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A mirrored cube doesn't hold much, but it'll make the room feel bigger. (So many sides to bounce the light around!) It also doesn't do much, no shape-shifting or secret compartments inside, but it can make even the most granny of spaces feel suddenly, distinctively contemporary. It's ideal for those of us who buy vintage furniture for the prices alone and then wish we had an edgier look. Think of it as a very futuristic pedestal, a place to put things you'd like to show off—books, art, your favorite coffee cups, candles, knickknacks, even alarm clocks—because you'll be seeing them double. Put a table lamp on one, and look, it's actually a mirrored side table. Or a coffee table, if you position it in front of your sofa, or an extra seat when you're hosting Book Club and there aren't enough chairs on a Tuesday. So a mirrored cube is functional in the end after all, which is good, because we love how they look paired with any and every decor style imaginable.

Clarisse Demory's Paris home.

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A mirrored cube used as a nightstand in creative director Clarisse Demory's Paris home.

Better still, there are a number of ways to acquire a mirrored cube for your apartment.

Don't wanna wait? Buy one new or vintage.

SHOP NOW: City Slicker Mirror Side Table by CB2, $269,

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Clad in smoky mirrored panels, this CB2 cube will have a little more visual heft than one with regular mirrors (not at all a bad thing!). SHOP NOW: City Slicker Mirror Side Table by CB2, $269,

SHOP NOW: Charee Mirrored Cube End Table by AllModern, $142,

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The classic, perfect for reflecting all of the light and all but disappearing (less visual clutter in your small room). Also: It comes in hyper blue, too! SHOP NOW: Charee Mirrored Cube End Table by AllModern, $142,

Don't wanna pay full price? DIY one using mirrored slabs.

What you need: Six square mirrors (like these that are $10/set of four from IKEA), 24 corner braces (like these that are $3/set of four from Home Depot), masking tape, and superglue or epoxy.

How to make it: The photos in this Design & Form DIY spell this out very clearly, so give it a read. Essentially, you'll glue two brackets to the backs of two mirrored squares so they meet at a right angle, repeating this step in all directions until you end up with a closed cube. The tape can be used to get each mirror at a nice, tight right angle before gluing the brackets on.

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