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Do Recliner Sofas Come Apart?

Munhil Imran

Munhil Imran

28th February, 2024

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Recliner sofas have become a popular choice in many households due to their comfort and health benefits. Due to their larger size, there may come a time when you need to dismantle your recliner sofa. While this may sound daunting, it’s a straightforward process depending on your sofa. In this article, we explore the question ‘do recliner sofas come apart?’, keeping your sofa clean, and some of the benefits of a reclining sofa.

Taking apart a recliner sofa can vary depending on its design, however, here are some general steps you should follow:

  1. Start by taking off any removable cushions to expose the sofa and it’s mechanisms
  2. Locate your fasteners by looking for any screws, bolts or clips that hold the different parts of the sofa together. Typically, they are found underneath the sofa or behind the fabric covers.
  3. Depending on the fasteners, you may need a screwdriver, wrench or Allen key to loosen and remove them.
  4. Begin by detaching the backrest, arms and seat section. Unscrew or unclip these parts carefully, ensuring you keep track of them for reassembling later.
  5. Once all of the fasteners are removed, carefully lift and manoeuvre each section of the sofa away from each other.
  6. If you’re disassembling the sofa for storage or transport, make sure to wrap and protect each section properly to prevent damage.

Always refer to the manufacturer's instructions for your specific sofa model as instructions can vary.

Why would you need to take a recliner sofa apart?

If you’re wondering ‘why would you need to take a recliner sofa apart?’. This may be due to a number of reasons, such as moving home, completing renovations or repairing your recliner sofa. We dive into these reasons in more depth below:

Moving home

A common situation where you may need to take apart a recliner sofa is when you are moving to a new home. As sofas are commonly big and bulky, it can be a challenge to move as a whole. By taking apart your sofa, it can be easier and more manageable to move through hallways, doorways and staircases. Another reason for this is that it reduces the risk of damaging your sofa and other furniture during the moving process. 

Renovation or deep cleaning

Another common reason for taking apart a recliner sofa is for renovation or deep cleaning purposes. Over time, sofas can accumulate dirt, dust, and stains that may require a thorough cleaning. You can access areas that are typically harder to reach when the sofa is fully assembled, such as underneath cushions or within crevices. This can help prolong the lifespan of the sofa and keep it looking its best. 

Repair or replacement of parts

If your recliner sofa has certain parts damaged, you may need to take it apart for repair or replacement purposes. This could include fixing a broken reclining mechanism, replacing worn-out seat cushions, or repairing the upholstery. By disassembling the sofa, you can easily access the necessary parts and perform the required repairs or replacements.

Are recliner sofas easy to clean and maintain?

To answer the question ‘are recliner sofas easy to clean and maintain?’, this can depend on factors such as material, construction, and design. 


The material of your recliner sofa can influence whether it will be harder or easier to clean. Typically, leather and faux leather sofas are easier to wipe clean compared to fabric sofas. Fabric sofas may require more specialised cleaning products and methods. Some fabric sofas, however, can be treated with stain-resistant finishes which can make them easier to maintain.

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The construction of the sofa, including its seams, cushions, and reclining mechanisms, can affect how easy it is to clean and maintain. Well-constructed seams/upholstery with tight stitching prevent dirt and debris from finding a way into the sofa's crevices. Removable cushions can be taken off or replaced, allowing you to thoroughly clean your sofa without the obstruction of cushions. Simple reclining mechanisms with fewer moving parts are easier to maintain as they’re less likely to accumulate dirt in areas that are hard to see. 


Regular maintenance is essential for keeping your recliner sofa clean and in good condition. You should consider following manufacturer recommendations for cleaning and care, as well as regularly vacuuming and brushing upholstery to remove dust and debris. Additionally, you can hire professional cleaners to remove stubborn stains as they have the expertise and equipment for effectively cleaning different kinds of sofas. To help you resolve any stains or damage with ease, Oak Tree offers a five-year Protect Plus plan to help protect your furniture. We also list some of our top tips here for looking after your Oak Tree rise and recline chair.

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Who would benefit from a recliner sofa?

A recliner sofa can benefit a wide range of individuals and households due to its versatility, comfort, and functionality. Elderly individuals with mobility issues, people with disabilities or injuries and those with health conditions like back pain or arthritis are who would benefit from a recliner sofa. The adjustable features, such as the customisable seating positions offer added comfort and support for the user. Additionally, the ability to recline and elevate the legs can help to ease pressure on the spine and joints, improve circulation, reduce swelling and even help alleviate leg pain.

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In summary, recliner sofas do come apart and this can be beneficial for the reasons we mention above. Whether it be for practical reasons like cleaning or maintenance or if you’re moving home, remember to always take the right precautions when disassembling your sofa.

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