How to Repair Swivel Recliner: The Definitive Guide

A swivel recliner is one of the most comfortable seating options that can be found in a home. Compared to a normal chair, it uses less floor space and allows for full rotation and tilt with the power of a single hydraulic pump. The swivel recliner can be attached to any existing sofa or made as part of an entirely new system.

Rather than choosing from several pre-built models, it is better to create your own swivel recliner as per the size and shape of your room. By doing so, you will be able to fit into any available space perfectly and maximize its full potential. In this article, you will learn how to repair a swivel recliner

how to repair swivel recliner


Steps on Repairing Swivel Recliner

Step 1. Before starting on how to repair the swivel recliner, first of all, inspect the body and its parts. Make sure everything is working properly and there is no need for immediate replacement.

If you do not have any prior experience in this kind of project, it is always better to seek help from a professional who can handle the entire task with ease.

Step 2. Use a screwdriver to remove the seat pad from its base if needed. Then take off screws that hold up each side frame. Slide the armrests towards the centre then lift-off of their connections as well. Unscrew all bolts attaching the backrest to the seat edge as well as the seat edge to the base. Look for any loose screws and tighten them back in.


What Causes Damage on a Swivel Recliner?

It is often the wear and tear of a swivel recliner that leads to damages. And this situation becomes more common when made from poor quality materials.

Although swivel recliner can be kept good as new with regular maintenance, it reaches a point where replacement or repairs are needed. The type of swivel recliner also affects how much damage you have on your swivel recliner. For example, a leather swivel recliner is popular because of its natural feel. However, the leather swivel recliner should not be cleaned using water since the stitches may come loose due to water damage.


How do you fix a broken recliner mechanism?

The actual mechanism that breaks is the swivel recliner’s base. Broken recliners are often caused by uneven flooring surfaces or pets jumping on them. If your swivel recliner only has a loose back, you can just tighten it and make sure that all screws are properly tightened.  If not, you will need to replace your swivel recliner’s base.

If your foundation is fine, it may just be the motor that needs to be replaced.  Swivel recliners have motors that are powered by electricity or batteries and are connected under the seat of the chair.

The cord connects from the armrest to reach and operate the motor. If your swivel chair has a loose back, it can easily loosen screws so that they fall out or become stuck in place if you move your chair around often.

This is why cleaning experts will recommend you repair all parts of your swivel recliner, including tightening screws on various parts of the chair before moving it around while cleaning. You never know what happens when moving something fragile like this;  it can fall apart easily.

All swivel recliners have this one common design flaw that allows for the screws to loosen when you use them on a regular basis.

This is why it’s vital to tighten any screws loose before using your chair if they come loose; otherwise, you could damage your furniture or hurt yourself due to the chair not being stable and sturdy.

The chair must be cleaned regularly to maintain its beauty and functionality for many years and avoid problems like this caused by overusing the equipment. If you follow these steps carefully, your swivel will stay lubricated properly:

Step 1. First of all, make sure your chairs are unplugged from their power source so no wires get damaged by accident. Make sure the chair is not turned on and that there are no electrical outlets nearby to prevent an accident or injury.

Step 2. Next, find any tools you need like pliers, screwdrivers, cleaning fluids for lubricating oil and brushes for cleaning the arm of the chair as well as other parts of the chair (if needed).  

Step 3. Check your chairs first before loosening any screws to see if little screws are hiding behind plastic panels which need to be removed carefully so they don’t get lost when removing them from their casing or messing up anything inside them.

Step 4. Remove one panel at a time following a pattern so you can put it back together again in case repairs are needed later on.  If you find any screws or other parts that do not look familiar, take a picture or make a diagram of where they are (or both) so you can put them back in the right place.

Step 5. Make sure all pillows and cushions have been removed from the chair before taking off any covers or anything else that may be covering up wires or gears underneath.  The trick to this is knowing exactly where everything is located under your furniture; however, if you don’t know where something is, just figure it out by trial and error!

Now that things are exposed underneath your furniture try loosening each screw with one hand while pulling on the part slowly until it comes loose without putting too much force on it because metal can easily break, which is what you are trying to avoid. 


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