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How to prevent rattan baskets from destroying surfaces from Thrifty Decor Chick

Well hello there! How’s your week going? Thanks so much for the kind comments on the new gallery wall! I’m back with a quick post about an issue I get asked about a lot. It’s a big one people…it plaques many of us around the country. Here we go…

HOW do your baskets not tear up your built ins and shelves?

See? Deep. Don’t say I never delve into the real issues here.

I have been asked that question a lot over the years. Nearly every time I share a project with rattan baskets in it I’ll get emails and comments about how I keep them from destroying surfaces.

These were painted wood and after a very short time the baskets were scratching the paint and even messing up the wood trim a bit. We used these bins a lot and the constant scraping started to take it’s toll.

So I figured out a way to make them more functional for very little. I used brown felt:

Easy fix to prevent baskets from scratching

I did this project years ago and took pics at the time, but they’re long gone. 🙂 It’s pretty easy though — just put the basket on top of the felt and either trace around it (chalk works well) or cut around. Be sure to cut just a bit smaller than your lines.

Then you just use hot glue and secure it to the bottom of the basket:

Easy fix to protect surfaces from rattan baskets

I did it around all the edges and then a little dab in the middle if I remember correctly.

They’ve held up GREAT for all these years. Not one has even budged, and we used these baskets a TON.

Organized pantry with baskets

These shelves are melamine but even those start to get torn up by rattan baskets after awhile. The felt completely protects the surface and allows to them slide super easy. Like buttah.

These are the little fixes that I always find helpful so I like to share even the simple, quick projects with you! The felt will cost you a few bucks and a hot glue gun and glue will come in under $5 if you don’t have one. Worth it to protect your surfaces!

So there you go — one of life’s biggest questions answered. Have any of you tried this? Any other ideas that work in your home?


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