Product Review and Eco-Creative Giveaway: Way Basics Recycled Paper Furniture

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Way Basics Affordable Green Furniture Giveaway!

It’s not often that I come across a product impresses me as much in person as it does in theory. A few weeks ago as I was reading one of my favorite blogs, Apartment Therapy, I came across an innovative new company called Way Basics. They make a product called zBoard, which essentially is a basic, eco-building block for anything you can imagine. A little vague, I know, but the product is so versatile that its also a bit hard to describe.

zBoards are made of 99% post-consumer waste paper and are 100% recyclable. Intrigued yet? I know I was. Of course, the first question that came to my mind was “how strong can these zBoards really be if they are made of recycled paper.”  The simple answer: Strong enough to build bookshelves, tables and even beds, all fully capable of holding the weight that their functions would require.

Despite this promise, I had to try it for myself, so I was thrilled when Way Basics sent me a sample of their Cube², a basic piece made of 2 stacked cubes that is part of their series of pre-designed pieces.  It had to be assembled, so I called in my husband for reinforcement. Little did I know how easy the task would be. It took us less than 10 minutes to assemble it…seriously. How often can you say that about furniture? Assembly essentially consists of peeling away adhesive backing and pressing the edges of the pieces together.  Despite the humble construction, it is amazingly strong. We have been using it as low bookshelf with a lamp on top, and it shows no signs of buckling.

Way Basics has earned themselves a fan, and I’m more than happy to pass the word on to my loyal readers.

Why It’s Green:

  • Made of 99% post-consumer waste paper
  • 100% recyclable

Price: Their pieces are remarkably affordable, ranging from $1.75 for a shelf divider, (yes, that’s $1.75) to $62 for a three shelf bookcase.

UPDATE: I used one these to create a great storage system in my daughter’s room. Want to see how it turned out? Click here!

Want to win one?

The folks at WayBasics have been gracious enough to offer up a Cube² worth $34.75 in green (a fitting color) to one reader of Green Your Decor who can come up with the most innovative use of zBoards. It may seem like a daunting task, but think of them as human-sized Legos. Armed with a stack of zBoards, you can build anything you want, from a side table to a desk, bookshelf, buffet table or even a bed.

To participate, head on over to Way Basics and check out their design gallery for examples of the pieces you can create.  Don’t worry about the details, like how many zBoards you’d need or how much the finished piece would cost.  Just come back here and leave a comment before 11:59 p.m. August 14, 2008, about what you would use WayBasics zBoards to build. The possibilities are literally endless! You can add doors, dividers, legs and other accessories to make your idea unique, so don’t limit yourself to a simple shelf. The ideas will be reviewed by Way Basics CEO Jimmy Chiang and I, so may the most innovative suggestion win!

You can enter as many times as you’d like. Please leave only one suggestion per comment. The contest is open to U.S. and Canada residents only, and irrelevant comments like “I’d love to win this”, “This is awesome” or “I’m trying to go green” will be deleted. Remember, the entry period ends at 11:59 p.m. August 14, 2008.

SIDE NOTE: If you’re wondering how Way Basics could possibly get any greener, it’s all about the way they do business. When I asked Jimmy Chiang to ship me a Cube² so I could give it away, his response was as green as they get: To save freight and carbon emissions, they would ship to the winner directly. I couldn’t argue with that logic 🙂

Good luck! And while you’re here, if you haven’t already, don’t forget to sign up for Green Your Decor via RSS or via email. Either way, you’ll be sure to receive all the updates on awesome new products from Green Your Decor and more fantastic green giveaways!

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  • Avatar NubianVixen July 31, 2008, 11:23 am

    OK ~ this has piqued my curiosity! I’m going to put on my ‘thinking cap” and hopefully come up with a cool way to use this product. Thank you…

  • Avatar Paul Smith July 31, 2008, 3:12 pm

    What a great idea, thanks for sharing it, and thanks to Way Basics for offering this prize. Hmm, what would I do? Create a multifunctional piece of furniture that would serve as a platform for our TV, a place for our now far too many cds/books, and have a specially designated section, complete with sign, for our cats Stella and Joe to snooze, fight, and play.

  • Avatar Monica July 31, 2008, 3:33 pm

    This is a cool contest and I’m falling in love with all the great eco house gear coming out! I would use Way Basics to build a fun interactive area for my daughter in her room, using the cubbies for books, dolls, clothes, games, pictures, and top it with a fun lamp. Thanks for showcasing!!

  • Avatar Lorraine July 31, 2008, 6:36 pm

    I would like to combine a bunch of these units, add doors to some, and create a cool food storage “pantry” in my kitchen.

  • Avatar Barbara Baker July 31, 2008, 7:02 pm

    I would definitely use the zBoards for many things, but one thing that I’ve been needing is more shelves and show piece boxes in my kitchen. These would be perfect to fill up a wall of these zBoards in many angles of my room. for cookbooks, utencils and any other kitchen item you could think of…

    Please do count me in, I would really love to win; I do need these too…

    Barbara Bakers last blog post..My first month today!!!

  • Avatar Naomi July 31, 2008, 7:21 pm

    I’d love to make a record bin that you could flip through and store a turntable on…

    Naomis last blog post..Wordless Wednesday- sibling revelry

  • Avatar Stefanie July 31, 2008, 7:44 pm

    My first thought when I saw the pictures of furniture created with Way Basics was a cat contraption of some kind. One of my cats LOVES to climb on things, and I would love to make her some sort of climbing thing, with stairs, kitty caves, etc. (something like the one here I’m not innovative enough to figure out how to do it with the product here, but I would imagine it would be possible with some planning!

  • Avatar Morgan M. July 31, 2008, 7:59 pm

    We are rearranging our living room and office spaces and I think I would use this to replace our old ikea entertainment center. we could create something to hold our tv and applicanes and books and media stuff – and my husband would be able to design it so I wouldnt have to worry about him not liking the design.

  • Avatar Morgan M. July 31, 2008, 8:04 pm

    I think the different configurations would also be good in the craft room at my work (arts/crafts magazine publisher). We could use the desk pieces for a sewing station, stamping station and other stations respectively. We could have cubby shelves for each worker as a place to store projects being worked on and it would be great to use a wall of shelves for our supplies like scrapbook paper, paints, markers, stamps, etc. etc. And with the ability to have colored pieces it would help stimulate our creative juices.

