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Hello! Welcome to my blog. My name is Audrey and today, I would like to invite you all to learn about the wonders of the automobile. I first became interested in the auto mobile after the death of my husband. Until that point, I had no interest in cars at all. My husband did all the driving and I simply had to turn up on time and climb into the back. However, a few days after the funeral, I walked into our garage and I decided that I would learn how to drive and how to maintain an automobile. Our mechanic has been very good at teaching me a few things and giving me some top advice.


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4 Features to Keep in Mind When Choosing Castor Wheels for a Kitchen Island

Tracy Arnold

You can build a kitchen island out of cabinets, old chests of drawers, small tables, timber and multiple other supplies, but if you want it to be mobile, you need to add some castor wheels. Most plans online for DIY kitchen islands don't go into a lot of detail about which castor wheels to select.

For example, some plans just recommend using 2-inch (5 cm) swivel castor wheels, and they don't give any extra details. To help you out, here are some features you may want to look for.

1. Brakes

Brakes are essential. While you want your kitchen island to be mobile, you don't want it to move from underneath you whilst you are trying to chop veg or knead bread dough. To that end, you need sturdy brakes.

Most brakes consist of a small lever that you have to push down to engage.  So you don't have to bend, you may want to look for a foot-activated lever.

2. Vinyl Wheels

Metal castor wheels may be hard on your kitchen floor. If you have a wood floor, in particular, they may scratch it. To prevent that, you may want to look for vinyl wheels. You can get them in a range of colours and designs.

Alternatively, rubber, plastic or similar materials can also work. If you really prefer the look of metal, you may want to opt for metal with a polyurethane tread. To really protect your floor, look for a wheel that advertises a non-marking tread.

3. Right Size Plate

When ordering castor wheels, you may notice that they feature plates in different sizes. If you have a huge bottom surface on your island, you don't really need to worry about plate size. However, if you have a relatively small or narrow spot to attach the castor wheels to, you need to measure it and ensure that you have the right size plate.

4. Retractable Options

Some people like the look of castor wheels on their island, but others don't. If you don't want your castor wheels to show, you may want to opt for retractable option. These castors come in a few different styles, but essentially, they retract into a small opening on the island, and when, you need them, you just pop them out. When out, they are more noticeable than regular castors because they tend to stick to the side of the island rather than underneath it.