Project name: Cardboard Chair

Notes: This chair was completed out of nothing more than cardboard and hot glue. The use of either double-wall or single-wall cardboard can sturdily seat a person over 300 pounds, granted, double-wall is preferred. The strength of the chair is derived from the ridges in the cardboard running vertically. If the ridges run horizontally, the chair will collapse under pressure. Materials: standard box cutter, extra razor blades, 4’X4’ or 4’X8’ sheets of unfolded cardboard (order online, or find a paper/ cardboard manufacturer), and adhesive (I used hot glue).

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The more reclining the back is. the chair will lose its structural integrity. For the angle of the seat and backrest. use a piece of scrap wood over 18” long with a nail in one end and a drilled hole for a pencil to poke through on the other end (18” away from the nail. *Important! Be sure that the lines in the cardboard are running vertically. The lower the seat dips down in the back. it is also more comfortable. or eye-ball it to decide what looks comfortable to you.) Place the nail in the center of the 36” circle. and the five internal pieces have slits in them for cross sheets of cardboard. duplicate it seven more times. you can use the exact measurements on these plans. and rotate the pencil end around the center point. P xx Copyright © Design Visionaries 2007• No material copied without permission –Contact 408 997 6323 / info@designviz. To draw large circles. the more comfortable it will be (to a point).com 2 . The angles and arches of the seat and backrest can change at will. Once you have the shape you want. Not only is the arched seat and backrest design aesthetically appealing. If they are horizontal or at an angle.Project name: Cardboard Chair Description: Outside Sheet Notes: Create a circle with a 36” diameter. the more comfortable the chair will be (to a point). The two outside pieces are solid.

com 3 . The heights of each cut is very important. *Don’t forget to have the lines in the board running vertically on every center piece. Try to get as close as you can. to the ground so the slits can be exactly half that length. but the distance between them can change as long as the middle sheets are exactly the same. but perfection is not necessary. Many of the measurements in these plans are unusual decimal numbers. P xx Copyright © Design Visionaries 2007• No material copied without permission –Contact 408 997 6323 / info@designviz. the chair will work out. Chances are. The reason for the cuts being approximately .Project name: Cardboard Chair Description: Center Sheets Notes: The five center pieces are the exact same as the outside pieces. your shape is not the exact same shape as the one displayed here. except for the cuts. It is best to re-measure the distance from the top surface of the chair.25” wide is to account for the thickness of the cardboard. As long as you correctly find the midpoint of each measurement.

Be sure to have the cuts facing upwards. with the 21. each a different size. Perfect measurements on these supports are vital. *Don’t’ forget to position the lines in the board vertically on every piece! P xx Copyright © Design Visionaries 2007• No material copied without permission –Contact 408 997 6323 / info@designviz.25” side on the ground.Project name: Cardboard Chair Description: Support Sheet #1 Notes: There are seven of these support sheets.com 4 .

58” line. It is positioned around the sitter’s lower hamstrings. along the 17. *Remember to place the lines vertically.Project name: Cardboard Chair Description: Support Sheet #2 Notes: This is the second support sheet from the front of the chair. P xx Copyright © Design Visionaries 2007• No material copied without permission –Contact 408 997 6323 / info@designviz.com 5 .

Project name: Cardboard Chair Description: Support Sheet #3 Notes: This support is around the middle of the sitter’s butt (third from the front.com 6 .) *Don’t forget to place the cardboard lines vertically! P xx Copyright © Design Visionaries 2007• No material copied without permission –Contact 408 997 6323 / info@designviz.

com 7 .Project name: Cardboard Chair Description: Support Sheet #4 Notes: This sheet is placed almost directly beneath the intersection between the seat the and back of the chair. *Remember! Cardboard lines always go vertically! P xx Copyright © Design Visionaries 2007• No material copied without permission –Contact 408 997 6323 / info@designviz.

com 8 .Project name: Cardboard Chair Description: Support Sheet #5 Notes: This support is taller because it is the first support connected to the back of the chair. *Vertical cardboard lines! P xx Copyright © Design Visionaries 2007• No material copied without permission –Contact 408 997 6323 / info@designviz.

com 9 .Project name: Cardboard Chair Description: Support Sheet #6 Notes: This is the tallest support. *Don’t forget to make the cardboard lines vertical! P xx Copyright © Design Visionaries 2007• No material copied without permission –Contact 408 997 6323 / info@designviz. It’s just short of the peak of the 36” chair.

