König + Neurath office chair repair

Modell: EYBDHG225 from 2007

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I can still remember how we spent a lot of money on office chairs back then (at least in my opinion). The fact that they have now served us well for so long and have already survived several moves - the investment has paid off.

At the end of many years of use, however, signs of wear and tear become apparent. At first we skilfully ignored them, but it became annoying when the yellow upholstery spread across the floor after a long day at work.

Throw it away and buy new ones? Not an option. After all, the right to repair is one of our values. And as it only took three chairs to complete the whole project in under 30 minutes per chair, we're recording the crucial steps for you.

The fabric to be replaced for the seat should last a few years. Personally, I don't fancy regularly replacing worn fabric. In Berlin Neukölln, there is a fabric market on Maybachufer every Saturday. After buying 3 metres of linen fabric and 2 Aperol Spritz, it was time to get down to business.

Originally this was supposed to be a job for about a quarter of an hour, but it turned out that a screw that was difficult to access required a lot of extra handling. Was this perhaps a deliberate measure by the manufacturer in view of the dust build-up?

Once the backrest and armrests have been dismantled, the entire base can be removed. Pay attention to the two stoppers on the left and right, which normally prevent the chair from accidentally detaching from the base during operation. At first I needed two extra hands to do the trick with two stoppers, a handle and manual force. Then I figured it out with the second chair:

  1. Pull the chair all the way forwards.
  2. Press/release the right-hand stopper.
  3. Wedge a screwdriver between your stomach and the chair and at the same time release the catch and apply a little force.

In short, you can do this on your own.

Once the base has been removed, the dust bunnies from recent years are revealed. A good opportunity to tidy up there too. Now a few more screws need to be loosened, including the one that was so difficult to access.

Also note the piece of metal that suddenly appears under the plastic cover. Yes, I neglected to reinstall it on the first chair, and it's important: it's the counterpart for the armrest screws.

Now all you have to do is remove all the staples, dispose of the old fabric, stretch the new fabric and reverse all the disassembly steps.

Your reward will be a newly upholstered swivel chair.