How to Adjust Lazyboy Recliner Tension

Find it a little too difficult to push back or pull the lever of your Lazyboy recliner? Or does it recline too much for comfort? One of the features of Lazyboy recliners is that it allows tension adjustment. This means that you can adjust the tension on the reclining mechanism depending on your size, built and strength for maximum comfort. If you are on the petite side, you may want to decrease the amount of force it would take to push back your recliner by reducing the tension. Conversely, if you are on the heavier side, you may want to increase reclining mechanism tension to achieve just the right angle.

Feed don’t touch floor or leans too far back?
This is a common problem and has been asked a lot. So we wrote a dedicated article to solve this issue. You can view the article HERE.

How do you adjust the recliner tension?
Lazyboy recliners are equipped with either a pair of wing nuts or thumb wheels that allow adjustment of the reclining mechanism tension. With the leg rest closed, tilt your recliner chair forward such that you can access what is underneath. Some Lazyboy models have wing nuts, as in that on the Recline-Rocker and Relina-Way, while some have two thumb wheels in the place of wing nuts, such as that in the Recline Glider Swivel model. They can be located underneath, either towards the back or towards the center of the recliner. Wing nuts and thumb wheels can both be adjusted the same way.

To increase the reclining tension, simply turn the thumb wheels or the wing nuts in the clockwise direction by one quarter. Do the same for both sides. As expected, you can decrease the tension by turning the wing nuts or thumb wheels on both sides counter-clockwise by one quarter. It is very important that you adjust the tension on both sides equally, and to make one quarter of a turn each time until you finally feel comfortable. After turning both sides one quarter, put the chair back into its upright position and test the new reclining settings. Should further adjustment be required, repeat the steps and turn each side by another quarter of a turn.

When adjusting recliner tension, there is one imperative rule: never loosen or tighten the thumb wheels or wing nuts all the way. Doing this can potentially damage the tension spring. After making the necessary adjustments, make sure that the spring does not move on the bolt. When it does, turn the thumb wheel or wing nut crossswise by at least a half of a turn after tightening to make sure that the spring no longer moves. Conversely, the spring should not be completely pressed after the adjustments have been made. If it is, simply loosen the thumb wheels or wing nuts counter-clockwise to at least by a half of a turn.

Do you need a new tension spring?
If you have a broken tension spring and needs replacing you can easily buy one off Amazon. Make sure to order the right replacement for your recliner.

For ultimate comfort, make sure you keep your recliner tension adjusted to suit your needs. Remember that Lazyboy recliners are made for relaxation. With the right tension for your size and build, your recliner will give you exactly that relaxation and more from the moment you sit, kick your shoes off, or laze away.

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  1. Lee Fredenburg - 01/23/2010 at 12:50 am

    Thanks for the information!

  2. mark - 03/12/2010 at 6:01 pm


  3. Linda - 11/26/2014 at 2:25 pm

    When I sit in my rocker recliner it goes too far back that my feet do not touch the floor. And they should I’m 5’9″ and weight 195. Can you help?

  4. Mark Hartburg - 01/18/2015 at 10:17 pm

    When I sit in my rocker recliner it goes too far back that my feet do not touch the floor. And they should I’m 6′ 4” and weight 340 Can you help?

  5. George Alexander - 02/22/2015 at 4:11 pm

    My rocker/recliner snaps and pops when the leaver is used to lower chair.
    It is so loud I wake the house when I use it.
    Chair is only 4 months old, and I like it less and less everytime I use it.
    I would be much happier had I purchased another ASHLEY.

  6. Earl Gretschmann - 03/3/2015 at 11:49 am

    My rocker recliner sits back to far is there a way to adjust to sit more upright?

  7. Andy - 07/6/2015 at 2:20 pm

    I have a similar problem. The chair sits too far back and my feet are off the floor. I am 6’2″ and my wife is 5’10” and we both have the same problem. How can this be corrected?

