Tips On How To Move A Recliner Loveseat Downstairs

Helen Skeates
Helen Skeates
12 min read

Like losing weight, moving furniture from one room to another is a worthwhile endeavor that requires dedication, time, and sweat equity. So let me tell you how to transport a reclining loveseat downstairs.

Be careful and slow when you move so that no one gets hurt. Get two or three people to help you out, and have something cold waiting for them when they’re done.

How Do Recliner Chairs Work?

This is a valid inquiry, and one that can be answered by investigating the various models of reclining chairs.

  • Chair that Reclines Manually Manual recliner chairs have a lever on the side of the chair that allows you to recline the chair. These chairs are the least expensive, but they do require some physical strength and dexterity to operate.
  • Chair that reclines electrically The most popular type of chair is the recliner because of the convenience of its electric motor and the reclining action. The chair can be easily reclined with the press of a button.
  • Chair with a Power Lift and Recline Function For me, the electric rise and recline chair represents the pinnacle of chair design. This is the perfect chair for me because it reclines and also tilts and rises so that I can easily get out of it. These chairs are more expensive, but they are the best option for those with mobility issues.
  • Reclining Chair with Massager Reclining massage chairs are available in both manual and electric varieties. When you recline in one of these chairs, you can also enjoy a relaxing massage.
  • Lift Chair with Massager The massaging rise and recline chair is the pinnacle of comfort and ease. These seats don’t come cheap, no doubt about it. Although, the upsides are more than the drawbacks. You can adjust the level of recline to your preferred position at the push of a button. Put your feet up and relax with a full body massage. Then you can sit up nearly straight and stand up with ease.

Also, much to my relief, modern recliners don’t have that institutional look they used to have.

Modern chairs are fashionable and available in a wide variety of colors and fabrics, so it’s easy to find one that will complement any decor.

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The Benefits of Using a Recliner Chair.

  1. Comfort Comfort is the most important factor for me. When I sit down, I want to be able to relax without having to fiddle with my position. I can’t stand having to adjust my seating arrangement every few minutes because of cushions. What I really need is a way to prop my feet up without having to lie down.
  2. Reduces Stress Recliners are great because they relieve stress on your back, neck, and knees. You, not the chair’s designers, get to choose the most comfortable sitting position, thanks to the chair’s convenient button controls.
  3. Mobility – Another benefit, for me anyway, is that when I get up from being stuck in a static position, I find it difficult to walk. If I’ve been in one position for any length of time, I get stiff. Walking while my joints are stiff is uncomfortable. Recliners can reduce stiffness, aiding your mobility.
  4. Independence I hate to admit it, but there are times when I require assistance in getting out of my seat. Asking either of my sons to help me stand up would be the most humiliating thing I could do to myself. A rise and recline chair would allow me to maintain my autonomy and eliminate the need for assistance.

Tips on how to move a recliner loveseat downstairs

If you have a reclining loveseat, here are some suggestions for bringing it downstairs:

Remove cushions

Sofa cushions should be removed prior to moving to prevent damage. To ensure that the cushions stay clean and undamaged throughout the relocation, place them in large plastic bags.

If the couch can be converted into a bed, the bed mechanism should be tied off with rope to prevent it from opening in transit.

Wrap the loveseat

Wrap the couch in a large, clean blanket to protect it from getting dirty or damaged during the move. The covering is held in place with a rope.

Make and plan a pathway

Clearly mark out a route for the moving truck. Examine the stairwell’s dimensions, including its width, height, number of stairs, turns, headroom, and size of landings.

Get the dimensions of the couch and compare them to the door width and height to make sure you have enough room.

Remove any hindrances along the way.

Clear the stairwell of any obstructions and clear a path from the couch to the stairs.

Take a position at one of the couch’s long ends while a companion takes the other. Put forth some serious effort while squatting and lift the couch from the floor. Use your legs and arms to lift rather than your back.

Move slowly from the doorway.

Approach the doorway cautiously. Hire a second helper to trail behind your movers to keep everyone on the same page and ensure a smooth, safe transition.

Take it slow and easy as you make your way down the stairs. If there is a railing, raise the sofa so that the banister provides additional support. Take breaks as needed, but make sure to check in with your moving partner before setting down the sofa.

Construct a makeshift ramp from thick wooden planks to ease the sofa’s descent down the flight of stairs. If there is a ramp available, you can use that to get the couch to the bottom of the stairs without having to carry it down one at a time.

Have your helper wait at the opposite end of the ramp so they can safely guide the sofa up and down.

Balance the weight properly.

