Converting a Manual Recliner to Power Guide

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We have been at it for a long while now but we just can’t seem to find that perfect recliner. The one that will keep us comfortable for a long time while we sleep in after a tiring day at work. So, we decided to do our research and this article is all about not only finding the perfect recliner but also making it convenient to use.

After a tough day at work, what anyone wants is to just go home and lie in your perfectly crafted recliner. But won’t it be a huge bug if you have to get up again and again to plug your recliner in? We are sure it will turn your me-time into a nightmare. So why don’t you go ahead and turn your regular recliner into a power recliner? Are you wondering if that’s even possible?

Yes, that is! Keep reading to find out how you can make that happen.

Power recliners!

We all know that power recliners have been all the rage for quite some time now. But what are they really? Let’s find out.

A power recliner needs to be plugged into a power outlet and allows you to change your reclining position with a single push of a button. Without even the slightest hassle, you will be able to relax and enjoy a calming time while watching a movie or reading a novel.

Some of these recliners also come with added features. But we all know how costly these recliners are which is why we have decided to let you know how to make a recliner into a power recliner.

What are the differences between a power recliner and a regular recliner?

The main purpose of any recliner, whether power or otherwise is to keep you comfortable. The added features that most power recliners come with are a plus hence the cost. But the price alone shouldn’t stop you from enjoying the comforts of a power recliner. Before we dig deep into the details of how you can convert regular recliners into power recliners, let’s find out what are the differences between the both.

With a regular recliner, you will use your body weight to push it into a position that you feel comfortable in. Some regular recliners also come with a liver that can do the push. The fact that these recliners are manual is what makes them not durable at all.

Also, most physicians do not recommend manual recliners for older people since it requires human effort which someone with a health issue cannot provide.

This is where power recliners take the cup. They come with built-in motors that control their moving mechanism. These recliners need to be plugged in and once that’s done, you can simply adjust the position you feel most comfortable in by pushing the button.

Power recliners are far more durable than regular recliners. Their positions can be locked in which makes them very convenient and enjoyable.
For most old age people, we recommend the use of power recliners since they do not require human effort. It will keep them comfortable and all they need is to adjust the position through a remote or a button that is integrated alongside the armrest.

Why convert a recliner into an auto recliner yourself?

For those who have already done their market research will know exactly why we have recommended converting the regular recliner into a power recliner yourself. But if you don’t know, let us shed some light on it.

Power recliners are highly expensive as we have mentioned before. They cost a lot which is not everyone’s cup of tea. But that shouldn’t keep you from enjoying the comfort that power recliner has to offer. So, through a little bit of DIY, you can easily convert your regular recliner into a power recliner.

Convert a regular recliner into a power recliner!

how to make a recliner into power recliner

Before you start the process, we would like to inform you there are full-fledged toolkits available in the market that will allow you to convert your regular recliner into a power recliner. If you purchase any of those toolkits, the whole process will become far easier for you.

Also, since we are talking about conversion kits, you should also know that if you have bought your recliner from a specific brand then you should get in touch with them beforehand. Every manufacturer offers conversion kits for their regular recliners. If you can’t seem to find one from the market, maybe you can get it directly from your manufacturer.

Most recliners come with the opportunity to be reassembled. This makes them an incredible piece of furniture that can be modified just the way you want. You will need an electric motor to convert the recliner along with a few tools to make the necessary adjustments. You can get a manufacturing kit for your recliner as well to do the final touch-ups once you have installed the motor. It makes your recliner all the more durable.

First, you have to disassemble your recliner and install the motor into the mechanism. The conversion kit you got contains all the guidelines you will need to know for installing the motor. Once that is done, just put together all the parts together and plug in the recliner. You’re ready to enjoy the perks of a power recliner at your home without emptying your bank account.

You may also be interested to read about: How Does a Power Recliner Work


All in all, having a power recliner that doesn’t cost you too many dollars gives another kind of satisfaction that cannot be explained. Power recliners have tons of benefits, the biggest one being that they can last for a lifetime.

We hope we have given you all the information you need to make this happen. If there is anything else you would like to know, leave us with your feedback in the comments below.

Robert Myers

Welcome to Recliners view, the ultimate destination for recliner enthusiasts! I'm Robert Myers, the proud owner of this website, and I bring over 5 years of extensive experience in the world of recliners. As a passionate recliner aficionado, I've dedicated myself to curating a wealth of knowledge, tips, and recommendations to help you find the perfect recliner for your ultimate comfort and relaxation. Join me on this journey as we delve into the world of recliners, uncover the latest trends, and discover the secrets to transforming your living space into a haven of comfort and style.