How To Fix A Recliner Footrest: Steps And Items Needed

Steps And Items Needed To Fix A Recliner Footrest

Any footrest, whether it is attached to your recliner or on a freestanding as a footstool, then it is common to have a lot of wear and tear over the years. As such, the fabric may wear out in some places, making the piece unattractive. Comparatively, then eliminate it or hide it or recover it with a new piece of your upholstery fabric. The procedure is substantially the same whether dealing with a recliner or with your freestanding stool. By using a quality upholstery fabric, instead, then using the fabric which is made for clothing, ensures your work will last for more years. If you want to fix your footrest recliner or footrest attached to the footstool, then you need to collect all the given items and follow all the given steps. Here is the list of all required items and steps for this process:

Things You Will Need

  • Phillips Screwdriver Or Adjustable Wrench
  • Upholstery Fabric Large Enough To Wrap The Footrest
  • Batting
  • Staple Gun
  • Scissors

Steps To Fix Recliner Footrest

  1. First of all, you need to flip your footrest over. If you are working with your recliner's footrest then you need to open your footrest wholly & then flip your recliner over its armrests, seek help from your friend.
  2. Now you need to remove your footrest from the metal extenders on your recliner by using your Phillips screwdriver or you can use an adjustable wrench, depends on what was used to secure your recliner footrest in place. Set your footrest pad face down.
  3. Next you need to stretch out a piece of your fresh upholstery fabric face down on your work surface next to your footrest. Creaseless batting out over your fabric.
  4. Next you need to set your footrest or your footrest pad atop the batting, downside facing. If your legs unscrew from your stool-style footrest then you need to turn them counterclockwise to remove them. Otherwise, you need to work around them. Press down on your footrest while lifting one side of your fabric up over its individual edge, followed by the opposite side of the footrest.
  5. Now you need to press down & keep your fabric taut which will result in a nicer end result. Next, you need to staple your fabric along the edge of your board frame every one or two-inch. Trim any extra fabric from the bottom of your board with your scissors by cutting in an uninterrupted line near your staples.
  6. After that, you need to pull up the third and fourth sides of your new fabric by tucking corners accurately as if wrapping your package. Now it’s time to staple your fabric to your backing board along with each edge, every one inch or two inches while holding your fabric taut. Trim any extra fabric with the help of your scissors.
  7. Finally you need to reattach the legs on your footrest, if you've removed them before, or you need to reassemble your footrest onto your recliner. Set your footrest or your recliner upright.

Tips & Warning For This Process

  1. Tip 1: If reupholstering only your footstool portion of a recliner then it is not possible to obtain the exact match of your fabric. Opt for something that looks much similar or that accompaniment the original, like a tan floral print for a type of tan recliner.
  2. Tip 2: Since the footrest has less inner material as compared to ottoman or chair seat, upholstery foam is commonly not required.
  3. Warning Always try to wear eye protection when you are working with your staple gun to avert potential injury.
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