  • Avatar Kimberly V. July 31, 2008, 8:46 pm

    How cool are those!!!!

    I would configure some to make a bookcase/storage shelves for my kids room to fit up against this one wall in their room between the closet door and room door. My kids have way too many books and “little things” and this would be a perfect way to organize them.

    Thanks for the link to this great site and for the giveaway.

  • Avatar misty July 31, 2008, 8:53 pm

    I would use them to make a large stand with several different sized cubbies… and use it as a large open dollhouse for my little one. One for the bedroom, one for the kithcen, etc… My sister did this once, but my father built it for her himself. Thanks so much for the opportunity.

    mistys last blog post..Thursday Thirteen (16th Edition).

  • Avatar Kristina July 31, 2008, 9:14 pm

    I’m a teacher, so my idea has to do with how I could use these babies in the classroom. There is NEVER enough bookshelf space in my classroom, and it’s difficult to keep the kids’ books, folders, and supplies separate. You have math journals, writing journals, reading folders, reader response notebooks…the list goes on and on. As you can imagine, having a communal spot to keep, say, all math journals gets complicated when you send 23 kids to retrieve their journal all at once. What does this have to do with zBoards? Build a single cube- the bottom half of that Cube2, set a cushion on top, and you’ve got yourself a seat. Better yet, it’s a seat that doubles as a bookshelf- each child can keep their personal notebooks and what not in their bookshelf/seat, right at hand when they need them! Maybe you could even stick a single zBoard on top of the cube to be a backrest? If not, oh well- not having a backrest will force everyone to sit up straight, so we’ll all have better posture, as well!

  • Avatar Jill July 31, 2008, 9:43 pm

    My idea is not particularly creative, but it would work wonderfully with these products. I have been wanting to have lockers near the garage in our house, so that my kids have someplace to put their shoes and bags and coats and backpacks.

    I’ve seen them in metal, but they’re expensive to ship, they’re ugly, and they’re too large for my space and my kids.

    This could be perfect. I could make them in sizes that will work for a 7 and 2 year old, and could add to them as the kids grow, since the pieces are so modular. Plus, it’s green. And definitely not ugly.

  • Avatar Melissa July 31, 2008, 9:48 pm

    I’d love to make a daybed out of them for a great outlooker that I have in our rec room. I’d make it about 7′ by 4′ then put cushions on top for all my nieces that love to sleep over. I’d leave the bottom open for toys or books and continue them around so it makes a U shape with the middle giving access to the daybed. Really hard to explain but I have a perfect picture in my head of it (I’ve thought about it for awhile since the area could be really great).

  • Avatar sarah b July 31, 2008, 10:03 pm

    I would love to use these to keep books and toys in it for my son. maybe under the crib. If I got more then I could do more. these would have been great when i was in college!

  • Avatar Heather Beckstrom July 31, 2008, 10:29 pm

    i would make a top for it and use it as a toy chest!

  • Avatar Shilo Beedy July 31, 2008, 10:33 pm

    I would use it to organize my closet since it’s a nightmare. Or I could use it as a shelf for shoes. Or make it into a coffee table.

    Shilo Beedys last blog post..Contest

  • Avatar Jenn S. July 31, 2008, 10:57 pm

    I would love to create an entertainment center with all these items. Very cool.

  • Avatar Cindi July 31, 2008, 11:17 pm

    I would love to design cubbies for the mud room! A bench that holds winter items like hats, scarves and gloves below the cubbies would be great, also. Also, my library needs more shelves and book cases. Thanks, Cindi

  • Avatar Aimee July 31, 2008, 10:13 pm

    Wow! I love these products, and boy oh boy could I make a ton of things! I would first make a floating desk, something I have been coveting since seeing it on Apartment Therapy. Also I would adore using them to make a custom closet, an entertainment center… oh the list goes on and on.

    Thanks for the awesome contest, and for introducing us to this product!

    Aimees last blog post..Jishaku Giveaway

  • Avatar Spoodles July 31, 2008, 10:23 pm

    Hmmmmm. I’ve got a little guy in need of toy storage, so that’s alway a possibility. I also think a bed platform/headboard would be cool.

    Spoodless last blog post..Another giveaway

  • Avatar Mary @ Adventures in Mommyland August 1, 2008, 12:28 am

    I’d like to make an entertainment center. Great giveaway, thanks!

    Mary @ Adventures in Mommylands last blog post..Boon Animal Bag Giveaway at Berrie Sweet Picks

  • Avatar Mary @ Adventures in Mommyland August 1, 2008, 12:28 am

    The bed frame idea looks cool too.

    Mary @ Adventures in Mommylands last blog post..Boon Animal Bag Giveaway at Berrie Sweet Picks

  • Avatar Mary @ Adventures in Mommyland August 1, 2008, 12:29 am

    I’d like to make a bookshelf for my daughters room.

    Mary @ Adventures in Mommylands last blog post..Boon Animal Bag Giveaway at Berrie Sweet Picks

  • Avatar Mary @ Adventures in Mommyland August 1, 2008, 12:31 am

    Id also like to make shelving for storage in our toy room. Thanks again!

    Mary @ Adventures in Mommylands last blog post..Boon Animal Bag Giveaway at Berrie Sweet Picks

  • Avatar Marisa Moore August 1, 2008, 1:34 am

    A shoe/backpack storage system– with customized cubes for each of my 3 children- and it could include a place for them to sit to put shoes on. Perhaps the wide rectangle with cubes next to it.

  • Avatar Tracy Iglesias August 1, 2008, 1:38 am

    In a small NYC apartment, there is never enough closet space to go around, this would be great for bedroom storage, and I love that wheels and doors can be added!

