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slipcover recliner chair

millar | Posted in General Discussion on

I have a reclining chair with a semi attached back cushion that I want to slipcover. It’s a Lazy Boy that looks like an ordinary chair until you put your weight against the back, then the footrest comes out from underneath and the back reclines. 

I want to change the look of it with the seasons so reupholstery isn’t an option although it would certainly be easier.  I’ve made one slip cover already which turned out OK but I know I can do better.  The problem for me is creating the template piece that finishes of the rear of the chair back cushion where it joins  to the back of the chair.  It would be a lot easier if the chair back were detached so that the cushion of back of the chair could be covered seperately but the style, at least last year, was for semi attached cushions on sofas and chairs I suspect to save on fabric.

Has anyone taken on of these apart to reupholster it.  What I’d like is a rough drawing of the parts so I could draft my own pattern.   I can’t seem to wrap my head around how the pieces have to be cut inorder to get them go together the way I want them to. If anyone out there can help, I’d be happy to email close up photos of the problem area with the chair. 

Appreciate any help. 


  1. stillsuesew | | #1

    I made a slip cover for something like that once and I treated the back/cushion as one piece. I figured the cushion had to have been covered before it was sewn to the front of the back. There was no way to do that and keep the original intact as the owner wanted.

    1. millar | | #2

      I had thought of that too but the chair back cushion sits higher than the angular back of the chair so that treating them as one makes it look like that's what been done and makes the back thicker in appearance so the whole chair looks clunky and poorly designed.  The original upholstery is really like a slip cover itself, with the back in two pieces each fitting snugly.  If I could visualize how that connector piece looked ... I may have to bite the bullet and "uncover" the piece or find someone who works for Lazy Boy.  ; > )


  2. diday | | #3

    The backs were removed from my La-Z-Boy rocker recliners when they were delivered. Here is a link that describes how to remove the back.


    Good luck on your slipcovering. Please post pictures of your progress.

    1. Patzee | | #4

      Timely post! I'm getting ready to tackle my husband's recliner (not a Laz-e-boy) and it's nice to know someone else is taking the plunge. The eHow article is a good starting point.

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