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How to Make Cardboard Furniture

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Сardboard furniture is made of draper’s board that can be found in furniture and electrical appliances stores. Cardboard thickness plays an important role in furniture making, which is measured in layers. Cardboard layer is made of small waves. Typically, the more such layers, the stronger the cardboard. Depending on the type of furniture and / or parts of the model manufactures use one, two and three-layer cardboard.

Cardboard Furniture Making Tips

A creative sofa made of cardboard

A creative sofa made of cardboard

A single-layer cardboard is often used to fill the inner walls of a model with rounded, curved forms. It is preferable to use a two- or three-layer cardboard to fill in the inner walls of a model with straight lines. The same cardboard of darker color is usually more durable than the light one.

The front of the cardboard is smoother, where you can see inscriptions, the back is less smooth. It is very important to consider the direction of waves of the cardboard as they measure the strength of the furniture. Usually when duplicating walls furniture parts (consisting of two identical parts glued together) the first wall is cut out of the cardboard, where the waves are directed vertically, the second one, on the contrary, is cut out, where the layers are horizontal.

Cardboard furniture

Cardboard furniture

The finished furniture can be covered by brown craft paper. Treated with wallpaper glue it is pasted onto the completed piece. It is required to tear the paper instead of using scissors. This process is necessary in order to make the surface smooth, to prepare it for further laminating with a decorative paper.

Initially, craft paper is used for pasting all edges and seams of furniture, then to the entire area of furniture. White craft paper is used for pasting the entire surface of the furniture, when the subsequent decor is done in bright colors with thin, translucent paper. If you do not have white craft paper, you can use the dark and then cover a layer with white acrylic paint.

Cardboard table and chair

Cardboard table and chair

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