How to Disassemble an Office Chair in 6 Easy & Simple Steps

How to Disassemble an Office Chair

Most office chairs are easy to disassemble and reassemble, making them perfect for moving or storing. In most cases, taking apart an office chair is relatively simple and can be done within minutes. With just a few tools, you can have your chair taken apart and ready for transport or cleaning in no time.

However, there are a few things to consider and steps you need to follow to ensure that you do it correctly. In this blog post, we’ll walk you through how to disassemble an office chair so that you can get the job done quickly and easily.

Reasons for disassembling an office chair

There are five main reasons you might need to take your office chair apart:

1. Moving – If you’re moving house or office, it’s likely that you’ll need to take your furniture with you. This includes your office chair. By taking it apart, you can make it much easier to transport.

2. Storing – If you don’t have space for your office chair in its current form, you can take it apart and store it in a smaller space.

3. Cleaning – Office chairs can get dirty very quickly, especially if you have children or pets. By taking it apart, you can clean every nook and cranny easily.

4. Repairing – If your office chair is damaged, you might need to take it apart in order to fix it.

5. Return – Another reason you might need to take your office chair apart is if you’re returning it to the store. If you’re returning an office chair to the store, you’ll need to take disassemble it first.

Whether you need to move it to a new office or simply want to take it apart for cleaning, this can be a helpful process.

Things to consider before disassembling an office chair

Before you start the process of disassembling an office chair it is important to consider and keep some important things in mind so the chances of breaking something and hurting yourself are reduced:

1. Know what you can & can’t disassemble

When it comes to disassembling and office chairs, it is not necessary to disassemble every part of the chair. In many cases, you can simply remove the seat and backrest or the backrest and cylinder.

Some chairs have screws that hold these components together while others use a plastic clip system. And we have a lot of office chairs that came with an armrest that built into the frame, so in that case, it is not possible to remove it.

Therefore, take a look at the manufacturer’s instructions to see which parts can and cannot be taken apart.

2. Disassembly order

Another thing to consider before disassembling an office chair is the order in which you take it apart.

This is important because some parts of the chair are likely to be more fragile than others. So, if you take it apart in the wrong order, you could damage the chair.

The best way to do it is to follow the instructions that came with your chair or watch one of our helpful disassembly videos.

3. Beware of sharp edges

When you’re taking an office chair apart, there is a risk of coming into contact with sharp edges. This is especially true for the screws and other metal components. So, be careful when handling these parts and use gloves if necessary.

4. Use the right tools

Finally, make sure you have the right tools to take your office chair apart. In most cases, you’ll need a screwdriver, a wrench, and/or pliers.

However, some chairs have special screws that require a specific tool to remove them. So, make sure you have the right tools before you start disassembling your chair.

5. Don’t lose any screws or bolts

Be careful not to lose any screws or bolts when taking the chair apart This is especially important if you’re taking the chair apart for the first time.

It can be easy to lose track of the screws and bolts when they’re small and hidden among all the other parts of the chair.

6. Take assistance

It’s best to have two people working together when disassembling an office chair so that one can help stabilize the chair while the other is taking it apart.

7. Keep small parts in a sealed bag

It is important to keep all the small parts of the chair like screws in a sealed bag when taking it apart. This will help prevent you from losing any screws or bolts and make it easier to put the chair back together.

8. Protect the surface

When taking an office chair apart, it’s important to protect the surface you’re working on. This can be done by using a blanket or some other type of covering.

This will help prevent any damage to the surface and make it easier to clean up any messes that are made.

9. Applying tape to the teeth of your wrench

Of course, you will need a pipe wrench, especially when removing the cylinder from the base of the chair. Before doing that tape the teeth of the wrench. That way, the wrench will not damage the cylinder when you apply force.

1. Office chair screws – Many office chairs have screws that hold the different parts of the chair together. Make sure you know where these screws are and what type of screwdriver is needed to remove them.

What tools do you need?

Make sure you have all of the necessary tools before getting started – including a screwdriver, and Allen wrench

  • Screwdriver
  • Wrench
  • Rubber Mallet
  • Gloves

Step By Step Guide to Disassemble an Office Chair

In this step-by-step guide, we will start from the headrest and work our way down.

1. How to Remove the headrest

First of all, remove any screws that hold the headrest in place. There may be one or two screws, depending on the model of the chair.

Then, disconnect the headrest from the frame of the chair by pulling it straight up.

Don’t forget to put those screws or bolts in a small bag so you don’t lose them.

2. How to Disassemble the Backrest

After removing the headrest, you can then start disassembling the backrest. Again, this will vary depending on the model of the chair. But generally, you will need to disconnect the backrest from the frame and remove any screws or bolts that hold it in place.

Some office chairs come up with a backrest that is attached to the frame so in that case, you will not be able to remove it.

3. How to Detach Armrests

In most cases, armrests can be detached by unscrewing them from the frame of the chair. However, some armrests may be attached with bolts. If this is the case, you will need to remove the bolts before detaching the armrests.

In rare cases, we get to see some armrests that can be removed easily just by pulling the armrest out of the slot beneath the chair with simple pressure.

4. How to Detach the Cylinder from the seat

This is the most important and difficult step when disassembling an office chair. To detach the cylinder from the seat, you will need a pipe wrench (a large one is recommended) as it will be used to loosen and remove the cylinder from the seat.

As we told you above that it is important to cover the teeth of the wrench in order to avoid scratches at the smooth surface of the cylinder.

First of all open the mouth of the wrench to some extent that it can grab the cylinder and once you did it, tight it and rotate the wrench in a clockwise direction and boom it will become loose.

5. How to Disassemble the Casters

This is probably the easiest part of disassembling an office chair. All you have to do is remove the screws that hold the casters in place and they will come right off.

6. How Detach Cylinder from the base

Finally, the last step is to remove the cylinder from the base. To do this, you will need a rubber mallet.

First of all, keep the chair base on a table while turning the base upside down, and then, start tapping millet on the top of it lightly. Do this until the cylinder becomes loose and comes out from the base.

Remember, if the cylinder is still stuck, then tap the sides of the cylinder lightly for a while and then again tap on top of it.

Be careful not to hit your feet while doing this.

Congratulations, you have now successfully disassembled your office chair.


Office chairs can be expensive to replace, so it’s important to take your time and disassemble them correctly.

First, take a close look at the chair and identify all of the different parts. Then, begin unscrewing or unbolting the different pieces. Once everything is loose, carefully remove each piece from the chair until it’s completely disassembled.

Finally, put all of the pieces in a safe place so you can reassemble the chair later if needed. This process may seem daunting, but with a little patience and attention to detail, it can be easily done.

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