Early 80s Pollock Executive Chair: height adjustable?
Hey there: I've been searching the web for a while and was brought here, so I'll give it a shot.
I have two Pollock executive chairs, one is from '71 and is a good height-- never thought to adjust it. We recently bought a 2nd one, it's from 84 I believe, and it's extremely low. I fear the worst, considering the way it is designed, but does anyone know how to raise the height? I've been trying with no immediate success.
Thanks very much.
This is how I adjust the...
This is how I adjust the height of my Pollock chair. Not sure if yours is the same. Put the chair upside down, at the bottom of the base there is a small metal clip securing a screw. Remove the clip and you can turn the screw to adjust the height. After you are done just put the clip back on.
Old thread but figured it might help others
The way I adjust mine is similar (no need to turn up side down), but I just reach down to the bottom of the chair and there's a little round ring that you can press on. Press on it and start spinning the chair. Make sure you don't hit your head with it.
I have a Knoll Pollock executive chair as well. So old that the wheels are metal balls and not black plastic. The tag underneath is a bit distorted, but it's either made in 1970 or 1978. It is a little low for me.
If I turn the chair upside down, and I see a rectangular bolt, secured with what is called an e-clip or e-ring. Turning the bolt with a wrench doesn't seem to do anything. I also tried spinning the chair counterclockwise while holding the base to raise the height--that didn't do a thing either.
Hello everyone. I joined this group just to help answer this question! The problem with theses chairs is that over time the mechanism for adjusting gets stuck. Most likely from grease mixing with dust over the decades. The way it “should” work is you turn the chair upside down, push down and hold the circular “knob” and then turn the legs counter-clockwise to raise the height. The knob has a series of dimples on the bottom which “lock” it with the legs allowing the adjustment. When the chair is upright, the knob drops down and does not engage the legs for adjustment allow the chair to swivel freely without changing height. The problem is that on most of these chairs the knob will slip out of the engagement holes when you turn the legs. Here is how finally got mine to adjust. First, with the chair upside down, you will need to remove the metal clip that keeps the knob on the adjusting rod. This will allow the removal of the knob. There is also a small circular “sleeve” that’s under the knob that might come out. Just make sure to put it back in during the reassemble process. Next you will need a large(at least 12 inches) adjustable wrench to turn the rectangular “bolt” that the knob was previously around. This is the adjusting rod I referred to earlier. At first I could only turn mine one direction about 200 degrees and then it stopped. Turns out you just need to work it back and forth a bit. To mimic the intended method of adjustment, I held the wrench in parallel with one of the legs and then grabbed the leg 180 degrees from that one. This provided some leverage when turning counter-clockwise. It eventually broke free and started raising the height. That’s pretty much it. Only other issue is installing the clip on the last step. It’s hard to do without the proper tool. Good luck and enjoy!
We have some instructions on bringing the Pollock chairs up and down which I will share shortly. But in the meantime, we have a Question regarding the amazing Pollock Chairs ... there is a rubber rim that attaches the back of the chair to the upholstery ... and we have 3 chair bodies that need upholstering, but need the rubber rims as well. Does anyone in this group know where we can find the rubber rims? Many thanks,
Tom Roth @ Montage Modern