How To Disassemble An Office Chair

Isn’t it very tiring and effortful to move your furniture when you’re changing offices? Apart from it being a problem for you, it can also damage expensive furniture, like your office chair. While disassembling your office chair can make things easier, not doing it properly can cause additional problems for you.

To make your lives simpler, we are here today to help you dismantle your office chair correctly, so you can conveniently move your office chair without damaging it.

How To Dismantle Different Parts Of The Office Chair

Office chairs have several parts with unique features, like armrests, backrests, wheels, headrests, cylinders, and chair mechanisms.

Disassembling each part is a pretty straightforward job and will be as easy as pie for you to comprehend when we show you the simple dismantling steps.So, without further ado, let’s start!

How To Remove Wheels From Office Chair

Also called casters, wheels enable smooth movement of your office chair. Removing wheels must be your first step when disassembling your office chair.

Opening other parts without removing the casters can be a difficult job since the chair will be constantly moving and you’ll end up damaging it.

What You Will Need:

A. Crowbar or Pry Bar or Scissors


A. Flip the chair upside-down.

B. Gently pulling on the caster/wheels will take it off of the chair.

C. If simple pulling doesn’t work, find the small gap where the wheels attach to the base.

D. Putting the scissors or pry bar in the gap, twist it, and pull it up until the casters come off.

All the wheels of the office chairs can be dismantled in the same fashion.

How To Remove The Armrests From Office Chair

The armrests are vital for you to rest your arms and put less pressure on the joints of your upper body. There are different kinds of arms like Flip-up arms, T-arms, and Loop arms.

First, you should make sure that the armrests are removable parts of the chair. Some chairs come with fixed armrests.

Removing armrests does the same job as removing the wheels- makes it easier to disassemble the main parts. They are usually attached to the chair by screws or bolts.

What You Will Need:

A. Cross-Head Screwdriver or Hex Key Allen Wrench


A. If arms are attached with screws, use the Cross-Head screwdriver to unscrew and remove the arms. If they’re attached with bolts, use the Hex Key Allen Wrench to dismantle them.

B. Collect all the screws or bolts carefully and keep them in a safe place, as they’ll be required while reassembling your chair.

How To Dismantle The Base Of Office Chair

The chair base is essential for steadiness and proper movements of the chair. It’s made of strong, sturdy materials like aluminum or steel and comes with casters.

You must be very careful while separating the base from your chair. The base is directly connected to the cylinder, which is very sensitive and contains gas at high pressure. Any damage to the cylinder can take away the utility of the chair.

What You Need:

A. A hammer.

B. Piece of strong wood, larger than 2”x4”.

C. Oil


A. Turn your chair upside-down.

B. If it’s a new chair, gently hitting the protruding part on the base with your hammer will remove the base from the chair.

C. For older chairs, firstly place the piece of strong wood above the cylinder.

D. Hit the wood with your hammer softly. Hitting it too hard can break the cylinder.

E. If it’s not fruitful after hitting several times, put some oil on the intersection between the base and the cylinder, place back the wood, and repeat the process.

For old chairs, it might take some time but the base will come off eventually.

How To Disassemble The Office Chair Cylinder

Cylinders are the connection between the base and seat pan. It’s also called a “gas lift” as it changes the height of the chair using gas pressure.

You should remove the cylinder or gas lift only if necessary. Cylinders can be destroyed very easily, and you have to be extra careful while removing them.

What You Will Need:

A. A hammer or a Pipe Wrench.


A. If you know your way with a hammer, you should evenly strike the four corners of the point where the chair mechanism and gas lift meet. The cylinder will easily come off.

You should use a pipe wrench if you aren’t comfortable with hammers.

B. On the bottom of the office chair mechanism, lock the cylinder with the pipe wrench.

C. Slowly and gently turn the pipe wrench, which turns the cylinder too, and at a certain point, the cylinder will come off.

If you remove the cylinder before removing the base, you’ll have both the cylinder and base disconnected from the chair. Then, you can separate them by carrying out the steps to remove the base from the chair, which we mentioned above.

How To Remove The Backrest Of Office Chair

The backrest of the chair prevents you from suffering from bad posture problems on your back. It’s generally made of mesh or rubber, and it keeps your spine at an ergonomic position.

Like the armrests, you should first check if the backrest is fixed with your chair. If not, you can easily remove it.

What You Will Need:

A. Screwdriver or Allen Wrench


A. The backrest is generally attached with bolts or screws. Dismantling is as simple as using your screwdriver or Allen wrench to remove the bolts or washers.

B. You must carefully keep the bolts or washers separated from the other chair parts, so you don’t lose them or mix them up.

How To Disassemble The Headrest Of Office Chair

Along with back problems, neck and shoulder strains are also common for office workers. Office chairs come with proper headrests that prevent these problems and help you work comfortably.

What You Will Need:

A. Screwdriver or Allen Wrench


A. Dismantling the cover plate will make it easier to dismantle the headrest. You can easily pull on the cover plate and remove it.

B. Next, using a screwdriver or Allen Wrench, you should unfasten the bolts or washers with which the headrest is attached.

C. Keep them separately in a different bag, as each headrest has unique screw patterns, which are difficult to match if the original screws or bolts are lost.

How To Disassemble The Seat Pan Of Office Chair

If you’ve been following all the steps exactly, you’ll be just left with your seat pan right now, and won’t have to disassemble it further. But, in case you want to remove only your seat pan, the process is quite simple nevertheless.

Before starting, you should check your chair specifications to see if it uses hydraulics when it makes vertical changes.

What You Will Need:

A. Screwdrivers or Allen Wrench


A. Depending on if the seat is connected to the backrest with screws or bolts, you’ll use the required screwdriver or wrench to remove them.

B. If your chair doesn’t use hydraulics, you can pull slowly and separate them easily.

For chairs using hydraulics, there will be bolts under the seat pan connecting it to the cylinder and backrest. You can unscrew the bolts using Allen Wrench, and pull the seat away from the body.

You need to know that if your chair uses Pneumatic technology, which means it uses a gas lift instead of hydraulics for adjustability of the office chair, you should remove the cylinder first rather than the seat or backrest.

Improper pressure and damage on the gas lift can be as dangerous as causing explosions, so it’s a safer option to follow our guide on removing the cylinder firsthand, and then moving on to other parts.

Final Word

Do you see how simple that was? If you’re good with hammers, wrenches, and screwdrivers, disassembling an office chair won’t even break you any sweat, and you can suitably and effortlessly transfer your office chair when you’re changing offices or moving places.

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