Chair Wheels & Wheel Chairs

Posted 2010.01.05 21.19 in Pointless Blather by Stephanie

A few months ago, I was trying to solve the problem of an office chair on a hardwood floor. The hard plastic wheels are hell on the floor, and they’re not very good on low-cost office carpeting either. Why else would they try and sell those carpet protectors or floor protectors?

The thing is, those protectors don’t really do much good. They might slow the problem down a bit, but they don’t really help much.¬†So I had been trying to think of a replacement chair, that would have rubber wheels. And that led me to a wheelchair.

I was trying it out and comparing it, to see if it was a good substitute. The wheelchair worked pretty good, in that it rolled really well, and the rubber tyres were quite friendly to the hardwood floor. Except it turned out that the office chair has two movements that the wheelchair just can’t match. Office chairs can go sideways, and can swivel in place.¬†Eventually, I ended up using the office chair and letting the cats sleep on the wheel chair. Still, I was sure there must be a solution.

And a few months later, the solution has arrived. A recent Staples catalogue advertised a new product: chair casters with rubber tyres. Yep – now you can modify your office chair so it has hardwood-friendly rubber tyres.

I can report, it rolls smoothly and quietly. Maybe a bit too smoothly. But so far, so good.

See? If there’s something you don’t like about the world, just blog about it then occasionally grump about it to your friends, and eventually the problem will solve itself. It’s just that easy!


  1. Stephanie says:

    Those look brilliant!

    The rubber office-chair wheels from staples worked ok for a few months then started to fall apart. And when they started to fall apart they were really REALLY bad for the hardwood floor hehe.

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