Reclining-Chair Mechanism


Reclining-Chair Mechanism



      This was an exercise in mechanical engineering to design a linkage for a reclining chair so that the chair could recline without the back touching the wall.



       Like most mechanical linkage designs, this started out as cardboard cutouts pinned to a board with thumb tacks.  When experimenting by moving the back rest in the needed motion (the top sliding down the wall, and the bottom moving out from the wall), the midpoint of the backrest was seen to move at a uniform distance from the point where the wall and horizontal track intersected.  By attaching a link at that point, when the bottom was slid horizontally out from the wall, the top of the backrest slid down near the wall at a uniform distance without interference

      This was Steve Hines' first paid consulting project, done while a second year design student, for the head of the Product Design department at NCSU.  This mechanism is now used in LazyBoy and other reclining chairs.  


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