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You are moving house or just want to do a little rearranging, but your furniture is too heavy to move or even carry away? Furniture castors are the optimal solution for this, because they are available in different designs depending on the type of application, and you can even find something for heavy loads.

By equipping your furniture with castors, you make transporting, moving or simply rearranging your furniture a lot easier and also protect your back. There is a wide range of furniture castors, differing for example in their load capacity, the way they are mounted or the rubber coating they have. This guide is intended to give you a brief overview.




Summary

  • The recommended load capacity of a furniture castor does not always correspond to its real load capacity, so in an emergency, opt for a somewhat higher load capacity
  • A distinction is made between swivel and fixed castors, but you can also combine the two models
  • With regard to the degree of hardness of the castors, pay attention to the condition of the surface on which you will be rolling

The Best Furniture Castors: Our Choices

Buying and evaluation criteria for furniture castors

Since there is a lot to consider when buying furniture castors, we have created a selection of criteria for you to follow. Hopefully, you will then be able to choose the right furniture castors for your project

We will now go into more detail on the individual points so that you can get a better idea of what they mean:

Load capacity

The load capacity is the most important criterion that should be considered when buying furniture castors, because it guarantees safe operation. The number of castors is also important. During transport, it can happen that not all castors rest on the floor, so it can make sense to distribute the load over three instead of four castors.

You should also note that the recommended load capacity of a furniture castor does not necessarily correspond to the actual load capacity. One of the reasons for this is that furniture castors are not exposed to lateral forces, impacts or other external influences during their industrial testing. It therefore makes sense to opt for a slightly higher load capacity.

Type of mounting

There are several types of mounting for furniture castors, which one is right for you depends on the material on which the castors are to be mounted. If you want to mount the castors on wood, for example, you should use wood screws or carriage bolts - for example, for a castor with a cover plate with four holes. The situation is different with steel, where carriage bolts, hexagon head screws or Allen screws should be used.

As you can see, it all depends on the material; you can simply ask for advice on this directly when buying. In principle, however, high-quality screws and other mounting accessories should be used to ensure the safety and function of the castors.

Rotatability

There are three different options in terms of rotatability - you can choose between fixed, swivel and brakable castors. Fixed castors only guide the piece of furniture in a given direction, as they are fixed. With swivel castors, on the other hand, you can move the object to be transported in any direction.

However, both swivel and fixed furniture castors have their advantages - so it's convenient that you don't have to choose one over the other. Often both castors are combined for better control.

Rubber coating

Whether or not you need castors with a rubber coating depends largely on the surface they will be used on. Most castors with rubber have a black filler and therefore often leave black streaks on the floor.

However, there are also alternative fillers that ensure that no marks are left - you can recognise them by their grey colour. By the way, there is no difference between the two types in terms of protection against floor damage.

Guide: Frequently asked questions about furniture castors answered in detail

Below we have collected some of the most frequently asked questions about furniture castors.

What types of furniture castors are there?

In principle, a distinction is made between swivel castors and fixed castors. Swivel castors can usually be turned 360 degrees, whereas fixed castors only roll forwards and backwards. Both types of castors have their advantages and disadvantages, depending on whether you want to roll straight ahead easily or whether it is more important for you to be able to manoeuvre.

Of course, there are also differences in the size and hardness of the furniture castors. As far as size is concerned, the bigger the castors, the easier they are to move. The degree of hardness required depends again on the nature of the floor on which the furniture castors are to be moved. If the floor is hard and even, it is worth using harder castors. If the floor is uneven, for example outside, you should use softer castors.

How much do furniture castors cost?

The price of furniture castors is influenced, among other things, by the load capacity and the material of the castors. Functions such as rotatability etc. also have an influence on the price - this usually refers to a set of four castors. The following table gives you an overview:

Price range Available products
Low-priced (5 - 10 €) Mostly for indoor use, with plastic finish and no high load-bearing capacity
Medium-priced (10 - 20 €) Mostly swivel castors with brake, also suitable for outdoors
High-priced (from 20 €) Suitable for heavy loads, with safety locks

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It is worth using suitable furniture castors, especially for delicate parquet floors. This way you can make sure that you don't leave any damage on the floor when you move chairs or the like. (Image source: Curtis Adams / Pexels)

Conclusion

In the past, furniture castors were mainly used in industry. Nowadays, however, they are available in so many versions that they are a great relief even for non-professionals. No matter whether they are used indoors or outdoors, the castors are always good for your back.

As you can see, depending on the intended use, you can choose between different sizes, load capacities and some functions. We hope that this guide will help you find the right furniture castors for your project!

(Cover photo: Sven Brandsma / Unsplash)

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