How to Fix a Squeaky Recliner: A Step-by-step Guide

If you have an old recliner, chances are it makes a squeaking noise when you sit on it. That usually happens because the parts that help you rock the recliner are getting old and might need a little lubrication.

It’s worth noting that there are several different types of recliners, but almost all of them have a rocking mechanism. So no matter what kind of recliner you have, there’s a good chance that it will start to squeak after a while.

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What’s causing your recliner to squeak?

Recliners are used heavily and there’s a good reason for that. They are comfortable and adjustable at the same time. Most recliners start squeaking because  the joints get worn out. I do advise that you go get a professional to help you out, but here are a few DIYs you can try to stop that annoying noise everytime you sit in your recliner.

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Step 1: Lubrication

The most basic fix for a squeaky recliner, and all other squeaky chairs and furniture, is to lubricate the joints. The easiest way to do this is to use a product like WD-40. You can spray the joints and let them sit for a little while. 

The oil will seep into the joints, and after a few minutes, you can wipe off the excess. This should lubricate the parts and solve your problem. WD-40 is a general-purpose lubricant that’s great for squeaky chairs, and it’s also affordable. If you want to go the extra mile, you can buy a lubricant made specifically for furniture.

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Here’s how you can lubricate a power recliner.

Step 2: Tighten up the joints

If lubrication doesn’t do the trick, try tightening the joints. This might seem like a strange fix, but it works sometimes. The idea here is to tighten up any loose joints and stop the recliner from making a noise. 

If you want to go the extra mile, you can purchase a tightening kit that comes with tools made specifically for furniture repairs. You can also take your chair to a repair shop and have a professional fix the problem if you’re finding it difficult to use these tools. Like always, be very careful while you’re using sharp tools. Also, if you end up purchasing a toolkit for furniture keep it away from your kids please!

Step 3: Patch up the foam

If your chair has a worn-out seat, you can try patching up the foam. Extra foam can help take the pressure off the joints and prevent the squeaking. 

I’ve noticed that this might be the simplest hack but it’s very difficult to do it yourself. Most people find it difficult to open up their recliners, add foam, and then sew everything up. 

If nothing works, then you should … change your recliner

If you try all of the above methods and your chair is still squeaking, you might have to consider replacing it. Depending on how old your chair is, it might not be worth the cost of repairs. 

After trying all the DIYs, try taking the chair to a professional. But please keep in mind that sometimes, it’s just not worth it to repair an old piece of furniture. So get a new one if it’ll cost more to repair your recliner.

If you’ve decided to buy a new recliner, make sure you get one that doesn’t slide on your carpet and has a solid grip.


There are many ways to fix a squeaky recliner. The most basic fix is to lubricate the joints. If that doesn’t work, you can try tightening the joints or patching the seat. If all else fails, it might be time to buy a new recliner.

Here’s an awesome video by La-Z-Boy about fixing squeaky La-Z-Boy recliners. It’s a really good video, and even if you own a different recliner, you’ll get a hint about fixing yours.