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    21 Affordable Pieces For Your Home That'll Upgrade You From Dorm Living

    Bye, bye ramen. Bye, bye futons.

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    1. An elegant brass lamp with a marble base that won't take up space nestled in the corner of your bedroom or living room. The on/off floor pedal can be tapped quickly for instant light as you're reading in bed or watching some Netflix before drifting off to sleep.

    amazon.com, Amazon

    Promising review: "I like this lamp even more than I expected to. I mainly bought it because of the color and because I was able to buy it used and save some money, but even at full price I would recommend it. Because of how the three shades can point in different directions, you can illuminate three different parts of a room with just the one lamp. It's like getting three lamps in one!" —Ashley

    Get it from Amazon for $74.99+ (available in three finishes).

    2. An indoor/outdoor rug to provide your floors with some cushion and warmth. With the low pile, it will withstand the elements and stand up to high-traffic areas. Plus, the muted colors will work with any color scheme.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "My 'laundry room' is in my garage, which has that regular old garage floor, and I wanted something to not only separate the area, but also protect any clothing that may fall onto the floor. I bought this to place in front of the washer/dryer and not only does it serve its purpose, it also makes the area look a lot nicer. The material is nice and sturdy, and looks like it can be easily hosed down to clean." —HotRodPR

    Get it from Novogratz on Amazon for $17.19+ (available in seven sizes and two colors).

    3. A refrigerator rack so you can declutter your kitchen counters. It'll hold your paper towels, dish rags, salt and pepper shaker, and those other miscellaneous items that seem to hog space.

    Food52

    Promising review: "When I saw this thing on Food52, I just had to buy it. This thing is great. It's not huge, but it does the trick. It got all those pesky bottles sitting on my counter out of the way, has a place for the paper towels, and hooks for hanging. The magnets are VERY substantial. My kitchen is more like a niche in a wall so there's very little of anything. This is well made, and I do recommend it." —Janet C.

    Get it from Food52 for $48.

    4. A bar cart to create the perfect little serving station in your dining or living room. It can be used for drinks or food and rolled into any room. Plus, the additional wrap-around gold bars mean items will stay in place as it's moved around your home.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "Perfect little bar cart. Fits wine bottles, shaker, and accessories on the top, plus long-stemmed wine glasses in the middle. And it has a third shelf for miscellaneous items, such as alcohol bottles and an ice bucket! Love this cart! The gold color is perfect!" —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Novogratz on Amazon for $52.79.

    5. A rope basket, because chances are you have a ton of ~stuff~ lying around with no sensible home. Rope baskets are the perfect solution to miscellaneous items that desperately need to be collected! And they are a major step up from those ugly plastic bins you used in college.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "These are very cute rope baskets that I use to put my throw blankets, extra pillows, and any other random things that clutter my room. The best part about this is that it looks very beautiful in any room and can be used as a minimalist functional decor item. It carries a lot of items and is spacious." —Akanksha

    Get it from Amazon for $15.22+ (available in five sizes).

    6. A blanket ladder to hold spare throws that literally cannot fit draped across the back of your couch. It's also a great solution for scarves, towels, or extra clothing.

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    Promising review: "I really like this product. It is lightweight and it is very sturdy. It doesn’t have that cheap feel, but feels super high quality. The ladder is perfect for our home and adds a nice little decor touch to any room. The problem is I think I am gonna need more for other rooms. I love it!" —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $89.99.

    7. A side table that can double as a nightstand, which you probably didn't even have room for in your dorm room. The leather hammock underneath can house magazines or books, while the drawer can hide a television remote.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "Love these nightstands! They are surprisingly sturdy and were easy to assemble. They’re really stylish and look much higher quality than I expected for the price. They are slightly smaller than I imagined, though the specs are listed so that’s my fault. I’m was surprised to see that the drawer is actually one of those sturdy canvas box/basket deals with a veneer front that you attach." —RDL

    Get it from Amazon for $59.99+ (available in two colors).

    8. A velvet accent chair so you can create a little vignette moment in your bedroom. With memory foam padding, it'll provide a comfortable place to sit, but can also play home to all those clothes you never seem to put away in your closet once taken out.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "I love my pink chair! it is very easy to assemble, comfortable, and sturdy. It feels very elegant and it will make you want to throw all the wooden chairs out of your home right away!" —JWLi

    Get it from Amazon for $99.99 (available in four colors).

    9. Shell dining chairs that won't be bulky in your dining room, but will still be comfortable for guests. They can even be used in an office space, so consider them an ideal option for your home!

    Amazon

    Promising review: "Overall, these are well designed, sturdy chairs that are very easy to assemble and are comfortable, too. For what it's worth, I think these are better quality than Ikea products. The plastic is flexible, yet not floppy and too bendy. It feels solid and pretty comfortable. I would recommend these, especially at the present price." —Hugh K.

    Get a set of four from Amazon for $79.99+ (available in eight colors).

    10. A home desk, because working from your bed hunched over your laptop is killing your productivity. Now you can spread out and have room to work instead of trying to balance your computer on your lap.

    Amazon

    With the open shelving available, you can store a printer, notebooks, and whatever other desk accessories you'd like nearby.

