12 People on a Cardboard Bed? No problem!

After we put some cardboard decoration and cardboard lighting into our home it’s now time for some serious stuff: Would you dare to sleep on a bed that’s made of cardboard?

First, let’s see the apparent advantage besides its low carbon footprint: If you have ever helped a friend moving, and he or she didn’t happen to live on the ground floor, the bed was surely one of the most unpopular items to transport. Now, a paper bed weighs only as much as the boxes you would normally use to move your wooden bed in and can be set up in 10 minutes. Nevertheless, Karton’s cardboard bed can handle a ton of weight which is about the weight of 12 adults (see the video proof). So there is no need to worry about turbulent nights.

What I probably like best about the design is that the same bed can be set up as single, double, queen or king size bed (120-180cm W x 30cm H x 203cm D), depending on the way one folds the inner supporting structure.

On the downside, I’d be a bit worried about the ventilation of my mattress since the bed has a closed surface. It’s to be proved if stability can be kept by cutting some holes on the top. Again, the bed can be easily colored to blend in with the rest of the bedroom furniture like this wonderful cardboard shelf system.

Design by Karton, via sprk

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Cut-out cardboard lamp to carry light

I’m amazed by the simplicity and expressiveness of this cardboard lamp. The outer form is just a box. Only the inner negative form provides its unique style and transports the idea of a lamp.

By putting different colored foils over the cut-out the lamp fills every room with a sensual atmosphair, as can be seen in the images below. Cardboard, like no other material, invites to further work with it, transfer it, personalize it, use it. That’s why the designers also thought of a Gaudi-style version that’s like a color-me book for grown-up hipsters. Silver and gold cater for upper class customers.

10 points for style and simplicity!

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Two storied cardboard office without screws

Is it possible to furnish a whole room only with cardboard? Yes, this advertising agency even managed to build 2 story structures in their office loft. What’s even better is, they didn’t use one screw or glue! The cardboards are simply stuck together in a clever way.

Gallery: This entire office space is made from stiff cardboard

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This cardboard bike resists the elements

Eventually this guy managed to build a bike – that even looks like a bike – from cardboard. It is not only lightweight and durable, but also costs as little as 9 USD in mass production. Just think about how much mobility you can bring to certain communities for just 9 Bucks! Hit the jump to see a video of the design process…

Recycled Cardboard Bike

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A reindeer for tasteful vegetarians

Definitely no animals were harmed in the production of this reindeer trophy. The sweet idea for a wall decoration also doubles as a lamp. Hit the jump to see how the shadow brings the rest of the animal alive. Like most cardboard products, Philou le Caribou can be taken apart and fold flat when you need to move.

Update: If you’d rather go on a safari than hunting in the woods, you can do this  the cardboard way on

Designers: Maxime Dubreucq, Vincent Claudepierre, & Benoit Louzaouen

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