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
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
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
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.
Runner Up in the
Cardboard and Duct Tape Contest