  • Avatar Marilyn Wons August 1, 2008, 2:53 am

    I would use is to build little bookcases

  • Avatar Liz Cranage August 1, 2008, 3:59 am

    Ok heres my first thoughts: To do a loft apartment with open & closed shelving to divide areas but still keep the openness, media center, kitchen with a breakfast bar area, table and chairs pantry a rolling center island, hanging pot rack, also open shelving above counters a library nook with bookshelves and chaise lounge, that you would just need to pillows and cushions to complete. And Even the lamp bases could be made
    Bedroom raised platform bed with storage underneath and attached night stands. Dresser, Armoire with miniZ boards to brace & organize even the closet could be almost completely done with individual storage for shoes belts sweaters boots all completely customized. Almost the entire interior of a house could be done. Sofa frame coffee & end tables even a bar and bar stools with open storage. And with a loft any exposed duct work or pipes could be blocked in
    I could go on and on I really wish the Design Gallery was interactive
    For me the skys the limit with this product and the colors are fantastic. I am so excited about it. Even Wall Art and free standing sculpture pieces could be made

  • Avatar Liz Cranage August 1, 2008, 4:11 am

    Oh my gosh I have had too much coffee. I have an absolutely fantastic Craft room design in my head. I’m a multi media artist so I have bins upon bins on top on boxes different crafting supplies, and the zBoards could totally compartmentalize use different media. A wheeling scrapbooking paper organizer with cubbys for all the different embellishments. A large enougn drafting table I could layout my 6′ by6′ canvases for murals. A shelfing wall for all my different types and colors of paints. A custom jewelry making table with insets for tools and wires. A sewing table with its own free standing cupboard for materials and bolts of fabric and canvas and desk area with shelving for all my different craft books and design books. Also a canvas storing section to hold large to small canvases and where than can dry part of it would hold just 1 vertical canvas per rectangle.
    I think I better quit now. I know I’m going to be dreaming about zBoards all night and getting more ideas

  • Avatar Liz Cranage August 1, 2008, 4:35 am

    Another cool idea would be do to a school classroom. All the desk chairs shelves lockers can be made plus different work stations. I think it would be really to color each section different and it would be more functional and a unique learning environment. Also all of the bookcases even easels could be made, and using the spinning cubes to separate some areas, add inspiration and creative. I just see it as wonderful place todevelop and promote learning

  • Avatar Faith Bernards August 1, 2008, 6:52 am

    What a great site! I could totally redesign my work space. I make jewelry and there’s never enough storage or shelves for display. The possibilities are endless. Thanks for the contest.

  • Avatar sandy August 1, 2008, 7:25 am

    make a bench and have hidden space for video games etc and the bench where they can sit on it and play the games

  • Avatar sandy August 1, 2008, 7:34 am

    make extra storage shelves on top of computer table- looks good and afforable

  • Avatar Gwendolen Gross August 1, 2008, 8:27 am

    Organize the kids’ crafts stuff is my first thought, but then: ORGANIZE MY RIDICULOUS YARN STASH!

  • Avatar Heather August 1, 2008, 8:29 am

    I love the bed idea. I live in a small apartment and any extra storage would be GREAT!

  • Avatar judy brittle August 1, 2008, 8:51 am

    I’d make the ultimate home office. I would build myself a computer desk,filing cabinet,printer shelf with storage for printing supplies and paper,a shelf unit for important papers and documents,cd holder to listen to music while busy on the computer,book shelf to keep journals and notebooks.a smaller box with a lot of drawers to keep pens,stamps etc.,a cube a box underneath to hide extra cords and the computer box thingy. Wow the possibilities are endless.

  • Avatar carrie August 1, 2008, 8:59 am

    I went to the design gallery, and wow! there are some good ideas. I really like the bed shown on the page, but I have my idea rolling around in my noggin!
    I have started in my everyday life to be more green. From the bags that I produce, to my compost heap in the back yard. I am very excited about this company since it has “green” ways about it! I am always looking for space in my studio, my idea is to make a closet from these zboards. It would be no ordinary closet, I imagine it as a walk in closet, and all the different compartments of the shelving would be filled with marvelous fabric. I would have some open shelving and some with the doors on it! It would measure 6 feet deep and floor to ceiling! Everything would then have its own place. One section for paper crafts, one for sewing crafts, one section just for the kids crafts! It would be a closet for the craft enthusiast. I would even throw in a few of those fabric wrapped shelves for a little different texture! I can see it now and it is beautiful! Thanks for the contest! and for introducing me to the fabulous website, that had unlimited possibilities when it comes to shelving!

  • Avatar judy brittle August 1, 2008, 9:09 am

    I would build myself a laundry center. I’d have a lager unit built with cupboards to store extra soaps,bleach etc. and the top would be used for folding laundry. Above the washer I would have a shelf to keep the products I need right now. I would build bins to keep for the sorted laundry like one for pants,another for socks and undies etc. When ready to put away just grab one a stack from the bin. Finally I would build a box for dirty laundry to put under the chute so the wet clothes aren’t on the floor collecting bugs.

  • Avatar Ellie August 1, 2008, 10:24 am

    I’d make something like the collage bookcase but with neutral colors. I’d use the bottom area for my son’s toys, and the top shelves for my own books and collectibles.

    Ellies last blog post..Muffin Tin Monday

  • Avatar kelli August 1, 2008, 10:44 am

    I’d like to put together a toy storage system for my boys. We’d need a large area for tracks & roads and a smaller area for trains and cars.

  • Avatar Erica C. August 1, 2008, 11:24 am

    maybe I’d make a chair…I don’t know! the cubes are awesome though…especially in green!

  • Avatar Marci August 1, 2008, 11:33 am

    I need something to put all my daughters things on once I move the changing table out. The Collage Bookcase would be perfect!

  • Avatar Alice Hansen August 1, 2008, 11:39 am

    I love the Japanese style table in the design gallery – I’d probably make a coffee table in that style. Great giveaway – thanks!

  • Avatar Maggie Smith August 1, 2008, 12:01 pm

    I would use it to build a huge bookcase for my son’s bedroom. He has sooo many books and no where to put them 🙁 THANKS for the great giveaway!!!

  • Avatar Leslie August 1, 2008, 12:39 pm

    I would build a desk for my daughter’s room, similar to the one in the design gallery . . .but with little doors to hide all of her treasures! Love the concept of zboards!!!

