Recovering an office chair

Model: König + Neurath 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 many years and have already survived several moves is proof of this: The investment has paid off.

Recently, however, the signs of wear and tear have become increasingly obvious. At first we ignored them, but it became annoying that the yellow upholstery was crumbling and the foam residue was regularly scattered on the floor after a long day's work.

Throw it away and buy a new one? Not an option. After all, the right to repair is one of our values. And since it ‘only’ took three chairs before we finally figured out the trick to completing the whole project in less than 30 minutes per chair, we've documented the crucial steps for you.

The fabric to be replaced for the seat should last a few years again. As exciting as DIY is, I'm not keen on regularly replacing worn fabric. In Berlin-Neukölln, there is a fabric market on Maybachufer every Saturday. After buying 3 metres of linen fabric and enjoying 2 glasses of Aperol Spritz on the spot, it was time to get down to business.

In my mind, this should have been 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 on the part of the manufacturer, given the accumulation of dust that was unexpectedly found under the mechanics?

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. So the first time, I needed two extra hands to do the trick with two stoppers, a handle and manual force. With the second chair, I figured it out:

  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 necessary: it's the counterpart for the armrest screws.

Now all that remains to be done is to remove all the staples, dispose of the old fabric, stretch the new fabric and reverse all the dismantling steps. The tacker is an indispensable friend.

Your reward will be a newly upholstered swivel chair.