9. Handmade paper decorations

If you have a bunch of big walls and a small budget, this is a great way to add instant adult-status to your pad. Learn more here

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10. Use books as a side table 

Most young adults have a bunch of books from university they'll never (sorry!) look at again. These can be used to make a smart and sharp table. Check it out here. If you're looking for something sturdier, hit up #12. 

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11. Frame letters above the bed

Your initials, a short word, whatever you like — all will add instant sophistication to your bedroom. 

12. Create a mid-century stand 

The DIYer was inspired by a piece she saw selling for $345! This is what she made instead. Learn how you can make it too.