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Portable Shelf

Posted in 04.Cardboard Furniture Presentation on February 23, 2010 by Sagar Khadabadi

Cardboard Furniture Design


How to make table with cubbie holes

Posted in 03.Cardboard Furniture Design, 04.Cardboard Furniture Presentation on February 11, 2010 by Waleed Manzoul

by Waleed, Stephen C, and Allan

Originally, Waleed, Stephen, Allan, Anna, and Justin gathered together
with a lot of supplies and an uncertainty of who would build what, but
supplies were gathered and ideas were discussed. Our first step while
brainstorming was to ask, “what furniture do we need?”  Coffee table,
wine rack, wet bar, book shelf, desk, chair, and ottoman. Prototypes
of most were built quickly. A very simplistic coffee table was one of
the first, but was vetoed. As the next prototype, the wine rack/wet
bar, was built individuals polarized and two groups were made.

you will need:
4 liquor boxes with inserts. These are boxes that are used to ship bottles of liquor. You can get these at stores that sell alcohol. Make sure the boxes have the same width (or ideally, get 4 of the same type of box). We had two Makers’ Mark boxes and 2 (12 by 750ml) boxes of Crown Royal.
large piece of cardboard for table top. We used a box that was 36*26 when flattened.
1.5 inch brass fasteners. You can get these at office depot
two pieces of poster paper

Cut the top flaps off of all 4 boxes.

place two boxes such that their bottoms are facing each other (thus, the inserts face opposite directions) and stand them such that their tall sides are vertical (see picture). Place 5 brass fasteners in the pattern of a 5 on a die (on at each corner and one in the middle) (see picture)

Center a 3rd box on either side on the two joined boxes such that the its tall side is vertical as well and the box is in between the two joined boxes and facing in the same direction as one of the boxes. Join the box to the two joined boxes with 10 fasteners in the pattern shown by the picture. You want to make sure you attach this third box to each of the first two boxes using 5 fasteners.

Do the same as #3 to the 4th box on the other side, but having it face the other direction.

Now cut triangles off of the large piece of cardboard. we chose to cut triangles by marking off 5 inches from each corner and cutting diagonally. Cut the two pieces of poster paper such that they are equal length and, combined, cover the surface of the large piece of cardboard. Use 8 fasteners to fasten the paper onto the tabletop and tape down the border between the two sheets of poster paper down the middle. Then attach the table top to the base.

Here a picture of the finished product. It looks exactly the same from the other side:

Cardboard Bar Stool

Posted in 04.Cardboard Furniture Presentation on February 10, 2010 by swathibhat

Simple and suave is always the best way to go. We therefore decided to build simplistic yet very sturdy bar stool. The stool is 2 feet tall and is tested with humans weighing up to 175 pounds.

Instructions on making the stool:

Step 1:

Cut and fold 8 circular cardboard made of multiple 11.5″ diameter circles folded over each other to make a strong sitting surface at both ends.

Step 2:

Cut and fold cardboard cut into dimensions 3/8″ cardboard, 23.5″ x 48″, which is the weight-bearing element in the stool. It is just a large sheet that is rolled into a tight cylinder. You can make folding easier and more precise by using a straight edge and a blunt instrument to score parallel lines into one side of the cardboard. The cardboard will then fold nicely along these lines. We used two concentric cylinders instead of one to make it more sturdy.

Step 3:

Glue the two circular discs made in step 1 to both ends of the  cylinder.

We bounded the cylinder with a cardboard ring for more stability.

Step 4:

Cut thin pieces of diamond out of a cardboard of dimensions 3/8″ cardboard, 24″ x 72″ allowing the middle to be pressed in when it is rolled up. The result is an hour glass shape.

Step 5:

Test fit the parts, and then start gluing things together. It will look all the more impressive if none of the glue is visible or duct tape is visible 🙂

Step 6:

Let the glue dry fully before you sit on the stool. If you have built the stool well it will be quite sturdy, but you should sit fairly still. Tilting or leaning will wear it out quickly.

Our volunteers:

Our volunteers varied from 140 lbs to 178 lbs

Test subject 1 🙂

Test subject 2 🙂

And finally me .. Test subject 3 🙂

By Team:

Kaustubh Sheth, Satyajit Deshmukh, Swathi Bhat


Posted in 04.Cardboard Furniture Presentation on February 9, 2010 by lalanthikav

By Ashwin and Lalanthika

I. Our goal is to design a sturdy chair with a laptop table.
II.  The sturdy chair we built can withstand a person weighing 200 pounds( approximately).
III.  The key in designing the “sturdy” chair?!!
If we stack up pieces of cardboard of a similar shape and tape them up, it gets a high structural integrity thus becoming very stable.
IV. Simple steps to make the sturdy chair.
1. We take huge pieces of cardboard and cut out L-shaped pieces. Depending on the thickness your require for the side pieces/arm rest of the chair, you can stack up the L-shaped pieces. Make two of these for the two arm rests.
2. For the backrest (body) of the chair, you can cut out two rectangles that fit exactly between the L-shaped arm-rests. Similar to the previous case, you can stack up as many pieces of the two rectangles as required to match the thickness of the arm-rest to give the chair a uniform look.
3. For the seating area of the chair, you can again make a shape in the cardboard that would best fit the seating area shape of the chair and create a stack of it to give the required height from the floor.
4. If you wish to give , a traditional sofa appearance, you can place the two rectangles for the backrest above the seating stack of the chair in order to give it an increased height like a head rest.Put all the pieces together and you can either tape them up where required to support the structure or you can use plastic or metal rods with screws on the end of the rods to hold the pieces in place. Upto three rods at the top, middle and the end of the L- shape will hold all the pieces together.
5. Note that to make a stack of a particular shape, you can stick patches of cardboard on a shape to increase its
thickness if you are unable to find cardboard pieces of the same size and shape.This will also reduce the wastage of cardboard.
6. There you go! Your cardboard chair is ready to be used. Using this idea, you can use your creativity to make sturdy chairs of any shape. One important thing to note for ease of preparation of the similar shaped pieces would be to make a prototype of all the pieces first and then cut -out similar shaped pieces for making the stack of that particular shape.
For the laptop table instructions, kindly see the post by Sneha and Hari.

The Digital Despot, 1.0

Posted in 04.Cardboard Furniture Presentation on February 6, 2010 by Philip Rogers

Step 1: Cardboard

Use Google Maps to find sources of cardboard. We found 3″ mailing tubes at Office Depot, and strong cardboard boxes at the Georgia Tech cardboard recycling drop-off.

Step 2: The Base

Draw and cut out circles to form the two-layer base of your throne. Several websites are available to help with calculations and unit conversions. To make sure that all your base is sturdy, we recommend using tape to secure the top and bottom.

Step 3: Armrests

The armrests need to be rather strong. We found that folding cardboard along the grain (as in the first picture) was the strongest.

Step 4: Ergonomic Seat

Comfortable seating is an important component in reducing injuries while surfing the net. For the contour of the base, use cardboard filler to form wedges. Then, cut out sides and wrap a single piece of long cardboard over the top for a smooth finish. We also used cardboard to add support to the seat, and improve the overall stability of the throne.

Step 5: The Back

Sometimes, you have to move your chair IRL. To make a detachable back, cut regular boxes down so that they fit tightly between the armrests.

Step 6: Great Success!

You’re now ready to rule the net in your new throne.

How to Build a Cardboard Ottoman With Storage

Posted in 03.Cardboard Furniture Design, 04.Cardboard Furniture Presentation, Uncategorized on February 4, 2010 by Navin Maharaj

You will learn how to build a decorative and more importantly, free ottoman that can be used for storage or just putting your feet up.

For all the fun details please visit us at  We are currently enjoying our 15 minutes of fame, because we are being featured on the instructables homepage!

We’ve also got instructions online at

Here’s quick tip for others who wish to post to or took about 24 hours to approve and publish our guide and took 5 seconds. also allows for multiple images per step, while only allowed one.

For all the blow by blow action of constructing our fine piece of furniture, check out our gallery.

Stenciled Circular Bookcase

Posted in 04.Cardboard Furniture Presentation on February 3, 2010 by Justin Ratcliffe

When we began brainstorming, we were thinking of traditional furniture that would utilize the integrity of the boxes; we envisioned coffee tables, side tables, lamps, and chairs. But we wanted to come up with something a little more creative and we ended up on very different ideas; our favorite was a bean bag chair. We were going to use as much shredded cardboard or paper to make the most comfortable fully recyclable seat imaginable. We began to imagine ourselves lounging on these plump bubbles of paper cuts and realized that we would love to have a bookcase to match. We had seen a cardboard coffee table created with a stencil and layer technique so we considered this approach for a bookcase.

To brainstorm shapes that would allow us to store books, we began drawing and sketching. We had about 15 sketches and finally decided on the semi circle/orange wedge design because it was extensible in the case that we found extra time and cardboard.

Instructions: These are directions on how to make a semi circle bookshelf. If you want to double your effort, you could also extend the project to a full circle bookshelf which is mountable on a wall or make one very thick half circle that could be used as a side table and ottoman that holds books.

Step 1: Make a stencil! You’ll want to get as close to a perfect half circle as possible so use a makeshift compass with a string or cable (iPod cables work great!) Decide on two lengths and then give yourself a 1 inch border for the outer circle and a 3/4 inch border on the inner circle so you have four semi circles.

Step 2: Now you’ll need separators for the books to rest on. Create four supports wherever you would like; each should have about an inch border. Once they’re drawn, start cutting!

Step 3: Rinse and Repeat. You’ll use this stencil to duplicate the shape. You’ll need about 40 to support smaller books such as paperback novels. If you would like to make a full circle bookcase, you’ll need at least 80.

Step 4: Admire your work.

Step 5: Get serious and stack your pieces with some glue in between each piece.

You’re done! Set it up and place your books inside.

Justin & Anna