  • Avatar Jackie Burchett August 1, 2008, 12:54 pm

    Neat product! My first thought after seeing all the cubby ideas was to create a closet organizer. The possibilities would be endless. I could customize it to fit all my specifics. these would be really fun to play around with!

  • Avatar Jackie Burchett August 1, 2008, 12:57 pm

    I really liked the blinds idea. That got me thinking about a privacy screen/room divider. You could connect three panels together and decorate them as you wish. Without knowing exactly what the surface is like, i would suggest painting a stencil design or sponge art on it. I think that would be cool! Or maybe get some Wall art stickers and use those.

  • Avatar Jackie Burchett August 1, 2008, 1:00 pm

    Would it be possible to drill holes in these and make a peg board to hang tools and such in the garage? The make some separate bins that roll around to store things like nails or screws.

  • Avatar Robin Thornhill August 1, 2008, 1:22 pm

    I own a small independent theatre where space and convenience is always an issue for us. My passion is going green and working with kids so my creation is a combination of those at helping keep us organized too. My idea for the Z boards would be creating personal costume closets for each cast member. A shelf on top created with Z board would be a great place to put shoes and other props that character needs. Below would be an area to hang a costumes, jewelry, wigs, etc needed for the show. Each one could be a different color to help the little ones who couldn’t read their names remember which costume was theirs. This would even work in a child’s bedroom!

  • Avatar Gina Stratos August 1, 2008, 1:31 pm

    I love the idea of using these as platform beds.

  • Avatar Rita Jackson August 1, 2008, 2:18 pm

    I would make the bed, I would add shelves and cubbies for my two cats. They are always trying to sleep on my bed.

  • Avatar Kathy Conley August 1, 2008, 2:39 pm

    I would use these to create classroom storage units divided by class and by color – I teach high school and there is no easy way to keep classes seperated!

  • Avatar Cori Westphal August 1, 2008, 2:57 pm

    I love to read and have so many books my husband is always complaining about where we’re supposed to keep them all. I would definately make some kind of book shelf. I don’t even know where to start but I would make sure it was definately green to show off it’s “green” history. Thanks for the great contest!

  • Avatar Monique Rizzo August 1, 2008, 3:30 pm

    A system for Toys and Puzzles would Be WONDERFUL!

  • Avatar Barb August 1, 2008, 1:55 pm

    It seems that one would easily be able to make a fold-away table for eating/crafting on for those who live in tiny apartments; I always wanted one of those when I had little room for a table in my apartment.

    Now I’d love to
    * create a small bookshelf that I could take on location for photographing newborns on 😀

    * create green storage for my green business supplies 😉

    * use those colorful zboards for creating fun storage for the kids’ rooms and the plain boards for storage in the living rooms (for shoes, etc.).

    * ooh, couldn’t I create great shelving and display for my photos? YES!!!

    Barbs last blog post..Bowling With Grammie and Papa

  • Avatar Sheena August 1, 2008, 4:11 pm

    These would be perfect for media and knick knacks in a nursery or office space!

    Sheenas last blog post..Guest Post: Words of Wisdom From One New Mom to Another

  • Avatar Emma August 1, 2008, 5:04 pm

    I would create a huge bookshelf system where I could display books as well as put baskets full of toys and other items.


  • Avatar susan varney August 1, 2008, 5:32 pm

    use them for a headboard

  • Avatar valerie mabrey August 1, 2008, 5:47 pm

    This is a great idea for my kids’ room.

  • Avatar Don Schraier August 1, 2008, 6:21 pm

    We were using zBoards twenty years ago, purchased from the original shop in Venice Beach CA.

  • Avatar Christian Kay August 1, 2008, 9:10 pm

    With a few tools you could easily make a couple into a recycled kitty condo.

    Christian Kays last blog post..I don’t want to get into it.

  • Avatar Pankaj August 2, 2008, 8:14 am

    I thought this would be great for a baby changing table with shelving, and even floating shelves!

  • Avatar Charlotte August 2, 2008, 1:45 pm

    I would make a desk/work table to copy the one I can’t afford from Pottery Barn. 🙂 I would stack cubes on the ends, and put a big board across the top for my workspace. The table is just about bar height, so you can work at it standing or sitting. I’d store my crafting supplies in the cubes.

    Charlottes last blog post..2 New Bible Studies

  • Avatar Stacy August 2, 2008, 2:06 pm

    It would be great in the laundry room to keep me organized.

  • Avatar Cassie August 2, 2008, 10:20 pm

    I could make a diaper changing station for my twins! cool!!

  • Avatar Dan August 2, 2008, 11:05 pm

    “Centers” for my daughter, like she has in preschool, so she could keep everything neat and organized, yet be inspired to create and learn in different ways.

  • Avatar Jamie August 2, 2008, 11:22 pm

    I need a great shelf like this for all of my sons books. I love the table set on their gallery photos.

    Jamies last blog post..Eager Elephant

  • Avatar Teresa Hoyt August 3, 2008, 12:58 am

    I think that I would build the Table Set! This product looks like so much fun!

  • Avatar Jean August 3, 2008, 1:25 am

    I would create a craft table held up by cubes/cubies with drawers (if possoble) or doors.

    Jeans last blog post..The next milestone

  • Avatar Jennifer Stil August 3, 2008, 9:33 am

    We have a teeny, tiny house and storage is always a problem for me and my 4 kids. I would use these products to make a bed with storage all underneath, along the headboard area, and all the way up the side of the wall which is where the long side of the bed would be. Since my kids each have to share a room, I would make one for each child. This would give them each their OWN space to put their own things and free up much-needed floor space for actual play. In the living/dining area, I would create a two-sided unit that on one side was the TV stand, movies & CDs storage, radio shelf, etc. and then on the other side, would be dish storage, linens, cook books, serving platters and the like. This would serve as my room divider since right now it’s just one small area with no division that serves as living room and dining/kitchen. What an incredible product. Thanks for the giveaway!

  • Avatar sherri cohn August 3, 2008, 11:44 am

    I really like this idea. I would use it in the living area with containers to hide the babies toys and books. The furniture would accent our living space nicely.

