Does Your Office Seat Squeak?

People frequently find that their office chair squeaks and creaks as they move in it. This can be very annoying and distracting, particularly when it’s not obvious what the cause is.

So, let’s look at some of the common causes for noisy chairs and how to sure them.

Quite often, it’s caused by metal parts rubbing against each other, chair backrest supports are often prime suspects.

If you are able to reach any exposed parts of the chair’s mechanism, a light squirt of WD40 can often cure the problem. Just make sure you mask adjacent parts with newspaper or a cloth.

The other cause is not so easy to solve. At the core of most office chairs is a plywood base around which the seat and back is built. These can often creak as they age and fixings work a little loose.

Look under your chair and see if there are any visible fixings holding the mechanism to the base. Try tightening them up and see if that helps.

Frequently the inner parts of the chair are covered by protective plastic shrouds, so you may need to remove them. Just be careful as often they are snap fitted together and prising them apart will break the fixings so you won’t be able to put them back again.

2 Responses to “Does Your Office Seat Squeak?”

  1. Ronnie March 16, 2008 at 10:31 am #

    I just bought a second hand chair and realised that it creaks really loudly in my quiet room. Especially when I move sideways in the chair. Just like the following link

    I’ve sprayed the metal parts full of WD40 and tightened all the screws I can find but can’t solve the problem… Only other problem you mentioned is the plywood itself. How do I resolve that? Thanks in advance!

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