I have a bed frame problem. More specifically, I have a problem with those platform beds with the wood slatted bases sold by a certain Swedish retailer that starts with “I” and ends in “A.” The thing is, the slates always seem to fall through, which eventually leads to full-on bed frame malfunction. I’ve gone through two of the suckers within the last few years. The last time I experienced a slatted base fail, I opted to replace it with a simple, lightweight metal frame, but I’m still not quite satisfied. (Do you hear me repurposed shipping crate bed gods?)
Anyhoo, here’s an intriguing bed frame option that I recently caught wind of and really dig (shame it's only available in Australia): The Paperpedic Bed from Karton Group. The Paperpedic is affordable, good-looking, sturdy, easy-to-assemble, and, wait for it, made from 100 percent recyclable cardboard.
Yep, a flat-pack, unfolding bed frame made from cardboard panels that can be assembled origami-style sans Allen wrench and boasts a load capacity that can accommodate several of your closest friends (and lovers), provided that they aren’t on smorgasbord diets (the recommended load capacity is around a ton or about 10 people). In fact, Karton recently put the Paperpedic to the test with 22 adventurous and decidedly non-obese Aussies easily piling into bed together without any issue. Scroll down to the bottom of the page for video evidence. And I love this ... the Paperpedic Bed can morph into several sizes so if you eventually upgrade from a full-sized to a queen-sized mattress, for example, there’s no need to chuck the frame. Need to downsize from a king to a twin? Not a problem either.
Head on over to the Karton Group website to learn more. And although the company is Australia-based (apparently, Olivia Newton-John is a fan), the cardboard itself — which is made from a mixture of virgin and recycled paper — is actually manufactured in Germany. According to Karton website, “In Europe, Karton means Cardboard. In Australia, karton means forgetting everything you think you know about cardboard.”