I absolutely love the look of wicker baskets. They add texture, color, warmth and storage space to a room that makes them perfect for so many different uses. We recently added a set of baskets to our bedroom to give us extra storage and break up all the black furniture in our room. Since we would be using the baskets directly on top of our dresser I worried about the baskets scratching up the top of our dresser. We would need to pull the baskets out from time to time to access our storage. In order to protect our furniture and keep the look of the baskets we loved, we decided to attach a sheet of felt to the bottom of the baskets to make them slide easily and help keep our dresser nice.
Step by Step Directions for Felt Bottom Baskets
What You’ll Need:
- Sheets of Felt
- Spray Adhesive
- Scrap cardboard or newspaper
Start by picking out baskets that you love and will be perfect for your space. Then, you’ll want to find a felt color that will either closely match your basket to minimize the appearance of the felt or choose a bright contrasting color to add a bit of color to your baskets to match your rooms color scheme.
You will need to carefully measure your baskets and look for felt that is large enough for your baskets. I purchased the paper size 8”x11” sheets of felt which were just about a half an inch shorter than my baskets. To me, that wasn’t a big enough gap (1/4” on each side) to worry about. You can also just use two pieces of felt and cut and measure them to fit half the length of your basket leaving your seam down the center for a more professional look rather than having a seam off centered. You can purchase felt in larger pieces than the sheet size if needed, but it can be harder to find. Measure and cut your felt to size.
Then, you’ll need a sales flyer, scrap cardboard box, paper bag, or something similar to lay down over your table or floor where you will be applying the adhesive. It is important to protect your surface as the spray adhesive will stay sticky when dry. Then, spray a thin layer of your spray adhesive onto your felt working with one piece at a time. Follow the package directions for important directions on how long you have to work with as products have different directions. You will likely have only 10-15 seconds to line up your felt to the bottom of your basket. Press the felt down firmly and smooth it over the bumps on the basket. Then, repeat the process for any other pieces of felt you need to add to the bottom of your basket or to finish the rest of your baskets.
I have loved having felt lining the bottom of our baskets. I added felt to the baskets in our master bedroom and for our family room bookshelf as well. It is such a simple fix that isn’t even noticeable since I chose felts that very closely matched the colors of our baskets. They slide so smoothly now and I no longer obsessively worry about scratching up our dresser and bookshelf.
Disclosure: I was not compensated for this post. This works with my wicker baskets but is not guaranteed to help your baskets.