There are many of us who still have our original, at least 20-year-old Lane reclining chairs. The chairs’ lack of support is exacerbated by the fact that their springs gradually wear out over time.
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If this is sounding similar to you, have no fear! Follow along as we show you how to reduce the spring tension in your lane recliner so it feels as good as it did when you first got it.
Steps on Loosening the Spring Tension on a Lane Recliner
Initial Action: Identify the Lever. Your chair’s side, about a foot off the floor, will have it. It will be hidden under some loose fabric (we’ve pulled back a section in the photo to show you how this will look).
The tension of the springs is adjusted by this, so to loosen them, pull it up until a metal rod disengages from its socket.
Second, if your chair has cushions, lift them off and set them aside. Now that your feet are in the correct place, reach up and grab the lever. Place it behind the fabric we discussed earlier; this will provide you a firm grasp for pulling it down.
Three, the time of truth has arrived! Keep your feet planted while you pull down the lever to remove the pressure. This may require some force, but if you’re doing it correctly, it should unravel quickly.
When you are ready to take a load off your back, step four is to return your chair to its upright position and release the lever. The tension on your springs has been reduced.
Fifth, with the springs now free, you can return the chair to its normal position. But then, how can you accomplish this? First, let’s talk about how much padding is still on your chair (if so, skip ahead).
Now that your feet are in the correct position, you can recline the chair by reaching up and grabbing the base with your inner arm and pulling up on the lever. You should be able to right it with this!
Sixth, once you have released the lever, you can put away your tools.
What is Spring Tension on a Lane Recliner?
The tension of a spring is the force it takes to pull it apart. A spring’s resistance to being pulled apart is directly related to how easily or difficult it was to separate them in the first place.
The amount of spring tension required for a reclining chair to maintain its reclined position is based on the user’s weight and the chair’s current position.
When you recline a chair, the springs on either side of a metal bar located below your buttocks exert additional force against each other to counteract the weight of the chair and your body.
Since less spring tension is required for a lighter chair or one that is upright, the bar is often unnecessary.
What to do if you Can’t Recline Any More
It’s possible that too little or too much force was applied to the springs during winding, preventing the recliner from going all the way back (or forward).
You can try reversing the direction in which you wound the springs, but if it doesn’t work, you may need to have one of the two sets of springs repaired or replaced.
What NOT To Do If Your Recliner Won’t Go Back All The Way (Or Forward)
The use of a hammer to strike the springs.
Ingesting a lot of drink or drugs and then vegging out on the couch.
Proper Recliner Etiquette and Safety Tips:
When getting up from a sofa, use both hands, one on each armrest, to help you sit up straight. If you do this, you won’t have to worry about your back getting sore.
If you want to avoid getting shocked or starting a fire, you should always unplug the recliner before getting out of it.
Don’t ever put your weight on the armrests or sit too close to them because they weren’t made to support your body.
Every time you use your recliner, make sure to inspect it for any potential safety problems, such as broken springs or loose fasteners.
Safety Tips When Working on a Recliner
If you want to avoid getting shocked or starting a fire, you should always unplug the recliner before getting out of it. Don’t ever put your weight on the armrests or sit too close to them because they weren’t made to support your body.
Examine the chair for any potential safety problems, such as loose bolts or damaged springs, after each use.
If you find that your chair is stuck and won’t go back to its original position without first breaking down the spring tension, try the following: It may help to sit on the edge of the chair and firmly pull the lever on the stuck side.
If this doesn’t work, you can try bending the metal rod out of the way with a screwdriver.
In order to adjust the recliner’s spring tension, you may need to remove plastic caps that cover screws.