How to Remove The Back of A Recliner

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If you own a recliner or are looking to pick up a recliner in the near future, its important that you know how to assemble and disassemble a recliner. Today, we’re going to be going over the general process of removing the back of a recliner. Many times, a recliner is taken apart for the purpose of moving.

There are so many reasons why you might need to remove the back of a recliner. Whether the piece of furniture needs to be reassembled for the first time or you want to rearrange your living room, these simple tips can help you do it quickly and easily. No matter if it is part of a sectional or it is a standalone seating surface, many models come with a removable back to make it easier to move them.

1. Align the Metal

Depending on the manufacturer of your recliner, the metal pieces on the back my vary in size. However, due to the construction of a recliner, they are always present. The back of your chair will have small metal clips that slide directly into the corresponding metal receivers on the base of the chair. It is crucial to separate these metal pieces. This will allow you to lift the back of the recliner off of the base.

2. Uncover the Upholstery

Many models of recliners are equipped with a cover that fastens to the bottom of the chair. Unfasten this covering and lift it over the chair. Many recliners have an easy fastening mechanism to make it simple to perform this step. It is crucial to do this step as it will expose the metal fastenings and small metal hook to view.

3. Release the Hook

Your recliner will likely have a small hook on the underside of the chair. Pull this hook and release it to unhook the top of the recliner from the base. This will cause the two parts of the chair to become unstable and unlock the mechanism so that they will easily come apart.

4. Lift the Back of the Base

The back of your chair is a heavy piece of equipment, so it is essential that you exercise caution and do this step carefully. Grab both sides of the chair back and lift it straight up. Avoid pulling up at an angle as this can bend the metal fastenings and make it more difficult to put it back together.

A Few Additional Notes

Be Safe

When you are working with such a heavy piece of equipment, it is of paramount importance to work slowly and carefully. Do not lift the back using your back, always use the strength provided by your knees. This will enable you to put more force behind your movements and will protect you from incurring debilitating injuries.

Put it Back Together Again

Once you have moved the base of your chair to where you want it to be, you can safely put it back together. Be sure to work slowly and carefully. Make sure that the metal fastenings slide into one another well. Do not forget to fasten the metal hook when your chair is in the place that you want. Be sure to let the covering down over the chair and fasten it back in place. Once your chair is where you want it to be, it is time to sit back and relax.