Asked on Jun 09, 2018

I have several metal shelving units that I want to put casters on

Pete norris
by Pete norris
They are 6 feet high with four adjustible shelves. The botton four corners are L shaped. Any ideas would be appreciate

  4 answers
  • Suzette Suzette on Jun 09, 2018

    Hi Pete, If you are at greater than a 4:1 height to depth ratio, you have a potential tipping problem. That said, the best way to mount a shelving unit on casters would be to make a separate base using slotted angle (metal lumber) and then mount the caster to that base and then fasten the shelving unit to the base. Be SURE to securely fasten the shelving section to the base.


    Good luck!

  • Starr Wilson Starr Wilson on Jun 09, 2018

    Maybe you could made a piece of wood to fit in the L shape and secure it inside the L shaped leg with screws and then you should be able to put on rollers.

  • 17335038 17335038 on Jun 10, 2018

    Good safety points from Suzette.

    Also, do not cheap out on the quality or size of the casters. Make sure that they are strong enough to support the weight of the shelving unit full with the items you want to put on it.

    Think about how much easier suitcases are to maneuvar around if they have large high quality caster wheels. Now think about stacking suitcases on top of each other up to six feet high. A high shelving unit with casters will be as easy/hard to steer.

  • B. Enne B. Enne on Jun 10, 2018

    https://www.hometalk.com/diy/repair/furniture/q-adding-casters-to-metal-garage-shelving-8472666

    https://www.casterspecialists.com/browse-by-caster-application/wire-rack-shelving.html

    https://www.precisiontools.com/blog/adding-stem-casters-to-an-existing-wire-shelving-unit/

    Would like to add casters to metal garage shelving. Can it be done?