Friday, 26 July 2013

Wheel Coasters For Pianos

Which kind of material is best for your piano? Plastic or hardwood are the most popular choices. However, Lucite is essentially indestructible and offers a clean and stylish look. However, the choice largest comes down to how much you're able to spend and how well each option compliments your piano and its surrounding decor.

Lucite Floor Protectors


The black Lucite cups pictured above are an excellent choice for both small, medium and large sized wheels. One thing to remember is that whilst smaller sizes may fit your piano's wheels, it is important to consider whether the size will visually match up. This is obviously more of an issue for grand pianos, as their casters are more prominent.

These come in black and clear colors, with the outside diameter measuring 4.5" and the inside diameter measuring 2.5". As mentioned previously, Lucite is practically indestructible as it is made of high density plastic.

For more details, click to view on Amazon


Hardwood wheel cups for pianos




Each cup is made of High-Quality Select hardwood, with the base being covered by felt to provide protection for floors. The wheel, also known as a caster, is simply placed in the cup, which is designed to maintain an elegant look whilst protecting the floor and preventing the wheel from rolling. Although these are designed to protects floors and prevent casters from rolling on hard surfaces, they can also be used on carpets. These can be used to minimize unsightly carpet damage caused by constantly rolling.  

For more details, click to view on Amazon


Cheaper version
 

Protects and Grips

These plastic cups are a more affordable option and although they're not specifically designed for pianos, these are designed for smaller wheels, such as those of pianos, with each cup is capable of supporting 500lbs. The website of the manufacturer specifically states that these are perfect for pianos and can accommodate wheels up to 1.75".

The white strip on the bottom of the cup is designed to grip the floor, creating friction whilst preventing floor damage.  Both of these products shown above are strong, durable and effective at holding wheeled furniture in place. It's just a matter of ensuring the wheel will fit.



For other furniture (2-2.5" wheel diameter)

If there are other pieces of furniture within your home which you wish to stabilize, you may wish to check out this version.


If you'd like to read more about the larger version pictured above, read my blog post on stopping your bed from rolling 

I began this blog after I spent 6 months battling with my bed, trying to keep it stable. I love products like these, so simple yet so clever, eliminating another one of life's cumulative annoyances. I think a lot of people are unaware that this problem is so easily fixed and continue to put up with it. Before i stumbled across these, I used to try and wedge random objects between my bed and my wall, which never really worked, and basically just added to how messy my room looked. For some reason I never actually thought to look for a coaster type product like this. If I'd looked these up sooner I could've saved myself some headaches. You really need to be able to move around on your bed, or lean on your wall whilst on your laptop without your bed moving around.

Friday, 14 June 2013

How To Stop Chair Wheels From Rolling



If you're looking to prevent the wheels of a chair from being able to roll, you've got two basic choices. You can either purchase some special replacement casters with brakes, or you can buy the product pictured below, which prevents the chair from moving.


Furniture wheels are actually called casters, making these 'caster cups'. Exciting stuff! They're sometimes referred to as rollers, with people referring to caster cups as 'roller stoppers'. Either way, for beds, chairs and other wheeled furniture, these are all you need to stop the roll.



These are available in packs of 2, 4 or 8 and are a 3" by 3" cup. These are large enough for the biggest of wheels and are one of the most popular versions used to stop furniture from rolling. They're made of rubber and have been reviewed as being perfect for not only chair and bed wheels, but also preventing furniture legs from scraping across floors. If you're in doubt about the size you'll require, due to your wheels being a little on the large side, then these could be perfect for you in order to ensure that you don't order an item that is too small for your casters.

More details: Click here to view on Amazon

  
Casters with Brakes

Your other option is chuck your old ones in the trash and replace them with a set which has brakes. This might be a better option for those want to easily switch between stabilizing their chair and being able to move when it suits them. In my opinion, brakes should be a standard feature, not only to minimize annoyance, but for safety reasons. For people with disabilities or the elderly, sudden movement can actually be quite hazardous.


The set pictured above is 2" diameter, with universal grip mounting stem. Basically, this means installation is quick and easy as you simply pop the old ones out and pop these in. 

More details: Click here to view on Amazon


Wheel stoppers specifically designed for carpet



If you have carpet, you may want to consider searching for some with spikes.

These are designed to be used on carpet to prevent damage and stop unwanted movement. You might assume that this item itself may be capable of causing damage. However, these are effective in providing protection as they are designed to disperse the weight of furniture to prevent unsightly carpet dents and wear and tear. These carpet coasters can also be used for furniture legs without wheels.

