Every lazy boy recliner needs a base to provide stability and support. The problem is that over time the glue holding the base in place can deteriorate or become loose, allowing it to move around and even come off completely.
If this happens, you’ll need to replace the old base with a new one. This guide will help you remove your old base from a recliner so you can install a brand new one!
Steps on Removing Base from a Lazy Boy Recliner
Step One: Remove the old base from your recliner. Start by removing any screws that are holding it in place, then gently pull up on it and wiggle until you can release it from under the seat of your lazy boy recliner. If this doesn’t work, try pulling at a different angle or using some WD-40 to loosen it.
Step Two: Clean the surface of your recliner where you’ll be installing a new base. You can use soap and water, furniture polish, or WD-40 if necessary to remove any dirt that might have built up around the area where you’re going to install the new base. This will allow for maximum adhesion so there’s no chance of the new base coming off.
Step Three: Install your new recliner base! You’ll want to place it in the same spot as the original one and screw any screws that are necessary into place so you know they’re secure. Then, pull up on it gently while staying perpendicular with a line drawn along where this edge would meet the chair.
Step Four: Clean up any remaining base and then move on to the next step! This one is super easy – just use a clean rag or paper towels with some soapy water, wipe it down thoroughly until you can’t see any more of that dark brown residue from your old base. Once you’ve done this, do a final rinse with clear water and dry it off.
What is the Base of a Recliner?
The base is the part of the recliner that provides stability and balance. It connects to a frame at one end, with two or four legs on the other side. The bottom piece of this type can be made out of any material from wood to plastic, depending on which style you choose for your furniture.
Recliners are more than just a chair. They’re an extension of your home and style.
How to Care for Recliner Base
To help you maintain your recliner, there are a few simple steps to take.
#1. Frequent dusting with compressed air and vacuuming will go a long way in reducing the amount of dirt that settles into crevices.
#2. Regularly wipe down all surfaces – especially those upholstered pieces such as armrests or small creases in the fabric – with a damp towel and mild detergent to remove any dust or dirt.
#3. For darker upholstery, use vinegar diluted 50/50 with water instead of soap on those surfaces that come into contact with your skin such as armrests, headboards, and footrests. Do not put anything but clean water on the fabric.
#4. Do not use any furniture polish or oil to clean your recliner! These products may build up in crevices over time and lead to discoloration that is difficult, if not impossible, to remove.
Now for how you maintain your base
Tip 1. You should have a sealant applied every six months by a professional furniture refinisher. This protects the finish of your recliner and any upholstered pieces that come into contact with it from wear or damage caused by spills, burns, pets, kids.
Tip 2. At least every six months you should also vacuum all crevices in your base using a soft-bristle attachment on the end of a vacuum cleaner. You should also rotate the seat and back to get the dirt out from under them, especially if you have kids or pets that are ever in contact with your recliner.
If there is any furniture polish or oil on the fabric then it will need to be removed before sealing it:
Tip 3. Use powdered dishwasher detergent to rub the fabric in small circular motions to loosen up any oil or polish.
You can then use a clean sponge with water and dishwasher detergent on it to work out the residue from deep within your base.
Tip 4. If you still have an oily film left over after this, try adding one cup of vinegar mixed into two cups of warm water and use this solution to work the oil out of the fabric.
Tip 5. Wipe clean with a damp cloth or towel, then dry it off so that it is no longer wet.
Next, you should apply any furniture polish to your base: Apply equal amounts of furniture wax on two separate pieces of the cotton rag until they are both coated in wax.
Tip 6. Apply to the base in a circular motion, then buff dry with another piece of cotton rag. You should also apply wax on any wood pieces or metal accents that you have on your recliner as well – this will help protect them from wear and tear down the line.
The last thing you need to do is vacuum up any leftover dust, dirt, and debris from the upholstery on your recliner.