In lieu of home furnishings, just remember that a tripod is nothing more than a stabilizing platform with adjustment capabilities. In essence, anything solid with even a moderately flat surface can become a tripod. For example, I took this shot in Sydney. I had been out all day in torrential rain with the intention of heading back to my room to gear up for sunset. The weather slowed me down, though, and I never had time to do so before the sweet light was upon me. In this case, the short wall surrounding Sydney harbor became my environmental support system, but setting the camera down on the flat surface only allowed me to look straight ahead. This was not only an awkward composition, but a heavier lens on the camera would’ve leaned the entire rig forward into a downward facing position. The solution? My cell phone belt clip propped up underneath the lens to raise the scene into the angle of view that I wanted. Shazam! Problem solved, shot achieved.