It takes some muscle to maneuver a tall piece of furniture like a dresser, filing cabinet, or shelving unit. Create a team of two for this endeavor. Have one person carry the top and another the bottom, while tipping the object backwards at an angle.

It keeps the object’s mass precisely where you want it, so it doesn’t sway wildly. It’s easier to carry the object up or down the stairs if the angle you hold it at matches the incline of the staircase.

Carrying a couch horizontally and turning it into the room can be challenging if you need to move it down a corridor and through a door. Flip the couch on its end and push it through the doorway to gain access to the hall.

It can be hooked through the door almost always. If it is slightly taller than the door opening, you will need to angle the top away from the door to give yourself a few inches of clearance.

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Move the straps carefully.

Straps designed for moving and lifting make use of leverage and the body’s major muscle groups to reduce the load placed on the spine. They also make it easier to handle bulky items. However, because all of the weight is transferred to the downhill mover, they can be difficult to use when going up stairs.

Other tips

You can find furniture slides in many different sizes and shapes at hardware and home improvement stores, as well as on the Internet. It’s also easy to make your own sliders out of things like plastic container covers, bedspreads, moving blankets, towels, and carpet scraps.

Hard plastic sliders should be used on carpeting, while soft, cushioned sliders should be used on hard floors.

Protecting your home and the items you’re moving with a moving blanket is a smart idea. It’s true that renting them is cheap, but for just a few dollars more you can buy a bunch from home improvement stores and have them on hand whenever you need them.

Avoid scratching the finish or damaging the edges of your furniture by wrapping it in a moving blanket and securing it with stretch film.

Organize the placement of your belongings in advance of your move. Create an accurate floor plan with room measurements, inventory your belongings, and plan your new space’s layout before you move.

Then, as you bring in new items, you and your helpers can set up your furniture in its designated areas without ever having to touch it again if you’re not present. Put up a copy of the floor plan in each room and label it so that the movers know exactly where to put things.

How to Maintain and Care For a Recliner Chair

1. Prevent damage to your chair

It’s ideal to leap into action and take precautions before any damage occurs to the furnishings. Indeed, keeping recliner chairs out of direct sunlight is the best way to ensure they last for many years. Most of the seating is leather, which can be severely damaged by exposure to sunlight. Fading and cracking in the leather give it an aged, used appearance.

The passage of particularly pungent odors to the passenger compartment can also be impeded. Cigarette smoke, for instance, can be transferred to upholstery and other fabrics, hastening the wear and tear associated with time.

Last but not least, it’s important to frequently replace the saggy cushions. This will slow down the deterioration process, which is typically hastened by heavy use.

2. Deep clean the leather

Leather settees can be a pain to keep clean. Despite the price, many people would rather have experts handle the situation. However, there is a method for those who would prefer to do the cleaning themselves. The most important piece of advice is to stay out of the water. One major drawback of the liquid is the massive stains it leaves on leather.

A steam cleaner is a better alternative. It’s an added cost you might be unwilling to bear, but it pays off in the end. In addition to the typical dust, any odors that may have built up are also eliminated. Saddle soap is another viable option. Cleaning the seat regularly will not only keep it free of grime, but also protect it from cracks.

3. Look after the fabric

Fabric recliners are easier to maintain than leather ones when it comes to cleanup. However, that is no excuse to disregard it. The use of a vacuum cleaner should be the first priority. Fabrics on recliner chairs may be fragile and require special handling. A gentle brush is suggested for the task.

Second, baby wipes are a fantastic tool for sanitizing car seats. That’s the most effective method for cleaning up minor messes.

Keeping microfiber cleaning cloth on hand is also recommended. When used in conjunction with a dedicated fabric cleaner, it can produce remarkable results. Water may not damage the fabric as much as it would the leather, but it’s still best if the owner can keep it dry.

4. Take care of the mechanics

Reclining chairs have a mechanical mechanism that allows them to recline back and forth from an upright position. Maintenance also heavily relies on its movability and the ability to be manipulated into different angles. It’s especially important in elderly recliner chairs because those people often can’t take good care of their furniture. It’s important to remember to oil the moving parts on a regular basis.

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Once again, prevention is preferable to cure. Don’t wait for the chair to start making noise or the movement to become suddenly in danger. It will last longer and perform better if you oil it beforehand.


Whether you’re moving or just redecorating, moving heavy furniture is a major undertaking. Here are some simple strategies for transporting a reclining loveseat downstairs without injuring yourself or causing any structural damage to your house.

Helen Skeates

Helen Skeates

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