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.

Buying A Used Lazy Boy Recliner

December 16th, 2008 in Used Recliners /

If you are planning on purchasing a second hand Lazy Boy recliner, or even an “as is” or clearance item from an authorized Lazy Boy dealer, your purchase will not carry the Limited Lifetime Warranty available from Lazy Boy. You may or not be able to purchase replacement parts for your recliner if it is a discontinued model. However, you may still find a good deal even if you take these issues into consideration.

Since the recliner has several moving parts, you would be strongly advised to try it out first before you buy. Buying a recliner over the Internet or sight unseen can be risky. Remember that your recliner could also be damaged in shipping and you will want to take special care that it arrives at your home in the same condition as you tested it out.

When you test out a used lazy boy recliner you may find the reclining mechanism too stiff or too loose. This is something that might be very easily adjusted even though it might have an impact on the price that the seller is asking. If you can, you may want to try adjusting the tension to see if this is a simple fix or something more seriously wrong with the reclining mechanism.

Several companies sell slipcovers for Lazy Boy recliners and small problems with the upholstery may be easily fixed by purchasing a new slipcover. If the recliner you are considering purchasing already has a slipcover, be sure to remove it to see if the original upholstery is in good condition. Check with your local reupholsterers to see if they can reupholster your recliner at a reasonable price. A used lazy boy recliner with a good frame and reclining mechanism may still be a bargain if you can get it reupholstered.

The backs on most lazy boy recliners can be removed for shipping purchases. The clips that hold the back in place may not be properly engaged on the recliner you are considering purchasing. Again this could be an easy fix if the seller is selling because they think the back is broken on their recliner.

Naturally you should beware of any recliner that shows signs of abuse or abnormal use, excessive soiling or improper cleaning or maintenance. If the recliner has been well cared for and you continue to maintain it then you may find a bargain out there that still has several years of use left.