How to Make a Cardboard Coffee Table With Chairs




In this instructable I will show you how to make a cardboard coffee table with matching chairs

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Step 1: Materials and Tools

The materials:
-cardboard (lots)
-white glue (Elmer's Glue-All multi purpose) (not school glue)
-industrial hot glue sticks (lots)
-weights (about 20 lbs)
-packing tape

-packing tape gun
-box cutter (razor blade)
-industrial hot glue gun
-sawzall (with blade matal and wood wood ones work best)
-marker (sharpie or Marks-a-lot)
-tape measure

Step 2: Design Your Chair

The way I designed my chair:
First, I laid down on a big piece of cardboard, then sat sideways on it, then I had a friend outline my back with a marker, (start from your neck and follow your back all the way down to your ankles). The picture below is the design I came up with; it follows my back and it is quite comfortable.

Step 3: Cut the Cardboard for the Chair: Part 1

Take your pattern that you cut out from step two and cut about 48 of the same shape. Then glue them in stacks of six. To glue them use your white elmer's glue put a lot of glue inbetween each layer of cardboard them put some weight on top and wait a full 24 hours

Step 4: Cut the Cardboard for the Chair: Part 2

measure the perimeter

Step 5: Cut the Cardboard for the Chair: Part 3

now take the measurement of from step four and measure it out on a piece of cardboard I use some cardboard with a white finish for style.

Step 6: Cut the Cardboard for the Chair: Part 4

This is the last step to cut the cardboard in, what you need to cut are spacers. The spacers are blocks of cardboard an inch or two thick. To achieve the the thickness repeat the procedure form step three: To glue them use your white elmer's glue put a lot of glue inbetween each layer of cardboard them put some weight on top and wait a full 24 hours.

Step 7: Put All the Pieces Together Without Glue

Step 8: Now Put All the Pieces Together With Glue

Do the same thing in step 7 but glue them together with the elmer's glue instead of just setting them on top of eachother.

Step 9: Now Put the Covers on the Glued Chairs

To glue the covers on you need the:
hot glue gun
and the piece of cardboard we cut from step 5

Step 10: Cut the Cardboard for the Tables: Part 1

This the first step to make the table what you need is:
6 pieces of 19" x 19" solid pieces of cardboard
1 40" x 54" piece of cardboard this can be many pieces of little cardboard

Step 11: Put the Table Together

You will need the parts we cut out in step 10 to do this:
6 pieces of 19" x 19" cardboard
40" x 54" piece of cardboard

Step 12: You Are Done

This is not a step simply photos of the finished table with the chairs

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    5 years ago

    I love cardboard you and literally make a house with it!


    i got my cardboard from a box that my dad had left over he was not useing, the comany that supplies the boxes is called reliapak there web page that has the box info on it is here (copy and paste it into your web browser)----------------------------> i think they cost around 70 $ and the boxes are customizable with the thicknes and stuff. I hpoed this help if it did good and if it did not just post an other comment with what you need and i will be glad to help :)


    Reply 7 years ago on Step 12

    Fill them with concreate. Make sure to put blocks of hardwood or lightweight but strong metal pieces. Should be steady enough.


    Reply 10 years ago on Step 12

    Most people don't think to highly of the strength of cardboard, but if you build them right, they can be pretty strong! :D


    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    yes the chair are very very strong i jumped up and down ont hem to make sure yup these chairs are strong :)


    7 years ago on Introduction

    If you use an acrylic sealer (brushed or sprayed) on the coffee table then it will be waterproof, so you won't have to worry about spills. I'd put it on the top and side surfaces. But, (as a separate step) I'd also seal also along the bottom edge, and up a few inches on the inside. That way if a drink spills to the floor, the cardboard won't start soaking it up. It might be worth it to seal the chairs, too.

    my teacher (9th grade) got out colorful paper and glue the other day so i went home sick. why do they do assignments that involve no brain work whatsoever just to make stupid people feel better about themselves? if he tries it again i will "accidentally" glue his ear to the floor.


    8 years ago on Step 11

    just leave it standing up and you have some nice cardboard shelves! lol

    The seamstress in me would not let me get away with not covering them, probably with SUEDE, since the rest was so inexpensive!!!!!!!