7 DIY Steps on How to Remove the Seat From a Lazy Boy Recliner

Many people ask themselves how to remove the seat from a lazy boy recliner. The problem is that they don’t know where to start!

This article will walk you through on how to remove the seat from a lazy boy recliner, and help keep it in good condition for years to come.

how to remove the seat from a lazy boy recliner


Steps on Removing Seat From a Lazy Boy Recliner

Step One: Remove the back of the recliner. This is done by pressing your thumbs into each corner on the top, pulling up, and then repeating this process all around until you have an opening big enough to fit your hands through. Do not pull too hard! The back will only come off if it’s balanced in one hand while you press your thumbs into the corners.

Step Two: Remove the armrest of the recliner from below, and then lift it to remove it completely. The armrest will attach at three points on either side, so you need only loosen two screws each time to detach them all. Once detached, place one hand underneath each armrest and pull up gently.

Step Three: Remove the foam cushion from the recliner. The easiest way to do this is by pulling on each corner of the seat, starting in one corner, and working your way around (again, be gentle!). You may need a friend’s help for this step if you find it difficult to reach into the corners.

Step Four: To remove the upholstery from either side of the seat, you’ll need to use a screwdriver or other flat object to pry it open and yank out staples one at a time until you can pull them all out with your hands safely. Be careful not to tear any fabric! Now that the fabric is removed, you should be able to lift the foam cushion out of the seat and place it back in its original packaging.

Step Five: Replace all your old upholstery with new ones! You may want to enlist some help for this step–it can get a little overwhelming when trying to work on such a large piece of furniture on your own.

Step Six: Place the new upholstery over the foam cushion and carefully staple it into place, making sure to use as few staples as possible so that they don’t poke out of the fabric from underneath (from what we can tell, this is a common problem). You’ll need more than one pack of staples.

Step Seven: Hem all the way around with your hands safely. Be careful not to tear any fabric! Now that the old upholstery is removed, you should be able to lift the foam cushion out of the seat and place it back in its original packaging. Place a new upholstery over this foam cushion (you can use the old upholstery as a pattern) and carefully staple it into place.


What is Lazy Boy Recliner?

A recliner is a chair or sofa for relaxing. It usually has an articulating footrest, and often includes a fully upholstered seat that can be turned to lie flat as a bed (reclining). Some models have removable backs so the back support does not need to be used when sitting in it.


How do I Care for my Lazy Boy Recliner?

It’s important to maintain the cleanliness of your Lazy Boy Recliner so you can enjoy it for many years. Here are some tips on how to care for and keep your recliner looking new:

Vacuum upholstery, rugs, or carpets regularly with a soft brush attachment using a vacuum cleaner; if possible, use a vacuum cleaner with a beater attachment.

Clean furniture on both sides, paying attention to the creases and corners; look for loose threads or fabric that could get caught in the recliner’s mechanisms

Use upholstery cleaners only if needed (do not wet) and never mix different kinds of cleaning products

Always test an inconspicuous area before using any new product on your Lazy Boy Recliner.


Lazy Boy Recliner Common Problems

  • Lazy Boy Recliner Creaks
  • The Seat Slides Forward.
  • Footrest or Ottoman Doesn’t Raise and Lower Properly
  • Broken Leg Mechanism (Leg of the recliner won’t stay up)

The Culprits: Dirt, dust, food crumbs, hair, and debris can easily accumulate in the mechanisms of your Lazy Boy Recliner.

Over time, these particles build-up to create friction between the two parts which leads to a sound when you move your recliner.

You may also notice that some of the pieces won’t raise or lower properly as they once did


How to Deal with a Lazy Boy Recliner

Remove the seat from your lazy boy recliner by following these steps.

Clean and lubricate the parts of your chair that are making noise or not working smoothly. This will make it easier to raise, lower, tilt back in forth, etc without having to deal with any sound issues or what feels like “sticking.”

Blow out loose hair and other debris from inside all moving mechanisms using an air hose attachment on your vacuum cleaner nozzle. Always test an inconspicuous area before you use this technique for cleaning up anything new.

Depending on how much crud is built up in there you may want to do this over a trash can just so you don’t have pieces of icky stuff all over the floor.

Check for any worn or broken, loose wires and replace them if necessary. I’m attaching a diagram of how to do this below in case you need some instruction:


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