Cheap Cardboard Paint Booth




A simple and cheap paint booth to avoid the toxic fumes of paint sprays and primers.

It had to be light, and easy to set up without a fixed outside vent. I needed to use a normal window to get the pipe out.

My room is quite small, and I have more vertical than horizontal space, therefore I needed the pipe to be on top of it, instead of behind it.

Also I put the vent in a corner, instead of in the center. This is very important because if the extractor is turned off, some particles of old/dry paint fall from it and spoil whatever is sitting there drying.

That is way the extractor is in a corner, and a red square just beneath it marks the spot where I should not put any model or just anything at all.

With this configuration you can control how quick you need the fumes to be vented, just opening or closing the lids.

This configuration allows an easy storage as the lids can be firmly attached with a clamp.

Step 1: What You Need

You just need:

  • Cardboard box, I used a 72 litres one.
  • Fumes extractor, I recommend at least 20W of power
  • Tubing and clamp
  • LED lights

Step 2: Making the Hole and Inserting the Extractor

Step 3: Wiring

Step 4: LED Light

Cut the top lid leaving just a small barrier to block the light from your eyes.

Stick the led strip to the inside of the box

Step 5: Finishing Touches

Insert the pipe and firmly attach it.

Mark the spot where the extractor is with a tape of some color.

Add switches, connect the cables to the electricity... and you are done!

Step 6: Use It!

Open the window and take the pipe out for operation.

You can use a clip to close the lids, it really does not take much space when all lids are closed.



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    8 Discussions


    Reply 1 year ago

    You can find these boxes in any Home Depot, Lowe’s... or any big hardware store. Also you can reuse just any big cardboard box


    1 year ago

    anyone know the brand and model number of the fan?

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    Reply 1 year ago

    It was exactly this one:


    2 years ago

    Très bonne idée d'utiliser la boite "Merlin Pin Pin" pour la micro cabine de peinture.

    Je vote !!!


    2 years ago

    Great idea using cardboard. Cheap, light and easy.

    I like the looks of your fan. Can you provide specs?

    Wondering how you control how quick fumes are vented by adjusting lids. Is the amount of air moving out of the box not a function of the fan? Certainly the air will be moving into the box 'faster' through a smaller opening, but the same volume of air will be moved, correct?

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    Reply 2 years ago

    Fan: 20 watts, ideal strength and suck power for this design (my first design used 15W, and was just enough but didn't vent all the fumes always)

    The more you close the lids the more sure you are the fumes are getting out. If you work with the lids totally open some fumes could scape and go to your room. But with a 20W fan this is not really a problem.

    Sometimes when you work with a really toxic spray (or your wife just hates the smell...) you just want to be extra carefull to not allow any smell out of the paint booth :)


    I need a big one of these to act as a fume hood in my workshop.