How to Fix a Recliner Footrest? A Practical Guide

What happens when the footrest is not working correctly?

It can be frustrating when the footrest is stuck in one position, or worse when it won’t stay up at all. 

In this article, we will explore some easy steps to fix a recliner footrest and get your chair back to its comfortable state.

What Is the Recliner Footrest Mechanism?

Before we get started, it’s important to understand how the footrest mechanism works.

Most recliner footrests operate on a spring-loaded system, which allows the footrest to move up and down.

When the footrest is raised, it engages a locking mechanism that keeps it in place. When the footrest is lowered, the locking mechanism disengages, allowing the footrest to move freely.

How to Fix a Recliner Footrest? Step-by-Step Guide

Tools You Will Need

To fix a recliner footrest, you will need a few basic tools. These include:

  • A screwdriver (Phillips or flathead, depending on the screws on your chair)
  • Pliers
  • Lubricant (such as WD-40)
  • Replacement parts (if needed)

Now that you have your tools ready, let’s dive into the steps to fix a recliner footrest:

Step 1: Inspect the Footrest

The first step is to inspect the footrest and look for any visible signs of damage or wear and tear. Look for any broken or missing parts or signs of rust or corrosion.

inspect the footrest of the recliner for damaged parts

If you notice any of these issues, you may need to replace the parts or seek professional help.

Step 2: Tighten the Screws

If the footrest appears to be in good condition, the next step is to tighten any loose screws. Use your screwdriver to tighten the screws on the footrest and the frame of the chair.

This will help ensure the footrest stays in place when you raise it.

Step 3: Lubricate the Mechanism

If the footrest still isn’t working correctly, it may be due to a lack of lubrication. Use your lubricant to spray the mechanism, including any springs or joints, to help it move smoothly.

Be sure to wipe away any excess lubricant to prevent it from staining the upholstery.

Step 4: Adjust the Tension

If the footrest is still not working correctly, you may need to adjust the tension on the locking mechanism.

adjust the tension of the recliner footrest

Use your pliers to adjust the tension on the springs, making them tighter or looser as needed. This will help ensure that the footrest stays in place when it is raised.

Step 5: Replace Broken Parts

If the footrest is still not working correctly, it may be due to a broken or missing part.

Check the manufacturer’s website or contact customer service to order replacement parts. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions to replace the broken part and get your footrest working correctly again.

Enhanced comfort and relaxationRequires more space
Improved circulationLimited mobility
Stress reliefHigher cost
VersatilityAssembly and maintenance may be more complex
Multi-functional optionsStyle may not suit all interior designs
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A recliner chair with a malfunctioning footrest can be frustrating, but you can fix it yourself with a little know-how and some basic tools.

Remember to inspect the footrest, tighten any loose screws, lubricate the mechanism, adjust the tension, and replace broken parts as needed.

By following these steps, you can get your recliner footrest working correctly and enjoy a comfortable and relaxing experience once again.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I fix a recliner footrest myself?

Yes, with a few basic tools and some know-how, you can fix a recliner footrest yourself.

How much will it cost to fix a recliner footrest?

The cost of fixing a recliner footrest will depend on the extent of the damage and whether replacement parts are needed. If you need to order replacement parts, this will add to the cost.

Can I use any lubricant to lubricate the mechanism?

It’s best to use a lubricant specifically designed for use on furniture mechanisms, such as WD-40.

What should I do if I’m not comfortable fixing the footrest myself?

If you’re not comfortable fixing the footrest yourself, you can seek professional help from a furniture repair service.

How often should I lubricate the footrest mechanism?

It’s a good idea to lubricate the footrest mechanism every 6-12 months to keep it working smoothly.

Arshad Afridi
Hi, I'm Arshad Afridi, a furniture enthusiast with 3 years of experience in the recliner, chair, and sofa industry. I have a passion for creating comfortable and functional furniture pieces that enhance the beauty of any space. Join me on my blog as I share my expertise and insights on the latest furniture trends and design inspirations.