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Felt Shelf Covers

This trick works to hide clutter in the confines of modular storage. Best of all, covers can be measured and made to any size required. All you need is wool felt fabric, velcro, and some hardware store supplies.

bookshelf with modular storage

Photography: NGOC MINH NGO

Source: Martha Stewart Living, September 2017


  • Modular storage unit (Pictured: IKEA Billy bookcases, from $30 each,
  • Measuring tape
  • Wool felt (Pictured: Filz Felt wool design felt, 3mm, in 534 Rose, 150 Weiss, and 105 Rost (left), from $115 a yd.,
  • Fabric scissors
  • 1-inch square balsa-wood strip
  • Velcro tape (Pictured: Velcro Brand industrial-strength low-profile tape, 10' by 1", in White, $10.50,
  • Handsaw
  • 1 1/4-inch nails
  • Hammer
  • Optional: Lightweight wood-trim strip (Pictured: Midwest Products genuine balsa wood, 1" by 1" by 36", $37 for 6 pieces,
  • Optional: White paint (Pictured: Alexandria Moulding solid-pine astragal molding (WM 134), 11/16" by 1 3/8" by 96", $16,
  • Optional: Wood glue


  1. Measure width and height of shelf opening. Measure and cut felt to those dimensions. Measure and cut balsa wood and Velcro to width of shelf opening.
  2. Line up wood beneath top of shelf opening; gently nail in from below (A). Stick one piece of Velcro to top edge of felt. Stick other to balsa wood. Velcro felt into place.
    felt shelf covers
  3. Optional: To conceal the seam between bookcases, paint wood-trim strip white, then use glue to adhere (B).

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