There’s the honorable practice of buying expensive furniture that you’ll have for a lifetime and pass down to your grandkids, and then the perhaps more reasonable short-term alternative of just buying really cheap stuff that’s totally recyclable. That you’ll have no problem trashing when its time has passed. A three-month sublet that you’re leaving too soon to consider investing even $50 in a nightstand? When you have a toddler who’s just coloring on everything? For that, there is cardboard furniture, which is more lightweight, easy-to-assemble, and trashable than even Ikea.
We first learned about the possibilities of cardboard through the Australian brand Karton that sells real beds and dressers made out of cardboard that are kind of unbelievably intricate, and then we went in on Amazon and discovered even more fully recyclable designs. For those in temporary spaces, for those with small kids, and for those who love DIY, see below for the best Amazon has to offer in cardboard furniture.
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