David A. Fisher in 1876 came up with an essential invention that to this day not everybody seems to care about – the caster wheel. Casters have found their way into homes and offices, and their applications are far and reaching. This invention has since made things, especially furniture, move smoothly on the ground. While many types of casters wheels can allow for efficient movement of furniture in the room, some types when selected and attached to the furniture make the movement much more efficient than others.
Caster wheels come in different types, each for its sole purpose. When you put the wheel on the right piece of furniture, you benefit from it optimally. However, not many homeowners are furnished with the information about them. It’s advisable for homeowners whenever they have broken items with casters, to first ask for help from specialists. Also, they can check with the manufacturer’s warranty, if it can still be honored at the time of the breakage.
When shopping for furniture casters, consider whether they will attach to the piece of furniture that they are intended for. Put into account the size and weight of the furniture to be repaired, and the type of movement that is designed for the furniture. Bear in mind that furniture movements are linear and others multidirectional movements. Other aspects such as the type of flooring, unique features such as locking clusters, and their looks also fall into play.Here are some insights on how to choose the right caster wheels:
1) How the caster attaches
Regarding the above, a buyer can choose between the Post/stem and the screw-on/plate. Post casters and socket entails inserting a cylinder into the furniture, mostly at the legs on the corners. The stem is then fitted in the socket. The screw-on caster, on the other hand, requires a flat metallic piece to hold the caster in position. It is then screwed into the bottom part of the furniture.
2) The type and weight
The weight of the furniture should be proportional to the kind of caster attached to the piece of furniture. Ignoring this could lead to furniture damage or personal injury when the wheels fail to withstand the weight of the furniture. When you have determined the weight, find the caster you want and ensure to multiply their capacity by the total number of casters you will need to be attached to the furniture. This will give you the maximum total weight, which should exceed the furniture’s weight.
3) Type of movement
A table chair needs to move/rotate at 360 degrees, while a coffee table, in a straight line (180 degrees). Therefore, choosing casters which support the movement of the furniture is inevitable.
It is wise that you adequately carry out research to come up with the most appropriate caster wheels for your furniture. Most importantly, if you are not sure you can handle the job yourself, it is even wiser to hire a professional to shop and fix the caster wheels on your piece of furniture.