clipped-together shelving pt. 2: cardboard boxes

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Pamela Hovland, who is our BEST scout, found this cardboard box shelving system on Etsy. It’s a variation of the clipped-together shelving idea we wrote about earlier. It is to our mind a brilliant use of an ordinary cardboard box (which we’re thinking, could even be painted with rubber paint…) It seems to be the same deal as the other clipped-together systems we’ve found: to get the clips, you’ve got to buy the box. So we’re continuing our call for HELP finding something that will do as a clips to make sturdy shelves out of boxes. 

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…Since we started poking around, we’ve been finding more plays on this idea, which we’ll post next week. Stay tuned…

Related post: Clipped-Together Shelving Pt. 1: Wood (Help Needed)

14 Responses to clipped-together shelving pt. 2: cardboard boxes

  1. MrsCWmouse 04.22.2010 at 6:30am #

    How about Paper clips?

    Staples® Medium Metal Binder Clips, 1 1/4″ size with 5/8″Capacity.
    At $2.99/24, as of today. And free shipping if your order is $50 or more.

    (yes, I spend WAY too much time coveting office supplies. Why do you ask? *grins*)

  2. del4yo 04.22.2010 at 12:28pm #

    I’ve been holding a splittering plank on an Ikea bed with paper clips for months. It’s very sturdy if you pick the biggest ones and refold the handles. Colorful ones might be pretty.

  3. pippin 04.22.2010 at 12:46pm #

    (prepare for cold water…) this screams ‘DORM ROOM’ at me. i don’t think this would last long. a) cardboard is flimsy stuff. it is designed to project whatever you put inside just long enough to get it to it’s intended destination. b) moisture and light will add ‘patina’ but it will also weaken your shelving eventually. c) over time, weight will warp and skew the nice geometric design of this scheme – even if you don’t use these shelves to store books.

    an alternative: wood of the same thickness of cardboard is incredibly strong. i’m thinking of peach boxes and such. (remember the Peaches record stores?) can you send your scout out to locate wooden shipping crates? if you can find them somewhere, they would be more durable.

  4. Joan 04.22.2010 at 1:10pm #

    Large binder’s clips would probably do the job. They’re made for paper, the handles fold forward out of the way, and they have a classy and compatible utilitarian look… in black, no less.

    Agree with pippin’s idea for boxes; binder’s clips would probably work on them too.

  5. Sally 04.22.2010 at 4:31pm #

    I hear you pippin. And we’re on it. We’ll report next week….

  6. Kim Sykes 04.22.2010 at 8:57pm #

    I agree that the binder clip is a magical tool. The metal wire looking handles not only fold forward as Joan mentioned but can actually be taken off once you position them in the desired place by squeezing the handles and taking them off their hinges. I think this would create a better look from the side at the vertical connections of these shelves.

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  8. nameStephanie Burris 08.11.2010 at 12:26pm #

    Am skeptical about using cardboard boxes but very intriqued by this idea. Was staring at a stack of old drawers from a locker cabinet and it hit me, clip these together. Instead of binder clips–which I didn’t have at 9 pm–I used small clamps. They look really cool and artistic in my son’s room. He uses the clamps to hang Mari-gras beads and ribbons from. So not dorm room. . .

  9. Ashley Babette 01.22.2012 at 12:41am #

    I love this idea. You could always use some sort of adhesive between the boxes if you aren’t worried about being able to take them apart later (I’m not sure if you’d want to use something like hot glue, tacky glue or wood glue).

    You could use (hear me out before you think it’s too ghetto, lol) duct tape. They sell colorful and patterned varieties that could match practically any design, especially if you plan to paint your boxes.

    If you’re worried about moisture, you could always use a sealer/varnish to protect the boxes =)

    I just recently made a small shelving unit (2 boxes stacked on top of each other, long-ways) to hold my son’s baby clothes. For my project (something I’ll be posting to my own blog about soon) I used packing tape to hold the two boxes together and covered them with a baby animal themed wrapping paper. I suppose you could cover your shelves with whatever you want (paint, a collage from magazine pages, wrapping paper, cloth, etc) and it really wouldn’t look like a piece of dorm furniture. Especially if you sealed the top layer.

    Just my 2cents <3

  10. Sally 01.22.2012 at 12:45pm #

    Wow, what a trove of ideas. Thank you!

  11. JAVIER 11.03.2012 at 10:41pm #

    se `podria usar cajas de fibra de vidrio en laminas finas muy resistentes con tapa desmontable por si queremos proteger la mercancia de las estanterias en caso de transporte.

  12. Shevy 12.12.2012 at 2:45pm #

    I wonder if you paper or fabric mache’ the cardboard if it will make it more stable and or doing like a decopage on the boxes? Or do you think the mache’ would warp the boxes?

  13. Nancy 12.13.2012 at 10:04am #

    Covering the boxes with decorative contact paper adds many years to their lives!!! I still have and use diaper and wipe boxes for toy storage and my girls are now 7, 9 and 11… Covering them with contact paper makes them look nice and makes the boxes resistant to “stuff” that may get spilled on them.

    Since you mentioned your scout, it made me think of the case sized boxes that Girl Scout cookies come in… I think one of these will be made to house my daughters’ stuffed animal collection soon!

    Thank you so much for the idea!!!

  14. Kristen 08.28.2013 at 3:38pm #

    I am trying this for my “porta” shop. I attend a lot of shows, and this will be lightweight, easy to transport, and set up. I’m trying it for the first time this weekend. My boxes are spray painted white, and I think it will look nice.

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