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Cardboard Furniture Answered

This is probably over the top and won't work, but I need a wardrobe and cant afford a good one, and don't want to buy a cheap cheesy one that will fall apart in 6 months. I know cardboard can be sturdy, but is this pushing the limit? I mean, I really need to hang clothes in it. If not, at least have shelves so I can store folded clothes. 
Any cardboard heros out there?


I'm in the same boat... need a wardrobe to hang stuff in! In a small attic suite, and storebought wardrobes are TOO TALL. Also, too heavy to haul up the stairs by myself...

I want something very lightweight, easy to assemble, and at the same time attractive. "Orange-crate" construction using many small stringers of Paulownia wood (extremely strong for it's weight!!) was my first idea. But local shops do not stock any Paulownia! :-(

Now I have a vague idea about some sort of framework made from generic plastic tubing.... ??

I agree with Kiteman. Three or more layers of box cardboard can be glued up with Elmer's or wood type glue thinned down a bit to make it more spreadable. If you can do your own design and the point is to use recycled materials this is the way to go. If you just want cheap & functional, I'd go with an Ikea wardrobe. They are reasonably sturdy if you're careful putting them together and infinitely customizable to function however you like.

Thanks for your reply Brian. I'm feeling rather lazy these days so I'll probably just end up at Ikea.

I find that I modify just about everything I get from IKEA. Its a great place to start but ends up falling apart and is meant to be disassembled so if you dont plan to do that, add some supports to the joins and use glue not their dinky plastic connectors. I had a wardrobe in college for 3 years and that thing outlasted most of the clothes in it.

That's what I did. Closets need high functionality but have low sex appeal. Save the creative juices for the living room. ;-)

Good point on the corrugated carboard layers. If you're going to use 3 layers though, make sure you orient each layer at a right angle from each other for stronger structural rigidity.

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If it is highly compressed cardboard, it might work, but that assumes no extraneous moisture.....that would kind of kill it :-)

Laminating several sheets of corrugated card might do the job, but we used to have a wardrobe from Ikea that had a timber frame supporting panels of corrugated plastic, so maybe a wardrobe built of old "for sale" signs would work.

To make life easier, use a curtain instead of a door.