Types of Office Chair Repair
There are many components on today’s ergonomic chairs that can malfunction.
The cost of office chair repair varies accordingly. Basic, interchangeable parts are typically less expensive because they can be quickly swapped out in the field. Gas cylinder assemblies can be more expensive, depending on the number of individual parts they contain. Reupholstering vinyl, leather, or anything with fabric will vary based upon the cost of the material.
Thankfully, our costs for replacement parts are far lower than your costs would be if you bought these parts online.
This is for two reasons. First, as a furniture retailer, we can buy replacement parts wholesale. However, since we are already charging for labor, we can often pass on the products themselves at cost or just above cost. These prices are less than retail pricing online.
If the chair is not rolling, the casters need to be cleaned or replaced.
Casters will freeze up like anything else that gets clogged with debris. Sometimes, we can simply clean the caster to restore its functionality. However, the cost of swapping out casters may be much lower when you consider the labor rates of cleaning the part. Casters are usually easy to acquire at a wholesale price of pennies on the dollar, so we typically just replace them.
If your chair slowly sinks to the floor after you sit down, your gas cylinder needs to be replaced.
While you may think repairing the cylinder is as easy as how-to videos make it look, don’t attempt this. Half the chairs we saw demoed in various videos were poor quality chairs with little ergonomic benefit. The more sophisticated ergonomic office chairs often feature proprietary designs and components. You won’t be able to find parts for some of these models, and you won’t be able to just hammer them apart and back together again with a rubber mallet and a screwdriver.
Tears in fabrics and linings may require replacement.
Whether your chair is covered in fabric, vinyl, or leather, there is a foam interior that you have to take into account. If the foam in intact, we might be able to reupholster the arm rest, back rest, or seat without having to replace the entire component. However, we replace these parts if the foam interior is torn or missing pieces. The new covering will not fit evenly over such a surface, so the foam will need to be replaced.