How to Guide: Fix a Squeaking Office Chair

19th March 2018

There is possibly nothing more annoying than a squeaking chair. We've covered this issue several times before, discussing the best ways to get rid of that irritating noise. However, we've mostly been focusing on bar stools and dining chairs as these are the most common offenders. So, today we thought we'd cover something that hasn't been spoken about on a blog. But it can definitely be an issue! Here's our guide to fixing that annoying, squeaky office chair.

It can be incredibly off-putting. Especially, when you're trying to concentrate on your latest project or get stuck into a good old spreadsheet. No one needs more distractions when it comes to sitting at a desk! So, we think it's absolutely crucial that you solve any squeaking issues as soon as they crop up.

How to fix a squeaking office chair

Firstly, you'll need to work out where the noise is coming from. Once you've found the source, you can concentrate your efforts on that particular area and you won't waste any time trying to fix everything. Here are some of the potential places where an office chair can squeak:

  • Wheels
  • Gas lift mechanism
  • Backrest
  • Bolts and screws

The method

First things first, how you go about this process will ultimately depend on where the noise is coming from. The best way to figure this out is to ask someone else to sit on the chair whilst you listen out and look for the source of the squeaking. However, you should take the following steps to make sure your office chair is in tip-top condition.

  1. Check that the metal parts are all properly screwed in by turning the chair upside down. Make sure you've tightened the nuts, bolts and screws with a screwdriver. It is very common for screws to come loose over time and cause a squeaky noise.
  2. Use a lubricating oil, like WD40, to grease up all of the screws and bolts so they aren't causing a squeaking noise by being too stiff. You will also prevent any rust building up if you regularly lubricate the metal parts.
  3. If the source of the squeaking is the back of the chair, this may be due to tension on the springs. Apply lubricating oil to the seat tension spring - you'll find this inside the turn-knob housing. Loosen the turn-knob and remove it to lubricate the spring with oil.
  4. Spray the axles of the wheels with silicone spray to keep them moving smoothly. Once you have sprayed the wheels, move the chair around to evenly coat the wheels with the spray.

Top tip: Never slump into your chair with great force as the mechanisms can be very sensitive. Sit down slowly and carefully whenever you use an office chair to ensure it will not end up squeaking!

Chair beyond repair?

If you've had your office chair for a really long time and nothing you do can fix it, it may be time to invest in a new one. After all, there's nothing more important than being comfortable while you work! Check out our range of office chairs to see if something takes your fancy...


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