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
When I as a student moved into my first flat, I already had every piece of furniture at hand: Two cardboard boxes were comfortable to sit on, a big box with plate served as a preliminary table and the packing cases which I used to transport my clothes in became a closet for themselves, once I put them on top of each other with the open side facing the room.
In a way, I’m missing the unburdened feeling of having a closet that could move with the clothes inside, instead of having a big, bulky chunk of wood sitting in my room that gives me nightmares when I only think about my next relocation.
Designer Tim Brown didn’t use old packing cases but instead created a neat set of furniture that’s not coming in a box – but is the box itself! His Idea* boxes ship with various prints on the inside that after
unpacking unfolding become the outside walls. This definitely adds style and seriousness to a typical student workaround solution for outfitting a room.
Actually, Tim’s box designs come pretty close to my ideal of fitting everything I need into one backpack: All furniture would then be on a USB-Stick in the form of lasercut-blueprints with custom print designs. So, to whatever country I would go, all I’d need is a copy shop to print out my bed, my boards, my everything the way I customized and liked it before…
Designer: Tim Brown
via Yanko Design
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.