How Are Recliners Made?

Recliners are the lifesavers after a tough day out there at work or school. The relaxation offered by a recliner is unbeatable and unmatchable. Who doesn't love to lie down comfortably in a recliner? Be it the elders or the children in the household. Everyone is fond of a recliner. But have you ever wondered how the coziest fixture is made? 

Scroll through to know about every single move that goes into the manufacturing of a recliner.

How Is a Recliner Made?

Before we tell you about the making of a recliner, let us get a gist of the materials that go into the making of most recliner types. Here’s the list,

Hardwoods, metals, nuts, bolts, steel corners, fiberboard, stamped steel, and foam are the components that are used to provide you with the utmost comfort. 

A lot of technology goes into the making of a recliner. Although it may sound simple as a chair, all the struggles have to be crossed by a manufacturer to bring out the best recliner.


Frame is the most important part of a recliner. Getting the frame in the desired shape is a tedious task. This work demands a lot of energy and patience. The frame is the wood that is cut in the shape of a seat, back, and armrest that is needed to build a recliner. The back of a recliner which is the biggest piece is usually done from a single piece of wood. Most of the manufacturers use plywood and chip wood in a recliner. Chip wood is used to cut down expenses. 

Chip wood is glued together to achieve the desired shape. Plywood is highly durable and the quality offered by plywood is unbeatable. Few manufacturers use more expensive hardwoods such as maple or oak on the exposed areas of a recliner. This is done to elevate the looks of a recliner. 


A recliner upholstery is usually made of fabric or leather. A fabric recliner usually consists of cotton or natural synthetic fiber materials. When it comes to leather upholstery, the finest leather goes into the making of a recliner. With the aid of technology, high-quality leather is sorted out and put into the cutting machines giving command of their shapes. Defective leather or the remaining leather is used for the hidden areas. 

The cut-out pieces are then stitched together for the armrest, back, and seat. Once they are stitched, they are stuffed with foam. Polyurethane foam is the material that is stuffed to give you the utmost comfort. They are also checked for any air bubbles. Air bubbles might result in causing damage to the foam and the surface of the recliner. In case of any, they are removed with the help of pressure machines. The foam's quality is high and lasts for a long time to give life to your fixture.

3.Arms and footrest

The recliners’ arms are designed in a way that it operates independently. It is the component that is used by the operator to move the recliners back and forth. They usually contain many panels that are interconnected for easy movement.

The footrest is interconnected by way of springs to rise upwards and downwards. These springs help in keeping the recliners functional. 

4.Metal activating mechanism

This is the prominent technology that differentiates the recliner from that a regular chair. This mechanism helps in the backward and forward movement of the recliners. Made of stamped steel, the element is attached to the frame of the chair to function as a recliner.

Process of Making a Recliner

1.Frame that is constructed using high-quality plywood or chip wood is assembled. They are assembled together with the aid of nuts and bolts. Desired sizes and shapes of frames are either hand-made or cut with the aid of machines. Once the frame is set, half of the process making of a recliner is over.

2.In the case of the power recliner, the motor has to be placed in the recliner at this stage. The motor helps in the functioning of the recliner with the aid of a switch that helps in the movement of a recliner. If it's a manual recliner, the cables that connect the armrest and the back frame aids in the movement. The cables and levers are placed in this stage.

3.Metal activating mechanism is the next move that goes into the making of a recliner. The stamped steel is attached to the chair’s frame. It converts a normal chair into a recliner. Without a metal activating mechanism in place, it is still a normal chair.

4.Upholstery assembly is the final process that is done in the building of a recliner. Fabric or leather that is cut out and stuffed with polyurethane foam is then assembled into the frame. The hard corners of upholstery are softened with the assistance of polyester fiberfill. Arms and footrest frames are also fitted with shaped leather. All the upholstery is fixed to the frame with nails and stapled. 

Once everything is assembled and put in place, a thorough inspection of the recliner is carried out. The recliner is weighed and the assembling quality check is performed. After passing all the quality checks, the finished product is sent out to the ultimate customer along with a proper recliner warranty. 


Now that we are in the end part, hope our article has guided you through every single process that goes into making a recliner. When you decide to buy a new recliner or already own one, our specialist's share of knowledge in this article, will help you understand what goes into the making of your favorite furniture and also how it is constructed. If you’re planning to get one, be sure to check out our recliner buying guide so you’ll have all the information in place to make the best possible purchase.

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  • October 30, 2022
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