Why My Reclining Chair Is Not Reclining Properly?

By mybluehome / September 15, 2016

It is very annoying when you sit in your recliner chair and find out that it is not reclining properly. You try to pull the lever harder but nothing happens. This is one of the common problems which can happen to most of the power recliners. Without knowing what causes the situation, you will not be able to resolve it. If this is what happened to your recliner all of a sudden or for a while now, read on further to find out the real problem.

Do reclining functions of your recliners work reliably?

Do reclining functions of your recliners work reliably?

Lift mechanism

If you want to why your recliner chair stops reclining or gets stuck often, you must need to know how it works. There is an arm located on the outer part of the recliner and it uses a mechanism to lift the footrest. When the footrest is lifted, your chair reclines. There are a few bolts and screws which hold the arm in its position. If at all the bolt gets loose or mis-positioned, it locks the reclining path and your recliner stops working all of a sudden. The same situation can happen to the bolts which are in the lift mechanism and the result will be the same. To fix this, you need to tighten the bolts using a screwdriver and a small hammer. But while doing this, you need to ensure that you do not damage any metal parts because it may result in permanent damage of the parts.

Lifting mechanism of recliners and beds are similar

Lifting mechanism of recliners and beds are similar

Lock lever

The lock lever is the mechanism which helps to lock the motion of your chair. The lever can become loose which might probably be the cause. There is also a small ring on the yoke lock which might get locked in the gap and prevent the recliner from working. In that case, try pulling off the ring from the base and place it in the right position. If you find any bolt is missing, try to find it out and fix it back and make sure that it is tight. If the lever is completely damaged, you might have to replace it with a new piece.

Electrical supply

If anything happens to the electrical supply to your recliner due to a fuse problem or a loose wiring, your recliner will stop working. You need to make sure that you have flowing current supply from the outlet. If the motor is receiving power and the hand control is in a good position, your chair will work partially with some noise. If the chair doesn’t make any noise when you push the hand control, then you have to check the power supply. If the power supply is perfect, the problem might b with the motor or hand control. A short wire might be causing the problem with the motor or it can be a loose bolt in the hand control.

Like any electrical and mechanical machines, your recliner can also have some issue which might frustrate you. But in most of the case, things can be fixed with some minor adjustments and you do not even need the help of another person. Learning to fix these common problems will help you to save a lot of money in the long run.

Your sofa bed frame or the springs have collapsed? How to Fix It

By mybluehome / August 8, 2016

A sofa bed is a multipurpose furniture which can be turned into a bed at night. It comes handy especially when you have limited space in your apartment. A pull out sofa bed seems to be more convenient but because of its usage but, it can also get damaged soon. Ideally, it should last for many years but if you use it without giving much care, there are chances that the bed frame might get collapsed.

Step 1

Remove the entire cushion from the sofa bed and also remove the mattress. You need to take the measurement of the bed frame and cut a piece of plywood with exact size. Now place the plywood over the sections of your sofa bed frame. Using plywood is not a permanent solution, but it works pretty well temporarily.

Step 2

Check for any damaged parts like leg of the sofa, slats, frame and braces. The horizontal wooden beam can get broken easily if more pressure is being applied to it. If you see some small cracks anywhere, fill those gaps with glue so as to close it. Press the area with any heavy tool for some time until the glue dries.

sofa bed collapsed repair

sofa bed collapsed repair

Step 3

If the rivet which is connected to the bar where the sofa bed gets closed gets broken, you need to replace it. At times, the river might be custom made depending on the manufacturer. So it might not be easy to find a replacement. You can fix it yourself instead of getting a replacement by using a few bolts and nuts. You might need the help of another person to do it perfectly. You can also hire an experienced handyman to do the job. Although a simple job, most of the big stores might not provide this sort of service.

Step 4

If you find any of the joints of the sofa bed sag, you need to find out what causes it to sag. Sometimes, the screws might have lost their power to hold things together and it might be the reason for the sag. Retightening them would be a temporary solution but the effect will not last long. It is better to drill through the joints and put glue into the gap and hammer nails into the holes for achieving a tighter grip.

Step 5

It is common for the sofa bed frame to get splintered as it gets aged or if more pressure is applied to it. In that case, you have to flip the sofa bed upside down and removed the staples which are at the bottom. Do this carefully because you do not want to rip off the fabric. Removing things with care until you see the broken frame. Use a powerful glue made especially for frames and repair the broken part. Wait until the glue dries completely and then put everything back in place in the right order.

As a sofa bed is comprised of many mechanical parts you need to replace some specific parts depending on their age in order to use the sofa bed in a good condition for the long.


How to Fix Sofa Cushion Problem – Repair Leather Sofa

By mybluehome / July 29, 2016

A luxury couch is the most loved furniture of a home and we would try everything to increase its mileage. Over time they can wear down which causes the cushions to sag. what is best way to fix a sagging couch? It is always easy to throw the old one out and buy a new one. But if you are on a budget, you can fix it up so as to increase its life.

Determine the cause of your sagging sofa

Before fixing up the saggy couch, you first need to determine the reason. The reasons for a saggy couch can vary from bad couch frame to worn out cushions. Finding out the real reason will help you to fix the problem effectively.

Sagging sofa problem

Sagging sofa problem [source: meadowlakeroad.com]

Give the cushions a makeover: diy sofa by reupholster sofa

If you haven’t washed the cushion covers anytime recently, do it immediately. Most of the covers will have zippers which make them easy to wash. If you feel the cushions have lost their firmness, you need to adjust it by adding more filling.

Use Poly-Fil or any other appropriate filling to add enough stuffing to your old cushions. This simple step can make a lot of difference in the appearance of your couch. Now, for the seat cushions you can use quilt batting to perk them up. Batting is made of cotton, polyester, wool or either a blend of any of these materials. You can add as many as layers of quilt batting as you want in order to improve the appearance of the seat cushions. There is a chance for the batting to shift inside the cushion cover. To avoid this you can secure it with any kind of spray adhesive so that they remain intact. You need to spray them between each layer of batting.

Fixing the sinking syndrome

Do you feel like you are sinking downwards whenever you sit on your couch? If your sofa is still good looking, you don’t have to replace it. You can fix the problem by following these simple steps. Remove the cushions and measure the bed frame under the mattress. Cut a piece of plywood in that measurement and place it there. Now you can arrange your cushions back on the couch. The plywood will provide enough support and prevent the couch from sinking downwards.

Fixing the frame of the couch

If the joints of the couch sag or the wooden pieces that support the frame have broken, it can lead to sagging of the couch. The frame should have ability for sagging couch support. If the wooden piece is broken, you need to replace it with a new one. Measure it and buy one from your nearest hardware shop. You can seal it with adhesives to make it firmer. The sagging of joints can happen if any of the screws holding them tight gets loosened up. Tighten them if possible or otherwise if they are stripped, you must buy new ones. If there are any springs which are out of shape, use pliers to fix them.

If your couch is looking saggy, it always doesn’t mean that they have reached their expiry. Sometimes, filling a little stuffing will result in a complete makeover which makes a tremendous difference in their overall appearance.

Result after fixing

Before and after fix sagging sofa

Before and after fix sagging sofa [source: homeinterioradvices.com]