How to Fix a Squeaky Office Chair: Tips and Tricks

Are you completely tired by the annoying sound coming from your squeaking chair?  Don’t worry, you have come to the right place for the solution.

how to fix a squeaky office chair

I have put together 6 common causes for a squeaking chair in this article how you can create a quiet working environment. Some of the reasons for your squeaky office chair  may include the following:

  1. The lose nuts, bolts and screws
  2. Accumulation of Rust
  3. Tension in the Spring
  4. Friction between joints
  5. Loosened joints(If your chair is wooden
  6. Friction in the wheels of your chair

The first thing you will need to do is find out the source of the noise. Once you determine the source, you can now  focus on that specific area without wasting time trying to fix anything else.

After you discover the source of the noise, you will have to fix the issue accordingly.

How to fix a squeaky office chair: Step by step instruction

  1. The first thing to do is to turn your chair upside down and take a look at all the hardware. Use a screw driver or wrench to tighten anything loose.

Overtime, screws and bolts can easily loosen, causing certain parts of the chair to rub against each other.  This can cause the unpleasant squeaking noises.

This is what you can also do before tightening up the screws;

lubricating wheels of a chair
  • Apply lubrication oil: Apply some grease or lubricating oil to nuts, screws and bolts to help lessen the friction. You can achieve this by spraying on  all the parts where the screw, joints and the nuts attach to the chair. Use lubricating oil such as WD-40 to lubricate all screws and bolts to prevent them from squeaking because they are too hard.
  • Use a piece of cloth: Sprayed with some oil on a dry soft cloth such as mutton cloth then gently rub the cloth on the affected parts. This should  not eat up  much of your time. Make sure you have tightened the nuts, bolts and screws with a screwdriver.
  1. Get rid of rust

With time, moisture from the air conditioners tend to build up on many metal the surfaces. So  regularly applying oil will prevent rust from forming  or building up.  You can also prevent rust by regularly lubricating metal parts.

  1. Use glue for wooden chairs.

For the chairs that are wooden, use the glue to stick them firmly. This will stop any movements between the joints and the corners.

Apply the glue on the joints and push them against each other to make sure they hold firmly.

Leave them to dry before sitting or using the chair again. In some cases you can also apply some glue on the dowel pins then insert them back into the sockets.

  1. Check the wheels:

    Standard wheels are inserted into the main body of the chair through a metal post attached to the top of the wheel. Over time, these metal posts will wear and loosen, and the axles will be rubbed by squeaking noise. Do to the following;

  • Turn the chair over and try to remove the wheels. If you can, put them on a paper towel and spray a little silicone spray. Make sure to spray lubricant inside the post housing too. The purpose of spraying the wheels and axles with silicone spray is to keep them moving smoothly.
  • After spraying the wheels, put them back and move the chair so that the spray is evenly applied to the wheels.
  1. Check the springs:

If the squeaking still continues, it could be that the internal springs could be giving that squeaking sound.

What you need to do at this point is to try to pin-point exactly where the sound is coming from within the springs.

In most cases you might also experience the sound when you lean back.

This could happen when there is excess tension in the springs. Specifically at the ends of the springs where the springs are attached at the housing ends. When they rub against each other, they may produce sound.

You will need to lubricate them by simply spraying oil into the housing ends.

  1. Ask colleague or friend to help.

When you think you still can’t figure out the source of the noise, try asking a colleague or friend to help pin-point the source of the noise. You can achieve this by;

  • Asking them to sit on the chair and take a closer look at it while squatting to find the source of the sound. Once you notice the source of the noise, take note of it and mark it.
  • Sitting on the chair and ask your friend or colleague to help with figuring out where the sound is coming from. Let them lower their head and try to swivel the chair round. If they can’t figure it out then try leaning back on the chair and let them observe if there is any noise coming from the back of the chair. If there is sound coming from the back of the chair, then the problem could be the friction and the tension in the springs. See step 4 on how to fix this.
  1. Consider replacing your Chair.

A squeaking chair produces noise that may be quiet irritating.  After trying out the above tips and still the squeaking persists, you might want to consider replacing your old chair with a new one.

If you feel the DIY suggested above is not for you, buying a new chair may be  a better option for you.

There are a number of good office chairs that you can choose from on Amazon.

Final Thought On How To Fix A Squeaky Office Chair

We have seen that fixing a squeaky chair is quite a simple task that requires minimal effort.  Regular maintenance of your chair will ensure that its life span increases and can minimize weary and prevent possible squeaking.

The office chairs go through a lot of wear and tear, so don’t forget to be gentle when you are using them. Otherwise by following the above tips, you are good to go!!



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