How to Fix Squeaky Wood Chairs

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Some people like the squeaking sound made by an old, wooden rocking chair. If you aren't one of those people, and you would prefer to sit in peace and quiet, then applying a wood-swelling formula to your squeaky chair is the way to go. This product basically works by filling in gaps in the joints of your chair, which is what causes the squeaking. There are several different brands to choose from, and they are all very easy to apply. In just a few minutes your squeaky wooden chairs will be as quiet as the day you bought them.

Things You'll Need

  • A wood-swelling product
  • Inspect the joints in the chair to ensure the dowels that run into the leg or back of the chair are secured tightly. You can apply pressure on the outside of the leg or chair back to press them tightly into the dowel. Once you find a joint that seems to be causing the squeaking, move on to Step 2.

  • Apply a wood-swelling solution all the way around the dowel that is causing the squeak. There are many different types of wood-swelling products, such as Wood Swell & Lock or Chairlock that will work.

  • Allow the wood-swelling solution seep into the hole where it will tighten and harden the dowel and secure it tightly.

  • Allow the solution to dry completely before sitting in the chair. The drying and swelling process should take no longer than an hour.

Tips & Warnings

  • For a quick, temporary fix you can apply any type of talcum powder to the wood to stop the squeaking sounds.
  • Older wooden chairs should be handled very carefully. When tightening the dowels, be sure not to apply too much pressure.

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