3 Easy Way on How to Tighten a Loose Recliner

A loose recliner can be a nuisance, but it’s not hard to fix. The first thing you want to do is identify the type of recliner that you have.

A loose pedestal or rocker recliner will need different repairs than say an armless tilt-back model. Once you know what type of recliner you have, follow these easy steps:

how to tighten a loose recliner

Steps on Tightening a Loose Recliner

Step 1. Turn off the power at the breaker box and test for voltage with a voltmeter before working on your chair.

Step 2. Remove any screws holding upholstery in place and remove fabric from the frame using needle nose pliers or wire cutters.

Step 3. Inspect all metal components, looking for bent pieces or nails that may be out of place.

Step 4. If you find anything that looks out of place, remove it and bend the metal back into position. If your recliner is still not tight after this process then you may have to call a professional for assistance.

What Causes a Recliner to Loose?

Now that you know how to tighten a loose recliner, it’s time we discussed why the chair might have become loosened in the first place. There are many reasons your chairs may loosen over time which could include:

The upholstery was not screwed into the frame tight enough when it was installed and has gradually come apart from the use or movement of furniture around it.

Some pieces of metal on your chair have been bent out of shape after years of wear and tear which can cause parts to slip with use.

Manufacturer defect because cheap materials were used during the production process (this is rare). The problem would be mentioned in warranty information if applicable so check there for more info before calling someone else!

Furniture was not installed properly, and the screws holding it together are loose.

How to Care for Recliner Chairs

Regularly tighten screws on the chair, if they have loosened.

Inspect for wear and tear to springs or upholstery (and get these fixed promptly).

Keep furniture away from sources of water such as sink drains and toilets.

If there are children in the house or an area where animals often roam like a basement, consider using flame retardant fabric which is typically only found in high-end recliners. This will help with fire safety hazards that may arise when kids sit too close to lamps or pets knock over candles while sleeping near your chairs.

Reasons Your Chair Loosens

A loose recliner can be caused by many factors including not tightening it correctly at installation, not tightening screws regularly, weakening of the springs and upholstery from wear and tear or damage.

One way to ascertain whether you need a new recliner is if there are children in your home or an area where pets often roam like an unfinished basement.

Children may sit too close to lamps which can cause fires while animals knock over candles while sleeping near chairs.

If this happens, it’s time to replace your old chair with one that will be safe for everyone in the household (typically found only on high-end models).

How to Prevent Wear and Tear on Recliner

The best ways to prevent wear and tear on recliners are by:

keeping the area clear of clutter, such as toys or shoes which may cause damage;

  • Not eating food while sitting in a chair
  • Using coasters for drinks (e.g., soda) so that stains cannot happen  
  • Not sitting on the arms of a chair so that it does not weaken from use over time.

Recliners should also be inspected periodically for any signs of wear such as frayed fabric and broken parts; these repairs should take place promptly so they don’t get worse. Springs become weaker with age and can snap over time which will leave you with an uncomfortable chair.

Recliner chairs should be tightened periodically to avoid permanent damage and make sure they’re safe for use by everyone in the household.

How to Deep Clean Recliner?

Deep cleaning recliners isn’t a difficult process, but it will require some time and effort.

What You Will Need

  • A vacuum cleaner with crevice tool attachment or upholstery attachment for deep clean of fabric; use a handheld vacuum to dust other surfaces such as hardwood floors
  • A bucket filled with warm water and a few drops of dish soap
  • A small bucket or bowl with clean, lukewarm water for rinsing the vacuum cleaner attachment after each use; will help to keep your furniture dirt-free. You can also purchase disposable wet/dry vacs that are designed specifically for upholstery cleaning
  • Microfiber cloths in varying sizes because they’re more absorbent than paper towels or sponges
  • Dry towel (to dry surfaces)
  • Extension cord if you plan on using an electric vacuum cleaner as these tend to be heavier than handheld models


Vacuum first then use the dampened microfiber cloth to wipe down all areas of the recliner chair including wood, metal, and fabric.

Before Calling for Help: if you are unable to fix the recliner chair on your own or it is showing signs of neglect (e.g., peeling veneer), then consult a furniture repair shop or call an upholstery cleaner.

If You’re Still Having Trouble Fixing It Yourself: If the frame seems loose in general, check that all screws have not come undone first; this could be caused by age as well as cats jumping onto chairs when they still had a nice cushion but lost them over time.

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