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Where can I find cardboard tubes?


I want to make a chair out of cardboard tubes for under my loft bed, but I'm not sure where to find the tubes at. I'd like to get tubes at least 2-3" wide, up to maybe 4".
Any help is appreciated!!


I went to my local movie theater and asked them to save me some of the tubes that the large poster come in. You can see if there are any paper companies or large printers that use reams of paper, of fabric store have the fabric drapery and upholstery come off of. If that doesn't work, Menard's and places like that have heat duct pieces that are 5' and come in different diameters, but theirs aluminum. You could easily cover them in paper to match your other pieces. I've been looking for the same things for a MegaBeth cosplay I'm doing.
kathyh2393 years ago
Construction offices often have blueprint paper rolls which are 3-4 feet long and 2-3 inches across.
caarntedd3 years ago
If carpet stores won't give you their old tubes for free, try sewing stores. Their material comes on all different sized tubes, and I think they throw them out when they have finished with them.
Zem (author)  caarntedd3 years ago
Awesome! Thanks everyone!!
mole13 years ago
Free from carpet stores is probably your best bet... as Re-design says. If you want something with a smaller diameter, drapery fabric (at fabric and home decor stores) comes on heavy weight cardboard rolls. They may have some available free. You could always call and ask.
Re-design3 years ago
You can buy them as mailing tubes.

Or go to a carpet store.  Sometimes carpet is rolled on 4" cardboard tubes.
Zem (author)  Re-design3 years ago
I would prefer to spend little to no money, but thanks for the carpet store idea.
FastLearner3 years ago
there is alwase the option of buying something long and strait(like a staff) taking the cardboard tube and sell the staff in bubble rap.

Or you could make your own somehow.