  8. Paul Parker - 10/6/2015 at 12:09 pm

    When I sit in my rocker recliner it goes too far back and my feet do not touch the floor. I’m 5’8″ and weight 230. What can I do?

  9. Rebecca - 12/13/2015 at 8:10 pm

    My chair leans back too far. It feels like your gonna flip over

  10. David - 05/18/2016 at 5:24 pm

    When I sit in my rocker/recliner, without reclining, my chair sits back ai about 45 degrees preventing my feet from touching the floor. It also causes me to sit at a substantial angle sloping backwards so that I cannot face level forward.

    This causes major discomfort! I have read several comments, and many people have the same problem. The exact same chair model in the Lazy Boy gallery did not have this problem.

    What can be done?

    Thanks for your help.


  11. Connie - 09/30/2016 at 6:22 am

    Purchased the Lazyboy Rocker Recliner approximately 4- 5 months ago. The chair is very comfortable. However, it has flipped completely over backwards twice while I was in the chair. It just happened to me the 2nd time. It was a scarey and somewhat painful experience and as you can understand, I am somewhat reluctant to recline due to safety reasons. At this point, I want something done to fix the defect or a replacement. I have owned Lazyboy recliners for many years and have never had a problem with the quality or safety of the chairs. Please have someone contact me. I purchased the chair at Mathis Brothers in Oklahoma City.

  12. Dianne - 02/16/2017 at 5:54 pm

    The chair tips back because the base is too far forward on the frame, by moving the base back on the frame it will stabilize.

  13. Laurie - 03/19/2017 at 9:19 am

    It looks like I’m not the only one with the chair going back too. Same thing. Five-eight 180 lbs. and I can’t touch the floor. It drives me nuts, but now we can’t tighten the wing nuts or even loosen them. It came like that. Also it is a different set up than every other Lazyboy we’ve had. Two of our chairs are exactly the same except one has the wing nuts and a slide bar to adjust. My chair has a 2″ slide, I think, and some kind of metal strips that stick out and a set that lays further in. We’ve never seen this in the 42 years of buying Lazyboy. I can’t rock because the back slides and I can’t recline because it goes so far back I have literally fallen/slid head first out of it. Help. You can call. E-mail me to get my phone number. Please help. These chairs are not cheap and I’d like to enjoy mine. Thank you, Laurie

  14. Sk - 08/2/2017 at 10:07 pm

    My handle is too tight to use without a lot of force either to raise or lower the foot.
    What can I do to make it looser?

  15. Gloria - 08/9/2017 at 7:45 pm

    Was given a Lazy boy lounge recliner. Said only a yr old. Will not stay in reclined position. There are no wing nuts or wheels to make adjustments. What now?

    Thank you

  16. Nina Mozal - 12/29/2017 at 12:12 pm

    When my husband lifts the leg rest, it makes a terrible racket. What adjustment should he make ?

  17. Frances - 01/2/2018 at 6:09 pm

    My recliner makes an awful sound when I put the footrest down and when I extend the footrest I have to lean back with a rocking motion until I am reclined as far as I want and the seat sinks.

  18. Paul Drisgula - 12/14/2021 at 5:17 am

    My motorized rocker recliner has always felt unstable in the full recline position. Well today I reclined to a nearly full recline position and the chair flipped over backwards. The full weight of my body was supported by my head and neck. The flip also dislodged the plug from the wall so the chair was no longer motorized. I contorted my body until my hands could touch the wall and pushed myself back up off my head. Eventually, I crawled out of the chair, plugged it back into the wall socket and reset everything back to normal. Except of course my head and neck and right wrist which are beginning to tighten and bark even as I type this.

    I am 6’3” tall and just now realizing the physics problem presented by my Lazy-Z-Boy rocker recliner. I can set the auto buttons to control for this problem but it is a true design flaw and potentially dangerous. Since the guys who delivered the chair left no literature, I had no warning this mishap was likely to happen. I’m considering what agency I can report this to in hopes of preventing similar accidents from happening.

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