Casters are a great way to make it easier for people to move furniture around in their homes. Recliners are especially easy to move with casters because they can be heavy and awkward without them.
However, installing the casters can be difficult if you don’t know how to do it correctly. That’s why we’ve put together this step-by-step guide on how to put casters on a recliner!
Steps on Putting Casters on a Recliner
Step 1: Disconnect the power cord from the wall outlet or unplug from an electrical socket before starting work on the recliner
Make sure that when you’re done working with power cords, you reconnect them back into place and plug them back in so that there is no risk of electric shock.
You might also want to turn off the power switch on your recliner before disconnecting it, which is usually located either near the floor or behind a flap at the top of one of the armrests.
Step two: Remove any screws that are holding on the caster and remove them from your chair’s base
You should find screws on the inside bottom of your chair’s base, usually hidden by a flap or panel.
Remove any screw that is holding on the caster and put them somewhere safe so you don’t lose them!
Step three: Slide off one end of the caster from its axle
You’ll want to use something like a pen to help you pry it off the axel. If your caster came with a screwdriver, this is what would be used here.
Step four: Slide on new caster onto the end of the axle and attach securely in place
You’ll want to make sure that any screws are inserted tightly so they don’t come loose.
Step five: Test out your chair. Make sure the caster rolls freely and there are no obstructions in its ways, such as a piece of carpet or furniture leg.
What is a Caster on a Recliner?
A caster is a wheel that attaches to the bottom of a piece of furniture. They are often sold separately so you can find one that fits your specific needs and they come in different sizes with either ball or swivel wheels. Recliners typically have two casters on each side, but some also come with four for added stability.
Importance of Casters on a Recliner?
Casters are important because they allow the recliner to move easily and fit in tight spaces. You can also use them on a chair for easier mobility when going downstairs or through doorways.
Why do I Need a Caster on My Recliner?
A caster can help a recliner go from in the living room to outside on the patio, which is helpful if you want your furniture at different places or don’t have enough space.
How to Care for a Recliner with Caster?
Casters, like all the other parts of a piece of furniture that you move around often, need to be maintained. If your casters are not moving smoothly or have become wobbly then it’s time for repairs.
How do I Fix My Recliner’s Caster?
Use a flathead screwdriver to take off the caster’s cover, exposing the screws. Remove them with an Allen wrench or hex key/screwdriver if you have one available.
Take out your old casters and put in new ones that will fit snugly inside of the housing without any play left. Replace the cover and screw it in place with the screws.
If you can’t find a caster cover, just put some electrical tape around the casing of your new casters to make sure they don’t fall out during use.
How do I Protect My Casters?
Put furniture pads on all four legs of your piece while it’s in storage. This will help to prevent any scratches, scuffs, or scrapes that might be on the legs from being transferred onto your furniture.
If you have a piece of upholstered furniture with casters and it’s not in use, try using felt pads underneath them so they don’t scratch the floors as much when moving around.
When moving a piece of furniture with casters, try to push it rather than pulling it so you don’t damage the flooring. If there are too many obstructions in your way, consider getting some sliders that will allow for easier movement over carpets and hardwood floors.
How do I Replace Casters?
If the casters on your furniture are loose, you can tighten them using a simple Allen key.
To replace the casters on your furniture, remove any screws that may be holding it in place and take out the old caster from its assembly. Place the new caster in position and reattach to get back to rolling around.
Casters are generally made of durable materials, meaning they’re built to last.
The only time you’ll need to replace the casters on your furniture is if it’s been used a lot and there are signs of wear or damage on them (like broken wheels).
What Type of Flooring Should I Use with Casters?
Hardwood floors are typically the best type of flooring to use with casters because it is smooth and flat.
This makes moving furniture around a lot easier than carpet, which can get bunched up when you’re trying to move heavy furniture over them.
It’s important to remember that not all hardwood floors are created equal. Laminate and engineered hardwood floors typically don’t work well with casters because they’re not as durable, so it’s best to avoid them if you plan on putting caster cups or the cup type of furniture glide under your new piece when using these types of flooring.