Recliners are good until they are paddy enough to relieve your back.
When upholstered with PU or Faux leather, the double-layered foaming makes recliners supportive for the neck, shoulders, lumbar, and feet. It also sounds happy to the skin.
It is because only the frame is metal/steel, while the surface is filled with paddy material to feel smooth and relaxing – whenever you jump in recliners for a comfortable time.
Since many reasons can be a cause if your recliner looks crumpled from headrest or seat sides, it eventually becomes uneasy for you to sit in it. Isn’t it?
You might have experienced springs pinching from the seat because the cushioning has become thinner.
So now, how to add padding to a recliner?
Is it doable at home? Of course, YES!
In this article, we are going to share some easiest ways to fill recliners with comfy stuff – wherever it is needed, using simple tools and tricks.
Following these DIY methods, you can manage this task like a Pro, and won’t call any professional to come over and handle the situation.
Let’s check out which things are required when padding a recliner and how to do that.
Observe these Conditions your Recliner Needs Padding
If your recliner seems not too much comfortable as it used to be when newly brought, confirm first if any of these conditions you can observe:
- The seat is not rebounding and fluffed back to the normal cushioning state it was when you were sitting comfortably before.
- The backrest is not curdling your back nor even supportive to automatically fix your posture. You need to go backward to find comfort in backrest, yourself.
- You are not being bounced back when sitting in recliner because the padding has lost its rubber ability which was helpful in bouncing you up when you suddenly sit in it.
- Upholstered leather is crumbling and leaving padding hence making walls of recliner thinner and shrinking which is absolutely a condition you can observe most prominently to consider some solution against it.
These conditions are however easy to observe and you can examine by feeling and seeing the changes. It is an important step when you are damn sure to add padding to a recliner!
Get Equipped with these Tools
When you are ready to restore the comfort of recliner back to its original by filling it with paddy material and foam, here are some important tools you must have.
Don’t worry if you have no familiarity with tools. These listed tools and equipment are commonly used and in the first interaction, you will simply learn how to proceed with them.
- Needle nose pliers
These needle nose pliers will be used for plucking the seam and leather covering to reveal the internal padding which is required to be replaced with new furniture stuffing.
- Furniture stuffing (your preferred one)
Any furniture stuffing you prefer can be fitted such as Foam, Plush, Hollow-Fill Fiber, Feather, Polyester, Batting, etc.
- Industrial Stapler
It is a special type of big stapler that staples furniture stuffing with leather when the process of adding pad in recliners reaches its last steps. These industrial staplers are good for making strong seams of leather.
- Glue Gun with Glue Strips
To fix the foam or any padding type you selected for filling, use glue gun to pour adequate amount of glue along the lining of the wooden frame on which foam is applied. Glue strips are required to fill the gun for pouring melted glue.
Step-by-step Guide on How to Add Padding to a Recliner
Within a couple of easy steps, you can add padding to a recliner. Throughout this guide, you must stay safe and careful while using tools and equipment.
So all you need to do is:
Step 1: Reach the Faulted Padding
First of all, you need to unseal all the seams on the area where padding is immediately required and make sure you are using the right equipment or tool here. Once you have reached inside the leather, find faulted padding to remove it out as soon as possible.
Step 2: Pluck out Expired Padding
Now with the help of a flattened screwdriver or with the same needle nose plier, pluck out expired or unsupportive padding from the wooden frame of recliner. It must be done thoroughly because you don’t want to leave any faulted piece inside.
Step 3: Time to add New Padding
Once the area is cleared out from faulted padding, place in there your preferred type of furniture stuffing. You can also consider cotton wool or polyester which is such a comfortable thing you can feel while relaxing.
Step 4: Fix it Well
With the help of a glue gun, you can now fix the stuffing by pouring glue along the base length of wood. It is an essential step to make sure your padding is not leaving its place and is firmly attached to the framework of recliner.
Step 5: Seam the Leather
It is time to wind up the opened case of recliner after completing the “padding surgery”. This is where you can pick up industrial stapler for perfectly seaming the edges of the leather. Make sure, you are stapling adjacently to not leave any loose point.
Step 6: Get in it!
Now you have gone through all steps and have performed them very well. Welcome to your brand new, fluffed recliner once again which is your favorite relaxing point in the home!
How to add Padding to Recliner Armrest?
Armrests alike can be shrunk due to the deficiency of padding fluff and similar to above procedure we made, these sites can also be stuffed again to give comfortable sitting, while your arms are relaxing on armrests.
The procedure involves:
The process is quite similar as we have discussed above. So first you need to unreel padding by churning the seam and cutting off fabric over armrests (generously). You will get the spot where padding is required and highlight that area after cleaning old foam from there. Add in this area new stuff and cover it with hard polyester sheets – alongside gluing them to get fixed. While fixing sheets and foam, carefully fold them in shape of the armrest and then again cover it with fabric. You’re now DONE WITH IT – Enjoy!
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s)
Why is proper padding important in recliners?
Recliners are amazing sitting furniture you would love every time when they are around you. Not only because they are good at reclining and uplifting your legs for better blood flow, the comfort you get at back, seat, and armrest are equally supportive to make your sitting more enjoyable!
How cotton batting is a perfect stuffing option?
Because cotton stuffing is breathable and never causes you to over-sweating. Therefore, it is always a good option to consider cotton baiting when looking for best furniture stuffing type.
We can understand how much you love sitting in recliner as it never feels uneasy or unsupportive from any end. But if padding has become thinner and you want to fix it yourself, using home tools and 1 – 2 equipment, follow the simple steps we have guided above if you don’t know how to add padding to a recliner.