How to make cardboard box shelves
Making cardboard box shelves is not only a great way to recycle, but it’s cheap and easy!
How I made cardboard box shelves for my art studio
I needed some shelves for my studio, but couldn’t justify the cost of buying them new, and couldn’t find any second-hand that were big enough.
I bought a bookcase from a friend for £5 which freed up some floor space, but as our bikes were living in the studio at the time, I really needed to get that room sorted.
After all, the point of having a studio is to make work, not to store stuff we don’t have any other space for. If I meant to work as an artist I had to assert to myself that it’s not a luxury, it’s a necessity for my job. So what did I do? I made something.
I snagged a load of cardboard boxes from my part-time job – they were being thrown out by an external company who had been selling supplies there, so they’d have been destined for the recycling bin anyway.
|Preparation – the more complicated tools weren’t needed in the end.|
Then, my loyal husband made a foray to the pound store for some cable ties, and after a bit of time and some sore fingers, I had a new storage system. I used some sellotape which I already had to close the backs, and started making the holes for the cable ties with my beloved multi-purpose rotary tool (from Lidl), but after a short while I realised a pair of nail scissors did a better job. So in all it cost me £1.
|‘Sewing’ the boxes together with cable ties.|
I would have loved some brand new furniture but there’s no way the budget could have accommodated it. We were too focused on saving our deposit for our first home together.
Here’s what you’ll need:
Bradawl (or other implement for punching holes)
|Before trimming the cable ties.|
Making the shelves
|Only partially finished – the backs will be covered with fabric where they will remain visible.|