Introduction: Multipurpose Cardboard Stand

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I consider this cardboard stand as my multipurpose bed table's brother. I guess it's not hard for your to guess why!

They have many things in common, but the main difference is that this one is not for beds, but it's smaller (for smaller objects), faster and even simpler to make.
I thought about this project as a stand for tablets, cellphones, magazines, papers, light books, and anything else you can find it useful for.

Just like the bed table, this multipurpose stand is entirely made out of cardboard, and 99% of the pieces are fixed together without any glue.

I hope you like it and if you do, I'd really appreciate your vote :)

Here is what you need:

  • cardboard - the kind with 2 layers of waves is enough for this project
  • cutter
  • white glue
  • pencil
  • ruler

Step 1: Make the First Piece

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The stand is composed of 2 trapezoids and a base.

To make the first piece, draw a trapezoid on a piece of cardboard and cut it. The right side must be 25cm (9.84''), the bottom 12cm (4.72''), and the top 2cm (0.78'').

Starting from the side, measure 2cm and trace a vertical line. This line will divide the piece into a triangle and a thin rectangle.
Now draw a 0,5cm (0.19 inches) thin strip on that line, at 1cm (0.39 inches) from the top and bottom. Please look at the picture to see how I made it.

Finally, cut that thin strip out.

Step 2: Make the Second Piece

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On a new piece of cardboard, draw and cut another trapezoid of the same size as the previous one.
Trace a line at 2cm from the side as you did previously.

Measure 1cm (0.39'') from the top and bottom of the thin rectangle and trace an horizontal line. Cut out those tiny pieces at the top and bottom of your tapezoid following those lines.

Make sure to be very accurate because all of these pieces must fit perfectly into the others.

When you have both of your pieces ready, insert the second one in the slot of the first one, forming a right angle. Push down the piece in the other until it's well fixed.

Step 3: Make the Base

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Now draw and cut a 15 x 30 cm (5.9'' x 11.81'') cardboard rectangle.

Place the foot you made in the previous step in the middle of the rectangle, at 1cm (0.39'') from one of the long sides, and trace its outline on it.

Remove the foot and adjust the outline with a ruler. Shorten the long strips, making them 9,3 cm (3.66'') long and cut all of that out, always being very accurate.

Step 4: Compose the Stand

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Insert the rectangular base from the top of the foot piece, and push it down until it's fixed. As you can see, it won't touch the bottom...that's why I shortened the strips before!

Finally, cut a thin strip of cardboard of about 0,5 x 9 cm (0.19'' x 3.54''). This size is not important, I actually used one of the strips that were left from the previous cuts!

Glue the strip on the base, more or less between the vertical foot and the external edge of the base.

This piece will hold up the tablet, magazine, or whatever you put on it. For this reason, I recommend you to make a few tries with those things before placing the strips, so you can make sure that the stand will keep them up at the right angle.

Your cardboard stand is done and ready to be used!


nrajagopal made it! (author)2015-06-22

I made it, after a little failure :-) LOL

lindarose92 (author)nrajagopal2015-06-22

Very good! :D Thanks for sharing!

nuelma (author)2015-05-18

so nice

gman2000watts made it! (author)2015-01-31

Thanks for this instructable! Until my case came in, this stand was very handy. I used duct tape because I was being lazy!

lol that's really good too! I'm so glad you made it, thanks for sharing! :)

aja00 (author)2015-01-17

My hand is always stressed up when holding my phone n watching clips.. This really is my solution. Thank you!

lindarose92 (author)aja002015-01-18

I'm so glad you found this useful, thank you! :)

aja00 (author)lindarose922015-01-18

very useful indeed. Thanks

Muhaiminah Faiz (author)2015-01-18

Awesome work! Your cardboard crafts are always inspiring :)

That's such a nice compliment, thank you so much Muhaiminah!

nikkkki (author)2015-01-16

really, useful thing :)

lindarose92 (author)nikkkki2015-01-17

Thank you!! :)

B Takes a Bite (author)2015-01-16

Good idea! Perfect to hold a cooking book in the kitchen. I assume it is sturdy enough to hold a heavy weight book?

O well, I am about to find out ;-) Thanks for sharing!

I'm so glad you'll try it, thank you!
I think that you should make the smallest side of the triangles a little bigger than mine so that the oblique sides will make the book lean more on the back. This way it will be sturdy enough for a heavy book!
Let me know how it turns out and share a picture of it if you can! :)

Have fun!

deba168 (author)2015-01-16

Simple and Very Usefull.

lindarose92 (author)deba1682015-01-16


Uncle Kudzu (author)2015-01-15

Very cool and very practical! This might look good with a couple of layers of some colorful papier mache.

lindarose92 (author)Uncle Kudzu2015-01-16

Yes, I liked to keep it simple but the possibilities to cover it are endless! Thank you! :)

帥官 (author)2015-01-15

nice well

lindarose92 (author)帥官2015-01-15


emilyvanleemput (author)2015-01-14

Really creative, as always of course ;)

You're too kind, thank you so much Emily! :)

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