Office Chair For Carpet

Office Chair For Carpet

Step 9: How Well Does It Work?Show All Items After you’ve installed all five sliders, reinstall the star base to the chair and turn it upright. Now you’ve got 5 furniture sliders under your chair that will make it “float’ on carpet.  These sliders supposedly work on tile and hardwood, but I haven’t tried it out. Now that I don’t sink into the carpet, I’ve removed my chair mat altogether. I slide around the carpet quite easily.  I wouldn’t say it’s like rolling on a hard surface, but it’s definitely better than trying to get the wheels up out of a carpet rut. Overall, I’m quite happy with the results.
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Office Chair For Carpet

After you’ve installed all five sliders, reinstall the star base to the chair and turn it upright. Now you’ve got 5 furniture sliders under your chair that will make it “float’ on carpet.  These sliders supposedly work on tile and hardwood, but I haven’t tried it out. Now that I don’t sink into the carpet, I’ve removed my chair mat altogether. I slide around the carpet quite easily.  I wouldn’t say it’s like rolling on a hard surface, but it’s definitely better than trying to get the wheels up out of a carpet rut. Overall, I’m quite happy with the results.
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Office Chair For Carpet

When I started working from home, I bought a nice desk and office chair.  The wheels/casters made deep divots into the carpet. (see photo).  My first solution was to buy a cheap floor mat from Office Max.  What I didn’t know was that not all chair mats are worth buying and it cracked apart within days. So I then invested in a more expensive mat hoping it wouldn’t crack up.  It didn’t crack.  However, the wheels continue to make fairly deep impressions into the mat – not as bad as the carpet, but bad enough that it was a nuisance and I felt that I had to drag the chair out of the impressions just to move it. Next, I invested in oversized casters, which made a big difference – until I rolled off the mat onto the carpet.  Then I was back to square one. I figured I need to come up with a better solution.  I spent some time googling and found a few people saying they’d used furniture movers/sliders, but I couldn’t find a step-by-step so I had to make up a few steps, but it worked out. I hope it works for you.
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Office Chair For Carpet

Show All Items When I started working from home, I bought a nice desk and office chair.  The wheels/casters made deep divots into the carpet. (see photo).  My first solution was to buy a cheap floor mat from Office Max.  What I didn’t know was that not all chair mats are worth buying and it cracked apart within days. So I then invested in a more expensive mat hoping it wouldn’t crack up.  It didn’t crack.  However, the wheels continue to make fairly deep impressions into the mat – not as bad as the carpet, but bad enough that it was a nuisance and I felt that I had to drag the chair out of the impressions just to move it. Next, I invested in oversized casters, which made a big difference – until I rolled off the mat onto the carpet.  Then I was back to square one. I figured I need to come up with a better solution.  I spent some time googling and found a few people saying they’d used furniture movers/sliders, but I couldn’t find a step-by-step so I had to make up a few steps, but it worked out. I hope it works for you.
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Office Chair For Carpet

I have hardwood floor and put a rug under my chair rather than roll around on the wood or use the plastic mats. Not sure how well it would work over carpet, kinda depends on the carpet and rug. If appearance isn’t a big issue, maybe use the floor mats people put in garages and gyms?
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Office Chair For Carpet

I did this on my cheap IKEA desk chair. Unfortunately, I got sliders that were too big, but since I didn't feel like making things more difficult or driving all the way back out to Home Depot I just went with it (I bought online for in-store pickup). To compensate for the size difference I cut out most of the slider's foam, leaving a ring for the buns could fit snugly inside. I am glad I used the 3M strips, since if I do get around to finding more appropriately-sized feet it shouldn't be toooooo onerous to replace them.

Office Chair For Carpet

If it helps anyone who is not super tool-knowledgeable, I used a 15/64" drill bit on the chair legs. The size smaller made it just a tiny bit more difficult to get the screws in and there's no reason not to make it easier. To cut out the foam for the buns, I used a compass (see picture), which was fun since I haven't done that in years.

Office Chair For Carpet

Overall I'd definitely recommend getting the right size sliders, since I think some of difficulty sliding may have to do with the edge of the slider being so far out from the main weight-bearing bit. If that makes sense. I could be wrong!

Shopping list: 3.5" round bun feet, 1/4-20 x 2" coarse zinc-plated steel round-head machine screws, 1/4-20 x 5/16" zinc plated tee nuts, NOT the 4.75" Movealls furniture movers (Everbilt's 3.5" rounds are probably your best bet).

Thank you for posting this tutorial! I didn't want to keep chewing up this new carpet but the not-desk chair I was using was so uncomfortable, and this fix seems to be working (for the all of 20 minutes I've been sitting in it since I finished it).

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I made a cheap version (using moving men) that doesn't ruin the chair.

1 – I centered the wheels of the casters on the moving men and sat in the chair to make an impression on the black rubber pad on the moving men

2 – one at a time, I cut out the (indented) rubber material with a utility knife. The trick to cutting the material is to make an outline and then repeat the cuts until hitting the white base. I used a paint can opener to pry up the chunks of material in single pieces. I made them wide enough to ensure the wheel could touch the white plastic at the bottom, but not so wide that the wheel could move around. At this depth, the wheel will not roll out of the groove.

3 – install each one as it's modified.

Done. The chair moves around pretty easily and has not popped out of the glides. They can be removed it I need to move the chair to another location/room/etc.

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Step 4: Prepare Star BaseShow All Items While waiting for the paint to dry on the buns, now it’s time to prepare the star base.  First, you have to decide if you want to remove the base from the chair.  I did, but it’s not required.  Regardless, remove the wheels/casters and flip the base/chair upside down. My chair has decorative covers over the end of each leg that are held on with tiny screws, which are inserted through the holes used to insert the casters.  I removed those screws easily using a manual screw driver.
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While waiting for the paint to dry on the buns, now it’s time to prepare the star base.  First, you have to decide if you want to remove the base from the chair.  I did, but it’s not required.  Regardless, remove the wheels/casters and flip the base/chair upside down. My chair has decorative covers over the end of each leg that are held on with tiny screws, which are inserted through the holes used to insert the casters.  I removed those screws easily using a manual screw driver.
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Step 5: Drill Base to Receive BunsShow All Items With the screws out of the way, you’re now ready to drill 1/4″ holes in each leg. The decorative covers on my chair were held by two screws – one in the wheel/caster holes, and the other a bit further up the leg.  When I drilled the first hole, it shattered the decorative cover on that leg.  So for the next four, I taped the decorative cover with duct tape so it wouldn’t have any give.  That worked well for me.
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With the screws out of the way, you’re now ready to drill 1/4″ holes in each leg. The decorative covers on my chair were held by two screws – one in the wheel/caster holes, and the other a bit further up the leg.  When I drilled the first hole, it shattered the decorative cover on that leg.  So for the next four, I taped the decorative cover with duct tape so it wouldn’t have any give.  That worked well for me.

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