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You've followed the steps to finding your perfect home office chair and the best style that will work in your home office. Now you've got the box home and wonder what next?

Building your home office chair doesn't have to be a chore. Keep your patience and sense of humor handy while you assemble your home office chair and you will be pleased with the results. Be sure to ask the salesperson about any tricks or tips they may have regarding the assembly of your home office chair.

Difficulty: Average
Time Required: 15 - 30 minutes

Here's How:

  1. Open up the chair box, remove the instruction sheet and verify that all parts are there. While checking to make sure all parts are accounted for, check over the pieces to ensure that nothing is damaged. If you are missing any pieces or there is something damaged, contact your retailer and return and replace the home office chair or see if there are replacement parts available from the retailer. Many retailers may have a stash of castors or extras screws they can provide you with so that you can assemble your home office chair.
  2. Start from the bottom up. Push the castors into the star base. On occasion the castors may seem to not want to be inserted, spin the small metal ring on the castor and then try again. Alternatively, try the castor on another spoke of the base. If you purchased alternate hard floor castors, use those instead of the castors that came with your home office chair.
  3. Place the gas lift into the opening of the star base. You don't need a lot of pressure and don't force it down. Place the plastic sleeves over the gas lift mechanism and press those down firmly.
  4. Place the seat upside down with the arrow indicating the front of the chair away from you. Place the seat plate on the bottom and ensure the screw holes match up. Check your directions in case there are different screws (longer or shorter) required for the forward and rear holes. If the holes at the front are deeper than the rear ones, put in the rear screws first. If they are the same level, think of the letter X and go top left, bottom right, top right and then bottom left.
  5. Here is where directions will vary depending on the style of the home office chair. If the arms are connected to the seat base plate then attach those - check to see if the arms are labeled L or R. It will matter if you don't have them on the correct side. If your arms connect to both the seat and back of your home office chair go to Step Seven.
  6. Attach the back of the home office chair to the seat plate. An easy method I use is to place the seat back on a flat surface and then place the home office chair seat against the seat back attachment. I can easily view the holes and line them up. Again, insert the screws in an X formation. Do check the instructions in case the screws are different for the top and bottom holes. Always insert the shorter screws first.
  7. If your home office chair has arms that are connected to the seat and back, make sure you follow the directions for the order and type of screws that are used. Generally, you will attach the arms to the seat first on both sides and then attach the arms to the back. This step can try your patience and may require a little more muscle to ensure that the channels line up with the openings on the arms.
  8. Once the arms and back are connected and all the screws have been tightened you will be placing your home office chair on the gas lift mechanism. You may need another person to help get the top part of the chair lined up with the gas lift and to hold the star base in place.
  9. Now that the top of your home office chair is attached to the gas lift, sit down very firmly on the chair and give it a good bounce. You may hear a click noise, that isn't a bad thing. It means the gas lift mechanism is engaging with the seat plate. Raise and lower the chair a couple times. You can even grab the chair by the arms and give it a good shake, lifting it off the ground if you have the strength.
  10. Put all paperwork, hex keys or other tools and spare parts in a safe place. Take care of your garbage and your home office chair is ready for you to get to work.

Tips:

  1. Read the directions. Just because you have built one home office chair doesn't mean the directions are the same for this one. Slight changes in design can affect the order or way the chair is assembled.
  2. Stay patient and follow the directions.
  3. Fully tighten screws when indicated in the directions. Tightening them too soon can make further assemble difficult.
  4. Most chairs will include a hex key or a small screwdriver to assemble the chair. Do not try to use a screwdriver with a different head as you will damage the head and won't be able to properly assemble your home office chair.
  5. Do not use power tools to assemble your home office chair. It is far too easy to push the screws in too far and strip the channels. Most home office chairs will state in the directions not to use a power tool for assembly.

What You Need

  • Patience
  • Room to work
  • Alternate castors for hard wood floors
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