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How to Fix a Lazy Boy Recliner Footrest

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There’s nothing more relaxing than putting your feet up and kicking back after a long day of work. The comfy footrest on Lazy Boy recliners is what makes them so appealing. However, the footrest is bound to break down and sag at some point. Luckily, you can fix it yourself.

How to Fix a Lazy Boy Recliner Footrest

Here’s a quick guide on how to fix a lazy boy recliner footrest.

Lazy Boy recliner with footrest

Step #1: Gather the Required Tools

The few tools you may need include:

  • Hooks
  • Screwdriver
  • Plastic sheets
  • Spare parts and lubricant oil
  • Old clothes for cleaning up

While you might be able to find spare parts like screws and springs on websites like eBay, getting in touch with the manufacturer for the parts is the right way to go.

Step #2: Lay the Recliner Down

Lay the chair on its left or right side to make it easy to work on. You don’t have to worry about the armrest breaking, since it’s built to handle weight.

Laying the chair down will expose all the internal apparatus to you. If you are working indoors and the room’s too dark, use a flashlight or a lamp to illuminate the interior of the chair.

Step #3: Check the Screws

Most times, the footrest sagging issue is caused by bad screws. They may have lost their grip over time. You may even find broken screws or spots with no screws.

To deal with these issues:

  1. Find and tighten the loose screws so that the footrest is appropriately connected with the main structure of the recliner.
  2. If you find damaged screws, or spots with no screws, order screws from the manufacturer. Don’t screw in random screws you have at hand, those may cause the footrest to break more.

Step #4: Apply Lubricant Oil

Applying lubricant oil to the joints of the recliner at regular intervals will increase the chair’s life and ensure its smooth functioning.

WD 40 lubricant oil cans lined up in storage

To lubricate the screws and joints of the recliner:

  1. Cover the cushioning and fabric of the recliner near the joints and screws with a plastic sheet to protect them from getting greasy.
  2. Slightly loosen up the screws so the lubricant can spread through the entire apparatus.
  3. Apply the lubricant. Make sure you lubricate all the screws evenly. Try not to over-lubricate.
  4. Once you are done, tighten the screws and set the chair upright.

Test out the footrest mechanism. In most cases, simple screw replacements and lubrication fixes the sagging issue.

Here’s a complete video guide to lubricating a recliner chair.

What To Do If Replacing The Screws Doesn’t Fix The Recliner

If the issue isn’t the screws, the next troubleshooting step involves adjusting the footrest’s springs.

Adjusting the Springs

To change the tension in the springs:

  1. Flip the recliner to its side.
  2. Find the springs on both sides of the frame.
  3. If you find the recliner footrest too rigid, shift the spring ahead by a peg.
  4. If you find the footrest sagging, pull the spring backwards to increase the tension.

The springs can sometimes be hard to reach. In such cases, you can use a hook or a multitool to adjust the spring as required.

Test the footrest and determine whether you have fixed the problem. Remember that you may not get the tension right in the first go, and may need to adjust the springs a few times to get it right.

Replacing the Springs

Spring failure can manifest in various forms and damage the entire recliner. Footrest sag is one of the many indications of damaged/broken springs.

Use professional tools to install or remove the springs. Standard issue screwdriver, hooks, and spring lubes will come in handy. Always pay attention to your movements while handling springs. Being careless could cause injury!

It’s also possible that the footrest springs aren’t broken, but jammed due to lack of maintenance or sparse use.

In such a scenario, you must remove the springs and clean them properly. Post cleaning, spray lubricant in the spring sockets, and reinstall them.

White leather recliner armchair

Electric Recliner Footrest Issues

Sometimes, electrically-powered recliners have footrest issues due to loose or damaged wiring or other issues such as loose in-line plugs and jammed motors. Power surges may fry critical components needed for the footrest to work.

The one thing you can do is open the recliner up and check the wires. If you see loose or scraped wires, replacing them may fix the issue.

However, if you see fried wires or components, get in touch with the manufacturer or an electrician. Do not attempt to fix the issue yourself if you have an electrical recliner.

A Quick Note On Warranties

A lot of Lazy Boy recliners come with lifetime warranties for manufacturing defects of frames and springs. So if you’re facing issues with your recliner, contact the manufacturer immediately.

Frequently Asked Questions

Would I Have Faced Similar Problems With an Ashley Recliner?

Lazy Boy is known for its excellent after-sales service. While Ashley Recliners are affordable, the brand doesn’t lay much emphasis on long-term customer satisfaction. Not only are Ashley recliners more likely to break down earlier, there’s also a chance that you won’t receive the support you need from the company down the line.

Can a Broken Lazy Boy Recliner Footrest Cause Health Issues?

Recliners provide great relief from sciatic issues, and a broken footrest may aggravate symptoms of sciatica. If your recliner’s footrest is broken, rest on another chair until it’s fixed.


Proper maintenance of the chair ensures that you never deal with footrest issues. After you fix your footrest with our guide, remember to lubricate the joints and tighten the screws every six months so you don’t have to deal with the issue again.

It’s also worth noting that a Lazy Boy recliner can last up to 10 years on the original parts. If you’ve got your hands on an older recliner, changing the parts with spares will allow you to use it for longer.