How to add wheels to a TV stand

Written by francis walsh
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If you own a TV stand that has a base with feet instead of wheels, then all you have is a television stand that stays in one spot. Families that use their den for more than watching TV are finding ways to make their living space more adaptable to their lifestyle. When you have family fun night that doesn't involve a television, a TV stand with wheels can move the set out of the way for whatever fun activity your family chooses to do. If you want to customise a TV stand for just this reason, it's an easy task.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • Measuring tape
  • Pencil
  • Four caster wheels
  • Screwdriver
  • 5/16 drill bit
  • Drill
  • Tape

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Position the TV stand with the bottom of the base pointed upward. Keep the surface that is pointed toward the ceiling flat and level. Have your tools and wheels close by and be close enough to an electrical socket to use an electrical drill to make pilot holes for the screw fasteners.

  2. 2

    Measure and mark the largest square or rectangular shape that will fit thin the outside edges of the base plate. Leave any pre-existing feet in place and mark around or through the feet that are there. Use the shape to place four caster wheels in position to carry the weight of the stand evenly. If pre-existing feet are in the way of placing the caster in the perfect spot, move the caster inside of the foot just enough to secure it to the TV stand base plate. Now position and mark the locations of each screw hole for all of the caster wheels.

  3. 3

    Measure the width of the TV stand's base plate. The screws that secure the casters to the base plate cannot be longer than the thickness of the base plate or the screws will come out the top. Measure the width of the base plate and subtract at least 1/16 inch so that when the screw is tightened, the wheel be secure and the screw will not protrude out the top.

  4. 4

    Wrap the drill bit with a piece of tape so that you will know how deep to drill the pilot hole. Use the measurement you obtained from the thickness of the TV stand's base plate to know where to wrap the drill bit with tape. When done, only enough drill bit should be visible under the edge of tape. Drill into the base plate until you reach the edge of the tape and stop.

  5. 5

    Position each caster wheel in place and secure it to the TV stand using screws that are of the right length. The pilot holes will let you easily tighten the wheels in place. After all the wheels are secured to the TV stand, check that they operate smoothly and are correctly centred under the base. Turn the television stand over and confirm that it remains level. Move the base around without any weight on top to check that the wheels are working properly before putting the television on top of the TV stand.

Tips and warnings

  • Be sure to support glass-top TV stands properly before drilling or pressing onto the base while it sits on the glass top. Avoid breaking glass TV stands by using towels underneath the glass while completing this project.
  • Making the correct measurements for the screws and pilot holes is imperative to completing this project without damaging the TV stand. Measure twice and cut once is the rule of thumb, and making sure you do not drill through the base plate will keep you from damaging a good piece of furniture.

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