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How to take an office chair apart

Updated February 21, 2017

Office chairs come conveniently in a small, flat box, and you can assemble one in less then 20 minutes. You will probably use your chair for quite some time before you must move it or take it apart to get it out of a room. Taking an office chair apart is just as easy as assembling one; you just must remember how you took it apart when you want to reassemble it. The best way to take apart an office chair is to read your original instructions for building it, but start with the last step first and dissemble it rather than assemble.

Unscrew the setscrew holding the wheel base to the cylinder shaft. Take the wheel base off the shaft.

Pry each wheel out of the quick-tache connector on the wheel base with a flathead screwdriver.

Unscrew the two setscrews holding the cylinder shaft to the base connector under the seat of the chair. Lift the seat off the shaft.

Unscrew the 90-degree angle connector holding the back and seat of the office chair together. The angle connector should have 4 bolts in the seat base and 4 bolts in the back rest of the office chair.

Unscrew the arms off each side of the seat base.

Things You'll Need

  • Phillips screwdriver
  • Flathead screwdriver
  • Wrench set
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About the Author

Mark O'Brien started his professional writing career in 2000 at the "Newman Grove Reporter" newspaper. He was an English tutor while in school and earned an Associate of Arts in English from Northeast Community College. O'Brien indulges his mechanical side by fixing mowers part-time.