*Vertical cardboard lines for strength! P xx Copyright © Design Visionaries 2007• No material copied without permission –Contact 408 997 6323 / info@designviz.Project name: Cardboard Chair Description: Support Sheet #7 Notes: The last support sheet.com 10 . and the farthest one back.

and shorten it up later. straight edge (like a table) with the lines running parallel to the edge. Once you decide where to fold the sheet.com 11 . run it along a sharp. Bend the cardboard at every other ridge (about every . P xx Copyright © Design Visionaries 2007• No material copied without permission –Contact 408 997 6323 / info@designviz. and mark where it should be cut.75” wide. score the line.75”) to ensure a clean and even curve. Cut a sheet 21. Uneven gaps in bends looks messy! Notes: The seat and back of the chair is one single piece of cardboard.046”.5” or . cutting halfway through the board to help it fold. *The lines in the cardboard should be running horizontally from side to side.Project name: Cardboard Chair *To curve the cardboard. You will probably have to alter the length measurement of 40. It is best to cut too long.

com 12 .Project name: Cardboard Chair Description: Outer disc of the arm rest Notes: The arm rests are perfect circles with 18” diameters. Start with cutting four of these circles. P xx Copyright © Design Visionaries 2007• No material copied without permission –Contact 408 997 6323 / info@designviz.

25” thick (about width for an armrest.com 13 .Project name: Cardboard Chair Description: Internal Webbing of the Armrest.) P xx Copyright © Design Visionaries 2007• No material copied without permission –Contact 408 997 6323 / info@designviz. With the two outside disks. the armrests are 3. Notes: This is a simple “X” shape in the insides of each armrest.

and you can shorten it later. P xx Copyright © Design Visionaries 2007• No material copied without permission –Contact 408 997 6323 / info@designviz.com 14 . straight edge (like a table) with the lines running parallel to the edge. Bend the cardboard at every ridge to ensure a tight. It’s better to cut long first. run it along a sharp. Uneven gaps in bends looks messy! Notes: This circle is approximately 58” in circumference.Project name: Cardboard Chair Description: Outer ring of the Armrests *To curve the cardboard for the armrests. Cut a strip of cardboard 3.25” wide and at least 58” long. clean and even curve.

com 15 . P xx Copyright © Design Visionaries 2007• No material copied without permission –Contact 408 997 6323 / info@designviz. It will strengthen the chair by ensuring that the supports don’t get bent.Project name: Cardboard Chair Description: Bottom Sheet Notes: Glue this sheet to the bottom of the chair.

draw a guideline around the outside of the armrest on the side of the chair. depending on how tall you are. Wait for the glue to dry and enjoy your chair! P xx Copyright © Design Visionaries 2007• No material copied without permission –Contact 408 997 6323 / info@designviz.Project name: Cardboard Chair Description: Arm rest positioning Notes: These are estimates on where to put the arm rests. You can place the armrests wherever you want. With the armrests placed forward of the center of the circle arc. and a better design. To position the arm rests. The arm rests are placed on with a layer of wood glue (for extra strength) and as much hot glue as you can apply without drying. have someone sit in the chair and move them to the desired position. Then put a layer of glue around the edges of the armrests. Stick the arm rests to the chair before the hot glue dries. and within the guidelines. it creates a more comfortable chair. Once found. sealing them to the chair (be neat and tidy with the glue!).com 16 .

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