How to Fix a Wobbly Gaming Chair

Even the most novice of gamers could cause heavy stress on the best gaming chairs. The combination of vibrations, sound, and constant jerking movement can place it out of lockstep. Any loose parts can result in wobbling, creaking, and other signs of damage. No matter the type of chair (racing style bucket seat, full black recliner), all can suffer from faulty mechanisms.

KEY TAKEAWAYS:

  • Gaming chairs can suffer through heavy wear and tear thanks to their vibrations and prolonged usage.
  • Examining and repairing a wobbly gaming chair should take no more than 30 minutes.
  • Some of the most common reasons for a wobbly gaming chair include shortened legs, loose seat plates, and loose wheels.

Keep reading to learn more about how to fix a wobbly gaming chair.

Tools Needed: Phillip/flat-head screwdriver, furniture tack

How to Repair a Wobbly Gaming Chair

Here are steps you can take to repair a wobbly gaming chair.

STEP 1 PERFORM A QUICK INSPECTION OF THE WHEELS

If your gaming chair has wheels, turn it upside down with the seat sitting flush against the floor. Look for an even position across both wheels and check to see if any are bent or crooked. If a wheel is damaged, look to tighten using a Phillips or flat-head screwdriver. Look for other areas that need fixing.

STEP 2 PERFORM A QUICK INSPECTION OF THE BOTTOM GAMING SEAT PLATE

Sometimes, screws and bolts may become loose with your gaming chair’s adjustment lever or hydraulic lift. If they are loose, tighten them with a Phillips or flat-head screwdriver. Look for any signs of visual damage as well.

STEP 3 CHECK YOUR GAMING CHAIR LEG HEIGHT

A wobbly gaming chair could be due to a shortened chair leg, the result of wear and tear over time. If one of your chair legs is shorter than the others, use a furniture tack to add height back to the legs. Be sure to measure the bottom of the shortest leg to determine how far it is from the surface. Furniture tacks typically range in size from 1/8 all the way to 1/4-inch thick. If you happen to notice bedbugs in your gaming chair when fixing the wobbly legs, consider treating it.

F.A.Q.

Why is my gaming chair so wobbly?

There are many reasons for a wobbly gaming chair. They include damaged wheels, a loose seat, or a shortened leg due to poor assembly. Luckily, a lot of these issues can be addressed with a furniture tack or a pulling off and retightening using a Phillips or flat-head screwdriver.


How do you sit in a gaming chair?

Sitting in a gaming chair is not as easy as it sounds. Our recommendation is to adjust your seat’s height for a full 90-degree bend of the knees, a deep tuck of the hips into the seat, and an adjustment of the armrests to match your desk’s height. If any of these areas are compromised, you may be left with a sore, bad back the next day due to poor sitting posture.


Can you sleep on a gaming chair?

Unless your gaming chair is set up as a recliner bed, we do not recommend sleeping on a gaming chair, as it offers poor support for a sleeping posture. At best, it could be used for short naps during any breaks in gameplay.



STAT: According to Technavio, the gaming chair market is poised to grow by USD 95.02 million during 2020-2024. (source)

Lawrence Bonk

Lawrence Bonk is a copywriter with a decade of experience in the tech space, with columns appearing in Engadget, Huffington Post and CBS, among others. He has a cat named Cinnamon.

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