When it comes to office furniture it can often be very expensive. This is why it is always better to fix and save any existing furniture that you already have, including office chairs.
Here we’ll tell you all about how to solve the problem of a broken office chair leg.
If you have a wonky office chair, your chair keeps tilting or you are worried that your office chair doesn’t support your weight, the chances are that you have a broken chair leg.
The best way to fix a broken office chair leg will depend on how badly it is broken. This will determine the strength of the solution that you need.
- For example, a small break in your office chair leg will probably be able to be fixed by applying tape around the leg or gluing the crack closed.
- If you have a more severely broken office chair leg then you will need to be more creative with your solution. Something more sturdy, such as a piece of piping, will provide good base support for your chair and solve the problem as it will be able to take your weight. However, for this solution, you will need to measure your chair leg to ensure that your piece of piping fits snug around the chair leg. Any pipe that is too loose around the chair leg will not provide any support and just hang there. Instead, choose a piece that fits tightly as this will act as a second skin to the leg.
- If your chair leg is very badly broken to the point that even with the support of a pipe it may collapse then you will need to replace the base. You will not need to replace the entire chase, but only the base with the legs. You should be able to find a suitably sized replacement on the second-hand market.
To learn how to implement each of these solutions correctly keep reading as we will guide you through the process of each of these fixes.
Fixing a small break in an office chair leg
The first thing that you will need to do is inspect your chair leg and note the following:
- How big is the break?
- Where is the break?
- Are there any parts missing?
Once you know the answer to these questions you will be able to determine the most suitable method for fixing your chair leg.
If you only have a small break in the office chair leg then you have two main methods that are relatively easy and quick. The first is glueing your chair leg. In order to do this, complete the following steps:
- Find a tube of superglue (note that this requires superglue and not regular glue)
- Run the superglue along either side crack
- Push the two sides of the crack together, making sure that the superglue touches
- Hold this together until the superglue has set
- Wait until the superglue is fully dried before using the chair
Note that this method will only work if little to no strain is being applied to the chair leg when in use.
If you have a slightly smaller break in your office chair leg then you will need to use tape to fix it. To do this complete the following steps:
- Find duct tape (sellotape will also work but will not be as effective)
- Push the two sides of the crack together until they touch
- Wrap the duct tape tightly over the entirety of the crack in a circular motion around the chair leg
- Cut the tap and secure it down
This method takes less time than the gluing method and will be able to account for more stress on the broken point.
Fixing a large break
If you have a larger break in your office chair leg then simply gluing or taping it will not work as the stress on the breakage point will be too great. Instead, you will require something that can take more force and will make your chair more sturdy.
A great thing that you can use is a piece of pipe. The chances are that you will not have this to hand and so you will need to do some searching in order to find the most suitable piece of pipe. To ensure that it is the right size you should measure the diameter of your chair leg.
Once you know this you will need to look for a piece of pipe with a diameter that is ever so slightly larger than this. This is to ensure that the pipe fits snuggly around the outside of your chair leg. Once you have located the pipe, do the following:
- Take the wheel off of the broken chair leg and slide the pipe over the leg. If you cannot remove the wheel cut down one side of the pipe and place it over the leg before using tape the secure it in the closed position.
- Ensure that there is little to no room between the chair leg and the piping
- Test the strength of the pipe by sitting in the chair
- If the chair leg gives way follow the instructions for fixing a very large break in an office chair leg
Fixing a very large break
Unfortunately, if none of the above methods work then you will need to replace the base of your chair. You should be able to find a similar base to your own on the second-hand market. You can then remove the base from your office chair and add the new one.
Although this is the last resort it will still be a cheaper method than replacing the whole chair.
Once you have assessed the size of the break-in of your office chair you will be able to see which of the above steps you need to follow in order to fix it.
Unfortunately, if none of the above methods work then you will need to replace the chair altogether. These methods are cheap and quick so give them a try first.