How do I make some VERY HEAVY dining chairs more "mobile"?

Sharon Roscher
by Sharon Roscher

I love our dining room chairs but their so heavy that it's difficult to more them around (I think they weight about 35-40 lbs. each). There must be some way to attach casters or something ??? to the legs but I just don't know what or how. Sorry, I don't have a better picture. They're solid wood (type unknown).

Four regular chairs and two with arms (that makes them even heavier).

  14 answers
  • 16999903 16999903 on Oct 05, 2018

    It sounds like you need some hard plastic half round gliders on the feet of your chairs.

    Here's a website that had a number of different kind. The Nylon gliders look promising. I'm sure you can talk to them about your specifics if you give them a call. Good luck!

    • Sharon Roscher Sharon Roscher on Oct 06, 2018

      Thank you, Sugarbaker. I'll check it out in the morning. We've tried the little round gliders but the chairs are just too heavy and they crack as soon as we sit on the chair...and yes, we could all afford to lose a few pounds but none of us are really overweight or exceptionally heavy.

    • Sharon Roscher Sharon Roscher on Oct 06, 2018

      Thank you, Sharon. I'll check them out but I have a stinking hunch that they're the same ones that I've already tried (and they don't work). That's why we're just stymied as to what else to try.

  • Amber Shelton Amber Shelton on Oct 06, 2018

    We have adjustable steel rollers but I don’t know if they would work or if you can get them where you are.

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    • Sharon Roscher Sharon Roscher on Oct 06, 2018

      Thank you for your response Amber...I'm not quite sure how these would work on dining room chairs...but I'll definitely look into them.

  • Robyn Garner Robyn Garner on Oct 06, 2018

    I did a fairly extensive search for you and have 2 sources for you to look at. This one has pretty decent products (make sure you get the proper size!):

    This site appears to the best products around and there's no minimum order, which is great (I feared there would be as these products seem to be for pro's). The site itself is awful lol!

    I've finally figured out that what you're looking for are "swivel glides". There are several different types - all shown in the first box, top left. You don't want the heavy duty selections.

    You DO want to look at the various "swivel glides" available to make sure you narrow it to the few options that do slide. There are some that state "rubber and/or non-skid", which don't slide.

    The reason you want swivel glides is that if the design of the chairs has the legs at angles other than 90* (which would be straight up and down), this design allows the glides to automatically adjust to be at the proper angle for each chair leg. Perfect!

    They are all also screw in type - which is the best way (imho) to attach them as they won't pop off like snap on, peel off like stick on, wiggle out like nail in. Perfect!

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    • Robyn Garner Robyn Garner on Feb 03, 2021

      Did you click the link? They are screw in thingies.

  • Merrill M Merrill M on Oct 06, 2018

    A simple way to move the chairs on carpet is to nail small gliders into the bottoms of the chair legs. They are smooth, rounded disks with a nail/screw on one side that you can insert into the chair leg.

    • Sharon Roscher Sharon Roscher on Oct 06, 2018

      Unfortunately we tried these but they just don't work. But thank you for responding.

  • Janet Janet on Oct 06, 2018

    Home Depot has furniture glides, Go to their website and check them out. Iuse the stick on ones for my dinign room chairs but eventually they fall off. I am going to change to the nail on kind.

  • LauraW LauraW on Oct 06, 2018

    Unfortunately we have the same problem, the real "issue" is the carpet! We took out our carpet from the dining room and added the plastic caps as suggested by others. Short of that drastic measure, you can try the heavy weight gliders from Home Depot or get some new chairs. I dont know why a furniture maker would make chairs so heavy anyway.

    • Sharon Roscher Sharon Roscher on Oct 06, 2018

      I'm with you Lmw...why make such heavy chairs...better yet, what were we thinking when we bought them!  The biggest guy to use them only weighs 240 lbs. These beauties would hold an elephant. Thank you for responding though...and good luck with yours.

  • Judi Judi on Oct 06, 2018

    I just want to add the suggestion that you put small wheels on each leg of the chairs. I have so much stuff in my studio that I have cupboards in front of shelves, and my husband put wheels on each of them so I can just move them out of the way. May not work for your situation, but I am a big fan of wheels!


    • Sharon Roscher Sharon Roscher on Oct 06, 2018

      Thank you for your suggestion, jkm...I really like the "little wheel" concept, too; but, I guess they really won't work on chairs...not sure why though.

  • Deb K Deb K on Oct 06, 2018

    These may help, casters would be way too dangerous.

  • Sharon Roscher Sharon Roscher on Oct 06, 2018

    I can't begin to thank all of you for all the wonderful input and suggestions! I'll let you know what we finally end up with and how it's working out at a later day. Hope you all have wonderful holidays stressing, please

  • Robyn Garner Robyn Garner on Oct 07, 2018

    @Sharon R I just wanted to tell you I appreciate that you are so polite and made sure to thank everyone! (it's a pet peeve when people get help online and can't bother to say thank you lol!)

    I'm glad you're excited to try the swivel gliders and I can't wait to find out if they work.

  • Suzzann Suzzann on Oct 08, 2018

    I had that same problem with with mine, not so good on carpet!! I finally got rid of my big bulky chairs and table! Looks nice and Grande in the dining room, just not good for real living! Also will never have carpet in dining room again! I tried all those things and rollers make the chairs too high for the table. Good luck dear!

  • Kmdreamer Kmdreamer on Oct 08, 2018

    Get those big round circles you put on bottom of chairs to slide

  • Mk Mk on Dec 07, 2019

    Hello - @Sharon - did anything finally work for you? Please share as we have the same problem. Thank you