How To Dismantle A 3-Seater Motion Recliner Sofa

How To Dismantle A 3-Seater Recliner Sofa

Are you planning to reorganize your personal space and add a tad bit of magic and creativity? But are you worried about how to move your large recliner sofa?

It's simple. Dismantle it and move it around the house or space of your wish. Well, we can hear you say the word "how?"

First, understand that it isn’t a brainer. It involves only a few steps which, when followed correctly, can be done. This article “how to take apart a reclining sofa for moving” will clearly explain the process. Now just continue reading.

How To Dismantle A 3-Seater Recliner Sofa?

Recliners are available in different models. But mainly, some models come with detachable seat backs secured by locking levers.

Whereas the other models come with a removable bar bolted to the base, which, when removed, can facilitate further disassembly. So, here you will find two methods.

Things To Do Before Dismantling:

  1. Take a quick picture of the entire sofa before dismantling it. This will help you remember how the parts attach for a quicker reassembly later.
  2. Use different bags to collect and organize the smaller pieces, such as nuts, washers, screws, and bolts you remove from the recliner sofa. And most importantly, you must know which part was taken from which section.

Understand What A 3-Seater Recliner Comes With:

Understand what a 3-seater recliner

A best recliner sofa comes with an in-built motor that rises and reclines the chair. A simple hand-held control connected to the recliner can operate this reclining mechanism.

Know that the recliner sofa has cases, backrests, footrests, and armrests. These parts come in pairs in a 3-seater sofa. Where one is for the right side, and the other is for the left side of the sofa, and as usual, the middle seat remains idle.

Method 1: Dismantling A 3-Seater Recliner Sofa

Many models have detachable seat backs, which are secured by locking levers.

Step 1: Start by removing the cushions and upholstery of the sofa

remove the cushions and upholstery of the sofa

Tilt the sofa forward and lift the rear upholstery strip so that the back faces straight up into the air. Most upholstered sofas come with a detachable back panel that can expose the inner frame.

Removing the upholstery will give you a clear picture of the frame and make it easier to identify the different components. Now locate the fastenings and screws that hold the different parts of the sofa together. This could include screws, bolts, and nuts.

Step 2: Locate the rear locking levers

Locate the rear locking levers

Now check for locking levers on both sides of the sofa's frame. You will find a metal level pointing in a downward position in the sofa's main body around the arm's top and back join.

If the recliner has a centre console, you will find these levers on the frames between it and the seats.

What if the recliner sofa doesn't have a detachable strip of fabric covering that exposes the frame?

Well, you must stick your hands into the rear seams on the sofa's right and left sides. Check the seams between the centre console and seats, if any are present. Feel within the seams for the locking lever pointed in a down position.

Step 3: Lift the locking levers to release the seat backs

Lift the locking levers to release the seat backs

Now you can use a flathead screwdriver or your fingertips to loosen and raise each level and finally release the seat backs. After unlocking the levers, you can now lift the back out of its frame.

Method 2: Dismantling A 3-Seater Reclining Sofa

Some models have removable bars bolted to the base that allows for further disassembly.

Step 1: Turn the sofa over to locate the base bars

Turn the sofa over to locate the base bars

First, lift the sofa onto the front side, so its back faces straight up toward the ceiling. Now you will find two or three bars screwed or bolted from one end of the sofa to the other end.

Step 2: Unfasten the base bars’ bolts

Unfasten the base bars’ bolts

Now you must unfasten each screw or bolt from the base bars using square Robertson screws.

Step 3: While removing the last bar, have someone hold the sofa

Rremove the last bar

When removing the sofa's final base bar, it is better you have someone to help you. When you detach the last bar, the recliner's individual seats and console will come apart freely.

So, when someone holds the recliner, it will stabilize the sofa and keep its components from rolling away.

How to Dismantle a Power Recliner Sofa?

This disassembly approach will work for all power motion sofas, whether with or without consoles.

Step 1: Turn your recliner sofa onto its back.

Step 2: Now remove all glides present by loosening bolts threaded through the glides. Next, pull the pins from the motor mount. There will be 4 glides and 1 pin per seat section. So 12 total glides and 2 pins for sofas.

Step 3: Now remove both cross rails. Each seat section will be separated for easy moving.

Note: If you want to reassemble your recliner sofa, you can follow the previous steps in reverse.

Final Words

Dismantling a 3-seater recliner sofa can be a bit of a challenge, but following the steps outlined above makes it possible to do it yourself.

It's essential to take your time, keep track of all the screws and bolts, and take photos or notes to make the reassembly process easier.

Also, remember to clear the area around the sofa before you start and to work carefully and methodically to avoid damaging any of the sofa's components. With some patience and essential tools, you can successfully dismantle your 3-seater recliner sofa and prepare it for transport or disposal.


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