Pro Guide: How to Move a Recliner Chair Safely

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Relocating brings a blend of excitement and fear at the same time. Well, change is always excellent and inevitable at some point in everyone’s life. But, confusion comes when moving your belongings to the new house.

Different things need different handling and especially a recliner chair. A recliner chair has a unique mechanism different from every other piece of furniture, making it delicate. If you are the type that is clueless about how to transport your recliner chair quickly and safely, this article is for you.

We have tips to help you avoid mistakes and make your transfer less stressful with your recliner chair.

Read on.

Factors to Consider When Moving Your Recliner

It would help if you had professional movers’ assistance to help you relocate with your recliner safely. However, if you insist on moving alone, you need to consider several factors such as;

Protection: you need to wrap your recliner completely to avoid any damage and staining. Besides, you don’t want to sit on a dusty chair after moving, do you? Make sure you use a safe and sizable cover that will wrap the entire seat, leaving no gaps or loose ends for any damages. Again, make sure the covers hold on securely throughout the moving process. Your cover should stay intact and not come out when the journey is not complete causing inconveniences and risks. Preferably, buy a moving blanket, which is readily available at an affordable cost.

Secure the feet: the feet stand a high risk of falling or breaking while moving. Ensure you cover each foot securely with newspaper or any other cover and secure it with many tapes. Better yet, you could remove them and put them safely aside. This is the best way of protecting them until your destination.

Weight: how heavy is your recliner? Usually, all recliners are heavy and would be challenging to lift alone. Consider using a dolly to lift the chair and move it out of the house quickly. Still, it would be better to secure the chair on the dolly with ropes and straps on the moving track. This will make work easier when offloading.

How to Disassemble Your Recliner Chair

Luckily most recliners can be dismantled for stress-free transport, so you do not need to worry about moving them through a small and tight space. Some removable parts include detachable backs and removable bars on the base that allow further dismantling.

When taking apart your recliner, remember to take pictures so that you will have an effortless reassembly. Please place them in safe plastic bags and remember to label them correctly to avoid misplacing them.

If this is your first time to move, follow the steps below to dismantle your recliner successfully.

Process 1

1. Tilt the recliner gently forward and lift the rear material. Some recliners have a back panel that allows you to lift and expose the inner frame. Look for the snaps that hold the fabric to the frames’ base and unfasten them. Next, lift the fabric panel.

2. Check the frames on both sides of the recliner’s seat to locate the locking levers. You should see a metal lever facing downwards at both sides of the recliner’s main body near the top of the arm and back joint. If your chair has a middle console, you should see levers between the frames and the seats.

3. Touch the locking levers in the middle of the back seams. If your recliner lacks detachable strips of material that expose the frame, put your hands into the back seams on the chair’s left and right sides. Monitor the seams between the seats and middle console, if any are available. Feel inside the seams for the locking lever that is facing downwards.

4. Release the seatbacks by lifting the locking levers. If you cannot pinch your fingertips, use a flat head screwdriver to slacken and raise each lever as you release the seatbacks. After you manage to unlock the levers, put back the recliner to its normal upright position. Then carefully lift the back, taking it out of its frame. Conversely, for the double seat recliner with the middle console, raise each separate seat and console back from its structure.  

Process 2

1. Overturn your recliner chair to look for the base bars. Simply lift the sofa to its front side for its back to point up straight toward the ceiling. Check underneath the couch to locate any base bars. If they’re available, they should be two or three bars screwed firmly from one end of the chair’s base to the other.

2. Unlock the bolts on the base bars. Check the heads of the bolts and screws that secure the base bars to pick an appropriate tool. Use a drill with the fitting bit to unlock all screws or bolts from the base bars. Often, base bars come with Robertson screws, so preferably use Robertson drive bits for convenience.

3. You will need an extra hand while removing the final bar. When you remove the last bar, the separate seats and middle console will dismantle easily. Having a helping hand will stabilize the chair to maintain its parts from rolling away, damages, or even destroying close objects.

How to Easily Reassemble

1. Ensure you take pictures while you disassemble your recliner chair. Take photos of the base, frame, and other significant components. This will help you have a clear picture of how your chair should look when it is complete. Moreover, if you are uncertain of remembering the entire reassembling process, take photos of every step of the disassembly. This will effortlessly take you through during reassembly.

2. Place all the hardware like the screws and bolts in different plastic bags or small containers. The best way is to have your storage ready as you unlock the bolts and screws to avoid losing anything. Label all the bags or boxes clearly and keep them separate for easy sorting. As you label the names on the storage, also mark the location of installation.

3. Reinstall the top bar as the first step of reassembly. Arrange every part of the base, so their backs face upwards towards the ceiling. Look for the predrilled holes on the upper base bar where the bolts or screws fit. Set the bar up with the matching holes on the chair’s bottom. Begin by tightening the top bar’s middle screws that connect it to the central part of the chair. Then work moving outward to reconnect the bar to the base of each part of the chair. After locking the top bar, fix the screws into the rest of the bars to reassemble the recliner base.

4. Reconstruct seats by substituting the backs and securing the levers. Put the chair in a natural position. Cautiously slide the separate seat back into its frame, and wiggle it a bit till it is in place. Rotate the chair forward, so the back faces upwards towards the ceiling. Look for the locking levers, and drive each lever down to lock the seat securely into position.

Also, here is a guide to making your old recliner looks like new.


It would help take away most of the stress and burden of confusion if you hired professional movers to do the job. That way, you will rest assured of a safe and efficient relocation with all your belongings in place. But if you do not like the idea, follow the above steps to uphold safety in transporting your recliner to a new destination. Also, check out various room arrangements for your furniture to fit inadequately.