How can I add weight a desktop tape dispenser to keep it from tipping?

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  • William William on Jan 09, 2021

    How about gluing or screwing a piece of wood to the bottom slightly larger than the base of the dispenser. You could hot glue washers to the bottom for weight.

  • Usually they have sand in them to give them weight. Could it just need a non-skid surface on the bottom to keep it from moving? Otherwise, I agree with William, attach something with weight to the bottom.

  • Recreated Designs Recreated Designs on Jan 09, 2021

    You could use a glue gun to add some dots to the bottom of it. When the dots dry they will provide a non-stick surface and keep it from slipping around.

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    • Flipturn Flipturn on Jan 11, 2021

      It isn't slipping, it is tipping (over).

  • Em Em on Jan 09, 2021

    I don't know what kind you have but mine has a pretty large base. You could cut out a piece of two by four using the base of the dispenser as a template. Sand paint and glue to the bottom of the dispenser.

  • Redcatcec Redcatcec on Jan 09, 2021

    The bottom needs weight to hold it in place, glue something like a piece of marble, maybe you can get something from a leftover at a marble/granite shop.

  • Flipturn Flipturn on Jan 09, 2021

    There are countless models of tape dispensers made from different materials.

    Please post a picture of yours so that we can see what you are working with.

  • Christi Christi on Jan 09, 2021

    Thank you for you solutions.

    The dispenser is ceramic so drilling is not possible. I think I will try the glue dots on the bottom for some stability.

    I will post a picture when I return work

  • Deb K Deb K on Jan 09, 2021

    Hi Christi, you can glue a rubber "grippy" to the bottom and that may hep it to quit slipping, there ceramic should be heavy enough

  • Michelle Leslie Michelle Leslie on Jan 10, 2021

    Hi Christi, is your dispense hollow inside?

  • You can tape a block of wood to the base, larger than the dispenser.

  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Jan 10, 2021

    Hi Christi,

    Stick it to Lead or Concrete or heavy book, or maybe Velcro it to the desk!

  • Christi Christi on Jan 10, 2021

    Yea it’s hollow. I thought of putting sand in a snack size ziplock bag but not sure how to get it to stay put.

  • Vimarhonor Vimarhonor on Jan 10, 2021

    Hello. Can you show us the bottom of your tape dispenser to see what kind of area we have to work with?

  • Christi Christi on Jan 10, 2021

    Here are some pictures

  • Flipturn Flipturn on Jan 11, 2021

    Thanks for the pictures.


    I can see now that the cause of the tipping over is most likely due to the shape of the dispenser being higher than it is wide. Also, there is no weighted inside cavity the way other styles of tape dispensers have, as here it is hollow. Unfortunately, the design team went for form and not function on this one.


    I would say do not try to add anything to the bottom of it as that will only result in the height being increased, making it more unstable.

    You could try to attach the lowest part on to a base that is wider than the present bottom, with a zip tie, but that may not look attractive.

    Another idea is to put the entire dispenser into a heavy weight wooden or metal rectangular box but, once again, that may not look attractive, and may interfere with other items on your desk, or accessing the tape roll.


    Considering your time and how annoying it may be to have it tipping over, it may be more expedient to simply purchase a new heavy stable dispenser.

  • Christi Christi on Jan 11, 2021

    Thank you all for you for your great help and ideas! I may just continue to struggle with it as my son gave it to me for Christmas as a gift and sees my desk daily!

    Mom’s that’s what we do!

  • Lifestyles Homes Lifestyles Homes on Jan 12, 2021

    You can drill ceramic with a proper drill bit.

    You could mix fine dry sand with epoxy and fill up the bottom.

    If you glue it to a wider piece of wood, drill it to hold pencils/pens before painting it. Make the base look functional.