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.

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