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How To Disassemble An Office Chair

How to dismantle an office chair

Jack Stewart |

Perhaps you’re moving house or offices, or selling your old office chair. Whatever your venture, there may come a time when you need to learn how to disassemble your office chair. 

It can seem like quite a daunting task, especially if you’ve never done it before. However, don’t worry, this piece will teach you all you need to know about how to disassemble an office chair. 

Before we start, if you’re on the hunt for a new office chair, then you can shop our impressive range of exclusive office chairs with ease. We have an extensive supply of over 500 office chairs to choose from, so you’re sure to find one that matches your interior perfectly. 

We also offer budget office furniture if you’re looking to give your office space a makeover on a budget. With sleek designs and versatile configurations, all our furniture maximises functionality while minimising costs. 

Gather Your Tools 

Before you learn how to disassemble an office chair, you must gather the essential tools to improve the process and prevent potential frustrations. Unfortunately, this isn’t a job you can handle without tools, so having the following items ready and available is essential. 

  • A screwdriver 
  • Pliers 
  • An Allen key
  • A mallet or hammer 
  • A soft cloth or towel to protect your work surface 

Once you have the correct tools, you can start the process of disassembling your office chair. Remember to remove any cushions or decorations from your chair first. 

Start With the Wheels and Base

Start by flipping your chair upside down to access the wheels and base. Using your screwdriver or pliers, remove the wheels by pulling them out. Then proceed to detach the base, which can be achieved by holding the base in one hand while hitting the centre of it with a mallet or hammer to realise it from its stem. 

Apply lubricant if needed to ease the removal of stuck parts, and clean any dirt or grease before reassembling. Detaching the base gives you clear access to the cylinder and other parts of the chair. 

Remove the Cylinder 

The cylinder, or gas lift, is the part of the chair that allows swivel and adjustment in height. Removing this can be slightly tricky, so make sure to stick to the instructions that follow. 

Using a flathead screwdriver, pry off the retaining clip from the bottom of the gas cylinder. Then, pull the cylinder away from the base until it is detached. If the cylinder persists and is still attached to the seat plate, then gently tap it with a rubber mallet until it releases. 

Take Apart the Armrests 

Removing the armrests of an office chair is a fairly standardised procedure across various models.

First of all, identify the attachment points and find where they are connected to the chair. These points typically have screws or bolts holding them in place. Once located, start to unfasten the screws and bolts. Make sure to keep these bolts, as you might need them if you’re planning to reattach the armrests. 

Once loosened, gently lift and remove the armrests from the chair’s structure. Following these steps will ensure that you safely disassemble the armrests and prevent damage, and give you a clearer idea of how to disassemble an office chair. 

Detach the Seat and Backrest 

The seat and backrest are usually the main bulk of any office chair, so a safe and efficient removal is essential. The backrest might be attached by screws or integrated into the chairs design. 

Identify the connecting points and unscrew or unclip as needed. Then, slide or lift the backrest free. You should then be able to follow the same process to dismantle the seat. 

We suggest keeping track of any and all screws and bolts for each component as this can simplify the reassembly process later on. 


Maintain Your Office Chair 

Now that you’ve disassembled all parts of your office chair, its best to keep all parts stored in a handy and convenient place. Whether you’re selling your chair or transporting it to a different location, keep a hold of each individual part to avoid complications and frustrations. 

If you’re going to be reassembling your office chair at some point, then now is the perfect time to perform some routine maintenance. Proper care and maintenance ensures optimal comfort and greater longevity. 

Performing regular cleans and tightening screws and bolts is the perfect thing to do once your chair is disassembled. 

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Hopefully, this guide has taught you all you need to know about how to disassemble an office chair. 

Don’t forget to check out our extensive range of office chairs, including ergonomic office chairs that aim to support, as well as our leather office chairs that exude sophistication. Now that you know how to disassemble an office chair, practise on our best sellers today! 

If you want to speak to a member of our team, then please don’t hesitate to get in touch. We always have someone on standby to answer your enquiries. Alternatively, you can see our full range of home office furniture in person by making an appointment at our showroom in Huddersfield. 

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