Cardboard – furniture etc.

Cardboard – furniture etc.

Ripley's Believe it or Not feed caused me to do a search on "making cardboard furniture". This is a blog I found among several sites with chairs: Design Kompany

I've used cardboard to make things but never weight-bearing furniture. This stuff looks ok to me but I'm not so picky :) I was thinking the table would do a fabulous job though if one could get hold of several refrigerator cartons. It could be covered with contact paper or several layers of paper mache, sanded and painted with something glossy so it would wipe clean.

Other cardboard uses:

Backsplash for sink/wall beside stove: cut board to size, cover with vinyl contact paper and/or foil to wipe clean.
Extra warmth while camping: cardboard is warm to sleep on and can give more cushioning than you might think.
Repair a chair: some kitchen chairs have a cushion on a board covered with fabric. If the cushion gets ruined (think soaked with milk) you can remove the whole unit and replace the cushion with several layers of cardboard glued together then reapply the fabric. Not a permanent fix but will last a couple of months. Definitely cheaper than a new chair. If you find a straight back chair with no seat you can tie fabric strips across it then put a cardboard "cushion" on that. The cushion being several layers of cardboard with a fabric or contact paper cover. Not pretty, not everlasting, but a place to sit.
Extra seating or foot stool: stuff a cardboard box with old clothes or tightly packed newspaper wads. Seal with duct tape. As it weakens over time just add more duct tape. If you treat it well this will last a couple years. You might even make a cushion for the top and a fabric cover.
Extra counter space: I have a stove that has two defunct burners on the right. I removed them and put my "mini countertop" over them. I took a box that had held a shelving unit, cut the sides down to size with a scissor, used a hunk of tape to hold the two panels together, wrapped it all in vinyl contact paper then in heavy duty foil. The edges of the foil I sealed off with strips of the vinyl to help avoid tears. I used foil on the outside to deflect heat from the other side of the stove.
Cubby for papers/small items: take several boxes all the same size, ideally at least 8-10" deep x 8" x 8". Paper tape (masking tape) them together side-by-side. Cover the whole thing with 6-10 layers of paper mache. Don't get it too wet & allow it to dry well between applications so the cardboard doesn't warp. Sand and paint. If you're careful this can end up looking very much like wood.
Shadow box for small treasures: like the cubby but with variously sized small boxes or spaces and fixed to hang on the wall.

Cardboard is a potential fire hazard so be careful not to forget what your spiffy stuff is made of. ;)

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