Do you also have issues with sliding furniture? 

Check out my blog on how to stop furniture sliding on wooden floors. It's another annoying problem that people get fed up with. Whether you'd like to be able to jump on and off your sofa without movement, or sit on the floor and lean back on a piece of furniture without it sliding away. There are plenty of solutions discussed.

I hope this has been helpful.

Wednesday, 12 June 2013

How To Stop Your Bed Rolling on Hardwood Floors


Let's face it, beds with wheels can not handle the force created when you get down to pounding the paternal piston. If a bit of bedroom rodeo sees your bed banging into the wall or relocating itself then its time to check out the products described below. Although sex is the major cause, it's also very annoying when you can't even sit on your bed or lean against the wall without it rolling away. 

These bed stoppers are the simplest way to stop your furniture or bed frame wheels from rolling around. Just sit the wheel in one of these clever cups and it stops unwanted rolling, so you can do whatever you want on your bed without it moving around.




Key Details:

1. White 'O ring' provides grip and protection for floors
2. Perfect for hardwood, tiles and laminate
3. Color options of light or dark brown
4. Ideal fit for 2" diameter (but will fit up to 2-1/4")

The above cup is perfect for common bed style twin hooded casters (wheels). The white ring you can see on the bottom is specially designed to provide extra grip and protection. This will appeal to those who are also concerned with scratches and marks on their flooring.



Take a look at your bed and check out the diameter of your wheels in order to ensure you make the right choice. The stopper shown above ideally fits sizes up to 2 inches but can fit up to 2.25 inches, meaning anything larger will require a larger kind of cup, which are shown below. 


Square or circular coasters

Here's a different, version which is reasonably priced and has received great reviews for stopping beds from moving.



These square versions have received excellent reviews for stopping bed movement. They are 3" in width and will be able to accommodate larger sized casters. 

One reviewer alludes to these being effective at preventing movement during sex. I think this is actually one of the major reasons people purchase these. They come in packs of two, four or eight. These are also reviewed very highly for use under furniture legs, and are able to keep couches and recliners from sliding around.


How about 'raisers' designed for beds with wheels?


These will not only create stability, but also have the added bonus of creating extra storage space underneath your bed.



These are made from highly durable impact resistant materials, with a pyramid design which allows for maximum stability. They add an extra 5.25 inches of elevation, allowing you to create extra storage space whilst also eliminating the annoying problem of unwanted movement. They're made with a 1 inch lip, meaning casters will be held securely in place on the raiser.

More details: Check them out on Amazon 


How about a D.I.Y version? 




Take a look in your fridge and see what kind of lid you can find. I'm thinking anything shaped like a lid or even an empty tuna tin would work. You just need to place something underneath it to give it a little friction. 


Sick of wheels? Replace them with legs

Read my blog post How To Replace Wheels with Legs


What is the deal with casters?

Apparently, a wheel is not actually a caster. A wheel is only part of a caster, which is also made up of a frame, which is also referred to as a bracket, fork or rig. Most people who are unfortunate enough to be cursed with a wheeled bed are probably unaware of this or the name of the nifty little products which can be used to put an end to unwanted movement.

If you're looking for caster stoppers to stabilize beds so you can do the horizontal greased-weasel tango without going on an adventure, the cups shown at the top appear to be you best option. Solutions to problems like this are often not that easy to come across. A lot of people stumble across these and have that moment of "why didn't I know about this".

Why do bed frames have wheels anyway? 

In my opinion, they should all come with breaks as standard. They should all have some type of thing you can flip down to act like brakes when you don't want any movement. I personally feel as though wheels on bed frames are largely unnecessary, as I don't understand their actual function. I feel as though if my bedroom was the size of a basketball court, and I needed to relocate my bed to different sides of the room each day then perhaps I'd need them then. However, I rarely rearrange my room, and even when I do I don't need to be able to push my bed along like a shopping cart. 

I got so annoyed when I couldn't lean on my wall when I'm on my laptop because I'll roll away from the wall! Relaxing on the internet before I dozed off at night had become a source of discomfort and irritation as I tried to lean in a way that wouldn't result in a gap forming between me and the wall. Then I resorted to jamming things between my cupboard and my bed in order to hold it in place. However, this never worked and just made my room look messy.

Anyway, the furniture wheel stoppers shown at the top stopped my queen size bed from rolling and they are relatively inexpensive and easy to use.