner

Although the La-Z-Boy recliner tension mechanism is preset at the factory, resetting the adjustment to suit your individual needs is fairly straightforward. However, to make it easier or harder to push back or pull the lever to set the chair into the reclining position, two or three adjustments may be necessary. Most La-Z-Boy recliners are equipped with two adjustable wing nuts or thumb wheels under the seat. These allow you to increase or decrease the tension without using tools.

Adjust your La-Z-Boy reclining action to suit your particular strength and weight.

Step 1

Tip the chair forward so that it rests upside down on the tip of its arms and the top of the backrest.

Step 2

Locate the two adjustable wing nuts or thumb wheels on either side of the chair. These are situated under the seat, either toward the back of the chair or closer to the middle, depending on the model.

Step 3

Increase or decrease the reclining tension by turning both thumb wheels or wing nuts by equal amounts, no more than a quarter turn at a time. Increase the tension by turning them clockwise, and decrease the tension by turning them counterclockwise.

Step 4

Lift the chair to the upright position, and test the reclining action after each adjustment. Repeat steps 1 through 3 until the push-back and handle tension suit your particular needs.