The box can certainly be left as is but I chose to spray paint the bottom a matte antique bronze to further camouflage the cardboard. We now have some toy storage, foot stool, gaming seat, and laptop table!!! I purchased my boxes but this could easily (and preferably) be done with recycled boxes. Since I already had batting, fabric, glue and tape in my stash my total project cost was approximately $6 for boxes and paint!! As you can see from the photos I am no tiny Mama and I can comfortably sit on this box!