If you spend much of your day sitting in an office chair, besides back pain and other such related issues you may be experiencing, you may also be dealing with a subpar chair.
With office chairs, you get what you pay for, and if your chair is not of really good quality, one issue you might experience is it sinking.
No matter how many times you adjust the height, your office chair might keep sinking, thus leaving you with your nose in your keyboard.
However, this doesn’t mean that you need to scrap your old office chair and spend hundreds on a new one.
There are some solutions on how to stop your office chair from sinking, and today we want to go over the best and easiest option, so let’s take a closer look.
Stop Office Chairs from Sinking with Hose Clamps
One of the best, easiest, and most cost-effective ways to stop your office chair from sinking is by using simple hose clamps.
Hose clamps are like a mix between a metal ring and a zip-tie. They are slightly flexible, yet also solid, and they are normally used to clamp water hoses together or clamp over leaks in hoses.
While your office chair doesn’t have water running through it, a simple $3 hose clip can prevent it from sinking. Follow the instructions as outlined below for the best results.
Keep in mind that after you have completed this process, you will not be able to adjust the height of the chair again. This is permanent.
The first step is to take the plastic skirt, that plastic tube that covers the vertical metal cylinder of the chair and slide it up as far as it can go. You may also be able to slide it down. The direction will depend on the chair.
So, now is the time to set the office chair to the desired height. Take some time while doing this and test out different heights to see what works best for you.
If the chair will not stay up even without any weight on it, you will need to lay it on its side to complete this process.
Now that you have the office chair set to the desired height, take a hose clamp, one that is ¾ inches or 2cm, loosen the screw, and then wrap it around the metal cylinder of the chair.
Do not tighten the hose clamp just yet. Here you are just looking for the right positioning, so remove the clamp.
That metal cylinder on the office chair is going to be very smooth and slippery, and even if you tighten the hose clamp all the way, it may still slide down.
Therefore, you want to wrap something around the metal cylinder first so the hose clamp does not slide down. It is recommended that you use thin strips of rubber that have an adhesive on one side.
If you do not have any, something like duct tape or electrical tape may do in a bind, but adhesive rubber strips are best.
Wrap them around the cylinder to provide the hose clamp with a surface with good traction. If the cylinder is dirty or greasy in any way, make sure to clean it thoroughly, as adhesive or tape will not stick well if it is dirty or greasy.
Now, slide the hose clamp over the tape or rubber adhesive that you have wrapped around the cylinder. Move the hose clamp right under the base of the chair, as far up the cylinder as you can.
Remember, the hose clamp is what will stop the chair from sliding back down, so it needs to be positioned directly under the seat of the chair, touching it if possible.
Now you need to tighten the hose clamp as tight as possible.
At this time, you can test the chair. If the chair still sinks, you may need to re-do this process.
Some Other Tips
There is no denying the fact that you get what you pay for, and this means that you should invest in a high-quality office chair from the beginning.
A high-quality office chair with solid components will help prevent this problem from occurring in the first place.
On that same note, make sure to purchase an office chair that has a maximum weight capacity that exceeds your weight by a good few pounds.
The higher the weight capacity of the chair in question, the less likely this issue is to arise in the first place.
If you have some knowledge of hardware, you may be able to repair or tighten the broken or loose components that are causing the issue, although, honestly, this is quite unlikely.
There you have it a great way to stop your office chair from sinking. It takes only a few dollars and a few minutes.