The 7-Step Plan To Fixing A Squeaking Office/Gaming Chair
Before we actually list the steps needed to fix your squeaking chair, you need to find the actual source of the noise – and see where this annoying noise is coming from. Once you have found the source of the noise, you can focus on repairing your squeaky chair.
In most of the cases, the noise comes from:
- Its wheels
- Its gas lift mechanism
- Its bolts and screws
- Its backrest area
Below, we are listing our step-by-step plan on how to fix your squeaking chair – depending on where the noise is coming from.
Step 1: Check the nuts, bolts and screws
The first and foremost thing you need to do is turn your chair over and look at its hardware. If you have assembled your chair by yourself, you will probably know what are the most critical (and connecting) parts in it.
Get a screwdriver or a wrench and tighten all the loose nuts, bolts and screws. You can even try to tighten the parts that don’t appear loose. The truth is, too much sitting can put pressure on these tiny items which is why you need to check them and do a little work over time.
Once you are finished, turn your chair in its normal position and sit. Is the noise still there?
If yes, move to the next step.
Step 2: Grease the mechanisms
Apply a lubricating oil on all of the nuts, screws and bolts which will help you loosen up the joints. You can use a WD-40 spray (perfect for things like these) or oil. The best thing is to ask the guys in your department store for the best lubricating agent for this.
If you think that you are messy, you can also spray oil on a soft cotton cloth (or use olive oil) and rub it onto your problem areas to better see where the oil goes. Doing this regularly will help you prevent any squeaking noises.
Step 3: Remove the bolts and screws prior to adding any lubricant
If the noise is still there, don’t stress out.
You may need to remove all the bolts and screws completely before adding any lubricant. Just take all of them out and lubricate them with a light machine oil before putting them back in your chair.
Step 4: The helping friend
A friend can help you find the source of the squeaking sound – by sitting on your chair as you apply oil or any lubricating spray.
So, have someone sit in your chair and swivel from side to side. During the swiveling, try to locate the areas that are squeaking and apply the oil more accurately. The goal is to apply oil in the right places and ask your friend to swivel the chair again to see if there is any improvement.
Step 5: Fix the squeaking sound in the back of your chair
A chair may only squeak when you lean back on it. The squeaking sound in cases like these is generally caused by too much tension in the back area – or where the spring’s end touches the housing ends.
Gear up with your lubricating agent (or oil) and apply it to the seat tension spring that is located inside the turn-knob housing of your chair. Just loosen up the seat tension turn-knob and remove it to spray oil directly into the housing.
Step 6: Check out if it’s the wheels causing the noise
Yes, the wheels can really cause squeaking noises. To fix this, you should (again) turn the chair back over and spray a lubricating agent onto each wheel. Then, flip it back to spread the silicone around the entire wheel.
Step 7: Your chair is your friend…right?
The last step in our list is actually a pre-cautious one.
The goal here is to remember that office and gaming chairs go through a lot of wear and tear. This is why you need to be gentle with yours and sit down gently instead of collapsing, jumping on it (when you win or lose a game) or taking your stress directly on it.