Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Paper-Based Storage Furniture: Cardboard and More

cardboard storage shaped like ram and ewe

Q: Cardboard, really?
A: YES, really!

So says the Karton Group, which makes this Barnyard Method collection, and other less-fanciful storage furniture — shelving and bed drawers. Karton says, "Our board is made from a mix of virgin and recycled paper (the virgin pulp provides superior strength)." And like many paper-based furniture options, it's relatively inexpensive. [via Shoebox Dwelling]

cardboard sideboard and bookshelf

Reinhard Diennes Studio has created two cardboard storage pieces — a sideboard and a bookcase. Each is available in eight different colors, and can be purchased from Fashion For Home.

shelves made from cardboard

Shelves2go positions its products as "your dorm room shelving unit made of corrugated cardboard." [via Apartment Therapy] Update on July 14, 2014: The Shelves2go website has disappeared.

bookshelf made from paper-based boards

Way Basics makes its furniture, including storage cubes and storage bookcases, from zBoards — which in turn are "made almost entirely (99%) from post-consumer recycled paper."

child's bookcase

Kroom makes a wide range of products from reinforced cardboard. Here's just one: a bookcase for kids. Although the company is based in Israel, the products are sold in many countries; I found this bookcase on [via Magnifeco]

moose and bear shaped cardboard bookcases

And let's end as we began — with some animals. This moose and bear come from The Green Apple; there's also a monkey. Unfortunately, these cardboard bookcases are only available in the U.K.; the company does not ship overseas.

Related Post:
Shelving (and Other Storage) Made from Cardboard and Other Pasteboard


JustGail said...

There are some nice-looking items here. But I have to wonder about how sturdy they are long term. The Reinhard Diennes items look like they'd hold up to use. But the others - not so much.

After re-reading, it looks like most are intended for short term use, like dorms or kids rooms. I guess I'm stuck in the "buy to last" mindset.

Jeri Dansky said...

JustGail, I think much of the intended use is indeed children's rooms and dorm rooms. Most of these companies make a big point that their furniture is recyclable - which would only matter if you don't intend to have it for the long-term.

I'm a "buy to last" person in my own home, too - but I can see where these would work well for others, in different situations.