When dealing with heavy furniture such as beds, wardrobes, and large cabinets, the ability to easily manoeuvre them via castors makes cleaning and redecorating simple and fun. Other pieces of furniture, particularly office chairs similarly rely on castors for their essential daily functions. That is why it is handy to know the steps to take and the tools to use in order to fix broken castors on any piece of furniture.
How Castors Break
Most castors that need repair come to that point because of their construction. A castor is a wheel attached to a metal rod which inserts into the base of a chair's leg or the corner of a piece of furniture, such as a wardrobe. Every time the furniture moves, it places stress on the rods of the furniture castors. This stress may damage the material surrounding the rods, especially in the case of wooden furniture, or else place stress on the castor wheels. The results may cause the castor wheels to fall out of the furniture or break due to added stress.
Castor Wheels That Fall Out
If the problem is with the castors themselves falling out, then fixing them is as simple as re-securing the rods into the furniture or buying larger rods which fit the bigger holes. In the case of minor wear, all you must do is purchase plastic inserts for the castor rod holes. Use a hammer to tap the inserts into place and then replace the rods and wheels as usual. If the inserts are not enough, the next step is to buy new rods or rod and castor sets with a larger diameter that fits into the larger holes. In this case, matching the new castors to the others on the furniture is essential, since uneven wheels affect their utility. It may be prudent to replace all four wheels. In some cases, particularly with larger furniture pieces, heavy-duty castor wheels with extra reinforcement help prevent future damage.
Fixing Broken Castor Wheels
On the other hand, if the wheels themselves sustain damage from repeated stress, chipping, cracking, or freezing in place, the repair is a bit more complex. Taking out all the castors and replacing them with new ones works with this problem as well. However, it is less expensive and less complex to consider fixing only the broken wheels. In this case, all you need is the new castor wheels, and potentially, a screwdriver. Examine the housing of the wheels to see if it is necessary to unscrew the wheels from their housing. It may also be possible to 'pop' the wheels out with a flat-head screwdriver or similarly shaped object. Like before, measuring the wheels and getting the exact size as the others on the piece is essential for proper operation and balance. Replacing the wheels is as simple as reversing the first step by re-screwing the housing or 'popping' the new wheels into it.