Cardboard Transforms Into Durable Children's Furniture

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Instead of tossing out those cardboard boxes after your next move, turn them into something useful. With Foldschool, a site that shows you how to create your own cardboard children's furniture, adding a stool, chair or rocker to your kid's playroom is as easy as downloading a free pattern and following a few instructions.
Designed by Swiss-based architect Nicola Enrico Staubli, the seemingly flimsy furniture is sturdy enough to support the weight of a full-grown adult, cheap enough to take a few chalk and paint marks without worry and eco-friendly enough to wind up in the recycling bin when you're done.

Adults looking for something a little more grown-up will have their pick of cardboard patterns too. In the past year, a boatload of DIY sites, patterns and videos have sprung up throughout the web, many of them modeled after architect Frank Gehry's cardboard Wiggle Chair, currently available for the not-so-low cost of $984. While many of the pieces are fairly simple in design, a few that rank a bit higher on the awesome scale look even better than store-bought goods.

Creating a cardboard masterpiece is an art unto itself. To get started, DIY designers should stock up on a few basics like an X-Acto knife, ruler, spray adhesive and cardboard, then investigate online patterns. Foldschool offers a relatively simple downloadable manual or seasoned pros can get a few master tips by checking out artist Eric Guiomar's DIY video. Of course you can always skip the building process entirely and buy your cardboard creations instead. Cardboard Design offers pre-assembled shelves, desks and chairs that won't require folding or glue. It's OK, we won't tell.

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