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How To Fix Office Chair Wheels/Casters That Keep Falling Off?

How To Fix Office Chair Wheels/Casters That Keep Falling Off?

Are you tired of dealing with office chair wheels that constantly pop off? Frustrating, isn’t it?

Loose office chair wheels are common, especially if your chair has undergone repairs or has seen some wear and tear. Unlike other parts, the wheels of an office chair aren’t simply screwed on, which can make them prone to coming loose at the most inconvenient times.

But fear not!

We’ve covered you with five handy solutions to keep those wheels firmly in place. From quick fixes to more advanced techniques, we’ll walk you through each method, ensuring you regain the stability and functionality of your office chair.

The Castor Falling off the Broken Socket

caster sleeve insert on a office chair

The casters can be removed and reinstalled using only your bare hands.

Office chair casters have a metal pin that you insert into a plastic socket.

It is only fastened by how tightly the pin fits into the socket. Over time the socket can expand, and your wheel pin won’t fit tightly into the socket anymore.

office chair caster with a pin

The loosing happens if you remove and insert your caster pins into the socket several times. This can also occur if your socket gets hit by a hard object and cracks.

Normally, having loose wheels won’t cause a lot of trouble. This is because the chair’s weight usually holds the casters in place. There will be times, however, when you will need to lift your chair off the ground.

It can be annoying if your casters fall off whenever you lift your chair. It is also not safe to have loose wheels. You could fall and hurt yourself if your casters come off while trying to slide your chair around.

Let’s look at how you can fix loose casters on your office chair.

1. Tightening the socket

The simplest way to fix loose casters on your office chair is to tighten the fit of the pin in the socket. There are several ways you can do this.

You can insert a small piece of paper into the socket before inserting the pin. The piece will immediately tighten the fit. You can adjust the tightness by using different paper thicknesses.

You can also use other materials, such as rubber or duct tape.

If you don’t want a small piece of paper or tape sticking out from the socket, you can also wrap some duct tape around the pin before inserting it into the socket. You can adjust the tightness by the amount of tape you wrap around the pin.

2. Gluing the caster on

If you want a more permanent fix, apply some super glue on the pin before inserting it into the socket.

The downside to this is that you won’t be able to replace your casters anymore easily.

You could end up damaging the sockets if you attempt to remove glued casters.

The Wheels Falling off the Caster Peg

wheel on a caster

This issue is common, especially if you have inexpensive casters without metal rings to secure the wheels in place. Fortunately, there are several practical solutions to tackle this problem.

Caius Jard has explained perfectly how to prevent a castor wheel from falling off the shaft in this thread.

I summarize the possible solutions for you below:

  • Firstly, if you can find a new caster, it is recommended to replace the whole caster as it would be more cost-effective and time-efficient than engineering a fix.
  • Secondly, you can put the wheel back in place and secure it by driving a couple of screws through it and into the mounting block. These screws will hold the wheel in place and prevent it from turning.
  • The third solution involves drilling a hole in the center of the broken wheel and another hole in the center of the other wheel. Then, the pin that holds the wheel hub in place needs to be driven out.
    After that, the broken wheel is reassembled by replacing the pin with a shanked bolt.
    This repair method aims to secure the wheel and prevent it from coming loose or falling off.
    a new shanked bolt


Loose office chair wheels can be annoying and unsafe.

The good news is that it doesn’t require a lot of skill or equipment to fix loose wheels.

With just a little bit of time and a little bit of tape, your office chair will be right back to normal.