  • Avatar Queen of the Click August 3, 2008, 11:53 am

    I would use the zboards to make a pet nook/dog bed. On the bottom, would be the area for a big fluffy pillow surrounded by storage with doors to hold pet items (toys, clothes, brushes, etc). Dogs like having a nook or cave to sleep in and I think it would look great as well.

    I know cats love sleeping in cubes. I think a picture of these stacked cubes with a cat in each would be very cute too!

  • Avatar Alex H August 3, 2008, 3:22 pm

    What a fun idea. I enjoyed looking at the site. I think it would be great to make stackable cubbies for books. I love books and it would be an eye-catching way to display and a great way to organize them. Thank you.

  • Avatar Teresa N. August 3, 2008, 4:23 pm

    I would cube them together along my daughters bedroom wall for toys books and shoes.


    Thank you for the great giveaway!



  • Avatar Zipporah Sandler August 3, 2008, 4:44 pm

    This is a great idea. How strong are the shelves…will they work as a regular bookshelf, or do they only hold light items (knick knacks)???

  • Avatar Zipporah Sandler August 3, 2008, 4:46 pm

    Sorry, I hit send to quickly. I’d LOVE to use these as bookshelves (I’ve been searching high & low for bookshelves that are JUST THE RIGHT SIZE) and because you can create your own look, these would absolutely fit the bill.

  • Avatar Lisl Armstrong August 3, 2008, 5:32 pm


    This is absolutely incredible! Thank you to all of you brilliant people for having these visions and then making them come true. This furniture is absolutely beautiful!

    Lisl Armstrong
    Out Of The Blue Seaglass Jewelry

  • Avatar melanie August 3, 2008, 7:04 pm

    This product is fantastic. I live in a really small house and I love all the possiblities. I would probably build something for the corner of my room that could be used as storage and display.

  • Avatar Paul Smith August 3, 2008, 9:21 pm

    I would stack dozens of these in the shape of a giant bee hive, for my latest nature saving invention: robotic bees that will boost the sagging efforts of our Colony Collapse Disorder plagued natural bee population, thus enabling sufficient pollenisation of plants so that we’ll continue to have enough food to feed us. I’d paint each box a different color, corresponding to the type of plant the different robot bees are programmed to fly to. This way, they’d know they’d be with like minded robot kin. And of course doors on each, should they want privacy.

  • Avatar Bhavana August 3, 2008, 10:30 pm

    I have an art studio above our garage which my daughter shares with me. I would love to be able to divide the area with these shelves in such a way that we can share a few of them while some of the others can just be for our own personal items. Also they would be at different heights so that we can watch each other while working….I would hate to be completely blocked from her.
    Would probably make some tables and chairs from these for her to work on. The extra chairs would be great for the art classes I take for kids. Also they would have a permanent place to keep their stuff every week instead of schlepping them in and out each time. This is truly exciting!

  • Avatar lia August 3, 2008, 11:19 pm

    Definetly a mario mushroom. A giant mario mushroom to hold my craft supplies. I’d need some white ones too.

  • Avatar Michelle August 4, 2008, 7:15 am

    What a great product. I would build shelves for my daughter’s ever expanding toy collection.

  • Avatar sandra kao August 4, 2008, 8:18 am

    i would build a storage cabinet for the boys’ stuff, especially their clothes and bedding items since they lack much closet space and dressers

  • Avatar Katy August 4, 2008, 8:29 am

    I would love to make something really cool to hold the Wii games and controllers for my girls. This is the one place I can’t keep up with!

  • Avatar staci August 4, 2008, 8:53 am

    i’m kind of confused as to how you can make a table out of one of the pieces. are some not shown?

  • Avatar Kirsten August 4, 2008, 4:44 pm

    I have some mementos from two wonderful trips: New York City and an Alaskan cruise. I would stain these, and put together a shadowbox display of my trips…..probably put some kind of glass covering over it. Mount it near my desk at home as a reminder when I am bored senseless that good times are waiting right around the corner.

  • Avatar crystal August 4, 2008, 8:16 pm

    Wow, These are great!! I would build my craft room with all zboards. I would definetly use a bottom shelf for all childrens craft books and different dividers for different subjucts.,also the organizing of beads and craft supplies would be amazing. Thanks 🙂

  • Avatar Alison August 4, 2008, 11:36 pm

    I would love to create and organize a craft area for knitting and sewing and such.

    Alisons last blog post..Family Pictures

  • Avatar Sheila August 5, 2008, 12:26 am

    I would definitely put together a closet organizer. Living in a small apartment, every inch counts. There is no “neat” way to store my plethora of medical records relating to my various rare, orphan diseases. Additionally, I have a huge cookbook and recipe collection because I used to have a restaurant and catering business before my health went “south.” If I could come up with an attractive way to sort and store these things, I would be happy. This could be my answer. By the way, the knit blinds I saw on the website looked very cool!

  • Avatar Melisa August 5, 2008, 2:28 am

    We are in the process of remodeling our basement, which includes a playroom for our 4 kids. I would build cupboards along the center of one wall with open shelving on either side. The other thing I would build would be an arts & crafts center. This would be similar to the desk shown on the design gallery page, but each side would consist of 4 cube units instead of 2, with the additional cubes stacked next to the ones holding up the table top… but put the top cube facing up!! On one side, I would fill it with crayons, markers, etc. (paper goes in the cube underneath) and on the other side, Legos. My son loves to build with Legos and my daughter loves to draw. This gets me so excited to create this room! This furniture is such a wonderful concept – the possibilities are endless! I love it!

  • Avatar Cori Westphal August 5, 2008, 11:58 am

    I’d love to make a shoe cubby in our entry closet. It’s so disorganized right now, this could really straighten things out. Thanks for the great contest!

  • Avatar Cori Westphal August 5, 2008, 11:59 am

    My kids are great organizers (I’ve trained them well). I’d love to make each of them some cubby shelving to keep things organized. I’d probably get some of those fabric boxes to put in there. Voila! Instant happy mom! Thanks for the great contest!

  • Avatar Cori Westphal August 5, 2008, 12:00 pm

    I own a small business and I bet i could use this stuff to create a great desk, shelving, organizing station. This could really be useful! Thanks for the great contest!

