21 November 2013
An added feature to some showcase designs is the option of mobility; having the freedom to move a showcase throughout a space in a smooth, easy to navigate fashion.
Showcases are often thought of as stationary structures, but in many retail environments the ability to move a showcase around a store is ideal for ever-changing merchandising themes. A set of casters can offer that mobility.
Are casters a “must have” for your next showcase requirement? At So Showcases, we’ve used casters in many of our showcase designs and we can help you determine when, where, and how to best leverage them.
Here are some tips to help you make the ideal choice for your showcase.
As in any showcase design there are many extenuating circumstances. The above considerations are suggestions for “ideal” showcase scenarios for casters; so that doesn’t mean, for example, that a large showcase can’t use casters, it just means it’s not the ideal situation.
A closer look at caster use considerations:
Any time a showcase will be standing on uneven ground, it is standard to use levelers to ensure the case is level. A level case allows doors and drawers to work properly. With casters there is no leveling option, therefore their use is not ideal for uneven ground.
By adding casters to a design you have the ability to quickly and easily move a showcase. No need for additional wheels or dolly’s. If a showcase is moving more than once a month we highly recommend using casters.
Small, medium, large
Larger showcases will have more glass and, more often than not, intricate moving parts (locks, drawers, doors etc.), and this makes them a lot heavier than standard showcases. The use of casters on this type of case can lead to twisting or skewing when moving.
Small-to-medium sized showcases are the perfect size for casters. They can be mounted directly to the frame, or a base can be created to provide a ‘rolling platform’, which allows the casters to be independent of the showcase.
Does your showcase require interior lighting or other electrical components (TV/computer monitors, sound etc.)? The ability to move a showcase is great, but not so great when you have an extension cord plugged in. This can be a major cause for concern with tripping hazards, especially in a retail environment. If there are dedicated floor receptacles then this may not be an issue, otherwise we would not recommend a showcase on casters where electrical plug-ins are a component of the showcase.
Will your next showcase be on the move?
With a multitude of casters available in the market, working with a showcase design professional will help guide you in the right direction in your caster considerations and selection. It all comes down to what is right for the showcase and its contents, based on current and future needs.