A word about furniture legs, wheels and casters
Sebastian, self-taught DIY-er, Exeter184 guides
Furniture leg features
Whether you need to replace the legs on an existing piece of furniture or you're getting a brand new custom bathroom unit made up, there's a broad choice on the market. Furniture legs can be had in a range of styles for tables, chairs, cupboards and of course beds. To prop up your furniture in style as well as safely, you'll have to consider the following points.
- cylindrical, great for households with young children
- rectangular, stylish but with protruding edges - not ideal for children
- balls, for lower units - beds, dressers, etc. ;
- spindles, carved, curved, etc. for units where the legs play more of an aesthetic role.
Size and height
- wood, for an elegant, natural look - pine, beech, exotic woods, etc.
- aluminium, for a contemporary feel and excellent anti-corrosive properties
- epoxy steel, combining solidity, choice of colours and excellent value (caution - will rust if scratched)
- nickel-plated steel, easy to clean and more durable than epoxy steel
- stainless steel, particularly good for garden furniture exposed to the elements.
Types of casters
- fixed mono-directional casters
- pivoting universal casters
- casters with a safety brake
Wheel rim material
- a rubber rim, appropriate for hardwood floors
- a plastic or wooden rim, for carpets
- nylon, for concrete slab floors
- polyurethane, for industrial flooring
Plate or rod fitting
This can either be done with a:
- plate, recommended for heavy weights and better handling; or a
- splined rod fitting, for chairs and office furniture.
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