  • Avatar Cori Westphal August 5, 2008, 12:01 pm

    This would work great for clothes in the closet too! Like those cubby hanging shelves to organize each days worth of clothes. I could make a permanent one in my kids closets. Thanks for the great contest!

  • Avatar Cori Westphal August 5, 2008, 12:02 pm

    Ooohhhh I really want to win this! Can you tell? There are so many endless ideas for this product. What a great concept and thanks for promoting such a great site. I think I could also create a nice work station in my laundry room for sorting and storing stuff. Thanks!

  • Avatar Kristina J August 5, 2008, 5:59 pm

    I’d actually put 2 or 3in my car trunk, facing up – however many would fit snugly – so I would have cubicles for my groceries. May sound crazy, buy I’m tired of worrying about everything falling out of the sacks when I went around the corner. I’d also put my emergency supplies in one instead of tucking them in nooks and crannies to secure them. What a great product!

  • Avatar Pat S August 5, 2008, 7:17 pm

    perfect for my teenage son and all his stuff that really needs to be organized…thanks!

  • Avatar Sandra Dennis August 5, 2008, 9:55 pm

    I could build a wonderful display for my small Independent bookstore. The bestsellers would look great displayed this way!!

  • Avatar Lessa August 5, 2008, 11:27 pm

    I think I would hang the cubes on an empty wall in patterns and shapes to create unconvential bookcases and display spots. For example, I would love to take five of the Cube² in pink and hang them to resemble a daisy, with a single Cubes in the center in another color like orange. Even if some were hung a bit on a diagonal, I could still use them to display the cherished items I like to see every day or some of my books!

  • Avatar Ingrid J. August 5, 2008, 11:34 pm

    These are so nice. Great to get organized if you don’t have much space. I would use them to organize my scrapbook supplies.

  • Avatar Adrienne Gordon August 6, 2008, 9:09 am

    I’d use it to build my kids some open spaces to put and organize their toys.

  • Avatar Vicky Boackle August 6, 2008, 12:40 pm

    i could use these to organize books.

  • Avatar Carol Drury August 6, 2008, 1:02 pm

    organize my pantry

  • Avatar Bonnie August 6, 2008, 6:49 pm

    I would use them in school…for an ongoing “green” project called “The Greening”. The teacher would have one unit with a door which he/she would open which would reveal the current theme such as “Green Grocer”, “Green House”, etc. Then the children would each get a unit to use as a shadow box/display to exhibit their ideas for the greening project. At the end the teacher would then again open the door of his/her unit and reveal the best of show. Great learning tool and the units are easily manipulated to accomodate classroom structure and individual use and later display.

  • Avatar Anne August 6, 2008, 6:56 pm

    “These would be fantastic to add bookcases to my “book room”. I have WAY more books than I have shelves to hold. They would add color to the room (which is dark panel) and make that room SO much more organized and beautiful.

  • Avatar Kim M August 7, 2008, 7:55 am

    My son is VERY into Legos and I thought it would be great to have some shelving to show off what he’s already made and have some doors on the lower region of the cases to store his Lego block carriers!

  • Avatar Crystal August 7, 2008, 1:23 pm

    Wow! This is an answer to a person with space problem’s prayers!! I have a space problem, as in NOT ENOUGH and this would work wonders in every room of our place! Toys, books, dollhouses, tv, DVDs, CDs and art pieces!! LOVE IT!!

  • Avatar alicia August 7, 2008, 2:51 pm

    Wow–this site is neat–I think that I would use it to make a room divider/bookshelves for my big bonus room upstairs. Thanks so much for the opportunity!!

  • Avatar Rita M August 7, 2008, 4:58 pm

    These things are awesome. With traditional bookcases you have to make sure you have the room to accomodate the bookcase , with the zBoard Cube² your bookcases will conform to the space you have!

  • Avatar Nancy August 7, 2008, 8:36 pm

    I’d definitely build bookcases to hold my cookbooks. These products are so flexible in shape, they would definitely work in my oddly designed kitche.

    Nancys last blog post..Mimi’s Strawberry Pie

  • Avatar Dorothy August 7, 2008, 10:43 pm

    It’s hard to decide but I think the table and chairs for my daughters new apartment atg college.

  • Avatar Jacqueline in Atlanta August 7, 2008, 11:14 pm

    I need to build a little potting bench type of thing out under my backyard deck. It is weatherproof, so that would not be an issue. But I want something that can be enclosed, with doors, etc., so that my stuff doesn’t get dusty and so that bugs don’t crawl into my potting soil and take up residence there. This sounds like the perfect marriage! I mean after all, I am gardening to save the planet and here are materials that are saving the planet! Perfect! My husband was going to buy cutdown trees (lumber) to build me my potting bench and shelves whenever he finally got a round tuit. This would be a far better solution. I love this product.Thanks for having the giveaway.

  • Avatar A. Martin August 8, 2008, 11:50 am

    With zboards I would build an area around the litter box to stop the dog from having midnight snacks in there!

  • Avatar Kathie Pitman August 8, 2008, 6:00 pm

    I am writer and researcher and so can always use more book cases , I love the ‘green’ factor and the simple, clean design. Perfecto!! Thanks for a chance to win!!

  • Avatar Kathie Pitman August 8, 2008, 6:04 pm

    I would surround my writing desk with the cubicles, so all my materials could be in plain sight and within easy reach!

  • Avatar Vicki wurgler August 9, 2008, 4:22 pm

    I would do a bookcase, storage design

  • Avatar Jackie B. August 9, 2008, 9:36 pm

    Another idea that I would like to try is a multi-shelf plant stand.

  • Avatar jenny August 9, 2008, 10:46 pm

    i desperately need a bookshelf for my vintage books and cramped apartment so i’d probably use them as corner shelves.

  • Avatar brandy August 10, 2008, 5:30 am

    I would make it into a “holding” thing for my hamster while i am cleaning her cage!

  • Avatar charline s August 10, 2008, 12:23 pm

    I would design the perfect toybox/bookcase for my son’s room.

  • Avatar Monica August 10, 2008, 8:23 pm

    I can make a loft bed for my daughter. I’ve been trying to come up with building supplies without going to the lumber store and cutting a bunch of trees down. This would be perfect!

