How to Guide: Fixing a Wobbly Bar Stool

22nd February 2018

Got a wobbly bar stool?

Imagine it. You come downstairs, dressing gown on, yawning. The kettle is put on to boil and your tea bag is waiting eagerly in your favourite mug. You sit down with your morning newspaper and something's not quite right. You've got a wobbly bar stool! From time to time, our monotonous daily routines are interrupted by annoying little problems. You know, the kind of problems that we constantly notice but never get round to fixing. Well, it's time to change that. Here is our quick, easy guide to sorting out that pesky bar stool. You can thank us later.

Let's fix the problem

First of all, we need to assess the source of the issue. Work from the bottom up - this is the most time-saving method. Once you have figured out where the problem is coming from, you can start to tackle it effectively. We have listed different causes of a wobbly bar stool below, so skip to whichever you think is applicable to your situation. If you're not sure, then maybe just try out each one in order:

Is the floor uneven?

If the bar stool is stable when you move it to another space, it's likely to be that your floor is uneven. This tends to be the most common reason for a stool to wobble. Although, if you've recently had your flooring replaced or have a smooth surface, it's probably not going to be the source of the issue. Nevertheless, let's see how we can mend this if you think it applies. Firstly, you can easily mask this issue by placing a mat underneath the bar stools. However, this may not suit your aesthetics or work with the spacing of your stools. Alternatively, you could apply protective pads to the bottom of the bar stool legs. If your bar stool has a base, you could build this up with large pads to create a better balance.

Has the base of the bar stool been damaged?

Dragging furniture across floors is something we might all be guilty of. However, with bar stools, this can eventually mean there will be a problem with the balance. Consequently, you end up with a wobbly bar stool! If this is the case, you need to check what the base of your bar stool looks like. Ensure that the protective rubber ring or protective pads are properly secured back onto the bottom of your stool, chances are they've come loose. If they are beyond repair, it may be time to order replacements.

Is there a problem between the footrest and gas lift column?

Gas lift bar stools will always produce a light spring when you sit on them, it's in their nature. However, if you're noticing a lot of movement in this area then it's probably in need of some TLC. Check the plastic lining between the gas lift and footrest - this is also known as the 'bush'. It may need fixing back into place if it has come loose or fallen down to the base. Use a strong glue to fix it, but don't use too much. An overkill of glue could restrict movement altogether as it dries!

Do you have a wooden bar stool?

If you've got a wooden bar stool, chances are it needs a good check-over. Make sure you've checked each nut and bolt so that they're all screwed in properly - tighten them if not. Bear in mind, you may need to start all over again and realign the frame if the problem still persists.

Is the seat wobbly?

Perhaps the problem is localised to the seat specifically. If this is the case, you should turn the bar stool upside down to address the issue. Tighten each screw which attaches the seat to the frame but make sure that everything is aligned properly first. Use an Allen key to do this!

From time to time, there will always be little issues with your furniture and household items. It's quite normal! However, if you buy good quality bar stools, the chances of these problems coming up are going to be reduced massively. And remember, we offer a 1-year warranty on all our products so if you think it's a manufacturing default, don't be afraid to get in touch with our customer services.

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