How do I stop footrest from extending on a recliner?


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Old 03-11-22, 05:58 AM
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How do I stop footrest from extending on a recliner?

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I have an inexpensive recliner that does not have any type of lever on the side. When I recline the footrest automatically extends. Is there like a bolt, pin or spring or something underneath the chair that I can disconnect so that the footrest will not extend. I want to be able to recline but I don't want the footrest to come out.

Thank you in advance for any help,
yeto
 
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Old 03-11-22, 06:23 AM
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I don't think it's possible.
Here is a link showing the mechanical parts and linkage that make up a recliner.
Recliner Mechanism: A Handy Guide On How A Recliner Works (cozyseating.com)

I suppose if you study the diagram you may be able to drill out the riveting that operates the foot rest section. But that may compromise the back of the chair from operating correctly.

Edit...here is an interesting quote from that same site: "A footrest is a bottom part of a recliner that elevates to support your feet while you are seated. Most footrests are designed so that your feet extend over the end of the footrest while elevated. Some people think itís a recliner manufactures design mistake, or maybe they are too tall for the recliner. Its neither. The footrest is built to allow your feet to hang over as that position helps distribute the weight evenly for ultimate comfort."
 
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Old 03-11-22, 07:02 AM
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Assuming the mechanism is similar something in the circled area would have to be disconnected to prevent the foot rest from moving. But doing that there is probably nothing holding the foot rest onto the chair.

Plus you probably would have to remove the fabric, not sure it's a feasable project!


 
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Old 03-11-22, 07:11 AM
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I was thinking/hoping that if I disconnect one leg of the "scissors" somehow the footrest would not extend. The footrest works fine...I just like to sit slightly reclined with my feet flat on the floor. As of now when I recline the footrest pushes my feet forward somewhat. Even if I could adjust the footrest to engage at a later time in the recline process that would be helpful.
 
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I have disconnected the footrest before. It means the footrest will never move and just becomes a cosmetic front to the chair. Everything is accessed from the bottom side of the chair so you only have to remove the dust covering fabric on the bottom to get to the mechanism. I ground the heads off a rivet on the linkage that moves the footrest and drove out the rivet. Do that on both sides. You are working up inside a flammable chair and throwing a lot of very hot sparks so you have to be VERY careful about fire. The foam padding catches fire or at least smolders very easily.
 
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That sounds great. Now if I can just figure out which 2 rivets. I hope my common sense senses are working when I go to attempt.

Thank you for taking time to help,
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I just copy the part of the text I want to quote. Paste it then click on the italics button and give it a color so it is apparent that it is a quote.

You can also use the " quote button in the tools above. It's the sixth icon from the left and makes text look like this.
 
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Thank you. That helps for future use.
 
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Old 03-21-22, 03:17 AM
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pictures and video of underside of foot rest...please help me ...

...choose the right rivet to remove

Link to download short video of underside of footrest in action: https://we.tl/t-uux8r8c0DL





 
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Old 03-21-22, 05:29 AM
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I didn't want to join or OK your site that the video was on (I already have too many such things).

 
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Old 03-21-22, 11:20 AM
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Either of these two places should work
I was hoping I could keep the footrest in place without it coming out. What would happen if I just removed 1 of the rivets on each side?
I didn't want to join or OK your site that the video was on (I already have too many such things).
You don't have to join...just agree to the TOC and the file is there but I understand. You never know what might happen when you start clicking around on things. The video just shows the mechanism working. I couldn't figure out how to get the video to load here. I have the video in .mov and .gif. format. I see that this forum won't accept .mov but does accept .gif but I kept getting an error message. It may have been too large.
 
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Old 03-21-22, 11:32 AM
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OK I misunderstood. Of course you want the footrest in place.
I think if removed the rivets just one more back from where I maked, should do it. The only problem I see is securing the unconnect accordion to the foot rest and not have it interfer.

 
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OK I misunderstood. Of course you want the footrest in place.
I think if removed the rivets just one more back from where I maked, should do it. The only problem I see is securing the unconnect accordion to the foot rest and not have it interfer.
Sounds good. Thank you for taking time out of your day to reply.

Kind regards,
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