  • Avatar Steve Scott August 11, 2008, 2:54 pm

    I would organize my boys playroom. DVDS, video games etc. Please and thank you.

  • Avatar Mary_Freebies August 11, 2008, 7:25 pm

    Perfect giveaway. I love contest that mix creativity and design.
    Here is my vision of a perfect room using only zboards. I’ll comment with one item at a time to respect the rules.
    Bed: The zboards would make the bottom structure of the bed, offering storage space in the form of drawers underbed. I suggest 3 large zboards to offer 1 drawer by each side of the bed, and the 3 at the footboard of the bed. The headboard should be 2 large zboards standing next to one another, and opening on their upper side. These would make perfect box-like storage space, and would offer enough space for decoration.

    Next item.

  • Avatar Mary_Freebies August 11, 2008, 7:28 pm

    The night stands: I should rather call them the night shelves. I am one of these persons who likes to have huge piles of books and different other stuff by their heads, so I really need shelves next to my head. Hence the night shelves. Many zboards should be used to make at least 5 shelves, with the bottom zboard offering a few small drawers, and a large surface than the upper zboards. I’d also love the shelves to be in some mixed formats, and not the boring straight shelves. This would be better drawn than described by words! 😐

    Next item!

  • Avatar Mary_Freebies August 11, 2008, 7:32 pm

    A small table: I’d love to have a zboard with plenty of drawers, and roller wheels. The drawers would be used to store magazines.

    Next item.

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  • Avatar Mary_Freebies August 11, 2008, 7:37 pm

    Dresser: I am one of those people who hate to have their toiletries and different thingies exposed on their dresser. No need to say why though! 😀 So I’d have one small zboard over another. The bottom zboard would naturally have drawers (I am obsessed, I know!) , and the upper one would have a mirror in the front, that hides my toiletries inside. Genius, huh?

    I’ll stop spamming. I still have plenty of idea though.
    I hope I win. 🙂

  • Avatar Loralynn August 11, 2008, 9:39 pm

    How cool! I could definately use these to build a storage unit for my material and other sewing/crafting supplies. I would add doors on the bottom. I could really use something like this to help me organize!

    Loralynns last blog post..Home Again, Home Again, Jigiddy, Jig!

  • Avatar sarah August 12, 2008, 10:02 am

    I’d build a storage cabinet to put in my kitchen because I really need one.

  • Avatar Kathy Scott August 12, 2008, 10:06 am

    My son wants to go green and I think he would love one of the cubes for his room to put his video games.

  • Avatar joy August 12, 2008, 1:06 pm

    I’d make a cat activity gym!

  • Avatar judy brittle August 12, 2008, 9:39 pm

    I’m a huge collector of tv on dvd and I would make a multi bookcase to put each in its own category. They would be all shaped different and in a very unique way. I could put classic tv in one section,comedies in another etc.

  • Avatar danielle August 12, 2008, 10:43 pm

    I would make multi color cube unit for my classroom I would like it to be a cool shape and would use it to organize supplies

  • Avatar Erma Hurtt August 13, 2008, 9:22 am

    I would use them to make a large stand with several different sized cubbies and make a bookcase.

  • Avatar julie August 13, 2008, 2:34 pm

    I love the tall cabinet with doors it looks like it takes 12 small z boards and 4 large boards and 8 doors….love it
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  • Avatar joanna smith August 13, 2008, 5:03 pm

    These Cube2 from WayBasics are so cool! I can think of so many different spaces in our home we can put these to create more storage and at the same time make that storage look decorative! I am all about functionality, if something does not serve a function, then I don’t want it around in my home. I am not much for knick=knacks, they serve no purpose, however, art pieces may not serve a specific purpose, but they bring me peace and relaxtion, and joy so they are allowed. So, I would use the Cube2 or highlight some of our rare and unusual artwork which we prominently display in our living room. I would love to create some sort of multi-level structure with the cubes and have the art purposefully place at different levels to create not only an eye catching visual effect, but also make the Cube2 look like it is also a piece of artwork. Does that make sense to you!?! I am sure I can think of more reasonable ways to use these Cube2’s like organize our DVD Collection or our files in our office, but I think the Cube2 is much too nice to let go unnoticed in that ordinary fashion!

  • Avatar Ed Nemmers August 13, 2008, 5:09 pm

    Shadowboxes on the stairs!

  • Avatar hazel hunt August 13, 2008, 8:14 pm

    My idea is not particularly creative, but it would work wonderfully with these products. I have been wanting to have lockers near the garage in our house, so that my kids have someplace to put their shoes and bags and coats and backpacks.

  • Avatar Jennifer M August 13, 2008, 8:53 pm

    I’d like to make a bookshelf/doll house for my daughter.

  • Avatar Pamela White August 13, 2008, 9:08 pm

    I would use the zboards for our entertainment center. These look strong enough to hold our TV, DVDs and record collection and stereo. I could even put in a few pictures.

  • Avatar Jennifer H August 13, 2008, 11:09 pm

    I am a music teacher, so I could make a really cool and modern music cabinet to hold all my sheet music.

  • Avatar irene diaz August 13, 2008, 11:42 pm

    I would use them to make a great coffe table with a piece of glass on top.

  • Avatar sarah August 14, 2008, 1:21 am

    prize cabinets for my kids at church

  • Avatar Samantha Pruitt August 14, 2008, 6:04 am

    i would really love a long and short entertainment center, most entertainment centers are tall, but my tv is against a wall with a window, so i still want to be able to see out the window, this would be really great for what i want

  • Avatar Erma Hurtt August 14, 2008, 6:35 am

    I would make a bookshelf.

  • Avatar Lori August 14, 2008, 9:41 am

    I would love to use four of the Cube Plus (squared) in green and blue (I love how vibrant the colors are) and turn them on their sides to form a square and put a table top down over the top for a train table/craft table for my kids. It would have storage and function and be way greener (and cheaper!) than those pricey Thomas the Tank Engine ones! Thank you.

