A swivel chair is a great addition to any office or desk. It’s comfortable, stylish and most importantly – it provides support for your back. But what do you do when the tension locks on your chair are too loose?
You can’t tighten them without a special tool, so how in the world will you ever get it locked again? Don’t worry! We’ve got you covered with this step-by-step guide of how to lock a non-locking swivel chair.
Steps on Locking a Non-Locking Swivel Chair
Step 1. First, you’ll need to get your hands on a large ballpoint pen. The kind that makes giant circles when writing with it! These are pretty easy to find and they’re usually sold in the office supplies section of most stores for less than $0.50 a piece.
Step 2. Next, take off the seat from the chair by removing the screws that hold it in place.
Step 3. Once you have all four screws removed, take out the seat and set it aside somewhere safe – like on a desk or table. This will make things easier as you’ll be able to lean over without having to worry about hitting your head against something tall and thin! If this is too difficult for any reason (e.g., bad knees), don’t forget there’s always someone else around who can help with these types of tasks so they’re not left undone forever.
Step 4. Take off the fabric from the bottom part of the chair by removing some more screws until you see metal baseplates. The fabric should come off easily enough if it was already loose when being taken off before – just make sure you avoid the metal screws sticking out from the bottom of the chair as they may poke your fingers.
Step 5. If you have a locking swivel chair, move to step five below. If not, continue with this step – make sure that before moving on to any other steps no more bolts or screws are holding the seat and back together!
Step 6. You will need two flathead screwdrivers (or something similar) to remove some additional screws along either side of where the baseplates meet up with each other – these can be screwed onto by hand because they’re longer than those found at the bottom of the chair. There should only be one bolt per side so it doesn’t take long for them both to come out.
Step 7. Once the screws are removed, the seat and back of your chair should be able to come apart just by lifting them off one another – make sure that you’re not pulling on any wires or cables to do so.
Step 8. There will now always be a wire running from either side of where the seat meets up with the baseplate (it’ll pass through an opening) it’s what keeps everything locked together for when you want to rock back or forward while sitting down: if it still has tension then you’ve done well; but if there is no tension whatsoever, then pull those two pieces of metal out from each other before going onto step five below!
Step 9. Now carefully take these two pieces apart by removing the fasteners that keep them together – this will be the last time you do so.
Step 10. Next, take off the screws from both of these pieces (don’t worry about losing any parts) and remove more metal parts until there is only one long piece left in each hand.
These two longer rods should still have a rod with a bolt-on on either end sticking up out of it. On your baseplate side, also remove the bolts at either end first before removing all other bits!
The idea is to get rid of anything keeping those two rods apart—and if you didn’t lose track of which was which earlier then just count how many holes are now visible in each: four for the base plate; five for where the seat meets up with the back.
How do you lock wheels on a rolling chair?
#1. Put the two longer rods together and put a bolt through both holes at either end of each rod (on the baseplate side first, then on your seat-back side) to secure them in place.
#2. Screw a nut onto one of the bolts coming out from either hole so that it’s tight against the bottommost surface of the metal—this should automatically result in an object being securely fastened to another object with a lock-in between.
What can you do if you don’t have any screws or nuts for attaching bolts?
There are plenty of other things around your house which could work in a pinch.
#1. If you have anything with either an “O” ring or screw thread, it could work as a lock between two items—if using threads, make sure they are not the same size to avoid them slipping past one another and coming undone; use bolts if possible for this task instead of screws because there is less chance that they will shift when tightened.
#2. You can also try something made from plastic off your desk: cut out pieces that fit tightly together to create a sort-of makeshift bolt with handles on each end (once again, remember to keep sizes different so it doesn’t slip).