How do you keep your wheeled chair from rolling when you are pedalling a Desk Cycle, Gaming, or maybe just have a slanted floor?
Here are several methods you can try. BTW – I would love your suggestions and feedback.
Keep Your Wheeled Chair From Rolling While Seated: for Office Workers, Gamers, & Fitness Buffs
1. Set of Hands-Free Brake Casters
These awesome little inventions are being used by people who are pedalling on a Desk Cycle, have an uneven floor, or rockin’ gamers. If your chair is rolling away while you are trying to work or play, these hands-free brake casters are well worth taking a close look at.
The brake casters are hands-free and will set the brake ONLY when you sit on them. When you stand up out of the chair you can roll the chair as easily as before.
There will be no more issue with your chair rolling away while you are sitting in your chair when using these. Very simple to use: all you need to do is sit in the chair and the wheels will automatically be locked into place. The casters have a nice rubber coating on them so they shouldn’t scratch most floors.
Putting on a set of these casters will also help with fighting the excessive sitting that comes with an office job. These will make sure you have to stand to get something. No more rolling around the cubical to get to the filing cabinet. These will FORCE you to burn calories!
2. Locking Casters
Locking casters are similar to the brake caster but you have to bend down and lock each of them or unlock them each time you want to move the chair. Some people will just engage two of the locking casters at a time so they don’t have to be on their hands and knees for as long.
3. Area Rug
If you are on a plain floor try adding a carpet. This will keep the wheels from rolling as easily. The thicker the carpet, the harder it will be to roll the chair.
4. Caster Stoppers
These are grooved bits of wood, rubber, glass, or plastic that you set the casters in. Although reasonably effective they are not very practical for a chair since you have to manually set them into place each time you move the chair.
These are best for stationary type furniture that is rarely moved; like a bed or file cabinet on rollers.
5. Wad of Foam
6. Strap Your Chair
The DeskCycle comes with a strap that you can wrap around your chair and the pedaller. If you want to try other means of strapping the chair so it won’t move try strapping it directly to the desk. Wrap the strap around the center post of the chair and then to the legs of the desk. This will help to secure it but will have to be undone every time you want to move away from the desk.
7. Plywood with Grooves
The gamers seem to be the most innovative on this subject. Here is one person (pic below) who designed a bespoke plywood setup for their gaming needs.
8. Convert Wheeled Chair to Stationary Setup
The final option is to completely remove the wheels. If you like the comfort of the chair but want to turn it into a stationary chair you have the option of replacing the casters with “gliders”. These are made to slide somewhat easily without wheels.