Office Chair Casters

June 12, 2014


office chairAs technology improves, more employees are being placed in positions that consists of sitting at a desk for an extended amount of time. To keep up with this trend, office chair manufacturers are trying to keep up with the pace by designing chairs that are safe, comfortable and extremely durable.

But none the less, one of the most common problems that occurs within an office environment, is a chair that is damaged or broken. When it comes to the malfunction, more often that not, the first thing to break is the chair caster. This can pose a significant health risk to staff members within the work environment, if it is left unchecked. This is why it’s important that if a staff member notice a problem with their chair caster, that they bring it to the manager’s attention as soon as possible.

Different Types Of Casters and Wheels
Caster wheels come various styles that are designed to work efficiently with different types of flooring. Whenever you replace a caster wheel, ensure that you use a type that is similar to the existing one and that it will run efficiently on the flooring where the chair will be utilized.

Polyurethane Wheels
These types of casters come in a variety of styles and colors which can be 100% polyurethane or a combination of that with metal and aluminium. These types of wheels are ideal for work environments such as a repair shop, because they are designed to able to withstand water, oil, chemicals and a variety of other solvents.

Rubber Wheels
These are the most commonly used types of caster wheels. They are extremely soft and provides a nice cushion that is able to withstand people of a larger build. A large percentage of hospitals, laboratories and food service establishments utilize these types of wheels due to the fact that whenever the wheels are rolling, the noise is at a minimum.

Metal Wheels
Metal wheels are typically forged from steel, although it can be a combination of various metals as well. Metal wheels are designed to work in an environment such as a high performance factory or a setting where ‘shock loads’ are expected on a frequent basis. It’s also important to note that these types of wheels are not ideal for soft floors as it will actually damage it.

How To Replace A Broken Caster

1) The first thing you should do is to place the chair on the desk, in an upside down position so that it doesn’t roll around as you are making the necessary replacements.

2) Attempt to remove the caster, if it is stuck this may be due to a build up of particles such as hair fibers or carpet fibers, use a sharp tool to remove them.

2b) In some situations you may need to utilize a screwdriver in order for you to pry the caster out of it’s post as well.

3) Once you have the broken caster out, place the replacement caster into the socket as far up as you possibly can. When the caster is secure, it should make a clicking sound.

4) Once the caster is secure, apply some lubricant to the joints of the replacement wheels to prevent the new wheels from squeaking.


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