How to Remove the Back of a Catnapper Recliner

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A Catnapper recliner has taken naps to a whole new level. However, you might have to remove its back one of these fine days, whether as you rearrange your living room or move from one house to another. While I consider the recliner’s benefits on back pain, this is how to remove the back of a Catnapper recliner.

How to Remove the Back of a Catnapper Recliner

Before you even start with the process, place your Catnapper recliner in a spacious area as you would need to move the chair around back and forth several times. It is a huge and heavy piece of furniture so make sure you do not handle any movements alone as it could hurt you.

Step #1: Remove the Fabric

  • First, remove the fabric covering your Catnapper recliner, usually on the armrests and the back.
  • In some models, you may find a fabric tape holding it in position. Remove or unsnap the tape before removing the fabric.
  • If applicable, unscrew the screws attaching the covers to the recliner using a screwdriver.
  • Otherwise, just pull it, and it will be off soon, and regardless be careful to avoid tears and rips.

Step #2: Locate the Metal Tabs

  • This is a common structure of most recliners. In most cases, the metal tabs are a pair found in the recliner’s back.
  • They usually hold the back in position, preventing the user from falling off once the recliner goes down.
  • Since models are different, yours may not have the metal tabs. If that’s the case, you will be dealing with screws instead.

Step #3: Remove the Screws or Tabs

Upon removing the fabric successfully, look for the bolts that hold the recliner in place. 

  • Use a flat-head screwdriver or the typical slotted one to unscrew them by turning them anti-clockwise.
  • There is no definite number of screws per chair; hence ensure that you have removed them. 
  • Equally important, the screws can be anywhere, which is why you should be careful enough not to leave some intact.
  • If your model has metal tabs, hold them before pressing them forward while applying too much pressure.
  • While at it, pull the bottom of your recliner upwards to unlock the mechanism securely and safely.

Step #4: Remove the Back of Your Catnapper Recliner

After ensuring that all screws and bloat are off, remove the back.

  • Pull the back upwards slowly and securely.
  • If it feels too tight, apply more force and pull it off. However, only do that after confirming that it is not a screw causing the resistance.
  • If there are screws, remove them using a screwdriver. 

If no screws, continue pulling until the back comes off your Catnapper recliner.

Step #5: Remove the Cushions

Last but not least, unzip the cushion.

Remove it from the recliner, most probably by pulling either side until it comes off the recliner.

Step #6: Return the Back of a Catnapper Recliner

Once you are done with the rearrangement, return the back on your Catnapper recliner.

Make sure that all screws are tight, and then return the fabric.

Here’s a guide on how to remove the back of a Catnapper recliner

Frequently Asked Questions

How Can I Clean My Catnapper Recliner?

To clean your Catnapper recliner, use a vacuum to remove all dirt and hair. Leave no area that has accumulated dirt, and preferably remove the cushion to ensure that the cleaning is thorough.

Use a liquid cleaner and water to clean it. Then, use a soft brush or cloth to remove tough particles.

How to Avoid Stains on Your Catnapper Recliner?

To avoid stains on your Catnapper recliner, don’t let dirt or dust accumulate by wiping the surfaces using a dry cloth regularly. If a need to use a liquid cleaner arises, ensure that it doesn’t soak in it for over three minutes to avoid damaging the fabric.

Dry excess moisture before applying protector spray and then return the cushions on the recliner.

Is It Okay to Use a Slipcover on My Catnapper Recliner?

The answer is a resounding yes. However, using slipcovers can be pretty tiring and hectic process.

That’s because the fabric wraps on both sides rail arms around their posts, making it hard to replace and even remove it without destroying the fabric.

Preferably, go for vinyl instead of fabric to avoid tears and rips.


Catnappers gives you the best possible nap you can experience. If you want to improve your experience, check out some of the best recliners for sleeping.

If you need to remove the back of a Catnapper recliner, follow the guide to do it easily. Be careful when removing the fabric and screw the thumbscrews perfectly when returning it.

Brett E.

Brett E. is the Owner of  Brett comes from a long line of craftsman and foreman, and has been involved with the construction and renovation world ever since he was a boy while working for his families construction and remodeling company.  After graduating with a a degree in Interior Design, Brett is the go to guy for any interior design or remodeling questions!