Picture of Designing Cardboard Furniture
cd rack.png
office joosts.jpg
cardboard microscope.jpg
jamesroberts hangers.jpg
table top.png
cardboard wheelchair.jpg
cardboard car.jpg
Create more spaces that weren't there before, save a tonne by creating you're own furniture out of cardboard and watercolour tape.

You'll find several nifty tricks and tips here and in following instructables about how to design your own cardboard furniture.

Some pieces can be completed in a day or two, depending on your design.

I came across Eric Guiomar's DVD titled How to Design Cardboard Furniture by Vinestreetworks, then his first book, and then this instructable was born.

Here's some new techniques you can use to design uniquely shaped furniture.

New! Eric Guiomar's new pdf book part 2 is available.

Check out many French Cartonnistes personal websites below:
French Cartonnistes Websites

In this instructable, I demonstrate how I made an extremely sturdy three-storey book shelf made of six ply cardboard. Simply follow the same principles to create any design you like.

Remove these adsRemove these ads by Signing Up

Step 1: Sketch Your Design & Measure & Cut Accurately

Picture of Sketch Your Design & Measure & Cut Accurately
step 1 cut the cardboard.jpg
step 1a cut the cardboard.jpg
shelves cut2.jpg
Check out books and catalogues for inspiration. The first cupboard I planned to make was a Chinese style black and gold one. In this instructable the same methods are used for every type of object you plan to make. I will show step by step techniques of how I made a craft cupboard to store my knicks knacks.

Check out my other instructables for details on how to make your own door hinges -
new tips and tricks for cardboard furniture:

So now you've figured out you basic construction. You will be surprised at the strength of your cardboard structure. This cupboard below holds up to 80kg of folders.
After 3 months its still standing!

Look for clean cardboard thrown away in electronic superstores. Large complete pieces are ideal - the size of a refrigerator or plasma tv. I clean any visible dust with hospital grade 90% alcohol. Let dry.

You will need to work out the measurements for thicknesses for each layer ON PAPER.

6-10cm is ideal space between each LAYER.

Thicker ply of cardboard is definitely going to make aa stronger cupboard or chair or table.

In one structure I used 2-ply cardboard other times 3-ply.
1 ply is all that's necessary for the shelf layers (more on this later)

When cutting the shapes of the cardboard use a simple craft knife. Slice 3-4 times over the line you've drawn without using pressure. You'll be surprised how effortless it is compared to working with WOOD.

Sharpen your knife often. I used the side of brick and its brillant.

Accuracy in MILLIMETRES is essential, or your structure may collapse. (Seriously.) NOTE THE DIRECTION of your cardboard. If you cut on the vertical GRAIN each piece will be stronger than if you cut a horizontal grain.
1-40 of 135Next »
Omhend1 year ago
i make a cardbord furniture you can visit my blog
Does anyone know how to get Eric Guiomar's DVD? doesn't seem to be a valid url anymore. The only thing I've really come across is a video rental for
Scriptone (author)  Anathematized13 years ago
You're right, the screen goes blank! I found out Director (of Eric Guiomar's DVD and owns Gregor Scheer he's a forum moderator at you might be able to contact him there.
On July 3, 2011 I went to a craft museum in Los Angeles. There was an installation by an artist named Ann Weber. She had created huge "forms" from cardboard strips, tape and staples. The staples were obvious too. They had odd shapes, and some were "grouped",(The Wedding Group, all painted white) some were painted and some unpainted.
I couldn't believe my eyes that someone would use cardboard for "forms" and consider it "Art"! And she had a video showing her having her "forms" manufactured.
Just goes to show you!
Scriptone (author)  ArtsyFartsyGirl3 years ago
Interesting! thanks for the info
amusacchia3 years ago
scusa è possibile avere il tutorial della libreria a spirale? è fantastica
Scriptone (author)  amusacchia3 years ago
Agree its fantastic! However, I tried guessing how it was made and tutorial is here and another method here

