Shipping Your Lazy Boy Recliner

December 16th, 2008 in Adjustments & Repairs, Used Recliners /

If you are moving or shipping your lazy boy recliner, you will want to take the proper precautions so it is not damaged in the move. The reclining mechanism makes moving your recliner more complicated than simply moving a chair and you can cause serious damage if you are not careful.

First consider that your recliner weighs more than a stationary chair so you must be careful when lifting it. Always lift it from the sides of the bottom and not by the back and foot rest which could damage the reclining mechanism.

There are certain steps you can take to prepare your recliner for shipping or moving that will help reduce the risk of damage. First you might want to consider removing the handle if it might get caught or broken in shipping your recliner. You should find an allen head or torx head screw holding it to the shaft. You will have to loosen or remove this and perhaps give the handle a twist anti-clockwise to loosen it off. Be careful when twisting the handle particularly if it is a wooden one as they can sometimes crack or split.

You can also remove the back on several models of lazy boy recliners. You should be able to locate the back brackets on the outside of the back from for most recliner models. The Lazy Boy Classics Low Profile Recliner and the High Leg Recliner back brackets are located on the inside of the back frame. These brackets have a small locking lever that is pushed down to lock the back in place. On some models you will have to lift the upholstery material which could be held in place with fastening tape in order to locate the brackets.

Once you have located the back brackets and the locking levers, you will have to lift the locking lever about 45 to 60 degrees to unlock the back on both sides. You may need to use long nosed pliers to open the locking lever. Be sure to pull it carefully to avoid bending it. You should then be able to slide the back straight up to remove it from the recliner.

To replace the back first ensure that the locking lever is fully opened and slide the back straight down into the bracket ensuring that both sides are properly engaged. You can then use a screwdriver to push the locking lever back down into its locking position. Do not operate the unit until the back is properly installed and in the locked position.

How To Adjust Recliner Tension

December 16th, 2008 in Adjustments & Repairs /

The tension adjustment on a Lazy Boy Recliner allows you to set the tension on the reclining mechanism to best respond to your individual size and strength. If you find it difficult to push back or pull the lever into a reclining position then you may want to reduce the tension. If you are a taller or heavier person then you may want to increase the reclining mechanism tension.

Most lazy boy recliners are equipped with a pair of wing nuts or thumb wheels underneath the seat that let you adjust the reclining mechanism tension. First make sure that the leg rest is closed, then tilt the chair forward so it rests on the tips of its arms and the top of its back so you can see underneath the chair.

On the Reclina-Rocker chair, Reclina-Glider chair and Reclina-Way chair you should see two wing nuts (one on each side) towards the back of the recliner under the seat. The Reclina-Glider Swivel Recliner has two thumb wheels instead of wing nuts but they can be adjusted in the same manner.

On the Lazy Boy Classics Low Profile and High Leg recliner with 3-position mechanism you should see the two wing nuts (one on each side) toward the center of the recliner under the seat.

It is important to adjust both sides equally and to just make small adjustments (about one quarter of a turn) until you feel comfortable. To increase the reclining tension turn the wing nuts or thumb wheels clockwise one quarter turn on both sides. To decrease the tension turn the wing nuts or thumb wheels counter-clockwise one quarter turn on both sides. Return the chair to its upright position and test the new setting. Repeat the steps listed here if more adjustment is required.

Never tighten or loosen the adjustment wing nuts or thumb wheels all the way or you may damage the tension spring. The spring should not move on the bolt after making the adjustments. If it does, make sure you turn the wing nut or thumb wheel clockwise a minimum of one half turn after tightening it so the spring no longer moves. Nor should the spring be completely compressed after making your adjustments. If this occurs, loosen the wing nuts or thumb wheels a minimum of one half a turn counter-clockwise to avoid damaging the tension spring.

Remember to always adjust both wing nuts or thumb wheels equally.