I tested the cardboard furniture course

I tested the cardboard furniture course

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That's it, here I am registered for a training of two and a half days to learn how to make furniture, small or large, in honeycomb cardboard, a super strong cardboard that works a little like wood. I want to make a custom piece of furniture for my bedroom.

A small group internship

I arrive rue Piat, in the 20th district of Paris, in the small workshop of Patricia Dessoulles, trainer and creator of cardboard furniture. We are only two trainees, which allows for personalized training.

Learning the basics

Patricia presents the material and the material necessary to work. She decides to start from the design of my furniture to teach us all the technical part. It is a kind of low cabinet on wheels in which three Ikea storage boxes will fit. I had the good idea to bring one of these boxes with me. The calculations begin. We feel like we are going back to school. It's funny but it's not unpleasant. We think about the assembly of the furniture and the size of each part of which it will be made up. You have to be very focused because it's to the millimeter.

Cardboard cutting

We then place a large plate of honeycomb cardboard 2.6 cm thick on a workbench and we trace each part to be cut. Patricia teaches us how to cut in the rules of the art: pre-cutting with a cutter then real cutting with a jigsaw. Afterwards, some parts are hollowed out in order to be able to fit the bottom of the furniture and the sides. It's technical but logical.

Bonding of the different parts of the cardboard furniture

The time for bonding has arrived. You have to handle two glue guns in parallel to have enough glue. Don't waste time because the glue sets quickly. Thanks to Patricia, our measurements are perfect and the furniture is assembled as it should be. That's it, it starts to look like the furniture of my drawing! I sand the edges a little to soften them.

Preparation before finishing

I decided to paint directly on the cardboard, even if Patricia recommends covering pieces of torn newspaper which will give the cardboard "material" when it is painted. So I have to cover all the corners and all the edges of my furniture with strips of kraft paper. It takes me forever. I will therefore finish this stage quietly at home. I will take the opportunity to glue the wheels with "Résiste à Tout" or "Sans Clou Ni Vis".


The following week, I come back for a half-day of training on patinas. Patricia teaches us the right gestures with the right tools (a dry brush, a piece of curtain ...) according to the desired rendering. It also teaches us how to obtain a specific color from the three primary colors, and how to work it to give it body. I'm having fun because the patina, I love it! It remains to reproduce this pretty slate effect on my furniture.


A very practical and pleasant internship, which allowed me to learn how to make a real custom-made piece of furniture. I let you admire my work!

Practical information

4-day A to Z course (28 hours of training): € 480 A la carte training: around € 17 per hour. The price includes the material and the use of the material. You leave with your work. A complete guide summarizing all the techniques seen at the workshop is sent to you by e-mail. Registration with Patricia Dessoulles on 06 81 20 71 85 or on her website: www.desscreation.com


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