A hardwood floor looks great as long as you care for and maintain it properly, following instructions faithfully! Any material or object placed on a hardwood floor – rugs, carpets, furniture – needs to be specially adapted for use, lest it leave behind scratches or scars, which are difficult to cover up or repair, unless you remove and re-install new flooring.
When it comes to furniture, there are a couple of important factors to keep in mind: (a) easy mobility within a room or between rooms; and (b) not causing any damage to your hardwood flooring.
While hardwood floors can be protected with rugs, carpets or rubber mats, the very purpose of having a hardwood floor is lost. The way out – use furniture casters which are suitable for hardwood floors, ensuring functionality and aesthetics are both secured. Read on to find out how you can find the right furniture casters for hardwood floors.
Furniture casters are made using a variety of materials, but the best ones to use for hardwood floors are casters made of soft rubber or soft plastic materials such as polyurethane. Additionally, it is important to use casters which roll and not the ones which slide; these will definitely mark hardwood floors, as you move the furniture around.
Finding furniture casters
Some tips on places where you can look for furniture casters which are suitable for hardwood floors:
- Local hardware stores; explain your requirements clearly to the store assistant to get directed to the right product;
- Interior décor or furniture stores such as Sears, Home Depot, etc;
- Online resources such as Caster City, B2C directories or Yellow Pages, stores such as Costco, Alibaba.com, etc.
The resources and instructions mentioned in this article are just the tip of the iceberg! Look up online for more detailed information on how you can find casters for all kinds of surfaces, including hardwood floors.