After hours and hours of painting perched atop one of our backless barstools, m’lady was beginning to have some back-pain issues. We decided it was time for her to scoop up a bad-ass new drafting chair for a bit of support, and after a couple weeks of searching, she found one she was happy with and pulled the trigger. A couple days and 15 minutes with an allen wrench later, the chair was all complete. Only one problem- even at it’s lowest height, it wouldn’t slide underneath the painting table. Oops.
We entertained the idea of cutting down the main support tube of the chair, modifying the table, and a couple other ridiculous ideas, then it hit us. Casters! It seemed so obvious and so easy. Simply raise the height of the table a few inches, rather than hacking up pricey furniture to “make it work.” After another round of research, we found these pairs of bed casters on amazon and got to drilling. (Disclaimer- I got to buy a new set of drill bits to accomplish this project, so I was on board from the get go.)
And wouldn’t ya know it – three inches of rise from the wheels mean that the table is not only mobile, but that the chair now tucks nicely under it when not in use.
Now when I return home from a long day at work, the first words out of Kim’s mouth do not generally revolve around back pain and wrist strain. Hooray!
All that research got us brainstorming other cool and interesting ways to use casters around the crib… and as some of you may know, Kim has become quite the Pinterest addict. Her quick search pulled up some impressive results:
An Ikea Expedit bookcase turned on it’s side (could be great in a mudroom as a storage bench, too!):
Islands? Sure. Why not?
Looking for a mobile daybed? Howsabout you use a handful of reclaimed pallets on wheels?
Why buy those cheapo under-bed-storage bins when you could use vintage drawers on wheels? (Also great for serious puzzle fiends.)
So that’s that. Mobility and a touch of height are easier than you thought.(Not to mention, it just looks cooler.) As we recently found out, there are actually entire web stores that sell nothing but casters in every size, shape and variety. So, how do you roll?
Pinterest images can be found on our pin board here, with links to all original sources. Man, you all are a bunch of smarties.