How To Restuff Recliner Footrest? (Guide) – 2022

Nothing beats reclining in a comfortable chair and putting your feet up. However, over time the foam in the recliner’s footrest can compress, resulting in a less-than-comfortable experience.

Therefore, in this guide, I’ll walk you through the process of how to restuff recliner footrest so you can avoid having to buy a new one.

This easy fix will save you money and keep your furniture looking great. I know it’s not the most fun project, but it’s definitely something you can do yourself with just a few simple tools and the right steps.

Does Recliner Footrest Stuffing Material Depend On The Type Of Recliner?

Recliners come in different types, and each type has a different footrest material.

For example, some recliners have a foam footrest, while others have a metal or wood frame with a padded surface.

The most common type of recliner is the foam-based model, which we will focus on in this guide. However, the same process can be applied to other types of recliners with minor adjustments.

Tools And Materials Needed

To reupholster your recliner’s footrest, you will need the following tools and materials:

  1. A screwdriver
  2. A utility knife
  3. New foam (can be purchased from a local upholstery store)
  4. A measuring tape
  5. Fabric
  6. Staple gun

Step By Step Guide On How To Restuff Recliner Footrest

As we all know, recliner chairs are the most comfortable furniture in our house, and we all love to spend time on them. But over time, the Memory foam in the recliner’s footrest can become compressed, making it less comfortable.

Here is the step-by-step guide to reupholstering the recliner footrest:

1) Flip The Recliner Carefully

To get to the underside of the footrest, you’ll need to flip the recliner upside down. This can be done by carefully tilting the chair back and then lifting it up so that the front legs are off the ground. Having someone who can assist you will make the process more straightforward.

Once you have the recliner in this position, you should be able to see the footrest’s metal extension rod. Then use the screwdriver to remove the screws that are holding it in place.

If you have a type of recliner with a removable footrest, you can simply remove it without having to flip the chair over.

2) Remove the old upholstery carefully

After you have removed the footrest from the chair, it’s time to remove the old upholstery. Begin by cutting through the fabric stapled to the underside of the footrest with the utility knife. Be careful not to damage the metal frame or wood as you are doing this.

This step is the same for all types of recliners. Once you have cut through all of the fabric, you can remove it and set it aside.

3) Measure And Cut The New Foam & Upholstery

Now it’s time to cut the new foam and upholstery materials that will be used to restuff the recliner footrest.

For Foam:

First, measure the length and width of the footrest frame. Add two inches to each measurement to ensure that you have enough foam to work with. 

After you have the measurements, use the utility knife to cut the foam to size. Be sure to make straight cuts so that the foam fits into the frame snugly.

When it comes to the foam used to make footrests, you need to ensure that it is not too thin or too thick. Too thin foam will not provide enough support, and too thick foam will make it uncomfortable to use.

4) Attach the New Foam and Upholstery

Now it’s time to attach the brand-new foam and upholstery to the frame of the footrest.

Start by inserting the foam into the frame and then stapling it in place using the staple gun. To avoid wrinkles and loose areas, pull the fabric tight while doing this.

After the foam is in place, you can then attach the upholstery fabric. Again, be sure to pull it tight and staple it in place.

It’s important that the fabric is smooth and wrinkle-free. Cut away any extra fabric with a utility knife.

5) Replace The Footrest And Screw It In Place

Now that the footrest is restuffed, it’s time to put it back on the chair. If you had to flip the chair over to access the footrest, flip it back, so it’s in the correct position. Then screw the footrest to the chair frame by aligning its holes with the holes in the chair frame.

Be sure to use the screws that came with the chair or similar screws, so they are the correct size and type.

6) Test It Out

Once the footrest is back in place, it’s time to test it out. Sit in the chair and try using the footrest. If it feels too soft or too hard, you may need to remove the upholstery and add more or less foam. It may take a few tries to get the perfect amount of foam, but having a comfortable footrest is worth it.

If you have trouble with this process, feel free to contact a professional upholsterer for help. They will be able to assist you in selecting the right materials and getting the job done correctly.


Restuffing a recliner footrest is an easy procedure that can be completed in less than an hour or two. This procedure isn’t difficult, but it does take some time and effort. Before you reinstall the chair, double-check that you paid attention to the steps and tested the footrest. With a little patience, you’ll have a comfortable footrest in no time.

That’s all there is to it! With a bit of time and effort, you can easily restuff your recliner footrest and make it as good as new. Be sure to take your time and measure everything carefully so that the end result is flawless.

I hope now you know how to restuff recliner footrest, Thanks for reading!

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Having worked on 100+ blogs since 2015, Emma Brown is now an author for She's passionate about helping homeowners find their perfect recliner. Emma has written about her experiences with recliners for Recliners Comfy.

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