IKEA Cardboard Table


Not really made by Ikea but definitely from Ikea. At least the raw materials.

I recently moved to Sweden with my girlfriend. Due to some circumstances that didn’t quite allow us to move all our stuff up from Copenhagen yet, we made the flat minimally functional with IKEA stuff. This resulted in buying a couch, little desk, lamp and a chair. Naturally, along with IKEA furniture came a butt-load of cardboard. The combination of a home-dwelling thesis-writer (me), the obvious lack of a coffee table and a strong desire to NOT write, made me look into the possibility of constructing extra furniture out of the scrap cardboard that we had lying around anyway.

One day passed while I was busy with glue, Exacto knife and sandwich structures and out of the rubble came probably the most environmentally sustainable coffee table I am aware of to date. Staying true to the IKEA materials, the table is currently water-proofed by the thin plastic wrapping that often follows, however, a prettier solution may be possible.

6 months later we are still using it and it works like a charm.

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