Before you get started, one thing to consider is your chair’s warranty. Make sure you aren’t doing anything that would otherwise affect your product warranty, and when in doubt, call the manufacturer to check. High-quality office furniture companies offer warranties on the furniture you purchase, and this is important to consider.
If you pride yourself in being a DIY fixer of all things, adjusting your chair should be a snap (assuming it’s not broken). If you’ve already turned the chair upside down and investigated the problem, it’s likely time to try a few techniques listed below.
As far as tools you’ll need to end your chair squeaking, you’ll be able to find everything at your local hardware store.
1. Tighten the Components
A simple screwdriver or allen key may be all you need to end your noise distraction. By tightening up any loose parts and tightening all loose components, you rule out this area as the problem.
2. Lubricate the Joints
Lubricating creaky joints is often the quick fix you need. Choose your lubricant wisely, as you’ll need to take into account the type of material the chair is made from.
For metallic chairs or chairs with metal parts, you’ll want a silicone spray, or water-resistant lubricant, such as WD-40; apply sparingly, as a little goes a long way. This spray lubricant can be used on the moving parts of the chair. Lubricating oil can be applied to wheels, springs, screws, and bolts.
Pro tip: If you’re worried about greasing your floor during this process, put newspaper or an old sheet down beforehand, spray the WD-40 on a shop rag or cloth, and apply directly.
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3. Use Wood Glue if Necessary
If there are wood components on your chair, wood glue goes a long way in quieting those squeaky noises. Using wood glue to seal loose joints takes only minutes.
You may need to purchase wood-swelling liquid if the dowels have shrunk and are causing the squeaking noise. Allow for the glue to dry before using the chair.
4. Replace Rusted Parts
If, during your inspection, you spotted rusted parts, replacing them could be the answer. Sometimes, using a light machine oil on rusty parts nips the squeaking problem in the bud, and you can continue to use the chair with the existing parts.
Try lubricating parts, even the smallest ones, and see if it makes a difference before tracking down parts from the manufacturer. If you do need to resort to part replacement, there's a small chance your local hardware store might have the part you're looking for; but if not, simply reach out to the manufacturer to have them send you a new one. If your chair is past its warranty, this may cost some additional dollars.