Replacing Office Chair Casters

Office Chair with Carpet Casters

When you purchase an office chair, a large majority of the time your chair will come equipped with casters, which are basically the wheels you have on your chair that allow you to move around. If your chair does have wheels, you are probably using them in your office more than you realize. For most of us, how much we use the wheels on our office chair generally is not a recurring thought that goes through our mind regularly. From rolling over to the printer to rolling to the fax machine, office chair wheels get a pretty good amount of mileage on them without us even thinking about it. Until the day you realize your casters are not working properly or one breaks, then you begin to notice how much you actually depended on them. Or there is always the slight chance you and your employees embarked on an office chair racing challenge and one of you took a turn too sharply and broke one of the chair’s casters in the process. That sometimes can happens too.

If any of these scenarios do take place, there is no need to worry, replacing the casters on your office chair is actually pretty simple. If you know the model number and manufacturer for your office chair, you can easily locate the casters that will fit properly. Sometimes if you flip your office chair over and look underneath the seat, that information is readily available on a paper attached. Alternately, when you get your chair in the mail save any papers you get in that box because they will generally have information on the manufacturer and chair you purchased. Once this information is located you can call the manufacturer, or even the retailer you purchased the chair from. If they do not carry the casters, they should at least be able to point you in the right direction to purchase a new set for your chair.

Example Chair with Glides

Casters appear to be the same on every chair, but in reality there are many different varieties of casters available. The difference in casters is the material from which they are made from and whether you want them to move or not. It is just a matter of finding out which caster is going to work for the surface your office chair will be rolling on and how you want your chair to function. If you are rolling around on a carpet, plastic casters are the way to go and generally come standard on chairs. A harder caster is needed for a harder surface, such as tile or hard wood floors. If you do not want your chair to move, then you should opt for glides rather than casters which allow your chair to stay in one place. Pressure braking casters can also be used if you want your chair to stay in one place, but you also want the ability to move around at the same time. Simply applying pressure to the casters while sitting down will brake your casters, allowing you to stay in one place.

If you are looking to spice up your office chair, you will find that there are casters for your office chair available in many different colors. No longer is the standard of black or silver casters for your office chair enforced, now you can easily match the casters to go with your decor, the color of the chair, or even if you want to add a little spice to a black or neutral colored chair. This is a great way to add a touch of style to your chair that is inexpensive and requires little effort.

Office chair casters, as simple as they are, are something you do not realize is a necessity until they are not working properly. If yours are not working or if you just want a different kind of caster, it is simple to replace and relatively inexpensive. While casters are a small part of the overall chair, they are still needed to make the chair function properly overall. If you need help getting replacement casters for a chair that you purchased on Sitbetter.com we will be happy to assist you! Call our toll free number at 1-866-311-9421.

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3 Responses to “Replacing Office Chair Casters”

  1. Very helpful post, the amount of hours i have struggle putting together, taking down and fixing office chairs is just ridiculous.

  2. Michelle Carroll says:

    I purchased a desk chair with casters from The Bombay Company 5 years ago.
    The company has gone out of business.
    One of the casters has broken and I don’t know who to contact to get it replaced.
    My husband says the casters are not removable.
    We brought it to a furniture restorer and he glued it but it broke the minute my husband sat in the chair. He said he didn’t know how to fix it…

    Any ideas?

  3. Chelsea says:

    Hi Michelle,

    I’d recommend purchasing a new set of casters. Casters can easily be popped in and out of the base of the chair. Do you happen to know the model number of the chair you purchased from the Bombay Company and if they were standard carpet casters?

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