How to Add Casters to a Wingback Chair
In this post, I’m sharing easy steps on how to add casters to a wingback chair.
You will think this is funny.
I got this idea from a movie!
Have you ever seen the movie called, Fun with Dick and Jane?
Yes, I thought it was a funny movie! But what I noticed was the home decor. I roll like that!
Dick (actor Jim Carrey) was sitting at his desk in his home after losing his job and was looking for work on his computer.
And what he was sitting on was a Wingback chair.
I thought, how comfy is that to have a Wingback chair for an office chair?
It was a goal to have a chair like this in my office someday. With casters to easily move around.
Well, the day came.
I decided to take our chalk-painted chair (painted with Annie Sloan chalk paint in the color Paris Grey) and use it as our office chair. Link to easy tutorial on how to paint a fabric chair.
Now, I’ve learned that having sturdy legs matters.
Not all chairs can handle casters. I’ve learned this the hard way.
I originally bought a velvet blue Victorian antique chair (in photo above) and bought some heavy-duty wood casters for it.
My husband attached the wheels on my Victorian chair perfectly, and as I sat on it to try it out, one of the legs broke! Gasp!
Luckily my husband knew what to do and pulled the casters out.
He glued the leg back on and told me this would save my chair. I was so relieved!
At this point, I didn’t care the chair had casters. I was just happy it was savable.
So, it sits beautifully in my living room. YouTube video of my living room tour with the blue Victorian chair.
What you’re looking for when considering putting casters on a Wingback chair or any large chair is the legs need to be sturdy and at least 2 inches wide.
And you need to make sure the casters you choose can handle the weight of the chair and anyone who sits in it.
I chose some inexpensive casters from Ace hardware. They were $9.99 for a pack of 2. A total of $20 for all casters, which was affordable. I love deals!
These Ace Hardware casters handle 80 lbs per caster which estimate to be 320 lbs overall.
Hopefully, you have an Ace Hardware near you.
Here is the Wingback chair before adding the casters.
The supplies you will need are:
- 4 caster wheels with threaded stem (get 2 of the 2-pack sets)
- Drill with a 3/8 drill bit
Easy steps on how to add casters to a Wingback chair.
Turn your wingback chair upside down.
Pull out any caps that are on the bottom of the legs (if there are any).
Now onto Step Three:
Open the package of casters and pull out the threaded stems.
Take the 3/8 drill bit and measure alongside the threaded stem.
Take tape and wrap it around the 3/8 drill bit where you want the drill to stop when drilling into the legs.
Take a pencil and mark an X on the bottom of the leg to find the center.
Drill a hole into the center, only going as deep as the tape allows.
Take the threaded stem and hammer it into the hole.
Now, you will place the caster into the stem them hammer it until it is secure.
Give it a good tug to make sure it is securely placed inside.
Repeat steps 7 through 10 for the next three legs.
You are done!
Was that easy or what?
Here is the Wingback chair AFTER adding casters.
I hope you enjoyed this tutorial on how to add casters to a wingback chair.
How to Add Casters to a Wingback Chair
- 1 Drill and 3/8" Drill Bit https://amzn.to/3Bdrzh9
- 1 Hammer https://amzn.to/3DaOYSC
- 1 Tape
- 1 Pencil
- 2 2-pack Caster Wheels for chairs (4 casters total) Ace 2 in. D Swivel Hard Rubber Caster 80 lb 1 pk – Ace Hardware
- Step One: Turn your wingback chair upside down.
- Step Two: Pull out any caps that are on the bottom of the legs (if there are any).
- Step Three: Open the package of casters and pull out the threaded stems.
- Step Four: Take the 3/8 drill bit and measure alongside the threaded stem.
- Step Five: Take tape and wrap it around the 3/8 drill bit where you want the drill to stop when drilling into the legs.
- Step Six: Take a pencil and mark an X on the bottom of the leg to find the center.
- Step Seven: Drill a hole into the center, making sure only to go as deep as the tape allows.
- Step Eight: Take the threaded stem and hammer it into the hole.
- Step Nine: Place the caster into the stem and hammer it into the hole.
- Step Ten: Give it a good tug to make sure it is securely placed inside.
YouTube video sharing all the details.
If you add casters to your Wingback chair by following these instructions, I’d love for you to share down below.
This has been everything I imagined sitting in a cozy chair while I work in my office!
Not the greatest light to show it off, but I just had to share its final destination.
I hope my inspirational DIY helps you to get comfy while you work.
For more DIYs, follow this link.
For home decor inspirations, follow this link.
I love, love, love this! Did you add any kind of supports to the chair legs? Some pictures look like there are cross members added for stability? Thanks!
Hi Susan. Thank you!! No. I bought the chair that way. It’s part of the structure of the chair. It was my cheap find on Craigslist. Super cozy! Thanks for coming by.