The simple answer to this question is once every six months. Just like your car requires regular oil changes to keep it working its best, your office chair needs to have its screws tightened on a regular basis to keep it in tip-top condition and safe to use. Because this small but important bit of maintenance can be tough to remember to do, we’ve put together a guide to help you stay in top of it so that you can get the most out of your office chair!
Keep a wrench handy. Your office chair should have come with a little Allen wrench that you used to assemble the base to the rest of the chair when you first received it. Do not throw this tool away! Instead, tape it to the bottom of your chair. This way you will know exactly where the wrench is when it’s time to tighten your screws. If your chair was delivered to you already assembled or you inherited a chair from another co-worker who did not save his or her wrench, then a basic Phillips head screwdriver will take care of most chairs.
Turn your screws whenever you turn your clocks. Trying to remember when to tighten your screws can be tough since it isn't exactly the first thing on our minds. One easy way to remember to do this is to coordinate your chair screw tightening with daylight savings time. Whenever it’s time to spring your clocks forward or fall your clocks back, take a minute to tighten your office chair screws using the wrench underneath the seat!
Tighten your chair screws soon after it’s first assembled. After your chair has been assembled, use it for about a week. then go back and tighten the screws again. Many chairs will settle into themselves during this time, so giving a follow up check will ensure that everything is as sturdy and safe as possible.
Tighten big and tall chairs more often. Because big and tall chairs are subjected to more strain than the average task chair, they should be tightened every three months to ensure maximum stability. Give your big and tall chair screws a turn once per quarter to keep them in the best condition possible.
Keep your guests safe and comfortable. It’s just as important to tighten the screws on the chairs and tables in your waiting room every six months. Not only should this be done for their own safety, but it will also present your business in a more professional light, since visitors may frown upon wobbly furniture.
Want to learn more about regular chair maintenance? Call NBF customer service at (800) 558-1010 or log onto Virtual Visit to get in touch with one of our furniture experts! You can also shop our full assortment of office chairs here.