Están de acuerdo es fantástico! Sin embargo, traté de adivinar cómo se hizo y el tutorial está aquí y aquí otro método
amusacchia3 years ago
scusa è possibile avere il tutorial della libreria a spirale grazie....è fantastica
vcaskey3 years ago
I really like the YinYang shelf and have followed the link a few of you have posted hoping to find directions on how to make it. The site is in French and I don't see any directions. Anyone know where I can get instructions for this?
If you have Google Chrome there is an option to translate the site to english.
Scriptone (author)  vcaskey3 years ago
I tried making it here but on a minature scale -
jcroasmun3 years ago
how can get info on how the violin was made?
Scriptone (author)  jcroasmun3 years ago
Maybe contact
mary candy3 years ago
this ible is the first I saw. I was searching for furniture made with cardboard.
It's your fault , now I am a Instructables addict .
Scriptone (author)  mary candy3 years ago
LOL ^ - ^ very nice of you!
kleinjahr4 years ago
Tres bon, very nice work. I've got a couple of old books around here on cardboard/corrugated construction, furniture and housing. I'll have to go through them again. I do remember them suggesting, for a very strong panel, to glue layers together with the corrugations of each layer at right angles to the last layer, like plywood.
Scriptone (author)  kleinjahr4 years ago
Thanks! just noted your comment.. I'm experimenting with constructing the woodwork way, in my Mushroom Bookshelf and Circular Shadowbox. I think it works well on a small scale, (see image curves add strength to a structure) but I'm not too sure the woodwork construction method is strong on a large scale though. Perhaps external struts will strengthen a furniture piece.
Thank you so much for taking the time to show your process and beautiful product. It has been inspiring to pore over this rich variety of examples by you and other artists/craftspeople. Cardboard so lends itself to a diversity of form in large scale, its just a wonder that more people haven't been working with it.
Scriptone (author)  live_corrugated4 years ago
Your welcome! Its so simple to make I thought quite a few people would be interested in crafting with it. You should put up your compilations too : )
Hi again Scriptone,

I created an instructable. Check it out through my profile, because it isn't coming up through a keyword search yet. Will have to get down to the bottom of that. Maybe you could offer some comments to get my next one up to speed with the average user? Or is it even about the average user? ppl on Instructables seem quite above-average.

"Cardboard book shelves, like a carpenter"
Scriptone (author)  live_corrugated4 years ago
I checked your instructable out it looks great the final cupboard, nice colour too. For the people new to cardboard furniture, they might find it useful to see more photos step by step next time. Was it very strong?
Noted. Its stronger than the final photo suggests. With 20" long shelves I would feel comfortable filling it with paperbacks and a few folios.
thepelton4 years ago
I have an Epilog laser, and recently I decided to make a doll chair, and show it to my landlady, who also happens to run a doll sales and repair shop called the "Doll Doctor". Here is my first attempt, copying an Adirondak chair and reducing it 1/12. It's made of four pieces, the two sides, the seat and the back, and stands about 2 1/2 inches high.
Scriptone (author)  thepelton4 years ago
that's a gorgeous design! should be an instructable!
Thank you very much. I'll keep that in mind.
bobworld5 years ago
For a 7th grade science fair project, I made a chair and bridge to get to the chair out of cardboard, inviting all to cross the bridge and have a seat. This was in 1970! My teacher gave me a D- for a grade. I was pissed! Thank you for validating my efforts. Nice stuff you have! With new inspiration from you, I may go back to drawing board after 30+ years!
Sounds to me like your teacher had some kind of problem.
Hand that rocks the cradle ya know.
Do you know if there is a how to on the yin yang bookshelf, that would be perfect for my bedroom!
Scriptone (author)  insructoperson4 years ago
Many people like this design, I wrote this comment below last year The uncovered cd shelf is by: The yingyang design is by Patricia Dessoulles
Scriptone (author)  insructoperson4 years ago
Your welcome, there's instructions for spiral furniture in Eric's latest book, its e-book, instantly downloadable after purchasing.
bob2010924 years ago
your products are amazing great ideas i doing a project like these u have givin me some good ideas to start with thanks
wdlaurie5 years ago
Where to get cardboard so that you can furnish your home? We moved recently, and these two strategies gave us more boxes than we needed:

1. Call liquor stores and ask when you can pick up discarded boxes. Since the boxes have to hold fragile/heavy items, these are good choices.
2. Drive up to behind your local shopping center where the dumpsters are. Our local RiteAid had unpacked all their Valentine's day merchandise, and they had more boxes than they could fit into 2 dumpsters. I made sure the boxes were clean/dry before I took them away.
I like food5 years ago
What if you put cardboard in a blender than molded it like clay?
Scriptone (author)  I like food5 years ago

(This how to papier mache waterproof crafts video is one of the best I've seen straight from Kashmir.)
Scriptone (author)  I like food5 years ago
I think that would work for modelling specific things, but I'd said it would take a while to dry etc.

Its a special craft developed in India for quite a while.
 is there anywhere I can get a template or instructable for that spiral cd rack / shelf. It's so cool.
I'm pasting this link from a post below for you - you might be able to ask the Designer herself Patricia Dessoules  - (email on her site)

The uncovered cd shelf is by:
Found it at last.

The yingyang design is by Patricia Dessoulles
i would love to have the pattern for the hangers ...
is there one already online or what ?
Scriptone (author)  melody_yesterday5 years ago
Would you believe it there's an instructable on this just put up in August.<br /><a href="">Making Cardboard Hangers</a><br />
1-40 of 135Next »