Wednesday, February 20, 2008

How to Reupholster a Recliner

This is an illustrated step by step on how to reupholster a recliner. Your recliner may be somewhat different than this one but the basics are the same for most any recliner.
Most all recliners are constructed the same. This is a component type of furniture because of the fact that is a motion piece. The components consist of the back, the seat, the arm and the foot rest section. All of these components are connected to a metal recliner unit. Before you can start to reupholster the components you must remove them from the recliner unit. Your recliner may not be exactly as the one I am using for illustration but you will find yours to be very similar.

I start by removing the backs section. On this recliner I had to remove the staples from the bottom of the frame of the outside back. Open up the back enough for you to gain access to the bolts that attach the back to the mechanism. Usually the outside back is attached with a metal tack strip on each side. Be cautious of these tack strips as you remove the outside back as they are sharp. On this recliner there were two bolts on each side of the inside back. I used a 7/16 inch socket with a long extension. I removed the back and set it aside.

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