How To Fix A Squeaky Office Chair: 5 Easy Ways

Written by Michael Harris
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Have you got a squeaky office chair driving you crazy? There’s nothing worse than the annoying squeak of your (or a colleague’s) desk chair while you’re trying to focus on some work.

In this article, we’re going to cover how to fix a squeaky office chair using some simple and easy tips that anyone can do. Let’s get started.

Why is My Chair Making Squeaking Sounds?

Every chair, whether office or dining, are made using different piece materials. These parts tend to frequently experience movement and later start making the squeaky noise.

Chairs and beds are mostly used furniture, thus making them highly susceptible to experience weird noise production.

Here are some of the possible causes of squeaky noise from a chair regardless of their quality. The reasons include:

Loose Bolts and Screws

Many office chairs are mechanically inclined together by bolts and screws. The frequent movement of leaning forward, back and swivel tend to make the screws, as well as locks, lose.

Once these pieces are loose, the parts joining the chair become loose also, and this is the reason behind the disgusting noise whenever you sit on the chair.

Scrutinize the chair and identify the parts that have to loosen bolts and screws. You can either call an expert to fix or fix it yourself.

Weak Joints

A chair with weak joints tend to be squeaky, and if you are not careful, you will find yourself on the floor. These types of chairs are highly susceptible to breakage.

The good news is that these chairs can easily be fixed at home, and the process involves tightening the joints. Wooden chairs are quite more comfortable to fix than office metal chairs.

Wooden chairs need reinforcement with additional nails while office chairs might need a screwdriver tom help in tightening the nuts.

Moving Parts

Many office chairs tend to have moving parts for easy swiveling around the desk. These moving parts tend to experience some friction after some time.

Lack of lubrication oil around these parts makes them start producing the squeaking sounds which is quite irritating, especially if you are in a serious meeting.

These parts need to be lubricated regularly to prevent the friction that tends to result in the horrible noise.

How to Fix a Squeaky Chair

There are different types of chairs, and the method on how to quiet them from squeaky sounds is almost the same. So, let’s find out what you need to do:

Step 1: Identify the Source of the Noise

The first thing is to determine the source of the squeaky sound before thinking about ways on how to soundproof. You will be required to get someone to sit on the chair while lying on the floor near it so that you can identify the exact point where the noise is emanating from the chair.

Mark these points and then start to think of ways to soundproof it permanently. Do not consider short term fixing.

Step 2: Bring On Board the ToolBox

Turn the chair upside down to access the points already marked. This is usually the most comfortable position to work from since you can easily access all the parts of the chair.

Check the things used to join all the pieces of the chair and identify the right instrument that can help disassemble the chair from the toolbox.

Step 3: Get Rid of Worn Out Parts

The threads on the screws, nuts, and bolts tend to get worn out with some time. This makes the chair to produce squeaking sounds.

Therefore, you will be required to replace the entire worn out parts which are much affordable as compared to buy a new chair.

Step 4: Apply Oil on the Moving Parts

Metal chairs are highly susceptible to rusting due to interaction with moisture from the air. The rust makes metal parts on the chair to produce a disgusting squeaking sound.

Therefore, oiling helps to lubricate these parts and also prevent the occurrence of rust in the future. The specific areas that need to be lubricated are the wheel, joints, nuts, bolts, and screws.

Step 5: Fix the Loose Joints

A chair with loose limbs tends to produce a lot of noise when someone sits on it. Fixing the loose joints around the legs will help to curb the situation.

If the chair is made of wood, add extra nails or apply some glue to tighten all the connections. Try to be extra careful when using the nails since some wooden chairs are made from inferior quality woods.

In the case of metal material, tighten the nuts and the bolts around all corners of the chair. This will make the chair to be sturdier and free from squeaking sounds.

Wrap Up

The tips listed in the article apply to both metal and wooden chairs. You can use the instructions to fix your chair without the need to bring on board an expert.

Once you are through with fixing the chair, then you will be required to follow some precautionary measures so that the chair does not again produce the noisy sounds.

Avoid throwing yourself on the chair and also leaning back in a manner that weakens the hind legs on the chair. These two things are known to loosen the joints and result in squeaking noise.

Finally, I hope the guide has been useful in offer assistance when it comes to fixing a chair that produces squeaky noise. Feel free to leave a suggestion or comment below.

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Hey I'm Michael and I run this website. I'm a professional voiceover artist and in my search to create a silent studio I've become obsessed with soundproofing and things being quiet. Thanks for visiting and if you have any question get in touch.