Wool fibers are matted, condensed, and pressed together to form felt. A surface can be covered with this material to prevent bumps and scratches from occurring. Chairs and sofas can also be padded with felt.
This article will assist you in gluing felt to wood! Throughout this guide, I will show you how to get that perfect bond. You’ll be pleased with the outcome if you follow the steps closely.
A Guide on How to glue felt to wood
1. Organize your materials
It’s important to gather everything you need before you begin almost any project. It is likely that your project will take longer than needed and that problems will arise if you don’t. When gluing felt to wood, you’ll need the following materials:
- The glue
- Boards of wood
- Felt sheets
- Knife or scissors
- Felt glue can be applied with a foam paint roller or a paintbrush
- Tape measurer or ruler (to make sure the fabric stretches evenly)
- An eraser and pencil (helpful, but not necessary)
- If you have sandpaper, that’s great.
If you plan to cover your furniture completely, the adhesive should be water-resistant, and the bond should last a long time (more on that later).
- Spray adhesive or contact cement should be used when covering furniture with felt (such as an entire couch).
- A hot glue gun or rubber cement can be used if you’re just covering a small area. When you no longer want the felt on the wood, you can easily remove it with rubber cement or hot glue. Using epoxy, which dries slower but is stronger, can provide a stronger bond.
- You should use hot glue if the furniture is not waterproof or is only for decoration. Water damage is not a concern for glue despite its strength.
There is no harm in being overprepared, even if you don’t need all these things! All you need is glue, scissors, wood board, and felt sheets. You’re ready to go once you’ve gathered your materials and set up your workspace! Be sure to follow these steps when gluing felt to wood whenever the conditions are right.
2. Get the felt and wood ready
Preparing your felt and boards before adhering them together is the next step after you have gathered all your materials.
Start by measuring and cutting your felt pieces to fit the size and shape of your wood. Make sure you get extra long felt sheets if you intend to use a big piece of felt in your project. Getting felt that will cover whatever surface you want to protect is important, since you can trim away the excess later if necessary.
Clean and clear surfaces are essential for ensuring a quality bond between your furniture and the adhesive. As well, if there is any leftover felt or padding from previous projects or damage, you should remove it.
Sandpaper is useful when covering or repairing furniture such as chairs, couches, tables, desks, etc. Make sure to use it on a scratched surface-the more scratched it is, the better the bond! If your felt is torn or frayed, you can also do this.
Once the surface has been cleaned with a damp cloth, allow it to dry completely before proceeding! Prepare the wood for attaching felt by gluing it to it.
3. Put glue on the surface
Attach the felt to the wood by applying glue to one side. You will need to glue the felt to the wood on the side where you want it to be attached. Glue can also be applied to both surfaces for a stronger bond, but you should avoid overdoing it.
Paintbrushes or foam rollers can be used for this. You can control how much glue is used and where more precisely by using a paintbrush. Don’t put on too much, but make sure it covers the surfaces you plan on attaching to your furniture. When properly applied, glue won’t be messy or heavy (and you won’t need to clean up a lot).
Adding craft foam to both layers of fabric will make your project even stronger and more durable.
3. Glue the felt to the wood board
Apply glue to one side of the wooden board and place it there. Before pressing the felt onto the surface, make sure it is straight and flat.
To stick the felt into place, allow the rubber cement to completely dry (about 5 minutes) first. It is obvious that covering up scratches and dents would be impossible with wet glue, as it could damage or warp your boards.
Smooth out any wrinkles or bubbles using your fingers or an object such as a credit card. Taking your time will prevent sloppy results!
If any wrinkles appear on the felt, you can smooth them out with a hot iron.
4. Before using, allow time for drying
Avoid leaving glue drips on your finished product by wiping them up with a wet cloth or paper towel as soon as possible
After you finish your project, make sure it has completely dried before handling or walking on it.
Once your piece is dry, use scissors or an Exacto knife to cut off any excess felt.
If you want to attach felt to wood or other rigid surfaces, super glue might be the best glue.
Gel adhesive from Gorilla. Aside from being exceptionally strong, Gorilla Super Glue dries extremely quickly. It’s great to use felt with the gel formula because it doesn’t run.
That’s right! Because they are fast-drying and mess-free, they are great for fabric and felt. If instructed and supervised, even kindergarteners can use them.