From Trash To Treasure: Seating For 8

From Trash To Treasure: Seating For 8

Sarah Rae Smith
May 18, 2009
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We have a horrible dumpster diving habit. Not so much actual diving, but anything of a curious nature that's sticking out the top is fair game! We found this over-sized cardboard divider used in packing large freight in the dumpster behind out building. We knew it was collapsible, could be used as paper storage, but what else was could we turn this unique find into? How about seating for 8?

When turned on it's side, this piece could hold papers or even tshirts, but knowing how strong cardboard could be, we wanted to test out an idea... sitting on it.

So we placed a piece of thin birch ply we've had hanging around from making our hanging wooden walls, awhile back, on top. We figured if the structure slid or collapsed it was only a 14" fall to the floor, but none the less we were relieved to find ourselves quite stable!

Quite proud of our discovery we invited the dogs up to play some tug of war and a few more people to sit on it as well. It held up to all that and didn't flinch at the movement or the addition of more weight. We had originally planned on dragging it home, photographing it and asking all of you what you would do with it (and then promptly tossing it back in the trash), but now we think we're going to keep it folded up and tucked behind a shelf.

It will make a great thing to pull out at parties for extra seating or even a low lying buffet or makeshift table if needs be. Best of all, it will only take up a few inches of space once we slide it behind our storage shelves! So keep your eyes on the trash, you never know what you'll find!

(Images: Sarahrae)

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