Caster Coffee Table

As y’all know, we recently turned our former workout room into Evan’s new office. Which is great for Evan’s goal of having a functional workshop, but not so great for our goal of working out on a semi-regular basis.

As much as part of us would like to say “oh no, guess we can’t work out so we’ve gotta binge watch Steven Universe instead,” we know we’ve gotta have a space to work out in. And I work out to YouTube videos, so it needed to be a space with a TV. Our living room was the logical answer. We’ve got a nice big space in front of our TV on the rug, but unfortunately a super heavy storage coffee table sits in the middle of that. So we decided to make that super heavy storage coffee table mobile.

Adding casters to our coffee table - evanandkatelyn.com

We looked at different types of casters we could add, but because the base our table sits on is smaller that the size of the top, we didn’t want something that would raise it up and potentially make it topple over easily. Plus we didn’t feel like the look of traditional casters would look great with the style of this table. So we opted for roller ball transfer bearings that would sit as flush as possible to the underside of the table.

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And wow… it was so easy. We just removed the storage drawers, turned the table upside down…

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screwed the four casters into the four corners through the holes in their plates…

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flip and mess around with it (not necessary, but recommended)…

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and re-assemble!

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It’s super functional and easy to roll out of the way when we need to workout, yet it still feels really sturdy and it didn’t change the look of our table. Now we want to add casters to ALL THE THINGS. Bench in our entry way? Casters. How about our desks? Casters. Mochi’s litter box? Casters.

Adding casters to our coffee table - evanandkatelyn.com

Cheers to a quick, easy, and super functional project.

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8 Responses to Caster Coffee Table

  1. Lisa September 1, 2016 at 8:49 pm #

    Interesting posts! Y’all are so creative!!! I know Pawpaw and Nanny Grace would be pleased and proud and interested in all the work y’all do!
    Happy Birthday, Katelyn! :)

    • Katelyn Sheline September 2, 2016 at 4:34 pm #

      Thank you!!

  2. Lisa September 6, 2016 at 11:46 pm #

    You’re welcome!
    How does the kitchen rug handle spills? We’ve got wall-to-wall kitchen carpet and there’s the occasional liquid spill and so it’s Ivory soap/water/paper towel clean up time.
    Dry spills like flour or stuff that can just be picked up, like garlic peel (or paper or whatever it’s called, lol), are easier to take care of.

    • Katelyn Sheline September 7, 2016 at 7:41 pm #

      so far we haven’t spilled anything but we are hoping since it’s a busy pattern it will hold up ok!

  3. Lisa September 7, 2016 at 10:18 pm #

    Our carpet is tweed-ish and I’m clumsy, so . . . :). But for someone who’s clumsy, carpet is better!!!
    I’m not on instagram–no reason to be, ’cause I still use 35mm film–but my boss is on instagram and I post inspirational and motivational, and occasionally funny, memes to his insta and get some of the memes from pinterest :).
    when we first moved in this house, we had a very busy linoleum pattern that held up well . . . and was that typical seventies look lol :) . . .not a fan of seventies style–except our entry hall/dining room wallpaper–’cause i had to live through it :).

    • Katelyn Sheline September 8, 2016 at 9:29 pm #

      busy patterns definitely help!

  4. Jackie @ RunwithJackabee October 4, 2016 at 10:29 am #

    Where did you get that coffee table? I LOVE it!

    • Katelyn Sheline October 4, 2016 at 8:44 pm #

      Aw thank you!! We got it at IKEA but they don’t sell it anymore, I’m sorry! I did some googling and this table (http://amzn.to/2dQUpbG) actually looks very similar and has built in storage as well! Might be a good substitute?

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