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How to Fix a Sagging Recliner Seat

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Has your recliner seat started sagging recently? If so, don’t worry, there are plenty of ways to get your seat plump as can be. If you’re looking to fix a sagging recliner seat, you’ve come to the right place.

In this article, I’ll break down four ways that you can fix a sagging recliner seat. These will include stuffing with cotton, replacing the springs, adding plywood, and replacement. Let’s get into it!

How to fix a sagging recliner seat?

Each of these methods requires a different set of tools. In each section, I’ll break down the tools and steps you need to take. Take a read through and see which of the methods would best suit you.

Method One – Stuff with cotton

For this method, you’re going to need a bag of cotton and a fabric cutter. You can find both of these at a local store. Alternatively, you could get them from a service like Amazon. If your cushion doesn’t have a zip, you’re going to also need a sewing kit. This will be to patch up any holes you make in the cushion.

The amount of cotton you need will vary depending on the size of the cushion. If it is a larger cushion, you’re going to need two or three bags of cotton.

Depending on your cushion type, this first step may differ. If you can remove the recliner cushions, check if they have a zip. If they have a zip, you can then undo it and move to the next step.

However, if there is no zip, you’re going to have to cut open the cushion with a box cutter. Any sharp knife will do if you’re lacking tools, but you’ll needing something that can cut through the material.

Once you’ve opened up the cushion, you’re ready to stuff the cushion with new cotton. Pack in as much cotton as you can. This will plump up the pillow, making sure that it is full to the brim. Once you think it is as full as can be, use a sewing kit to stitch the seam. Now you have sewed the cushion back up, replace the cushion.

This method will ensure you have a cushion that doesn’t sag. As it is full of cotton, it will feel plumped and comfortable to sit on.

Method Two – Fix the springs

The tools you need for this method will depend on the type of springs you have. You may need a screwdriver and screws if your springs are bound in place. However, you may only need pliers and glue. Despite either method of securing, you’re still going to need the replacement springs.

The second method to try if you want to fix your sagging recliner is to fix the springs. First of all, you’re going to want to locate the springs. They will be on the base. Normally they are just below the cushion.

Remove the cushion and take a look at the exposed base. Once you’ve done this, try and find the springs. They can have two main problems: overly flexible (worn out) or disconnected. If your springs have come disconnected, use glue to reconnect them to the base. They will most likely already be partially connected, so this shouldn’t be too difficult.

If the spring has worn out and is too flexible or floppy, you will have to replace it. You can buy springs from a local hardware store. Or, if you know exactly what kind of springs you want, you can get them straight from Amazon.

Disconnect the old springs, you may need a set of pliers for this. After that, you can place the new springs where the old ones were. Make sure you have connected them and they are stable. These new springs will ensure that when you sit on the cushion, it has some bounce to it. This will stop most forms of sagging.

Next, replace the cushion on top of the base of springs and you’re all done!

Method Three – Add plywood

You will need a few tools for this method. First of all, you’ll need some plywood to work with. Second of all, you’re going to need a pen. Finally, you’ll need a way of cutting through the plywood. I recommend a small wood saw. Although, plywood is fairly soft, so you could cut with other tools you have lying around.

Plywood is a thin and flexible wood that gives support to a couch or recliner. If your recliner is sagging, you can use plywood to fix the problem. Buy a set of plywood from a local store. It will be fairly inexpensive and you will only need the area of the sagging cushion.

Remove the cushion and place your plywood over it. You can then trace an outline of plywood, ensuring it is the same size as the cushion. You can do this by just tracing the cushion outline onto the plywood. You can then cut it into the correct shape or size for your recliner.

Next, place the cutout plywood onto where the cushion normally goes. You can then replace the cushion on top of the plywood.

When you sit down, the plywood will take the weight and distribute it. This helps all the springs in your recliner share the weight. It creates a more stable platform that you can then sit on. The extra support will stop the cushion from sagging quite as much.

Method Four – Replace

You won’t need any additional tools for this method.

If you’ve tried all of the above options or don’t feel inclined to any of them, there is one last thing you can do. If you can’t stop your cushion from sagging at all, you could always replace it. You can check online and see if the company you bought from have any spare cushions. You may be able to find the exact cushion that you’re looking for.

Alternatively, you could just buy a recliner cushion that is roughly the right shape. If you measure the cushion, you can then look online for the same measurements. This will also let you play around with style and color. You will be able to choose a style that you enjoy.

Contrasting with the other parts of the recliner can be a great way of bringing some color into a room.


If you’re looking to fix a sagging recliner, there are four main methods. You can try to stuff the cushions with cotton. You could also replace the springs. Another method would be adding support in the form of plywood. Finally, if all else fails, you could simply replace the cushion.

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