  • Avatar kathy pease August 14, 2008, 10:07 am

    i would use one in my living room to hold dvds these are awesome 🙂

  • Avatar Jenny August 14, 2008, 10:59 am

    I would make a storage cabinet the length of the wall for my classroom. I would have one large closet for storage on either side of the unit, I would have student cubbies stacked 4 high on either side of the closet. In the center I’ll have open shelves with art supplies and a section of shelves on wheels with supplies on it that I can move around the room. I don’t know if I described it well but I have the idea in my head.

  • Avatar Diana Corlett August 14, 2008, 11:35 am

    What a fantastic idea!

    I would create a phone nook in an unutilized area such as the corner of the kitchen, or at the end of a hallway, or as part of a larger divider between eating area and living room. Design would be tailored to space available and could be expanded or deleted as required, but would at the least include a simple desk with enclosed shelving above and below and a stool that would fit tidily under the desk. Painted to complement or contrast the room, or in bright primary colors to incorporate a cheerful note, the phone nook could become an effective, useful, and attractive focal point. The addition of decorative touches, such as bright fabric valances, small wall letters as labelling elements, or attractive or whimsical door hardware, would be limited only by my own creativity.

    Not built in or permanent, the phone nook could be altered as required, made smaller or more involved, easily relocated in-house, or moved to a different residence where it could then be reassembled in suitable new dimensions.

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  • Avatar Dddiva August 14, 2008, 11:48 am

    We are “greening” up our lunch even more this year and going with Bento (Japanese style lunch) boxes.
    While one “could” go simple, I’ve promised to “fancy them up” for the girls at least twice a week. In addition to the boxes themselves, we will be using accessories. Lots and lots of accessories.
    I would make a pantry area in my kitchen strictly for bento supplies and have some of it (the prettier boxes and thermoses and containers) open and some of it (the baskets of mostly re-usable accessories, molds, small but not decorative omelet pans,etc.) behind closed doors.
    I really think this is a great concept, especially the easy to put together part. 😉

    Dddivas last blog post..My grandson, the sweetie-pie

  • Avatar CHERYL A FRANCISCO August 14, 2008, 12:54 pm

    I would build some badly needed shelving for my garage.

  • Avatar Terri L August 14, 2008, 1:24 pm

    I would love to make a brightly colored collage bookcase for my kids rooms to house all of their stuff.

  • Avatar kathleen yohanna August 14, 2008, 1:28 pm

    These would make great room dividers. My son shares a large room with a roommate. He can take down the curtain and put up these cubes. He can make it as high or low as he wants. The cubes could hold his T.V., books or just create nooks and crannies. The possibilities are endless.

  • Avatar Marie Noguerole August 14, 2008, 2:11 pm

    This is such an awesome concept. I was really surprised to see the bed and think that would definitely be one of my projects for my son’s room. He is needing a new bed and wants something more contemporary and this fits the bill. Thanks for sharing this website with the rest us.

  • Avatar Terri P August 14, 2008, 2:21 pm

    We have some homemade cube boxes in our closet that are great for storing t-shirts and sweaters. But, I would like these pretty “green” ones to line up in front of a sunny window and put liners in them before putting some pretty plants in them.

  • Avatar Gianna August 14, 2008, 2:22 pm

    The first thing I would use them for would be to stack folded sweaters and jeans.

  • Avatar Tamara Burks August 14, 2008, 3:54 pm

    I like the bed base best.

  • Avatar Timothy Sternberg August 14, 2008, 2:52 pm

    Create a multifunctional piece of furniture that would serve as a platform for our TV, a place for our now far too many cds/books, and have a specially designated section, complete with sign.

  • Avatar kim August 14, 2008, 5:00 pm

    I’d use this to encourage my children to keep their schoolthings together. It’s perfect, one for each kid. They are so wicked looking!

  • Avatar Suanne Giddings August 14, 2008, 5:48 pm

    I would start by constructing a computer desk. I would build a storage area around it from the floor all the way to the ceiling. There would be two columns on each side plus the area above the computer desk. I would add doors to most of the cubes and add door pulls. All of this would have clear roller wheels added where needed. This would be a dream come true! Thank you for the opportunity to win!

  • Avatar Jan Watts August 14, 2008, 8:51 pm

    I would use them in my home office, put baskets in them and use it as a recycle center (a basket for office paper to use the backs as scrap paper and another basket for newspapers or a junk mail recycling).

  • Avatar Susanne Troop August 14, 2008, 9:06 pm

    I would design something for my daughter’s room to get everything off her floor and onto shelves…toys, dolls, cds, etc.

  • Avatar Noreen August 14, 2008, 9:15 pm

    I would build a mini castle to go around a little table for an art center

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  • Avatar Cheryl Misch August 14, 2008, 9:40 pm

    I would build a platform bed with storage cubes underneath for my 6 year old daughter.

  • Avatar Sylvia Porter August 14, 2008, 10:44 pm

    i’d want to make a creative storage cube configuration for my extensive movie and cd collection, this would be really great for that!

  • Avatar Suzanne B. (Crunchy Green Mom) August 14, 2008, 11:16 pm

    I would line the inside of the box in chalkboard paint, and then give the kids tons of little animals, houses, people, sidewalks, etc, and have them draw on the “walls” with chalk and create an ever changing shadow box.

    Then they could draw the background, and create tons of cityscapes, farm land, and houses. It would be their own creative area and change it per season/mood!

    Cute Cute items!

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  • Avatar Kristen Hendricks August 14, 2008, 11:43 pm

    I know this isn’t the most original idea but I would use WayBasics zBoards to build a space for storage of DVDs, CDs, Video Games, and tapes. I could really use storage for these things and I could build a nice storage space for them with the WayBasics zBoards. I also would like to build something to store all my mail in it. This is a great giveaway and I really hope I win. Thanks.

  • Avatar Caryn B August 14, 2008, 11:47 pm

    I’d love to make a little table for my son

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  • Avatar The Mommy August 26, 2008, 9:30 am

    I love eco-friendly building materials for homes, especially cob and straw bale. You can take these awesome blocks, and inset them in the walls of a cob home for instant built-in storage. With Straw Bale building and cob the walls are relatively thick, allowing for these cubs to fit in nicely and be recessed. It would look lovely! The different colors available would brighten up the space and add a trendy kick to the patinas of the plaster!

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