How To Reupholster A Recliner

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Recliners can be very comfortable, acting as the perfect place to relax. However, over time the constant use can leave them looking less than their best. To solve this problem, I decided to look at some of the ways that you can reupholster a recliner. This will add more value to your chair and you’ll be able to continue using it for many years to come. Let’s look at some of the best ways to reupholster a recliner.

Get The Dimensions

The first thing that you want to do is to get the right dimensions. The easiest way to do this is to measure the couch. When you’re doing this, remember to add a little extra to the measurements. In most cases, you’ll need to use around eight to 12 yards to reupholster your recliner.

However, I recommend getting more than you will need. Having too much fabric isn’t a major issue. You’ll be able to save it and use it for future projects Not having enough is a bigger problem which will be a lot harder to solve.

Select The Fabric

Once you know how much fabric you’ll need, you can go shopping. There are a few things that you’ll need to consider when shopping for fabric. First, you’ll want to make sure that it’s strong enough for your recliner. This often means choosing something that will be made of leather.

It’s also important to think about the pattern. If you’re just reupholstering a part of the recliner, you’ll want to choose something that matches the original pattern. Often single-colors will be easy to match. If it is a pattern, it will be a lot more difficult. Because of this, you might want to get some extra fabric. You might need to consult with a few fabric stores before you find one that has the type of fabric that you want.

Remove The Old Fabric

The next stage is to start dismantling the recliner, removing the back of the chair. This ensures that you’ll be able to get to all the parts. To disassemble it, you’ll often need to use a screwdriver. You might want to refer to the owner’s manual, to make sure that you’re doing it properly. If you prefer to use a video, you can use this guide:

Once you have the back off, you can start removing the old fabric. In most models, the fabric will be held in place with staples. You’ll need to use a tool to remove these. You can throw the old staples out. Be careful when you’re removing the fabric covers. It’s possible that some padding might fall out. This is fine, just hold onto it until you’re ready to attach the new fabric. Then, you’ll be able to stuff the padding back into the recliner. Put the old fabric aside. If it’s in good condition, you might want to use it on future projects. If it’s too torn and ripped, you might just want to throw it out.

Clean The Recliner

Before we finish the upholstery process, it’s a good idea to take the time to clean the chair. This might be your only chance to get into the padding and remove some of the gunk that’s accumulated. The best way to clean the padding is by using a vacuum cleaner. It might also be a good idea to add some new padding. You’ll either need to staple or glue it, to make sure that it stays in place. Also, now might be a good time to lubricate the rails, so it recliner smoothly.

If you have a wooden frame, you’ll want to polish it up a bit. Leather paint is the best way to seal any cracks that have developed. Leave some time for the paint to dry before moving on with the next step.

Attach The New Fabric

Now, you’ll be able to attach the new fabric to the recliner. At this point, you’ll need to think about the type of upholstery process that you want to complete. If you want to create a custom look, you might need to do some sewing. Depending on the recliner, you might need to put in buttons or add some welting. When you’re doing this, you’ll need to follow the original patterns. It can help to take a picture of the old recliner, so you’ll have something to model.

If you want the more casual approach, you can skip these embellishments and move straight to attaching the fabric to the recliner. In most cases, you’ll need to use staples. To do this, you’ll need to make sure that you’re maintaining tension on the fabric, then staple it in place. Do this around the recliner. Try to put the staples at regular intervals, often half-an-inch apart is a good distance. As you’re doing this, look at the way that recliner looks. You might need to cut some notches in the fabric around the curved sections, to make sure that everything is sitting straight.

Finally, you’ll need to finish off the process. Cut off any excess fabric. If you want to, add any last embellishments. Then, you’ll need to put the recliner back together. Lastly, you’ll need to make sure that it still works. Sit in it, try reclining. If there are any problems, it might be that a loose piece of fabric is caught in the reclining mechanism. If there aren’t any issues, sit back, and enjoy the benefits of your hard work.


It’s normal for you to need to reupholster recliners, to keep them looking their best. Thankfully, this doesn’t need to be a difficult process. You should be able to do it at home in a few hours. However, I understand that this type of DIY work isn’t for everyone. In this case, you’ll be able to give the recliner to a professional and they will take care of it for you. Either way, you’ll end up breathing new life into your old recliner.


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