How To Take Apart A Recliner


Recliners provide a great way to kick back and relax, but if you need to move or repair one, you may find yourself puzzled on how to disassemble it. Taking apart a recliner can seem intimidating, but with a bit of patience, organization, and the following guide, you can do it yourself.

Tools You’ll Need

  • Flathead and Phillips screwdrivers
  • Pliers or wrench set
  • A pair of gloves (to protect your hands)
  • A soft cloth or towel (to protect the recliner’s fabric)

How to dismantle a recliner chair

Prepare Your Workspace

First, clear a space to work on the recliner and lay down a soft cloth or tarp to protect the recliner’s fabric from scratches or dirt.

Detach the Recliner Back

The back of the recliner is usually connected to the base with locking levers or brackets. Locate these, release them, and lift off the back piece to set it aside.

Remove the Reclining Mechanism

Extend the recliner fully to reveal the underlying mechanism. Remove the screws or bolts that secure this mechanism to the chair’s frame. Detach, fold, and set the mechanism aside.

Detach the Seat from the Base

Flip the recliner upside down to see the screws or bolts connecting the seat to the base. Remove these and separate the seat from the base.

Remove the Armrests

If applicable, locate the screws or bolts connecting the armrests to the frame, unscrew or unbolt them, and then lift the armrests away.

Detach the Footrest

If the footrest is a separate piece, locate the connectors and remove them, setting the footrest aside.

Disassemble the Base

Some recliners have multiple base parts. If so, find the connecting screws or bolts, and remove them to break the base down into individual pieces.


Dismantling a recliner may seem daunting at first, but with the proper tools and approach, it can be a manageable task. Following these instructions can help you disassemble your recliner for moving, storage, or repair. Always keep track of all parts and work with care to ensure a smooth process. If any of this seems beyond your capability, don’t hesitate to consult a professional or refer to the manufacturer’s instructions specific to your recliner model.

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