kitchen-table-349702_640Do you want custom made furniture without paying the custom made price? Some of the coolest statement pieces are actually made from easy DIY tricks that you can create using items you already have laying around the house! Whether it’s a handful of books or an old shower curtain rod, these cool furniture cheats will leave your home looking fabulous in no time.

Not all furniture hacks are created equal. We’re breaking down the list of the top four must-copy DIY home furnishings here, so you know which ones are worth your time, and which ones are just a flop.

  • Turn empty boxes into a stacked bookshelf.

Chances are, you probably have more than a couple empty boxes lying around the house. Want to turn that clutter into a cool space-saving spot? Combine a bunch of boxes in different sizes, and build them into a bookshelf with hot glue. The more random the box sizes, the cooler your bookshelf will look. Paint your boxes a vibrant shade for a pop of color, or a solid white to make it look more cohesive.

  • Build a blanket tepee.

There is nothing kids love more than building their own blanket fort. The trouble is that the fort usually ends up right in the middle of your living area, taking up too much space. Build your tepee for your kids in the corner of the room, and make it extra cozy with old pillows and string lights. Set up a curtain rod in a corner, lay a couple blankets over it, and voila! The kids can entertain themselves, and even eat and drink in their tepee without making you dash for the couch stain remover every time.

  • Make a DIY (and eco-friendly) Christmas tree.

Unconventional trees have been all the rage for the past few years. Lucky for you, making such a tree doesn’t require any gardening – it only takes a quick trip to the bookshelf. Stack your favorite Christmas books on top of each other, opening them to create a tree-shaped pile. Start with larger books at the bottom, and gradually work up to smaller books. Add some chunky colored lights, and celebrate the season with the coolest, smartest Christmas tree on the block.

  • Renew your old furniture with a DIY couch cover.

This is an awesome trick to renew an old couch or chair using a cool patterned blanket or a fitted sheet you already have lying around. Take your favorite blanket or sheet and some pins. Remove your cushions and fit the sheet to your bare couch, and then pin it in place. Next, add the cushions back on as they were for a funky mix and match look Another option is to take old pillow cases or matching sheets, and fit them to the cushions using a needle and thread.

You don’t have to spend a lot to get a great piece of furniture for your home. All you have to do is be smart about the items you already have in your home!