Creative Uses for Corrugated Cardboard
Corrugated cardboard boxes, whether new or used, can be used for a variety of things other than storing items. Let’s put our creative thinking caps on and come up with some innovative ways to use these sturdy boxing treasures.
What you will need
To make any of the items mentioned in this article, you will need some basic tools and accessories. Tools and accessories include a heavy-duty stapler and staples, utility knife, knobs, contact paper, ruler or measuring tape, screws, hole puncher, screwdriver, duct tape, and scissors. That is it. If you do not have these items available, you can get them for cheap at your local thrift store. You can also purchase them for your own tool collection. Tool collections come in handy. Companies that sell corrugated cardboard also sell a variety of boxing accessories or tools. Check with your local company to find out what is available.
Corrugated cardboard can make durable and cheap furniture. Most budget-minded individuals, especially college students, understand this. Go to your local department store and notice how much cheaply priced furniture is made from corrugated cardboard. Check out diagrams to get an idea about the item’s construction. This aids the construction process.
* Consider making a chest of drawers from used corrugated cardboard. This piece of furniture is ideal for holding clothing or office supplies. Heavier clothing requires heavier cardboard. Heavy cardboard keeps the center of the drawer from sagging. Three to four drawers is a perfect size for this piece of furniture. Use a hole puncher to place holes in the cardboard for the knobs. Once the knob is in place, secure it with a screw.
* Night stands, those wonderful furniture pieces that go alongside your bed, are another piece of furniture that can be made from corrugated cardboard. Basically, a nightstand is a smaller version of a chest of drawers. After you complete the construction, apply your favorite contact paper to hide the cardboard. Applying a contact paper that looks like wood can give the appearance of real wood. It just comes at a lower price.
Curios are those enclosed wall-hanging items that hold small collectibles. Determine what you want to feature and place in your curio. Typical items in a curio include thimbles, figurines, small bells, and miniature model cars. Figure out a size and take measurements. Your measurements will determine how much heavy-duty used corrugated cardboard you need to purchase from Boxsmart, or another local boxing company. Cover the cardboard with a contact paper that matches your room’s décor.
Take a look in your department store’s kitchen section and notice the variety of silverware holders available. Containers are usually divided into 3-4 vertical spaces and one horizontal segment. These organizational tools can easily be made with heavy-duty corrugated cardboard. Measure your silverware drawer to determine your home-made holder specifications. Remember to keep some drawer space available for other items like gravy ladles, large knives, and other utensils.
Spice racks are valuable items for any home cook. These kitchen treasures are basically another form of a curio, except they hold culinary items and not collectibles. Cover your home-made version with a contact paper that matches your kitchen décor to add to the elegance and styling.
Working with used or new corrugated cardboard takes time, strength, and determination. Having your blueprint and tools in place will make the process easier. Talking with a trained professional can go far in helping you choose the cardboard best suited to your need.