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A wheel inquiry: Adding casters to furniture?

I’m currently in the midst of tearing my office apart and prepping to implement the big makeover plan.  I had a heck of a time finding just the right shade of paint – but that’s a story for another day.  In the mean time:

Have any of you had experience with adding wheels or casters to furniture?  I’m specifically trying to add the wheels to the desk and easy chairs in my office, so that I can roll them around on my carpeted floor.  I’m checking out the options at Home Depot, and I’m shocked by the variety of wheels.  Who knew there were so many options?

There’s threaded or solid posts. . . and then rubber or metal. . .weight load. . .

This one apparently is heavy duty, and works well on both hard surface floors and carpet.  I like that it can be screwed into a hole that I drill in the foot of the chair.

But then this one, on the other hand, is supposedly specifically targeted for use on carpets, and supposedly is built to reduce wear and tear on the carpet.  However, I’m more apprehensive about the post – which I guess you just jam into the foot of the chair.

So. . . do any of you guys have experience with this sort of thing?

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  • Reply Jen on the Edge at 5:51 pm

    I’ve added casters/wheels to furniture. I usually buy them at the hardware store (Lowe’s, Home Depot) because they have a good variety of options. Depending on the furniture (table, book shelves, kitchen island), I prefer wheels that have a locking mechanism, so that I can control the movement of my furniture. I also prefer to have a wheel that has to be screwed into place because I think it’s more stable that way and I don’t have to worry about having a wheel pop out.

  • Reply Jenn L @ Peas and Crayons at 6:03 pm

    I use the bottom wheels. they are cheapo and look like they should break ANY MINUTE.. yet they don’t break, and have lasted me for years without damaging a darn thing! So I vote the second wheels. just cause they have been oh-so-good to me =)

    Happy early new year renter-in-criiiime! =) haha
    Dude, if i have to look at this tacky blue carpet much longer i’m going to lose my mind! yuck. bad rental!

  • Reply Jenn L @ Peas and Crayons at 6:05 pm

    Ok i’m having the hardest time commenting on your blog and a few others… its like the internet is rejecting my attempts to socialize! boo

    I have the bottom wheels on tons of storage containers that we keep in the office and in the closets/pantries and they look like cheapo breakable awfulness BUTT – absolutely rock! They don’t damage a thing, move easily on carpet, and have held up for years so far. They rock.


  • Reply Renee Smith at 6:11 pm

    I wish I had something helpful to comment, but I have no idea, and am curious about this myself. I will be checking back to see the resolution… may a more helpful reader come your way!

  • Reply Kylie at 10:43 pm

    I believe you will need to use the 1st variety – the screw in ones. The push-in ones (2nd pic) are to replace already existing castors that have the same post – they click into place. Our office chair has those wheels, they are not easy to pull out, as they are designed to click firmly into place in the special base (hard plastic). But, if you were to just drill a hole to push the post in, the wheels would easily fall out.

  • Reply Sunny's Life in Rehab at 4:09 pm

    I have no knowledge of after-market options.

  • Reply Wheel Alignment Equipment at 1:45 am

    Wheels are not just a part of furniture, it plays a role in making our organization of furniture at home a easy one. I guess you seeing my idea.

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