Cardboard Furniture - Cheap Staging Solutions

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Cardboard Furniture - Cheap Staging Solutions


Cardboard paint design furniture


Have you ever heard about the Cardboard Furniture - alternative Staging Solutions? I've discovered it not a long time ago and wanted to share this information with you.


An idea about the Cardboard Furniture has transported me back to childhood where a simple, big cardboard box held a myriad of possibilities. See for yourself what a cardboard design has come as you take a in cardboard offices, furniture, kid's furniture and more...



Cardboard furniture painted dresser


Cardboard Furniture is made of the cardboard boxes, cheap and easily assembled to produce. With this furniture you don't need a moving truck or even don't need an extra person to help you out. It fits in a car and can be carried in by one person.

It can be painted or covered with fabric, upholstery grade slipcovers. 


You can see some Masterpieces of Cardboard Designs here: CoolPictureGallery




Here is the website that I found with some furnished models made of cardboard furniture:  


Fake Furniture provides a unique sales tool to fill the empty space of vacant homes. 

Cardboard chairs

My real estate experience shows that staged homes sell faster and for the higher price than the empty houses. But here is the question: "What if the seller doesn't have a lot of cash to have the home staged?" Cardboard / "Fake" Furniture can be a good low-cost solution to stage vacant homes for sale, model homes, showrooms. I've shown a lot  of empty vacant homes to my buyer clients in the last several years and I noticed that some of them cannot or have difficulty to visualize how the house will look like with real furniture. I think we have a solution now. I don't think that furnishing a million plus home with a cardboard furniture is a good idea but it can be definitely an alternative solution to $100,000 - $300,000 homes. 

What do you think about this idea? I would like to know your opinion...


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Comments (6)

Joshua Zargari
MJ Decorators Workshop LI staging and home decorating - Lynbrook, NY
MJ Decorators Workshop

How are you going to hide the cardboard?

Are you going to cover it with fabric?

It does make sense to lay it out before you'll buy furniture...

May 04, 2010 10:11 PM
Roger D. Mucci
Shaken...with a Twist 216.633.2092 - Euclid, OH
Lets shake things up at your home today!

Possibly if it was used in one vacant room to show it as a reading room, office, etc. I would find it acceptable, but not an entire house.  I'd rather see it vacant.

May 04, 2010 10:43 PM
Julia De Sosa-Rocha
Atlanta GA Real Estate Agent

Joshua, the cardboard furniture can be painted or covered with fabric, upholstery grade slipcovers.

Roger, I agree with you, it might be not necessary to furnish the entire house with cardboard furniture, just certain areas.

May 05, 2010 05:59 AM

Dear Julie

I would like to congratulate you on your blog as I use Nextstage furniture here in Canada!  I have enough furniture for 12 homes and every room we stage is only with Nextstage furniture.  

Bedroom - the bed is my favourite with two side tables,

Dining room - 3 sizes of table available with chairs,

Lounge - sofa, loveseat & over size chair,ottoman & side tables.

I have staged from a $80,000 to $800,00 with Nextsage.  They also offer any amazing service with fabrics -all padded so you would not even know that this was corrugated cardboard.  I have an array of padded fabric to compliment any room.

I also stage for local builders who love this green product.

The product can hold 1000lbs & all items are carried in their unique waterproof tote bags.

My blogs for Nextstage is on under "news" with pictures of this amazing product.




May 21, 2010 02:43 PM
Karen Nielsen

NextStage Furniture was developed in an effort to provide stagers, agents and homeowners with cost effective furnishings to market real estate. As a Home Stager and Real Estate Agent, I have held many open houses staged with NextStage Furniture. Not one person ever realized that the furniture wasn't real. I would point it out to people just so I could get feedback. With the new custom slipcovers that have a layer of batting sewn into them, the furniture is even more realistic.

Check it out at You will be surprised just how real the furniture looks!

Karen Nielsen

VP Product Design NextStage Furniture

Aug 02, 2010 06:55 AM
kerry derwent-robb

Dear Karen

Your new custom slipcovers with the added batting is quite incredible so I am just in the process of choosing more fabric from a link that was sent from Nextstage to add to my slipcover selections. 

We now need round tables & a fireplace please :0)



Chips & Kerry Homestaging

Aug 02, 2010 07:21 AM