How to Remove a La-z-boy Recliner Back

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How to remove and reinstall a La-z-boy recliner back

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How to unlock the La-z-boy back :40
Removing the back 1:55
Most common problem with recliners 2:25
How to tighten the Rear Seat Swing 3:11
Common problem with these back frames 3:55
Install La-z-boy back 5:03

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17 thoughts on “How to Remove a La-z-boy Recliner Back

    Irene Cranston

    (December 8, 2018 - 3:54 pm)

    Good video. I looked at your other videos and was hoping to see one that was for the removal of the seat and replacing of the spring assembly (as I had a spring snap and Lazy Boy sent me the whole frame/spring assy for free). But I'm not sure of the easiest way with the recliner to remove the old and put in new. I am also interested in replacing the memory foam in the seat. And, I have the type that has back upholstery and padding sewn into it and not as easy to re-stuff. I assume all of this is beyond a handy person that never messed with upholstery before?


    (December 8, 2018 - 3:54 pm)

    "Thanks for this easy to follow,step by step explanation that has saved Me about $400.00 for a "New" recliner with my current ones features" ! "Again, Thank You" !

    Mimitos Mimitos

    (December 8, 2018 - 3:54 pm)

    I like your videos. Can you please tell me lhow to change the electrical wires to a power sofa, the dogs shewed them and now we can't open them.


    (December 8, 2018 - 3:54 pm)

    Thanks. Very good instructional video.

    Karen Swann

    (December 8, 2018 - 3:54 pm)

    Thanks for the info. Great video


    (December 8, 2018 - 3:54 pm)

    This was a lot more helpful then the lay-z-boy video on removing/re-installing the frame. Great information. Thanks for posting!

    Malcolm Geffon

    (December 8, 2018 - 3:54 pm)

    Very helpful. Thank you.

    A friend gave me a Lazy Boy recliner because he had about 5 in his house and this one wasn't "as comfortable as the others." Your videos helped me a lot. I feel confident that I have all the adjustments factory correct and it's amazingly comfortable for watching TV, etc., thank you!

    I have 2 thoughts:

    1. I love how you present information. If you did a series like "Zen and the Art of Recliner Repair" or something like that, I bet you'd get a lot of traffic, I'd love to have a reason to come back other than recliner repair because how often do we mere mortals need to fix our recliners? 😉

    2. I have the wooden base just like your example chair and while I believe I have all the adjustments correct, I have one more issue…

    When I'm sick and it's hard to breath, I like to sleep in a recliner because it keeps me more upright (well, the ones I've used in the past). But this one I have now leans back too far. I'm practically horizontal. Is there a way to get the back to stay up at a higher angle? I noticed once it's fully reclined, the springs allow about 3 more inches of leaning back as well so maybe an adjustment so the springs max quicker?

    I have tried adjusting the recliner tension about as far as it will go and it makes it more difficult to lean back in general but I'm 6'2" and about 250 so if I get it where I want and shift in my sleep, it just inches back to full stop.

    Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated! I'm pretty handy, built a sofa bed and restaurant booth so I'm not afraid to use a few tools!

    Broon Us

    (December 8, 2018 - 3:54 pm)

    Very helpful video. Thank you.


    (December 8, 2018 - 3:54 pm)

    Saved by a YouTube video again!  After exhausting every cuss word in the English language (and then some), this explanation helped me to get my recliner back re-installed.

    Christopher Araya

    (December 8, 2018 - 3:54 pm)

    This is probably by far one of the best videos I’ve watched in a long time. Thank you so much for all the wonderful details you included and thank you for being so clear and steady speaking. Most times when you go to look for information on here, all you find are 8 year olds that think (YouTube is “cool” rawr ex Dee) they’re clever and entertaining. Thank you for your time.

    Georganna Sims

    (December 8, 2018 - 3:54 pm)

    Thank you very much.  You helped us so much.,

    Mikara Barnes

    (December 8, 2018 - 3:54 pm)

    Thanks a lot 🤗🤗🤗

    James Anthony

    (December 8, 2018 - 3:54 pm)

    Thanks for this video! My father's recliners are a different make and thus don't have the swiveling up/down Lay-Z-Boy locks. They have spring loaded tabs which pop in and out of slots on the mounting frame instead, but the principle is the same. Locate the lock, unlock it, pull up to remove.

    We've had to do this with one of his recliners twice in the past two years (it's seven years old, now). The back would become loose and wiggle around which began hurting his back. After removing it (the back from the chair, not from my father), I found that the screws that mounted the bracket to the chair's back had all four become loose and needed to be tightened back up with a large Phillips head screwdriver. Slipping it back into the recliner frame when I was done fixed it right up. Sadly, it looks like it's going to become an annual event at his house; me Googling YouTube to try and remember how to remove it, and then playing around with it to try and figure out why it's not working correctly until I check the mounting screws and tighten them all up once more. 🙂

    Tim Lara

    (December 8, 2018 - 3:54 pm)

    Thank you so much! I had no idea it was that easy and this saved us a massive headache moving up some stairs!


    (December 8, 2018 - 3:54 pm)

    Excellent explanation!

    Jeffrey Turcotte

    (December 8, 2018 - 3:54 pm)

    Very well explained!

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