Recliner Anti-tip Leg Extensions
Category: Recliners, chairs, stabilizer, anti-tip, furniture, living room
Add on, accessory
Problem: I bought a used small La-Z-Boy recliner at a thrift store. When I got it, I cleaned underneath and then I lubricated the mechanism. When I sat in the chair for the first time, because of the lubrication, it moved very quickly from one position to another. I noticed on occasion when I pushed back to recline all the way, it would do it so quickly that the front legs would lift off the floor. One day I absentmindedly sat in the chair and just pushed way back to recline and the chair kept going back until I was staring at the ceiling, and crunched as the chair went back to its more upright configuration.
Action: After struggling to get out of that rather awkward position, I immediately went to the workshop and crafted some extensions to attach to the back of the chair legs to prevent the unwanted tipping.
Result: It works great!
Additional Thoughts: Actually, in hindsight, I would make them a little larger, just to assure that they would do their job, however, I have compromised between their ability to arrest the tipping with them sticking out so far that they might be a trip hazard.
When idea was conceived: 1/14/2013
How much time it took to develop: 2 hours
How much money it took to develop: None
Current status: In use.
Since it was originally done: I’m sure it would add weight and expense, but a much better option would be for this type of chair to have some mechanism that extended arms at the base of the chair as the back of the chair went back to prevent tipping, but then retracted as the chair back was returned to its upright position, thus preserving perhaps the line and look of the chair as well as removing a trip hazard.