I dont know about you, but I tend to have a lot of magazines lying around. I know, it is a dying form of media, but there is just something I enjoy about opening the mail and finding the latest edition of Model Railroader Magazine, or Seattle Natural Awakenings. The problem, however, is that I inevitably end up amassing a tower of old publications in the corner of my South Hill, WA apartment. There they sit, until the stack gets so tall that it actually becomes a safety hazard. At which point, they are thrown in the recycling bin. But recently, I stumbled upon an article on apartmenttherapy.com - my favorite source for design inspiration that explained a way to repurpose these magazines into a surprisingly sturdy, load-bearing structure.
Do you remember that science class project from high school, where you make a bridge out of paper and tape, before testing how much weight it could hold? When used properly, paper can actually be extremely sturdy. With this in mind, I decided to try it out for myself.
The process is simple; you dont need anything except magazines. All you do is remove the subscription cards, open the magazine cover, and fold the right edge of the first ten pages in toward the magazines binding. Repeat the process until you get to the end of the magazine, and finish it by folding the front cover over the first group of folded pages.
Depending on the thickness of the magazine you chose, you will need two or three of these to make a column. You can then use these columns as end tables, display pieces, or anything you can think of. I, myself, am in the process of making a coffee table out of old GQ magazines for my own Parkland, WA apartment. The only problem has been finding a suitable piece of material to use for the top. Believe it or not; large, transparent pieces of acrylic plastic arent as easy to find as one might hope (unless you want to pay an arm and a leg).