Eliafun Cardboard Chair: Who Knew Cardboard Could Look So Good?

06/02/2009 at 03:00 PM ET

Everyone knows that a kid’s favorite toy is a big, cardboard box. Our trip to Toy Fair showed that several companies are taking the concept farther and designing elaborate, chic and cool cardboard toys. They ship flat (in more cardboard!), they’re made from recycled materials and the prices range from $7-77.

We know that any parent with a refrigerator box and a pair of scissors can become a hero in four minutes flat, but when we see a trend we have to tell you about it!

Eliafun‘s cardboard chair ($35) is a surprisingly sturdy, child-sized chair that you can decorate in countless ways.

It comes in three pieces, two of which are identical, and assembles easily in about five minutes. I’m always amazed by designers’ ability to envision things in 3-D and the fabrication here is really clever. A pair of chopsticks, shipped in their paper wrapper just like in a take-out order, slips in the back to hold the chair together.

The Eliafun chair comes with several 12″ x 12″ sticker sheets that can be applied to cover the large surfaces, plus about 60 fun shape stickers. You can also use paint, markers, decoupage… really anything… to make it a work of art.

My son and I had a ball assembling it and decorating it together. It’s been played with for several months and has held up great. (It even didn’t mind when I sat on it.)

My son has now taken to turning the chair on its side and using it as a parking garage for countless race cars, another use I’m pretty certain that the designers didn’t intend, but it sure makes him happy!

— Kristen

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megan on

Pass on that. No way I’d spend $35 on a cardboard chair for a kid.

tuffit on

This looks so much fun, and such a neat idea. I am really not quite sure if I could be persuaded to part with that much cash though for a cardboard piece of furniture.