How to Put a Recliner Together: A Professional’s Guide

Putting a recliner together can be tricky, but it’s not impossible. With the right tools and a little bit of patience, you’ll have your new favorite place to relax in no time! Check out this helpful guide from one professional on how to put a recliner together.


How to Put a Recliner Together

Steps on Putting a Recliner TOgether

Step 1. Take the recliner out of its box and place it on a flat surface. Make sure that you have all the tools needed to put it together, including Allen wrenches, screwdrivers (Phillips’s head), and an electric drill with Phillips head bits. If not, then pick up these items at your local hardware store before continuing since they will be necessary.

Step 2. Unscrew the bolts that hold each back leg to the frame. Start on one side and work your way around making sure you tighten them as much as possible with a Phillips head screwdriver. Do this for both sides of the recliner, or two legs in total.

Step 3. Turn over the chair so it is sitting upright with the back facing you. Find the holes in the chair’s lower leg and screw in a bolt through each of them, but not as tight yet.

Step 4. Stand on top of one side while your partner stands on the other to hold it steady against its weight (starting from where they are standing). Screw these bolts into place tightly.

Step 5. Turn the chair over so that it is now facing downward and make sure to tighten these bolts. This will create a more secure back leg for your recliner, which in turn means less rocking or movement of the frame when you press on each side.

Step 6. Repeat this process on both sides until all eight legs are secured tightly by screws.

It is important to make sure that the chair, when you are done with this process, has a flat and even surface on all of its four legs.

Step 7. Flip over your recliner so it is upright again and find where these holes in the back leg of the frame will go.  Insert bolts through each hole (starting from the inside of the frame out) and then tighten them on both sides. This is how you put a recliner together in eight easy steps!


How Much Does it Cost to Hire a Professional Recliner?

This process is much more affordable for the average customer who does not have a lot of tools at their disposal to put together furniture.

It can cost anywhere from $150-$250, depending on how many screws and bolts are needed as well as how heavy or large your recliner may be. This also applies if you need any type of installation done.

The assembly of a recliner is not that difficult and can be accomplished by the average homeowner, but there are times when this process may need to be outsourced for it to be completed correctly.

For those with limited knowledge or no experience whatsoever with furniture building, we recommend investing in hiring professional help.


Why do I Need to Care for my Recliner?

Recliners are furniture that many of us spend a lot of time using.

It is important to take the necessary steps to ensure they last for as long as possible by taking care of them properly.


The following are a few tips on how you can do this:

#1. Inspect and clean your recliner regularly; this includes couches, chairs, and recliners.

#2. Avoid placing your feet on the recliner when it is in an upright position; you can do so with a footstool or other piece of furniture.

#3. If you have children who like to climb onto furniture, be sure they don’t use the chair as a ladder since their weight will put stress on the recliner.

#4. Bring outdoor furniture inside during winter so it won’t freeze and then crack in half or come apart at the seams when you try to use them again next year.

#5. Place a fabric cover over your chair, couch, or another piece of furniture if it is exposed to direct sunlight for an extended period of time.

#6. Use a towel to wipe spills and stains on your recliner or couch, then follow up with an enzyme cleaner if necessary.

#7. Apply polish regularly for wood furniture that is exposed to sun exposure; this will prevent the telltale signs of natural weathering on your piece of furniture. If you have a dark-colored wood furniture piece that will be exposed to sunlight, you can use a clear coat of UV protectant.

#8.  If your recliner has any stains or dirt on it from spilled drinks or food and won’t come out with regular cleaning, take the chair outside in an area where there is plenty of ventilation. Apply some rubbing alcohol and a light scrubbing pad to the stained area. Allow it to dry, then vacuum or wipe away any residue with a cloth before bringing the recliner back inside


How Much to Reupholster a Reclinerener

The price of reupholstering a recliner will depend on the size and type of material. 

A simple plastic or vinyl chair can be as inexpensive as $0 to $200, but if you have an expensive leather sofa that has been soiled by pets it may cost up to $800-$1000 just for.

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