If you have an office chair that won’t stay up anymore you have a few options for a fix. You can replace it with a new cylinder for around $20 or so, or if you always maintain your chair at the same height level (like I do), you can permanently fix your cylinder at next to no cost and relatively low DIY difficulty level.
Here is the material and tools list to get the job done in about 15 minutes:
- 4″ long 1-1/2″ diameter PVC pipe – (look in your basement, garage, ask a friend, or get from a local hardware store for pennies)
- A flat-head screwdriver
- Either a hacksaw or a PVC pipe cutter
Remove the retaining clip by pushing it from the side with a screwdriver tip and slide out the chair base with wheels.
Step 2. Measure and cut the PVC pipe to a desired length with a hacksaw or a pipe cutter and slide it onto the cylinder.
Step 3. Put the smaller diameter plastic cylinder skirt (if included with your chair) in a reverse direction so that it covers up the PVC pipe. Slide the larger diameter plastic skirt in a normal direction to cover up the base of the cylinder.