How to Take Apart a Lazy Boy Recliner: Step By Step

Are you struggling with dismantling a lazy boy recliner? You come to the right place. Taking apart a lazy boy recliner is not a hard thing to do, but you do need to take some minutes to learn it.

In this post, we will show you how to disassemble it step by step. You can save a lot by doing it on your own.


The la-z-boy recliner is made with high-quality material and has a long lifespan no matter it is an electric recliner or a classic recliner. It would be a long-lasting piece of furniture in your home, meaning that you likely need to disassemble it a few times.

People want to take apart a recliner because they want to move it through a tight space or give it a thorough clean. When the recliner back becomes loose, taking it apart is also necessary. 

There are a few things to prepare before taking action.

A set of screwdrivers. Depending on the models of your chair, it may use different types of screws. Therefore, for convenience, preparing a set of screwdrivers could save you some time.

An adjustable wrench.  You may need it to remove the bearings and bolts, which are often located at the mechanism.

An array of bags. These bags can be a great tool to store the disassembled parts such as the springs and screws. Make each bag labeled with the name of the parts, which is a great way to boost the process of reassembling later.

different screws
Different screws

A pair of safety gloves. It could be dangerous while dealing with metal parts, and wearing a pair of safety gloves is a straightforward way to prevent the risk of injury.

Take pictures as a reference. It is possible that you have to do the disassembly or assembly again. However, it is hard to remember all the details after a few months. Take pictures as you disassemble the chair so that you can follow the steps anytime you want. 

How to remove the back of a lazy boy recliner

Taking the back off a lazy boy recliner is a piece of cake. We will show you how to do it now.

Step1: If you have a la-z-boy power recliner, the first thing to do is to unplug the power.

Step2: There are 2 release levers on each side of the back. You can quickly locate it at the gap between the backrest and chair base. For easy access, you can tilt the chair back at a 45-degree angle.

Step3: Once you find the levers, you can use the fingers or the flat head screwdriver to rotate the level upwards. The process is effortless, even for a woman. 

Step4: Put the chair back to the upright position and grasp the sides of the backrest. Pull the back upward, and then the back is successfully being removed from the lazy boy recliner.

Now the back and base are separate, and you can transport it to other rooms or even the back of a vehicle with a breeze. If you want to clean out the crumb in the seam between the seat cushion and back cushion, removing the back is the easiest way to do it.

You can follow the video below to see how to do it exactly.

How to take apart the seat cushion of a lazy boy recliner

In some cases, you may need to disassemble the seat cushion. For example, you may want to reupholster the chair. Follow the steps below, and you can get it done in a moment.

Step1: Flip over the chair base to get access to the framework.

Step2: Find the bracket that connects the arm to the seat cushion.

Step3: Loosen the screws on the bracket and store them in the bags.

Step4: Pull the bracket to the center of the chair and flip over the base again.

Step5: Pull the seat cushion upward, and you will find the bolts on the back of the seat cushion.

Step6: Use the adjustable wrench to remove the bolts, allowing the seat cushion to dismantle from the base of the la-z-boy chair.

How to disassemble the armrests of a lazy boy recliner

In case you want to replace a pair of new armrests, here is how you can take apart the lazy boy armrests.

Step1: Locate the bolts on the base.

Step2: Remove the bolts and pull the armrests upward.

You see it is easy-peasy.


You may need to take apart your loved la-z-boy chair at some point in your life either for transportation or for cleaning. 

Lazy boy recliner disassembly seems really daunting at the first glance. After reading this guide, you will find that it is something you can finish even you are not a handyman. You can take off the back, seat, and framework with a breeze even you have never done it before.

Remember to take pictures at each step of disassembly and get all the parts sorted. 

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Rachelle is the founder of Best Chair Finder. She is a fanatic of home improvement, and as an engineer, she knows well about each chair's mechanism. You can find her story on the About page.