How To Fix a Lazy Boy Recliner Footrest


There is nothing quite as relaxing as taking a great big rest in your favorite recliner chair after a hard day at work - just you, a cup of coffee or popcorn and a movie. It’s nothing new, and believe it or not, recliners have been in existence for thousands of years (the first traces of it in recorded history go as far back as the 1800s) and have been used as both a pastime and for medical reasons ever since. What happens if the footrest suddenly gets stuck one day? Simple, fix it.

This article will take you through the basics of fixing a stuck lazy boy recliner footrest.

Watch this video to understand how a Lazy Boy recliner is made

How to fix the recliner footrest

The most common problem with the footrest on a recliner is that over time, as you continue to use and reuse it, it loosens and must be re-secured. This is a relatively simple problem with an equally easy fix.

Things you’ll need

  • A standard screwdriver
  • A Phillips screwdriver
  • Wood screws

Step-by-step instructions

  • 1. Extend the recliner upwards and flip it over so you can see the underside of the footrest. It should be in such a position that you can easily access the footrest screws.
  • 2. Locate the bracket that connects to the footrest and evaluates whether the screws on it can be tightened or if the screw holes are completely worn out and require replacement screws.
  • 3. Tighten the screws using the right type of screwdriver to avoid leaving old overused screws getting stuck in your perfectly good lazy boy recliner. If they otherwise don’t tighten and you still have the same problem, just remove them completely.

Repairing the Dreaded Foot Rest Extension Problem

If your lazy boy recliner is no longer lose, you’re basically good to go. Otherwise, soldier on

  • Replace the old screws that would not tighten any further with the new wooden screws, which should usually be longer than the previous screws that had been used.
  • Just make sure the screw you use isn’t too long or you may drive the screw out the top of the footrest. The screw needs to be longer so it fastens securely into the wood and holds the footrest more tightly.
  • Fasten the footrest bracket with brand new screws and ensure they fit snugly - they shouldn’t bee too tight. If, at any point, you find yourself forcing it to get in so it can fit right, know you made a mistake somewhere along the way. As soon as the screws are tight enough to hold on their own, leave them be. Tight screws only create more problems than they fix.
  • Turn the chair upright, and voila! You should be back to normal.

​Still have a problem?

​At times, it takes a little bit more than tightening a few screws here and there to fix your still good lazy boy recliner. Others go as far as getting new lazy boy recliner parts, but that simply isn’t feasible. Most times, all it requires is a little tinkering.

This especially works when your lazy boy recliner is stuck in half-recline position or you can’t push the lever that operates the footrest forward.

  • Lay the recliner on its side.
  • From this position, spot the main square rod that controls all the recliner mechanisms. Herein the problem lies.
  • Around the middle of this mechanism, you will see two springs holding a pin that controls the upward and downward movements of the recliner.
  • If your recliner only goes part-way down, then the pin is not being moved up the frame holding it when fully extended. In other words, the metal that the pin rides along should push the pin onto a higher part of the holder frame when fully extended.
  • If it really isn’t moving into the frame like it should, try moving it by hand by pulling the two springs a little. If it does move, then all you have on your hand is a simple lubrication problem. If not, maybe it’s time to get those lazy boy recliner parts after all.
  • Wipe the insides of the spring and pin and apply your lubricant of choice - WD40, for instance, works well in most cases.
  • The previous step should have loosened the grease and allowed the pin to move absolutely freely.

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Fixing most lazy boy recliner problems is just a simple matter of tinkering and getting your hands dirty once in awhile - it’s hardly ever anything serious. You can now cancel that $150 appointment for having your recliner fixed, because if you followed this article step-by-step, you should now know how to fix a lazy boy recliner footrest. More times than not, the problem is lubrication rather than a few loose nuts and bolts here and there. If the problems persist, however, either buy a new recliner or call an expert. Your choice.

Have fun lounging on your chair.

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