Castor has been used on furniture for over 100 years on sofas, couches, chairs and large pieces of furniture. Traditionally industrial castors were made of brass or metal, and attached to furniture legs by cups or by threads screwed into the legs. This traditional castor is still available today and one of the best-known versions of this furniture is the Shepherd castor.
Shepherd castor is also known as ball castor. These types allow easy movement in all directions, and are extremely difficult to wear for such a small and discreet castor. There are several sizes with metal or rubber treads. Furniture designers with sensitive flooring in mind often opt for furniture casters with rubber tires. Fixing these furniture casters couldn’t be easier with three options of threaded stem fittings, peg and socket or square top plate fittings. The Shepherd’s standard colour is beige, although dark brown and bright nickel are available on special order. The form and function of these ball casters have not changed over the years, and still prove popular with furniture makers and designers.
Invention and integration of castors in furniture
Recently, however, there has been an explosion of designs for furniture casters, and for a more modern twist, a range of designer casters have been developed. These contemporary casters meet the design demands of both form and function. With a range of single or twin wheel casters, attractive rubber tires remain with a combination of chrome and silver body. These designer casters offer customers a more modern and contemporary option. Designer casters have proven ideal for modern point of sale and shop fitting designs as well as concept furniture, tables and chairs. From 65mm diameter casters to 100mm diameter casters and with threaded stem fittings or plate attachments, designer casters can offer not only an elegant modern look, but practical assembly as well.
The smallest furniture casters available come with 40mm diameter wheels. These miniatures are suitable for casters, shop fittings and display equipment as well as furniture and are very discreet. These small casters can be fitted to furniture and displayed via a peg and socket system suitable for metal or wooden furniture legs. The FF series of miniature casters are fully rotating, with ease of movement, and will still take up to fifty kilos each.
Designer furniture and castors
Designer furniture casters have to meet the high standards of furniture designers and manufacturers, as well as the specific needs of end consumers. Unlike Industrial castors Wheels, designer furniture casters are particularly aesthetic and need to look appropriate in a modern home environment. With this in mind, there is a wide range of furniture casters available with single wheels or double wheels. Furniture casters range in material from steel, polypropylene to synthetics and rubber. Sizes range from the smallest 40mm diameter castors to 100mm diameter castors. With all these options, designer furniture casters not only provide dynamism to the home environment, but also achieve contemporary style with a modern designer twist!
Have you ever noticed that spark when you touch a door handle after walking on carpet? That spark can be devastating in the world of clean room technology. This is why bright sparks in the industry are looking for anti-static casters on all their moving machinery and equipment to prevent electrostatic discharge.
Clean rooms can range in size from just one room to entire production facilities, so it’s important to have non-sparking casters when moving around the plant. That spark is called an electrostatic discharge, and you may think it’s nothing more than a brief flash, but an electrostatic discharge must reach 3,000 volts before a human can feel it! On the other hand, an electrostatic discharge as low as 10 volts can damage a computer chip.