Glides or Casters?

Posted by Sam Roberts on January 13th 2021 - Home Office

With so many options for how to configure your office chair of choice, it can be difficult to know whether to go for glides or casters. This handy guide will help you understand the difference between glides and casters. It could also help you to figure out which would be best suited to you and your home office.

What is a glide?

A glide is a disc that fits to the base of your chair legs. Glides can be all different sizes, shapes, and materials and they help your chair to move smoothly across surfaces, whilst minimizing damage to the floor. They are best suited to heavier furniture which won’t be moved around too often. The reason for this is, they take more force to move than casters. However, as a benefit, they are less likely to damage a floor than wheels or fixed bases and are very easy to replace when worn.

Glides are available in felt, metal, and plastic. 

Felt glides work well to dampen sound. They are very flexible and help move furniture across uneven surfaces. However, this type of glide tends to require more maintenance. If it’s more prone to wear and tear, then it will need replacing more often.

Metal glides are the best choice for hardwood flooring or carpets. Stainless steel is most efficient as other metal options are prone to surface rust.

Plastic glides have two options: resistance-free or anti-slip but they can cause streaks on floor surfaces if using PVC or polypropylene.

Casters

Casters are wheels that fit to the base of your chair legs to allow them to move easily across the floor. They are great for moving chairs between rooms or allowing the user to move more freely and easily around the desk and office space.

There are a few options when it comes to casters, including free-wheeling casters, charge-braked casters and interval braked casters.

Free-wheeling casters continue to have movement even with weight in the chair. This means the user can stay seated and still move about. This is ideal for office chairs as it means movement is less restricted with little output of force.

Charge-braked casters lock in place when the chair is in use. This still allows for mobility when the chair is not sat upon but will stay fixed while being used.

The interval-braked casters need a little more force to move however they don’t run the risk of rolling away.

Overall, glides are a great choice if you have heavier office furniture which is less likely to need moving on a regular basis. They are excellent at preventing damage to the floor and more subtle than casters. The conclusion is if design is important to you, then glides are a good choice. If freedom of movement is needed, then perhaps Casters are are the more suitable choice.

For more advice on home office furniture, email sales@designofficesolutions.com

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