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If you are like me, you want to spend as little time folding clothes as possible. In retail stores, they speed up the process by using a folding board. A simple hinged board dramatically reduces the time that it takes to fold a shirt while maintaining a perfectly uniform fold. To implement this brilliant idea in my own home, I designed a simple DIY shirt folding board out of cardboard and duct tape.

Step 1: Materials

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The materials that you need for this project are cardboard and duct tape. More specifically, you need six pieces of corrugated cardboard that are at least 9 inches (23 cm) by 12 inches (30.5 cm) each. I found pieces of the appropriate size in the form of three shipping boxes that I had in my garage. The duct tape can be replaced by any other kind of tape. However, there is just something iconic about a project that is made from nothing but cardboard and duct tape.

The only tools that you will need are a sharp knife (such as a box cutter) and a ruler/yardstick (optional).

Step 2: Cut the Cardboard to Size

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You need six rectangles of cardboard to form the base of the folding board. The dimensions of the cardboard pieces will determine the dimensions of the folded shirt. 9 inches (23 cm) by 12 inches (30.5 cm) is a dimension that is commonly used in department stores for large shirts. Alternatively, you can just fold a shirt to whatever size that you prefer and use that as a template.  

Measure and mark the outline of six rectangles of your chosen size. Then carefully cut them out with your knife. Try to keep the sides as even as possible.

Step 3: Tape the Panels Together

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Lay out the panels in a grid of three wide by two high as shown in the picture. Space them out so that there is a gap of about 1/4 inch between each panel. This gap lets the panels easily fold and move while in use.

On both the front and back sides, tape each of the panels on the top row to each of the panels that are adjacent to it as shown in the picture. Then your shirt folding folding board is complete!

Step 4: Use the Folding Board

Now you are ready to fold some clothes.

1. Place a shirt face down centered on the board.
2. Fold one side panel over and back.
3. Fold the other side panel over and back.
4. Fold the bottom center panel up and back.

If all went well, you should have a perfectly folded shirt in a fraction of the time.
Ravenclaw988 months ago
Very Sheldon haha
river_boat made it!8 months ago

i maid it in about 5 minutes. it is really simple to make and the day after i maid the thingy, i spent the whole day doing my mountain of londerey! (yes i'm home schooled and spelling is really not my thing) And i even re-organized my dresser. (the messy est dresser in the world)

DIY Hacks and How Tos (author)  river_boat8 months ago


im going to do this.. I hate folding washing and my man always tells me I do it wrong... thanks heaps.

Creativeman made it!1 year ago




mshafin made it!1 year ago

I made it


DIY Hacks and How Tos (author)  mshafin1 year ago
Cool. Thanks for sharing.

your welcome

and I relly like your other instructables

zamrin2 years ago
Thanks for sharing! I'm pretty lazy so this will be a big help
darman12 zamrin2 years ago
Haha, this is a little more work for me. Half the time I leave my clothing in the laundry basket.
darman122 years ago
Funny, I made one of these when I saw it on The Big Bang Theory.
rachymarie2 years ago
I saw Sheldon using this too! I thought "that's amazing!"
scoochmaroo2 years ago
Making one of these right now.
Then to figure out how to make it work with pants too. . .
anamikaa2 years ago
Brilliant! Thanks for saving my $25. Although I like folding clothes but my husband doesn't have even slightest idea about folding them. I will make this for him :-)
sunshiine2 years ago
Totally awesome! Thanks for sharing your hard work and have a splendorous day!
This is brilliant.
nreed42 years ago
Sheer genius
ncoleman22 years ago
This is great!!!
How would this work for long-sleeved button-downs? Would you fold the sleeves in before putting it on the board?
One way to do it is to double fold both sides. Instead of going right-left-center, it would be right-left-right-left-center. The second fold gets the sleeve tucked back in.
jjapitan2 years ago
i remember sheldon folding his shirts with these....
gogglecrab2 years ago
Brilliant, if only I had one of these while I was with the military, all that shirt folding.
Must make one of these, although it'll probably be in my laundry room so may make one using some plastic board so it doesn't matter if it gets wet.
BigMrTree2 years ago
Cool!! Easy, Cheap and Quick!! Nice job!!
Haha- This is great! My boys would love and enjoy folding their clothes with this idea. Thanks for sharing.
This is so clever! I never would have thought of something like this, and now I will be able to fold shirts in a flash!

The idea of put the shirt prone is GENIAL. It would never have happened to me.