In search of the possibilities of the storage basket

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by aika | Posted in From My Work Room | No comments yet. | 2026 views on this post

Hello friends! It's been ages since the last update, haha. How are you?

I have been busy for fulfilling orders of my custom-made storage basket since its launch in the last autumn. This new design brought me professional customers, interior design companies from the US and Canada whose orders tend to be big, and also challenging: one of them was an extra large basket that I couldn't imagine if I was able to sew it on the small working table of my industrial sewing machine, and had no idea what kind of structure it should be to support the sides of the huge basket. It was a trial-and-error process making a prototype as always, including packing and shipping that was another hurdle I run into. 

The measurements of this extra large basket are 29 7/8" wide, 24 1/8" deep, 16 1/8" high (75,9cm wide, 61,3cm deep, 41cm high), and 6 pieces of plywood can be inserted in the pockets inside the basket to support the sides. You can fold it down as low as the height 3 1/2" (9cm).

Custom-made, Extra large size felt storage basket by Aika Felt Works

Custom-made, extra large felt storage basket by Aika Felt Works

Custom-made, extra large size felt storage basket by Aika Felt Works

Custom-made, extra large felt storage basket by Aika Felt Works, detail

Custom-made, extra large felt storage basket by Aika Felt Works, folded

Custom-made, extra large size felt storage basket by Aika Felt Works

Custom-made, extra large felt storage basket by Aika Felt Works

Making the extra large basket is manageable, but I can't send this big item by Finnish post everywhere in the world as a standard parcel. There are the maximum sizes of an item that you can send as a standard parcel depending on countries: for example, LENGTH + CIRCUMFERENCE of a package to the USA should be smaller than 78 3/4" (2m), and if the size exceeds, EMS is the only choice which costs 1,7 times more. While you can send a package to Canada as a standard parcel up to (LENGTH + CIRCUMFERENCE =) 118" (3m).

So I can send a package of 3 extra large size baskets (LENGTH + CIRCUMFERENCE = 100 2/5" / 2m55cm) to Canada at 88€, but to the USA at 150€. This difference is huge, and that makes it complicated to sell this item online, limiting the maximum size, with variations like set of 2, set of 3, shipping to countries with different size (and weight) regulations. In reality, are you willing to pay 150€ for shipping? I wish I could have offered more affordable shipping options to my customers.

In addition to the extra large basket, I also made a basket with a lid using a zipper, and in different colors such as red, orange and dark grey. I will put more color variations available.

Custom-made, extra large felt storage basket in red by Aika Felt Works

Custom-made, extra large felt storage basket in red by Aika Felt Works, detail

Custom-made, extra large felt storage basket in natural dark grey by Aika Felt Works

Custom-made, extra large felt storage basket in natural dark grey by Aika Felt Works

Custom-made, extra large felt storage basket in natural dark grey by Aika Felt Works

 

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