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How to Lock Office Chair Backs?

Tilt lock for office chairs

Did you know that the tilt of your office chair’s back affects your posture and your overall comfort? If you didn’t, then it’s time to pay attention to your office chair’s tilt.

You can easily adjust the tilt of your office chair by pushing one of the levers found on your chair down until it tilts to the right angle for you. In some cases, this lever is a knob underneath the chair where you rotate it until the tilt is just right to achieve good posture.

What is a Tilt Lock?

A tilt lock allows you to lock the back of your chair at the angle that you prefer. It’s always found on any type of office chair (yes, even the most basic ones).

Closer Look: Tilt Lock For Ergonomic Office Chairs

In general, office chairs’ backs can be tilted when you put your back’s weight on them. However, you’ll use a tilt lock whenever you want to keep that angle.

When you use a tilt lock, the chair’s back won’t come back to its original angle even when your weight isn’t pushing against it.

How Do I Tilt an Office Chair’s Back?

In general, there are two ways on how you can tilt an office chair. One is by using a lever and one is by using a knob.

Depending on the design of the office chair you have, it can be either of the two.

How to Tilt your Office Chair Back

If you have a lever underneath the seat, push the lever up and you will start to notice the office chair’s back move forward. When you find the right angle, push the lever down to lock the tilt.

In some cases, there are two levers found under the chair – one for the chair’s height and the other for the back’s tilt. It’s best to check the manufacturer’s instructions to know which lever is for adjusting the tilt, but if there are no manuals available, you will just have to do trial and error.

There are also office chair models that don’t have a locking mechanism on the tilt. In other words, when the back is tilted, it stays like that until you push the lever down again.

How to adjust your Tilter chair mechanism

On the other hand, if you have a knob under the seat, this can be used to adjust the tilt tension. The tilt tension refers to the ease of moving your office chair’s backrest forward and back.

To loosen the tilt tension, turn the knob clockwise until you find the right tension for your preference.

How Do I Lock an Office Chair’s Back?

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Some office chairs have locks for their back’s tilt, but some don’t. If your chair comes with an instruction manual, it’s best to check that.

If your office chair doesn’t have a manual, then you can try doing one of two things.

First, if the mechanism for tilting is a lever, you can try pushing the lever inside (towards the stand of the chair). Most levers, when pushed, will lock the current tilt of your chair’s back.

The second technique is by pushing the knob (if your chair has one). Knobs for tilting your chair don’t usually have a lock, but it’s worth trying.

When you have the tilt of your chair right, push the knob towards the stand of the chair.

These actions are the same when you’re using a swivel chair, a knee tilt chair, and a multifunctional chair.

How Do You Lock a Swivel Chair Tilt?

A swivel chair is a type of office chair that can rotate 360 degrees from both sides.

It uses a single stand and its armrests are often stationary despite the different back tilts the chair is capable of doing.

The important thing to remember about swivel chairs is that the seat and the back remain at the same angle no matter how much you tilt the back.

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Most swivel chairs will have a knob right underneath the seat. To lock a swivel chair’s tilt, you just rotate the knob clockwise and you’ll see the tilt changing.

How to Adjust an Office Chair Height?

Both the height and the tilt are important when you’re looking for the right posture.

If we’re talking about a basic swivel chair, the height adjustment is found below the seat, attached right to the stand.

To raise the seat, pull the lever up while you take off your weight from the seat. To lower the seat, sit on the chair and then pull the lever up.

Do Different Kinds of Office Chairs Have Different Tilts?

Yes and no.

Yes, they have different ways of how the tilt affects the whole position and movement of the chair. However, the tilts are often just from 90-degree angles to 45-degree angles.

Swivel chairs’ tilts have the same angle to the seat no matter what the angle is. So if you move back, the seat maintains that 90-degree angle with the chair’s back.

As for knee tilt mechanisms, the lower the tilt to the back, the more weight is put on the back portion of the seat. This way, your legs don’t lift along with the seat.

Another common type of office chair is the multifunctional office chair. The difference between multifunctional chairs is that you can actually lock the tilt of the chair along with the tilt of the seat.

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For example, you tilt your chair’s back for resting, and with the level under the chair, you can lock both the incline of the back and the seat.

This is different from the swivel chair because the latter’s seat doesn’t incline with the back’s tilt.

A multifunctional chair is one of the most convenient simply because the whole chair’s incline (seat included) can be locked to your desired position.


Office chairs can be adjusted to help you maintain proper posture and to make you comfortable during the long hours of work.

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In order to adjust the chair’s tilt, use a lever and push it down until you find the desired angle for the chair’s back. If there is no lever, there will most likely be a knob that you turn clockwise to change the chair’s angle.

Most office chairs don’t have manuals with them, but if they do, it’s best to check the instructions since different manufacturers have different tilting and locking mechanisms.