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How to Move a Reclining Chair

Melly Parker

Reclining chairs can be a pain to move. They’re large, awkwardly shaped and heavy. If you move it the wrong way, it might even break. Knowing the right way to lift and move a recliner can make a big difference. If you’re still having trouble, use a tool to help you move the furniture.

Move that recliner, take a break and relax.

Make sure the recliner is protected during long moves so it doesn’t get damaged in transit.

  1. Wrap the recliner completely in a heavy sheet of plastic to protect it against stains or scuffs. You can also use a moving blanket. Tape the sheet plastic down, making sure to wrap it tightly around the recliner where the footstool kicks out.

  2. Tape felt to the feet of the recliner so that they don't get damaged or damage the floor.

  3. Use a dolly to move the recliner. Slip the lip of the dolly under the recliner from behind and put pressure on the front of the back of the recliner to ease it onto the dolly.

  4. Place the recliner between boxes or other flat, heavy items to keep it from moving around and being damaged in transit.


Use care when removing the sheet plastic and tape. If you use scissors or a knife, it could cut the fabric of the recliner.