Troubleshooting Power Recliners

Maddux

With an average of 7500 hits per month since 2012, this is the most viewed article about power recliner issues on the internet for a good reason; the information is good and helpful.

Power recliners have become very popular. Most retailers have them on the floor in various shapes and sizes, and most share the same electrical components. Many things can cause these to stop working such as Power surges, electrical storms, overload, and the mechanism cutting the wiring. If your recliner has stopped working, there are a few things you should check before calling your retailer’s Customer Service line only to wait a week before someone is dispatched to your home. Continue reading “Troubleshooting Power Recliners”

Unlevel Door Fix

If your doors aren’t level and you have adjustable hinges, then you’re in luck. Here is a one minute video that describes how the typical euro-hinge can be adjusted, but first make sure that your piece is sitting level. Most floors are not perfectly level and require the levelers on the bottom of the feet or legs to be slightly adjusted.

There are variations of this type of hinge, but they all work nearly the same. I get calls quite often on how to adjust doors so that they are even, and it’s tough to try to instruct someone on how to do this over the phone. If the doors are on a piece of furniture, make sure that the item is as level as possible first! Most door issues are due to a piece being on a wooden floor that is not perfectly flat- so use the adjustable floor glides to level the unit first and it may fix the door issue. If it is on a tile or brick floor with many inconsistencies, then level it as best you can and then fine tune the door fit with the adjustable hinges.

Bed Rail Hook Repair with “OFFSET BRACKETS”

 

 

For decades, bed manufacturers in America used a standard hook brackets that was inserted into the end on a bed’s rails. They were held in place by 2 metal dowels.Old Hook Plate

Over time, these get loose and wiggle. The metal dowels wallow out the holes drilled into the inside face of the rails. Eventually, they twist to the point that they come out of the pocket they are supposed to rest in and the bracket pulls out. Remounting the bracket in the same way it was originally placed will not really be an option for a couple of reasons:

  1. The rail itself probably cracked along the grain (or ply) where the slot was cut into the end (where the bracket was mounted.)
  2. The holes drilled for the metal dowels that secure the brackets have become wallowed out and will not hold the dowels securely any longer.

 

Most manufacturers of these beds will not be able to supply you with a replacement rail. If they could, it most likely would not match in color. You can find metal hook on rails from companies like Leggett & Platt, but this looks cheap and may not fit tightly since they are a universal fit. Some shops will make a customer a set of rails for a cost of  $159 to $235 per rail depending on size and type of wood according to The Washington Post article here.

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Newly constructed rail with original type hook placement. Plywood construction with birch veneer.

Your best option is to have the rail, or rails, repaired so that they can be as good as new, or better – this will save time, money and guarantee a finish match.

Hiring a professional furniture repair company to install hook brackets on-site can be a little expensive. Fortunately, the repair is really a Do-It-Yourself project. It only requires a set of offset hook brackets, 3/4″ wood screws, and a Phillips screwdriver.

***IMPORTANT*** MAKE SURE YOU ARE USING “OFFSET” BRACKETS. The offset will place your hooks right in the center of the end of the rail where the original bracket was located. Offset brackets are only available at Square 23, while other flat ones are commonly found online. If a flat plate is used, it will cause each rail to sit 3/8″ wider to the outside than originally designed. This could cause a setup issue with your slats, as wells as the gap between your box spring and rails will be wider. Not just a potential cosmetic issue, but a structural one as well. It’s important for the bed slats to rest fully on the rail support cleat. If the bed slats become a little too short due to moving the rails out 3/4″, your foundation and mattress could fall through to the floor.

 

SIMPLE ASSEMBLY AND REPAIR EXPLAINED

When looking at a rail, lay it down “left to right” with the inside facing up. The brackets have a “Left” and a “Right” side in order to allow the hooks on either end to face down and grip the metal pins inside the slot on the headboard and footboard of the bed. They are not interchangeable from end to end.

If there is a substantial crack on the top of the rail, add wood glue into the crack by carefully prying it apart just a bit with a flat screwdriver. This is not mandatory, but will help stabilize the integrity of the rail. Afterward, place the hook plate at the appropriate end and use 3/4″ countersink head wood screws in the holes (5 per plate) to secure the bracket. The screws will be long enough to pull any crack together by acting as a clamp. They are short enough to not go all the way through the rail and stick out the finished side. If glue was used, the crack will be permanently closed.

These brackets will be more secure than the originals and last for a lifetime with normal usage. They will also be a seamless fit that will not cause a cosmetic, or setup issue with your bed. The entire process will take an hour or less- and save a perfectly good bed.

WHERE TO GET OFFSET BRACKETS

If you need a set of offset brackets, please click here.

Many people have commented that they cannot find the offset brackets anywhere other than this website. We offer them on Amazon, and Ebay too for $39.99 with free shipping in the US.

REMEMBER “EXTREME HOME MAKEOVER?”

In 2010, I had the pleasure of being involved with a home makeover for a very deserving family in Savannah. The home, located in Ardsley Park, was a great one to work with, not to mention being in a great neighborhood on Abercorn Street. They Extreme Home crew literally remodeled the home in a week, and I was there to perform any repairs needed to the furniture before the reveal. I had done set work for TV commercials before for another large retailer, but it was nothing like this.

CONSTRUCTION 2

Havertys furniture provided all of the furnishings for the home, and as a former employee of the company, I was excited to be among friends for the lead up to handing the home back over to the owners. Everyone owes it to themselves to find meaning and purpose in their work, and this was an occasion that allowed a multitude of people to find it if they had never really looked for it before.

Fortunately for me, there always seems to be the opportunity to do kind things for people. Restoring an inherited table, repairing a broken lift chair for an elderly client, or even just telling someone how to care for a precious piece of furniture brings me happiness because I’m able to help others. I’ve found that if your work is more about making a positive difference in other people’s lives, you benefit as much or more yourself.

-Geoff

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