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Old 03-24-2014, 08:39 AM   #15
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I did the same thing to our 99. I pulled the old jack knife sofa out and replaced it with the Discovery CS double recliner from Shop4seats.com It is a full chaise lounge and only needs 3" behind the top of the seat back for reclining. I had to add to the slide floor for the front of the recliners, but it just brought the front out to the same distance that the dining area was already. DW loves it.
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Old 03-24-2014, 12:34 PM   #16
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It's a Kianus-3410-2R. We found it a Furniture USA in the Clearance room. I figure that we will be using it far less than the sofa in our home so it should last for a long time. Everyone is raving about Micro suede right now but our old sofa was micro suede and although is repels liquid, they don't wear very well. This one is corduroy.
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Old 03-24-2014, 12:42 PM   #17
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Nice job. I'm sure you'll be a lot happier w/the reclining loveseat. That's a popular upgrade w/most owners.

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Old 03-24-2014, 12:44 PM   #18
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Very nice! How did you attach it to the floor?
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Old 03-24-2014, 12:48 PM   #19
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@YourACMan, Most of the new recliners are "Wall Huggers" and need about 3" behind them for full extension. The chair and the back actually move away from the wall when the foot rest comes out and then as you recline the back it starts getting closer to the wall. Ours hits the wall before it gets perfectly flat but we will have to test it and see if that is acceptable for us. If I do decide to move the loveseat further forward, it will be easy since it has a rectangular metal frame that it rests on where it contacts the floor with many holes in it for securing it down to the floor. It really was an easy modification. I'll post a picture of the underside of a loveseat (is not ours but it looks the same underneath. I think they are all the same).
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Does it recline fully? from the Pictures it looks like the foot section will be right in the Dining booth?
I have been tossing around the idea too, going Full Time and that would be a great sleeping unit...
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Old 03-24-2014, 01:19 PM   #21
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Here is the bottom of a typical reclining loveseat.

Not the best photo but it is easy to mount these chairs since there is a huge rectangular metal frame that contacts the floor area making mounting options numerous.

When you lift the foot rest up, it is easy to get under the chair to work
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One thing I decided to do was to remove the locking clip on the backs. If you have ever fought with these clips, you will agree that they make removing the backs very difficult to impossible if you can't get around to the back of the chair. Just unscrew the mounting channel and remove the lock clip, then screw the mounting channel back on. I don't think there is any danger of the back flying off by itself.
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@Spritz...With the slides in, The foot rest comes fully out but is very close to the dinette. You can't recline much at all with the slides in but it is still way more comfy than the old sofa was. It's just a better piece of furniture. With the slides out, there is plenty of room to recline.
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Does it recline fully? from the Pictures it looks like the foot section will be right in the Dining booth?
I have been tossing around the idea too, going Full Time and that would be a great sleeping unit...
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@ Pepper2...I attached it to the floor using 1 5/8 inch wood screws with a small washer next to the head. The top of the slide platform where I mounted the chair is wood. There are many holes in the Loveseat's rectangular frame (on the bottom that it sits on) making options for mounting to the wood floor numerous. The original sofa (believe it or not) was attached with 6 - 2 1/2 inch wood screws, 3 on each side. It's not hard to improve on that even though the original sofa seems plenty sturdy with only the 6 screws holding it down
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Thanks for the g r e a t writeup...............

Thanks for the great description and the tips too, Ron. That's all very encouraging. I know a lot of folks are less than pleased with their factory-installed jack knife sofa or whatever (although I suppose some are better'n others.) Nice to have guys like you out there who just jump in there and "git er done". Ed S.
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Question for either RonVBT, or Ramets: Does your recliner need to be moved away from the wall to recline it to the max? I have to sleep on a recliner (too many rods and screws in the ol' back) and was wondering how a couch changeout would work.....and you guys have actually done it........velly intellesting!

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We have 57 inches between our sofa and the dinette when both slides are out. Our plan is to buy a Queen size air mattress like this one at Amazon. It has an inflatable platform to raise it up to a normal bed height of 19". It has a built in air pump so set up is fairly easy. I believe it will be much more comfortable than the old sofa bed.
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