7 ideas on how to make a fireplace from boxes yourself
With a fireplace in any room, it immediately becomes warmer and more comfortable. It is not surprising that not only owners of huge cottages dream of him, but also residents of ordinary apartments. But they are far from always adapted for such a radical solution. But if organizing a full-fledged chimney is problematic, nobody forbade decorative false fireplaces! Moreover, they can be made with your own hands even from an ordinary cardboard box!
1. Fireplace with a high portal
Making the long fireplace with a high portal is perhaps the easiest. You just need to twist from the sheets of cardboard two identical vertical columns of the desired height. For the back wall - one flat sheet. And a few sheets of plywood or polystyrene - for the base and top cover.
2. Fireplace out of the big box
If you have one large box approximately 80x80 cm and at least 15 cm deep, it will make an excellent simple fireplace with a rectangular portal. Be sure to start forming from the central part so that all the bends and cuts are perfectly even.
Draw the central vertical and measure from it to the sides rectangles whose width is equal to the depth of the box. Then you can just bend them inside, and immediately get both the portal and the side columns. Immediately paint the insides of the portal or paste them with wallpaper under the brickwork - then it will be uncomfortable. Glue all joints with masking tape and always on both sides.
You can paint the finished fireplace, paste over with wallpaper or ceiling foam, decorate with polyurethane details - at your discretion. Make the top out of several connected sheets of cardboard or thin plywood. If you plan to use the fireplace as a shelf, pre-install the stiffeners inside the box - the same perpendicular inserts.
3. Fireplace of complex shape
From one cardboard box you can also assemble a fireplace of a much more complex shape. The principle of operation resembles origami, but for this you will first have to experiment with a regular sheet. For example, if the box is deep, you can make beveled corners - this is just a couple of additional folds.
4. Fireplace from small boxes
To work with small boxes is a little more difficult - you need to fit them in size. Therefore, measure everything in advance, outline and for clarity, first assemble such a fireplace on the floor without glue and fasteners, like a designer.
When the action plan is ready, all the opening parts of the boxes are glueed with PVA or masking tape. After that, just connect the boxes together and let the glue dry for at least a night or half a day. For very thick thick cardboard you can use mechanical fasteners.
All joints and gaps glue with a wide masking tape or even thin building profiles. From above the fireplace can be covered with paper, pasted over with wall-paper or even just painted under a brick. To do this, you will need paint and an ordinary sponge for dishes, with which you will paint the masonry.
5. Fireplace Designer
Even from deposits of various boxes of household appliances, you can make a beautiful fireplace of an unusual shape. Ready foam blanks and moldings will come to the rescue. Use the decor for walls and ceilings or look for special kits for homemade fireplaces. And then it’s only a matter of your imagination.
Just keep in mind that the boxes from the equipment are usually covered with a slippery protective layer. It is harder to draw on and drawings are less visible, so make sure that there are no errors. And before finishing, use a primer or choose paints that hold on such glossy substrates.
6. Corner cardboard fireplace
If you have a small apartment or you just want to decorate a free corner with something - this option is for you. The main thing is to carefully take measurements so that the fireplace fits exactly into all the free space, does not protrude, and no one trips over it.
To form a triangle, cut one of the faces from the square box. Glue all joints firmly and tightly so that they do not disperse under pressure. Cut a portal on a flat side and form its inner walls from the remaining sheet. Make a dense upper shelf - and such a fireplace will be an excellent corner bedside table for a lamp, flowerpot, keys or other small things.
7. Fireplace with a round portal of boxes
It is quite difficult to create a fireplace with round portal from the boxes - you need to make a arch. First glue the base and install strips of ribs in it for rigidity. The more often the strips - the better the foundation will withstand the load, will not sag and bend.
Cut the back wall out of the box and immediately decorate it with paint, wallpaper or foam bricks. In the same way, cut out the front of the fireplace and draw an arched neckline. Spread the inside of the portal from separate sheets, carefully bending them along the way. To make all the transitions smooth without protruding corners, glue the joints with adhesive tape all the way around.
Use cardboard, thin plywood or a sheet of expanded polystyrene of small thickness for the lid. If you glue several sheets together, dry them under a press to make the shelf look whole. It remains only to decorate the fireplace - for example, to paste over with wet and wrinkled paper napkins, which will create an interesting relief.