A typical home usually features a number of heavy items of furniture. These will include a king or queen size bed in each sleeping room, stand-alone cupboards, maybe a heavy chest of drawers, or a sofa. If you're not particularly strong, these items can be quite difficult to move. As you will want to keep up with your daily cleaning regimen, you might encounter problems getting behind or underneath these. How can you make life a lot easier for yourself in the future? Follow this step by step guide explaining how to apply castor wheels to your furniture.
It's important to be careful when trying to move heavy items of furniture. If you manoeuvre the wrong way or carry the weight in a certain fashion, you could cause injury.
Assessing Your Options
You will need some help in order to do this, but when you are ready, turn the furniture upside down so that you can see what surface you have underneath to accept the castor, to add your mobility. In some cases, you will simply be able to screw on the castors to a flat surface, while in others you may be able to modify existing legs to accept them.
You could consider two different types of castors. If an item already has a leg, then you can fit a post castor, that comes with a cylindrical roller or a metal ball. You will be able to roll the furniture in whichever direction you require.
Flat Plate Option
Alternatively, you could get a flat plate that holds the castor and which is screwed to the bottom of the furniture. These are more utilitarian generally and typically use metal housing, which contains the castor wheel. This type can be locked into place, which may be handy if you don't want the furniture to be moved inadvertently.
Preparing for the Flat Plate
Note that you might have to build up the corners on certain items of furniture in order to accept the castors, as the base plate itself might not be thick enough. You might also want to put additional castors on very heavy items such as an entertainment centre, where you can place some in the centre at the front and back. Make sure that you choose the additional wood carefully, so that it will accept the mechanism and the appropriate length of screw.
Finally, don't forget that when you turn over the furniture to put it upright, avoid balancing the weight on the new castors.
Choosing Your Pieces
Have a word with your castor wheel supplier to see what components would be best for your furniture needs.