Having a recliner that won’t close is one of the most frustrating things to deal with. You keep pushing it back and pushing it back but it just won’t stay closed. This is a problem that we often hear about from recliner owners and it usually leads them to buy a new recliner. However, this problem can be solved quite easily. That is why we created a small guide to help readers learn how to fix a recliner that won’t close.
How the Latch Mechanism Works
Understanding the latch mechanism is important because it will help you determine if there are any broken parts. If your recliners cord still has spring tension that is a good sign that the “receiver” is still functioning. For the next step, you will have to look underneath the chair where you will find a bar that is inserted into the receiver. If this bar has fallen out of alignment it will prevent your recliners footrest from completely closing. By fixing the alignment you of the bar you will be able to get the footrest to close.
New Mechanism Needed?
Sometimes the mechanism within the recliner is completely worn out. This is often difficult to identify with the naked eye because there are no signs of wear and tear. The best thing to do with a fatigued mechanism is to simply replace it. Trying to fix the original can be a complete waste of time.
Cable Release Problems
The cable release is the main component of the entire reclining process. It helps the footrest of the chair extend out and retract. However, the cable release can still work while the footrest does not retract. This means that the cable release is not the issue and the problem may be coming from a loose latch mechanism or screw.
It is common for cable releases to break, arms to fracture, rivets to wear and remove themselves from their holes and mounting connectors, such as screws and bolts, to loosen. Recliners that do not have a release by cable or lever tend to be having spring issues. This can be solved easily by adjusting a wig nut or lessening the tension by using a new hole.
Some users have found that by removing excess padding surrounding the perimeter of footrests meeting point, where it latches to the recliner, can help. Although this is rarely the issue, it can still be the source of the recliners problems.
We have identified many problems that won’t let your recliner close, and we provided solutions. However, the following method is still the one that solves the most issues with recliners that won’t close. We have found that it can fix most problems that standard recliner chairs have. With the combination of other solutions in this guide, you will be able to find a method that helps you close your recliner quite easily.
Recliners are designed for comfort, rest, and recline, they are fun pieces of furniture when they function properly. However, when you first look at your broken recliner chair it can seem daunting to fix. Hopefully, with our repair tips, you learned how to fix a recliner that won’t close and are able to get your footrest to stay in place. If you have any more repair, recliner or furniture troubleshooting problems, please send us a message!