How to Separate Office Chair From Base?


If you work in an office, chances are you will be using your office chair often. And you may need to transport your office chair; maybe you’re moving or want to replace the chair with a new one. Or if you want to replace the chair.

Whatever it may be, you’ll find it difficult to fit a whole chair into the moving vehicle, and you’ll have to disassemble it first.

The inherent design of office chairs makes it easy to maneuver them; you can also take all the parts of the chair apart. Although, the ease of that entirely depends on the chair you purchase. In addition to transportation, you may need to remove the chair from its base for replacement due to inevitable wear and tear.

Suppose you want to detach the chair from its base and don’t know how: this article is for you. I’ll show you how to remove office chair from base in a few simple steps.

  1. Prepare the Work Area
  2. Gather Your Tools
  3. Flip the Chair Upside Down
  4. Locate the Holding Clip
  5. Remove the Holding Clip
  6. Take Out the Washer on Top of the base
  7. Pull Out the Base

The article talks about what is needed to separate an office chair from the base. It covers preparing the work area, gathering the tools, and detaching the chair’s base from its frame.

Seven Steps to Separating Office Chair From Base

Office chairs are easy to maneuver, even if you haven’t done this before. In addition, they are designed in such a way that makes it easy for you to remove and replace all the major parts of the chair. So, get your office chair and get to work.

1. Prepare The Work Area

Before you get to work, you have to prepare your work area so that you don’t pour grease all over your home or office floor. So, get some old clothes or newspapers and spread them on the floor. A gas cylinder in the office chairs is lubricated with oils, so if you’re working on it, it may release some grease due to the lubricant.

So, if you’re working with the chair base, it can get very greasy, and if you’re not careful, you can get the grease all over your floors. As such, you should protect your floors from grease.

The most practical way to do that is to cover the floors so the mess gets on the rag, which you can dispose of later. But, if you’re not worried about having a dirty floor, you can use a bare floor for work.

Well, if you have a workshop that you usually use and already has a greasy floor, you can use it without having to protect it. Also, ensure that the workspace you choose is a place you’ll be comfortable in and have a lot of room to move around.

2. Gather Your Tools

When your work area is all set, you should put your tools together next. All the items you need for the office chair base should be in one place, so you don’t have to keep looking for what you need to work.

It’ll also make your work a lot faster and more convenient. So you’ll need a screwdriver or a needle nose,

3. Flip The Chair Upside Down

When you have prepared your workspace, you can begin to separate the office chair from the base. First, you need to lay the chair on the ground or place it on a worktable; choose wherever you feel more comfortable and where you find it easier to work.

The first thing you must do after finding a comfortable position is to turn the chair over. Next, put the chair on the floor so that the arms of the chair are on the floor and the wheels are facing upward. Or, you can place the back of the chair on the floor and turn the wheels toward you.

That way, the wheels aren’t facing upward but sideways toward you. The goal is to have the access you need to work efficiently. Also, you should be able to see the chair’s base and reach it without craning your neck or bending your hands uncomfortably.  If the wheels are on the floor, you’ll be unable to reach the base of the chair and do your work.

But, if you position it with the arms downwards and the wheels facing the sky or lay the chair on the floor with the back touching the floor and the wheels out to the sides, that will give you more access.

4. Locate The Holding Clip

When you’ve placed the chair in a comfortable position, you’ll have to find the holding clip. That is why you need to be able to see the base of the chair. The holding clip is usually in the center of the base. 

5. Remove The Holding Clip

Once you’ve found the holding clip, you’ll have to remove it. Use a flathead screwdriver or a needle nose to remove the holding clip from the base. Bend the clip slightly and remove it from the piston.

Once you’ve turned the clip with the screwdriver, it should slide off the bottom of the chair with a simple pull. So, don’t pull too hard. You don’t need force to remove the holding clip.

6. Take Out The Washer On Top Of The Base

After you remove the holding clip, the next step is to remove the washer from the base. That part should be easy, especially if you’ve removed the holding clip. The washer will easily slide off the piston if everything is in perfect working order.

7. Pull Out The Base

Once you remove the piston, the next step will be to remove the base from the chair. You’ll be able to remove the seat by turning it counterclockwise. Turn the base like that until the base of the chair comes off.

Turn the base of the chair gently, but it will come off. You don’t need to apply force, but if it doesn’t turn. Then, it might be stuck.


If you need to transport your office chair and you can’t transport the entire chair. Or you may need to remove the base of the chair to repair it or replace it when it becomes damaged due to wear and tear. You can easily separate the chair from the base, but always take measures to protect the work area before you begin.

Overall, I hope that you found this article very helpful and that you’ve been able to separate the base of your office chair from its frame.

Sourav Biswas

I’ve been passionate about chair for as long as I can remember. I love the way they look, the way they feel, and the way they make me feel. I’m always on the lookout for new and interesting chairs to write about, and I’m never afraid to experiment with different styles and materials.

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