Make Furniture With Cardboard and Duct Tape

3 Hours

Who said furniture has to be wood? Hit the park or the beach with these light weight, easy to pack and assemble furniture made out of up-cycled cardboard boxes and duct tape!
This set of table and chair are made of cardboard and duct tape only, and weigh less than 4 pounds together. They can be easily put together and taken apart, and every component opens up into a flat piece. The 2 table legs become the carrying case when opened.
I took inspirations from many cardboard furniture and packaging designs, went back and forth between designing in Sketchup, and testing the structures with cardboard. Through this process I became more and more appreciative of cardboard as a construction material.
• Cardboard: upcycle all those boxes! This project utilizes single wall corrugated board, but some improvement can be achieved by using double wall corrugated board. Will discuss that later.
• Duct tape: optional. It adds strength and colors!
• Box cutter or Xacto knife, and good cutting surface
• Scissors for cutting slots (shown in next step)
• Measuring tape
• Drawing pen for marking the cuts and folds
• Straight edge and a butter knife to make creases
To make the chair, start with the structure underneath the seat. In the diagram and the pictures, the green numbers refer to different pieces.
Pieces 1, 2 and 3 are all made with 6”x18” cardboard, and make sure the corrugations are running vertically. Cut notches where lines are drawn, and they will fit nicely into a 3D grid.
After creating this grid, the top pieces will fit easily!
The table consists of 4 pieces- 2 triangular legs at 16” high with notches, and 2 symmetrical top pieces which slide into the notches and make up a 24”x17” top surface. The diagram shows one leg, one top piece, and all the dimensions.
Ready to start? Visit the link below for more tips on designing and building with cardboard!

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  • SnowKnitty
    on Oct 19, 2019

    Your ingenuity is impressive! I love that this up-cycles cardboard and it collapses flat. What a great thing to take on a driving vacation!

  • Patty morgan
    on Oct 26, 2019

    Very cute & creative! I think I would crush the chair 🤣

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