Assembly of Bar Stools
By Clemency Hitchings, 13th July, 2010
Although some of our bar stools are received readily assembled for immediate use, the vast majority of those we provide do require a degree of basic assembly. In this handy video and article, we will take you through the simple, six-stage procedure of assembling a standard gas lift stool, starting from the contributing components right through to the finished product.
Stools are usually delivered either two to a box or as a single. However, in the event that your order is for an odd number that usually come in pairs, we will always split the box and repack the stool to a high standard. Typically, individual gas lift bar stools are only composed of four or five individual components. As illustrated from left to right in the image below, these parts will include a base, a decorative collar and a tubular stem featuring the gas lift lever and footrest. Additionally, there is a hydraulic gas lift column, a seat pad and finally the necessary screws with accompanying Allen key, which is conveniently the only required building tool.
Despite the fact that it may differ very slightly between designs, the general assembly process is extremely straightforward and should only take a matter of minutes if the instructional steps and visual information below are referred to correctly.
Assembly Stages 1-3
Firstly, upon receiving your order, it's a good idea to initially unpack and remove all of the separate elements from the packaging and lay them out on the floor.
As shown in Figure 1, the first step is to take the round base and place it flat side down, so that the protective underside ring is in contact with the floor and the central hole is facing upward.
If a decorative collar is included, place it on top of the raised hole within the base. However, if it is not part of your chosen stool design then simply move straight on to the third stage.
As illustrated in Figure 3, take the hydraulic gas lift column and slot it through the collar and into the hole within the base until secure. With some stools, there is a small, plastic protective cap positioned on the end of the gas cylinder that will need to be removed before moving on to the next stage. Doing so should expose what resembles a small button, which will eventually activate the gas lift mechanism and enable the stool's height adjustment and swivel capabilities.
Assembly Stages 4-6
The seat now needs to be attached to the main part of the stem. To do so, we recommend laying the seat upside down on a soft surface and locating the position of the four screw holes on the underside of the seat pad.
Demonstrated in Figure 5, the stem needs to be held upside down so that it rests on the seat and the four screw holes are lined up with those on the metal plate. As the majority of designs has an integrated footrest, when lining up the holes it is important to ensure that it is facing the correct direction on the stem. Once in position, take the four screws and finger tighten each through the plate and into the seat to enable further adjustment of the footrest if necessary. When completely satisfied with the placement, use the supplied Allen key and complete tightening until the stem and seat are secured.
Next, take the attached stem and seat and place it over top of the hydraulic gas lift column ensuring that they are completely vertical. Resembling Figure 6, you will now need to sit on the stool's seat and pull the lever beneath it. Whilst remaining seated, we recommend that you gently bounce up and down until the lever has located and activated the gas lift mechanism. Once the two are engaged, you should notice that the seat lowers. When this occurs, dismount the stool and depress the lever again and the seat should then visibly rise, confirming that it has been assembled correctly.
Having successfully completed each of the steps, you will now have a fully functional bar stool. Instantly ready to use, you can sufficiently adjust the product to the required height and transfer it to your desired bar setting where it is guaranteed to be a welcome addition.
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