Desk Chair Repair

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Desk Chair Repair
A desk chair can sometimes be fixed with a simple repair. (office chair image by Paul Moore from

Desk chairs get out of adjustment or break regularly. Knowing how to complete a few basic adjustments or repairs can not only save the chair but some money as well. The most cost effective chairs to repair are the gas height adjustment chairs, identified by the levers to the side or under the seat.

Base Removal

Most repairs on a swivel office desk chair will require that the base be removed first. After putting newspapers on the floor, turn the chair over to expose the bottom. Remove the holding clip with a pair of needle nose pliers and remove washer. This should allow the base to slide off freely.

Replacing Adjustment Mechanism

A broken adjustment mechanism can cause the seat to rock side to side or tilt forward when sitting. It can also cause the seat to lean back when a person sits on it, or lean back when no one is on the seat. It is possible to purchase replacement mechanisms. They cost between £19 and £81, so the chair needs to be worth the investment. The mechanism can be removed by turning the chair upside down and removing the fasteners holding the old mechanism. Styles vary, but a Phillips head screwdriver and adjustable wrench are often the only tools needed for the job.

Replace Gas Cylinder

A malfunctioning gas cylinder can cause the seat to rock or lower when in use, or rise and lower when not in use. Also, if nothing happens when operating the adjustment lever or the seat gets stuck in the up or down position, the gas cylinder needs replacing. Cylinders cost about £22 to £32 to buy, but may also require the rental of a specialised cylinder removal tool to replace. Measure the body of the cylinder to be sure and get the correct replacement.

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