How to fit the swivel wheels of a piece of furniture

The daily use of the house and professional spaces entails that some pieces of furniture must be handled to make the environments functional, as well as to allow cleaning or necessary maintenance.

Generally, these are heavy or not bulky pieces of furniture which, due to their frequency of handling, require a system that allows a quick change of position. These are the main cases in which furniture wheels have to be considered.

The need to move heavy or bulky furniture

Equipping a piece of furniture with special wheels or castors is, first and foremost, a way of preventing possible accidents for those who have to handle it, but also a way of preserving the piece of furniture, since an improvised transport can damage its single parts or the whole structure.

There are pieces of furniture that are manufactured with wheels, such as chairs, armchairs, tables, TV stands, and others that are subsequently equipped to meet practical needs.

In some small houses, for example, even bookcases, cabinets or chests can be provided with furniture wheels, in order to optimise space and take advantage of any spaces between walls or hidden recesses to store objects or household goods.

Even if these very heavy pieces of furniture are rarely moved, it is convenient and safe to handle them in the most correct way, without involving several persons.

The market offers furniture wheels in a number of sizes and materials

Today the market offers a huge amount of solutions concerning wheels or castors for furniture. This variety covers many aspects, from the size of the wheels to the materials and the brackets, taking into account also the aesthetic side and the need not to damage very delicate surfaces.

Among the various wheels available, there are also fixed wheels, unidirectional wheels, and wheels that rotate by 360°. Obviously, the choice depends on the concrete needs: there are pieces of furniture that must be moved along a straight line (for example a bookcase), others that must move in more directions. It is useful, especially in these cases, a retainer (brake) to lock the wheels and thus prevent the furniture from being accidentally moved (such as, for example, a table, a bed…).

Choosing and installing the wheels for a piece of furniture

How to choose the right furniture wheels?

The link Wheels for furniture: essential for handling and maintenance of furniture contains a set of useful indications to make the right choice based on the main criteria (surface, load capacity, aesthetics).

The types of coupling for furniture wheels are basically two. The first provides for a plate that rests on the base of the piece of furniture, through which the screws are fixed to anchor the wheels.

The second type of coupling features a stem (threaded or not) that requires a hole, previously made with a drill, in which the pin must be inserted.

Considering that the market, as mentioned above, offers a number of different solutions, if a wheel needs to be replaced, it is good to trace the original type or one with identical characteristics and size.

Useful tips about furniture wheels

We think it is helpful to list some useful suggestions for furniture wheels:

For very tall furniture it is recommended to properly measure the distances from ceiling. This, first of all, to prevent the furniture from touching the ceiling of the room in which it is placed. Secondly, it is good that the piece of furniture, created and conceived to be in contact with the floor, is detached – even with the wheels – by a few millimetres, to avoid a negative aesthetic impact.

Even when the wheels are visible, during assembly it is good to make sure that the wheels do not protrude beyond the sides of the piece of furniture to avoid an unharmonious effect, as well as an obstacle to passage. This can be avoided by turning the wheels to 360° position before fixing them, so as to check the overall dimensions.