Quite some time ago, the company SmartDeco contacted me to review their cardboard furniture. Cardboard furniture! Exciting!
So out came the box - and it's a good size, so working on it on the deck was just lovely.
We opened it up and took our first look.
There were several cardboard pieces,
all folded along their natural score lines, plus one plastic sheet.We loaded up the video instructions on their website here, and got to work.
There was no need to cut anything - everything was precut - just fold, peel
The girls helped. It was extremely easy (and fast) to assemble.
And play with during.
Then we combined them all and made our Smartstand,
Here is the front,
and with the smaller, top drawer removed to show the middle shelf.
The whole structure is lighter than its wood alternative, making it a lot more comfortable to move around. It is also very sturdy, which did not surprise me, considering that I work with lots of cardboard and I know how robust it is as a building material. Still, the solidness of this nightstand exceeded my expectations. The credit is partly due to the quality of the cardboard itself, but the design is also a contributing factor. Each part - like the drawer, for instance - is several layers thick, folded in on itself, resulting in a reinforced wall.
What did we do with our nightstand? If I'd kept it, I'd have left it white
or doodled on it like this
|Magical Cookie Box, Fairytale Party 2014|
|Cardboard Tiffin Carrier|
and if the children had had it, they'd have painted and colored it in a riot of rainbows, like this.
But we didn't keep it. We gave it to our lovely neighbor at her graduation party. We thought she might like to take to her new dorm room away from home - it's light, portable, recyclable and (should she choose) disposable at the end of her stay. We sent along a brand new pack of colored Sharpies so her party guests could sign and write notes on it.
I did keep the cardboard box it came in, though. To turn into more cardboard things. Can anything be more wonderful than a cardboard product in a cardboard box? I think not.
Read what people are saying about SmartDeco and see their entire line of cardboard furniture on their website here, along with dimensions, prices, color options and video instructions for assembly.
Note: This product was sent to me, free and unsolicited, for objective and uncompensated review.