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.

And Karton Group doesn’t just do beds: You can also purchase cardboard storage drawers to fit under the Paperpedic along with a nifty bedside table for full pulp-tastic effect. And beyond the boudoir, Karton offers everything from bistro tables to stylish shelving units to, ummm, barnyard animals.
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.”



Matt Hickman ( @mattyhick ) writes about design, architecture and the intersection between the natural world and the built environment.

The Paperpedic: Flat-pack furniture gives making your bed a whole new meaning
Looking to host a slumber party with 22 of your closest paramours? The Karton Paperpedic Bed, an easy-to-assemble bed frame made completely from recyclable car