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    Default Can't get our of my recliner, help! Footrest too hard to close

    The only way I can get out of our new recliner is to have shoes on and push like hell to get it down. My legs are short and some can do it but man it's hard. Any solutions or should I return?

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    Default Re: Can't get our of my recliner, help! Footrest too hard to close

    I know what you mean. I sat in some H&M and a couple of other high end brand recliners recently at a local store. I could not budge them. I wondered if they would become easier to move with use and a little “breaking in”. I was left wondering if my only option would be an electric one. I don’t really like those as much because I find them slow, but it beats a recliner that I end up using as a straight chair because I can’t move it. I will say, in my case I could not even get them to recline, so I have no idea if bringing the footrest back down would be as difficult, but I assume it would. I will be interested to hear the reply to your question. I think H&M should consider the issue in their line. Makes me wonder how many people walked away from them in a showroom for the same reason. Traditionally I think recliners have been built for men, not women. But older people and others might have strength issues as well that make a recliner that moves with less effort necessary.
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    Default Re: Can't get our of my recliner, help! Footrest too hard to close

    You leave out many details so I have to make some assumptions:

    1) It's a Wall Hugger recliner.

    2) You are not very tall and probably female? Women have shorter legs than men from the knees down, and that can make working a wall hugger unit more difficult.

    Wall Hugger recliners operate differently than conventional recliners. The mechanism is on a "trip" where you activate the lever and it opens easily. Then you have to overcome the springs to close it. What happens is shorter people, and women in particular, use their thighs to try to close these and they are pushing down on the seat cushion to try to close the unit. That takes all your leverage advantage away and also results in what we call a "cushion trap" where you are crushing the front edge of the seat cushion and eventually it gets caught in the mechanism.

    To close a Wall Hugger, you have to use your calves or ankles on the footrest and draw them back smartly, not your thighs pushing down. Do it quick and in one motion and the Wall Hugger will close. So your issue is technique, it's not in the unit itself. A good salesperson will explain this to you at time of purchase. I watch people struggle with these all the time, and once I show them how to do it they have far less issues in doing so.

    For this reason I ask all my Wall Hugger customers to buy a motorized unit - it makes life so much easier.
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    Default Re: Can't get our of my recliner, help! Footrest too hard to close

    Duane, is there Also a technique to getting them into the recline position? I just leaned back and gripped the arms on bth sides and tried to push it back but had no luck. I plan to add a recliner eventually so I need to figure this out. I get the short legs thing and once you get used to how to do it is good to know it won’t likely be a problem, but does a similar issue apply to reclining it?

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    Default Re: Can't get our of my recliner, help! Footrest too hard to close

    Get a power recliner if you have difficulty in operating the manual ones.
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