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How to Disassemble Office Chair with 5 Steps

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Many reasons exist why you may want to disassemble an office chair. It may be to address an issue, or you may want to transport it to another location in a more convenient manner. Whatever the reason is behind your choice, ergonomic office chair disassembly is often viewed in the same light as other very complicated processes. However, once you can identify the components that make up the unit, it becomes that much easier to focus on them and remove them.

So, the information below is aimed at making your disassembly process more straightforward. Not only do you learn what you need to complete the process, but you learn how to disassemble the office chair at the same time. Without any further ado, why not jump into the steps?

What You Need to Disassemble Your Chair

in most cases, there isn't a heavy tool requirement for removing office chair parts. If you are the person behind the initial assembly, you should remember that putting it together didn't require a lot of tools. Instead, most of the components were designed to snap into each other. Therefore, the same kind of logic applies here.

Even if you're disassembling an office chair with adjustable arms, the tool requirement is unlikely to be very heavy. You can check out the manual or the manufacturer's webpage to confirm, but in most cases, you need nothing more than a screwdriver or an Allen wrench

Apart from that, the only other tool you are going to need for the job is the knowledge to get it done. Fortunately, you don't have to worry too much about this “tool” as all the relevant information is present here.

What you need to disassemble your chair

Step-by-step Process to Disassemble Office Chair

Are you ready to dive into how to take apart an office chair? if so, you are in luck, as you have reached that information segment.

1. Address the Wheels

The wheels are the first order of business, and the reason is very straightforward. When you buy an office chair for lower back pain, one of the benefits is that you can move around without getting up. The chair uses its wheels to accommodate this kind of mobility, and the movement potential remains present when you're ready to proceed with your disassembly.

The downside here is that if you try to get through the rest of the process without first removing the wheels, things are going to become a tad more difficult. How are you expected to disassemble the office chair when it consistently moves around? 

You want to put the chair on its side or turn it upside down here. First, detach the entire wheelbase from the rest of the chair. Once you've done that, place the base upside down and proceed to remove the casters individually. Some office chairs feature a lever to facilitate this process, so use it if you have one. 

Address the Wheels

2. Remove the Hydraulic Stand

With most office chairs, there is a hydraulic stand that goes into the wheelbase that you just removed. This vertical element tends to have a cylindrical shape, and it facilitates the height adjustment mechanism that you get to enjoy as a benefit when you buy an ergonomic chair. The other end of the hydraulic stand is affixed to the underside of the seating pad. 

Based on the previous step, you would have already removed the wheelbase. Now, you need to detach the stand on the other end, which is only going to leave you with the top half of the chair to work on.

Remove the hydraulic stand

3. Remove the Arms

At this point, you've managed to remove the office chair base. Getting the arms off is your next step. Depending on the design, you often need to remove a few regular or Allen key screws to get the arms off. Many office chair designs cover the screw areas with stoppers. So, if you forgot about that, remember to remove them, so you can access the screws underneath.

While some armrests are only affixed to the seating pad, other designs see them bound to both the seating pad and the backrest. Remove all the screws, and with a pull, the armor wrists should now be detached. 

Remove the Arms

4. Remove the Headrest

If your chair has a headrest, then this is a good time to remove it. Again, there is either a snap or screw mechanism that is holding it in place. If it's a snap mechanism, apply a firm pull without using too much force. You don't want to damage your chair, after all. If a screw mechanism is at play, simply remove it, and you should be able to separate the headrest from the top of the backrest. 

Remove the Hearest

5. Separate the Backrest from the Seating Pad

At this point, the only two things left to address are the backrest and the seating pad. Note that depending on your chair design, these two pieces may already have separated. In some office chairs that affix the armrests to both the seating pad and the backrest, the two are held together by the said armrests. So, if your office chair falls under that category, you should already be finished.

Alternatively, there is yet another screw mechanism that is holding the two together. Therefore, you need only remove it, and the two elements should become separated. 

Separate the Backrest from the Seating Pad


Can I Get Replacement Office Chair Parts?

The answer to this question is heavily dependent on your office chair manufacturer. Some do not support their models very well. Therefore, getting replacement parts is next to impossible. However, this is not always the case, and some manufacturers allow you to buy the replacement parts you need to fix your chair upon disassembly.


Do I Damage My Chair by Disassembling It?

Unless you are applying way too much pressure to the chair’s components, this is not something that you need to worry about. When you have a piece of office furniture that has so many elements held together by a snap mechanism, you must exert a reasonable amount of force to insert or remove the said elements. Doing so is unlikely to cause any form of damage. 

In the case where tools are needed, just ensure that you are using the right ones. This recommendation is mostly to avoid stripping or damaging screws, which can create a catastrophe.

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