Cardboard furniture: advantages and disadvantages


Ecology and sustainability have been hot topics for several years. There is a lot of talk about this eco-responsible trend and its benefits. This direction is found with the theme of cardboard furniture. However, cardboard furniture is not just a trend because of its environmental compatibility. Today it is possible to furnish an entire apartment with cardboard furniture. This type of furniture is especially aimed at people who want strong decorative pieces, who want to act in a sustainable way and who are looking for an affordable design. In general, one looks for furniture which must be stable, functional and have an attractive appearance. At first glance, it is surprising that cardboard furniture is more and more popular in the market, because people don’t think it has the same stability as their wooden counterparts. But cardboard furniture is more stable than you might think at first glance. And cardboard furniture has considerable advantages over its wooden counterparts. They also have certain drawbacks.

Advantages of cardboard furniture

The cardboard cabinet is elegant

The cardboard furniture is very innovative and its design is very current. This is in particular due to the multiple possibilities allowed by cardboard. There are hardly any limits to the form and function of this furniture. These are pieces of furniture that can be very stylish. In stores, but especially online on the web, you can find lamps, tables, seats made of cardboard. And if, for one reason or another, you are not satisfied with the look of your furniture, you have the possibility of decorating, painting, gluing or upholstering them in a totally personalized way and according to your own wishes. Because cardboard furniture is available printed or in its natural look. This last possibility leaves room for your creativity. If you are good at arts activities or adore unique works of art, then this might appeal to you. It’s also a good thing that children can put the finishing touches on their furniture themselves.

Cardboard furniture is inexpensive

The first cardboard furniture was created for young people who weren’t rolling on gold when mobility was already in fashion. Even today, the prices of cardboard furniture are relatively low. The average price of cardboard furniture is between 20 and 1000 euros. When it comes to price range, of course, you have to distinguish between series production and individual designer pieces. Finally, cardboard furniture has a very attractive price, which remains convincing even when it is custom-made and designed by designers.

The cardboard cabinet is solid

Cardboard doesn’t weigh heavy, so it’s easy to get the false impression that cardboard furniture isn’t strong enough. Thanks to a specific treatment and structure, cardboard furniture can withstand a weight of up to 1000 kg, which is perfect for building beds, wardrobes or shelves. Because the original boxboard acquires a three-dimensionality thanks to folding and gluing, which gives it great stability. As said before, from one kilogram of raw material, it is possible to obtain a load capacity up to a thousand times greater. So contrary to popular belief, cardboard furniture is solid.

The cardboard furniture is easily transported

Cardboard furniture has a very light weight, which makes it practical and easy to transport. In addition, you can assemble and disassemble them very quickly if you follow the assembly instructions precisely. Cardboard furniture is very practical to move, especially when moving, thanks to the reduced weight and volume of the materials. Most cardboard furniture is designed to be fairly easy to assemble, and on top of that, you don’t need any tools. Plus, when folded up, cardboard furniture takes up virtually no storage space.

Cardboard furniture is 100% recyclable

Cardboard furniture is made from an ecologically remarkable material. They are, in a way, the ecologically sustainable counterpart of tropical wood cabinets, tables and chairs. As a general rule, recycled or recyclable honeycomb cardboard comes from sustainable forest management. This implies that for every tree that had to be felled to make the paper, a new tree was planted. These cardboard furniture can be added to your waste paper. Thanks to their destruction or recycling, additional energy can be obtained by combustion.

Disadvantages of cardboard furniture

Cardboard furniture is not a replacement but a complement

However, cardboard furniture also has its limits. For example, they are sensitive to water. That is why they should not be used in the kitchen or the bathroom. In addition, wear is quickly visible and they are not impact resistant either. The duration and strength of cardboard furniture depends on how it is handled and its quality. Over time, for example, they can get a little dirty, greasy. And it’s true, cardboard furniture cannot completely replace more conventional wood or metal furniture. They are, however, a stylish eye-catcher, especially as decorative centerpieces, and are also suitable for anyone who wants to furnish themselves inexpensively and may relocate again in the near future.

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