How to restuff a recliner footrest

There is nothing better than kicking back in your recliner after a busy day. Recliners not only provide you with the highest level of comfort but also add a touch of sophistication to your living area. 

Unfortunately, over time, the footrests start sagging and become uncomfortable. But you don’t have to worry about spending a huge amount of money on a new recliner again. With some patience and a few simple steps, you can restuff your recliner’s footrest and make it comfortable again. In this blog post, we will walk you through the process of how to restuff a recliner footrest and make it feel like new again.

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Unscrew the screws holding the footrest in place

The first step to restuffing a recliner footrest is to unscrew the screws holding it in place. Depending on the type of recliner, there may be several screws that need to be removed. Removing the screws is an important step to ensure the footrest can be removed safely and without damaging the recliner or the footrest. Please be careful while you do this. Make sure you wear gloves to prevent any injuries. Keep all the screws in a safe place so that they can be reattached after the footrest has been restuffed.

Removing the fabric cover and batting from the footrest

The next step is to remove the fabric cover and batting from the footrest. This is a delicate process that requires careful attention to ensure that the fabric and batting are not damaged. Start by gently pulling the fabric cover off the frame and removing any staples or tacks that are holding it in place. Then, carefully pull out the batting and make sure to keep it intact. Once the fabric and batting have been removed, move on to the next step.

Cut the new batting to the same size as the old batting

Now, it’s time to replace it with new materials. Start by cutting the new batting to the same size as the old batting. This will ensure that the new bat fits properly and that the footrest looks and feels the same as it did before. Of course, it can’t feel exactly the same, but it should be comfortable. I use a rotary cutter for this step to get a clean cut. A clean and accurate cut is all that matters.

Place the new batting onto the footrest frame

Now that the new batting has been cut to size, place it on the footrest frame. This is a simple step, but it’s important that the batting is placed on the frame evenly. If the batting is not placed on the frame properly, it can cause the footrest to be uncomfortable or even unsafe. Take your time and double check that the batting is in place before moving on to the next step. Always keep in mind that recliners are for comfort, and anything that might not be comfortable would be a waste of time for you.

Place the new fabric cover over the batting and frame

The next step is to place the new fabric cover over the batting and frame. Make sure that the fabric is cut to size and that all edges are neatly tucked in. Before putting the fabric on, test the footrest to make sure that it looks and feels right. If it does, then tighten the fabric with staples or upholstery tacks. Use enough staples or tacks to ensure that the fabric will not loosen up after use. If you don’t do this, you’ll have to do everything again.

Reattach the footrest to the recliner with the screws

Finally, it’s time to reattach the footrest to the recliner with the screws. Place the footrest in the correct position and use the screws to secure it. Make sure that the screws are tight and that the footrest feels secure. After that, the recliner footrest is ready to be used. With a little bit of time and effort, you can restuff your recliner footrest and enjoy resting on it.


Restuffing a recliner footrest is a simple but time-consuming process. However, it is an important part of maintaining a comfortable and safe recliner. With the right tools and instructions, anyone can restuff a recliner footrest with ease. After following the steps above, your recliner footrest will be as good as new, and you can enjoy it for years to come! Upscale your living room without costing you a fortune with this simple guide.

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