Squeaky Recliners and How to Fix Them

by | Feb 25, 2019 | Blog

What Causes the Squeak

There are three possible underlying causes:

• Wear and tear on a metal component
• The upholstery
• Loose joints

The Process

First, of all, figure out exactly where the sound is coming from. Depending on what the actual cause is, the remedies will differ.

Fixing Leather Squeaks

The main reason leather would creak is that it is drying out. It is skin, after all, and will need to be moisturized to keep it in tip-top condition. The style of upholstery may also affect the speed of the squeak. Cheap leather tends to dry out faster. As such, you will find a moisturizing substance created for the purpose. Before you do, always make sure to clean the leather. Without that, there’s a greater risk of sealing in the dirt. This will eat at your leather over time.

1. Vacuum
2. Wipe it down with a cloth
3. Dry it with an absorbent and soft material. Focus on the creases.
4. Apply a good leather conditioner with a soft cloth. You will need to do this regularly, every 2 to 3 months.

Quick Tips

Keep the leather out of the sun and sources of heat, to prevent drying out faster. Apart from squeaks, it will also help prevent tears and cracks. If you must keep it in the sun, make sure to cover when not in use. Throw a blanket on your loveseat during the day, this will also help with general wear and tear.

Another thing to note is the moisturizing component you use. Stay away from oils and oily substances, they will smear a film of oil onto your clothes. In addition, oils also do not last very long in terms of effectiveness.

However, keep in mind that the older it gets, the softer the leather becomes.

Squeaky Metal Components

The squeak could be coming from scraping and rubbing of metal components against each other. To fix this particular problem, you will need;

• an oil spray
• a tarp
• and a rag


1. Recline the chair.

2. Invert the recliner to have the arms and back on the floor.

3. Gain access to the mechanism by removing the coverings. They should be detachable by hand. If not, unscrew them from the underside. Do it carefully to avoid damaging the upholstery.

4. Search for black runs or metal scrapings to indicate the cause of the trouble.

5. Apply the lubricant to the affected areas as well as the springs, just in case.

6. Remove the excess using the rag.

7. Sometimes, there is a component that has been bent out of shape, causing the scrapes. In this scenario, use your pry bar or hammer to gently tug it back into place.

8. In the case of loose joints, use your screwdriver to tighten them, but don’t overdo it. If you tighten them too much, it could cause problems with the overall reclining motion.

9. Lastly, close the back and check if the problem has been fixed. If not, repeat. Should it not be solved by then, contact the manufacturer for help.


For the most part, you should be able to fix the squeak in your chair pretty easily. Squeaks can usually be traced back to either metal in need of a good oiling or leather in need of maintenance. In rare cases will you ever need to contact the manufacturer for help.

Barry White

Chief Editor and Furniture Expert for Reclinercize.com


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