Gaming chairs get a lot of use and wear out over time. Its occupants are frequently in dangerous positions, putting strain on their legs and seat plates. This is especially true of vibrating or sound-equipped gaming chairs. Any loose pieces can cause wobbling or significant damage if not fixed promptly, regardless of chair type (e.g. racing style bucket seat, full black recliner). A high-quality gaming chair should last at least five years if properly maintained.
Determine The Cause Of Damage
Before beginning any repairs, it is important to determine the cause of the problem. With gaming chairs, there are three common causes of damage:
1. Poor Quality Construction.
2. Normal Wear and Tear.
3. External Forces.
If your chair was poorly made or you do not take care of it, then it will likely fall apart sooner than expected. On the other hand, if you accidentally break something or spill something on it, that is not the fault of the manufacturer. Knowing the cause of the damage will help you decide how to proceed with repairs.
Fixing Common Damage
Several types of damage are seen often in gaming chairs. Some of these problems can be fixed easily and cheaply, while others may require replacement parts or a new chair altogether.
1. Broken Casters/Wheels – If one of the casters on your gaming chair breaks, it can be replaced relatively easily. You can find replacement wheels at most hardware stores or online. Simply unscrew the old caster and screw in the new one. Be sure to get the right size and type of caster for your chair; otherwise, it may not roll properly or could damage your floor.
2. Broken Armrests – The armrests on gaming chairs take a lot of abuse and are often the first things to break. If an armrest is loose or broken, it can usually be fixed with some wood glue or a few screws. In some cases, the armrest may be too damaged to repair and will need to be replaced.
3. Broken Base – The base is the most important part of the chair, as it supports the entire weight of the occupant. If the base is broken, the chair will be unstable and could collapse. This is a serious problem that should be fixed by a professional.
4. Loose Bolts/Screws – Over time, the bolts and screws that hold your gaming chair together can become loose. This can cause wobbling or instability. Tightening the bolts and screws is usually a quick and easy fix.
5. Worn Out Upholstery – The upholstery on gaming chairs takes a lot of abuse and will eventually need to be replaced. You can usually find replacement upholstery at a local fabric store or online. Be sure to get the right size and type ofholstery for your chair.
6. Broken Parts – If any of the parts on your gaming chair are broken, you will to replace them. This includes the casters, armrests, base, upholstery, and any other parts that are damaged. Depending on the severity of the damage you may be able to find replacement parts online or at a local store. Otherwise, you will need to buy a new chair altogether.
7. Spills – If you something on your gaming chair, it is important to clean it up immediately. Most spills can be cleaned with a mild soap and water. However, some stains may be more difficult to remove and may require special cleaners.
8. Chewing/Tearing – If your gaming chair has been chewed or torn by pets, it will need to be replaced. This type of damage is not repairable.
9. If your gaming chair has wobbly legs: This is how to repair a wobbly-legged gaming chair. Examine your gaming chair for any shortened legs. Apply a furniture tack to the leg of the chair if one of the legs is shorter than the rest. Check for any gaps between the bottom of the shortest leg and the floor using a ruler or a visual inspection. Typically, you may use from 1/8 to 1/4 inch furniture tacks to secure items to surfaces.
10. If your gaming chair’s wheels appear out of lockstep: If your gaming chair’s wheels squeak or exhibit any other signs of wear and tear, turn it upside down and take a brief visual look to see if any wheels are bent or crooked. As needed, loosen and tighten the screws with a Philips or flat-head screwdriver. After your wheels are fully tightened, give them a quick test drive to ensure that all of the wheels are moving freely as necessary. Rolling your gaming chair across the floor and inspecting it for unusual action is a good idea during this test run.
Preventing Future Damage
Once you have fixed the damage to your gaming chair, it is important to take steps to prevent future damage. There are several things you can do to extend the life of your chair and keep it in good condition:
1. Read The Instructions – When you first get your gaming chair, be sure to read the instructions carefully. This will help you understand how to properly use and care for your chair.
2. Follow The Instructions – Once you have read the instructions, be sure to follow them. This includes things like not putting too much weight on the chair, not using it for things other than gaming, and not abusing it.
3. Inspect The Chair Regularly – It is important to inspect your gaming chair regularly for signs of damage. This will help you catch problems early and prevent them from getting worse.
4. Clean The Chair Regularly – In addition to inspecting your gaming chair, you should also clean it regularly. This will help remove dirt, dust, and debris that can cause wear and tear.
5. Store The Chair Properly – When you are not using your gaming chair, be sure to store it properly. This includes keeping it in a dry, cool place away from direct sunlight.
With proper care and maintenance, your gaming chair will last for many years. However, even with the best care, eventually the chair will need to be replaced. When this time comes, be sure to buy a high-quality chair that will provide you with years of comfort and enjoyment.
A gaming chair is a great way to improve your gaming experience. However, like all things, it will eventually need to be replaced. When this time comes, be sure to buy a high-quality chair that will provide you with years of comfort and enjoyment.