    Promising review: "This desk is perfect! It was a little difficult to put together, as some of the screws didn't line up perfectly with the pieces but, other than that, this desk is just great! It is extremely sturdy, yet not too heavy so you can move it if necessary. The design is wonderful, the shelves have enough room to use a basket storage or you can just place items there. I would recommend this desk to anyone looking for a great value." —Anonymous332

    Get it from Amazon for $99.99+ (available in three colors and two sizes).

    11. A four-tier bookshelf for every knickknack and book you may be hoarding. Its clean-lined, industrial feel can easily fit into any decor style.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "Put this together yesterday by myself. Took about 25 minutes. Lovely bookcase, very stable, and has adjustable legs for uneven floors, which is a plus. I just ordered another one to use as a coffee station in my study. Love the color of the shelves and the fact that this bookshelf does not look bulky as some wooden ones do. Makes the room look like there is more space which is what I was looking for in my little condo." —Pharilda Galloway

    Get it from Amazon for $59.99+ (available as two, three, or four tiers).

    12. A corner shelf to use for plants and picture frames without having to sacrifice desk or floor space.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "This is a great shelf system! Very lightweight and easy to assemble. It holds all necessary items; I needed it to hold my router and cable box to get them off the floor. Mission accomplished! The color is great, too!" —Yuliya

    Get it from Amazon for $23.99+ (available in three colors).

    13. A framed wall mirror so you can actually see what you look like in the morning. You're used to vying for mirror space in your dorm's shared bathroom, but now you can properly primp before heading out the door.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "I’m very happy with this mirror. High quality, no distortion with beveled edges. Couldn’t be happier." —mesa

    Get it from Amazon for $67.70+ (available in four colors and two sizes).

    14. A legit bed frame with storage room underneath, because having your mattress on the floor isn't cute or trendy anymore. This frame will give you 13 inches of newfound space for shoe bags, pull-out containers, and luggage.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "I love this sturdy and simple bed frame! It's really cool because it collapses down. In a matter of minutes, the frame is only two inches thick and can be carried out easily by one person. That would be great for home staging but I use it all the time. Totally worth the price, and if you shop strategically on Amazon, you can get a really high-end look for pennies on the dollar." —Charlie

    Get it from Amazon for $54.99+ (available in three styles and seven sizes).

    Or find other other classy options that don't cost a fortune. Check out our full review of the Zinus bed frame.

    15. A seven-piece frame kit so you can ditch your old dorm posters and build the gallery wall of your adult dreams. In total you'll receive one 12"x16", two 8"x10", and four 6"x8" frames. Oh, and all the mats are removable!

    Amazon

    Promising review: "I loved how fast these arrived and how easy it was to install them. Although the pictures it comes with are great, I replaced them with our recent and favorite honeymoon photos in black and white. Can’t wait till my family comes over! Great product and the template is immensely helpful. I saved me so much time when hanging." —Star

    Get the kit from Amazon for $46.03+ (available in three colors).

    For more options, check out the best places to buy frames online.

    16. A sophisticated laundry hamper with a lid to block smells, two compartments to separate lights and darks, and removable bags for easy transport to your washing machine. BLESS.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "Visually, it looks great. It has a nice, modern, contemporary look and feel. It is sturdy and came clean and smelled fresh. The set up was incredibly simple and the directions were helpful. The hamper comes with two mesh bags that are secured in place via velcro. There are two handles on the side of the hamper to make it easily movable. The lid closes completely and opens easily all the way back. Some reviews mention that the top comes off when opened fully, but I have not had this problem. The item came clean, fresh, with all materials, and looked brand new." —Kenya360

    Get it from Amazon for $34.96+ (available as a single or double and in seven colors).

    17. Room-darkening drapes so you can get some shuteye *and* enhance your space's decor in a subtle way. Drapes are an opportunity to play with color and design and can be the perfect finishing touch to a room.

    Urban Outfitters, Urban Outiftters

    Promising review: "I love these curtains! They really brighten up the room and are very cozy, but can also block light to cool down my space. The assels are my favorite." —Viviaaan

    Get them from Urban Outfitters for $59 (available in two colors).

    18. A storage ottoman that can provide extra setting, act as a foot rest, or even house your coffee mug! How? The cushioned top flips over to uncover a wood serving tray.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "So far these stools/ottomans (I bought two) are great. They match my sofa cushions perfectly. The stools were easy to assemble and are sturdy enough for the light use intended in my home. They are a very good value." —David W. Logan

    Get it from Amazon for $56.99 (available in three colors).

    19. A wall-mounted mail holder with key hooks and a chalkboard, because you've got realtime adult bills to pay now, so staying on top of them is 100% a priority. Plus, you'll be able to jot down reminders for yourself. BTW – you gotta book your own doc appointments now...worst part of adulthood.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "This thing is so strong! I have hung two full purses on the hooks and also filled the entire top section with magazines and it did not budge from the wall!" —reviewer1

    Get it from Amazon for $29.99.

    20. A plant-inspired shower curtain to liven up an otherwise blah space. You can add a bit of color and pattern (and some faux greenery) to personalize your home exactly to your liking.

    Target

    Promising review: "So cute in my sage green bathroom! I paired it with a clear liner and it really brightens the shower up to see better with the curtain closed! Can be matched with an assortment of green, yellow, blue, and orange bathroom decor!" —Lilli

    Get it from Target for $9.99.

    21. A compact sofa for your tinier than imaginable apartment. We all start out small, so getting a sofa that fits your space, but is also high quality, is key.

    Amazon

    This sofa is incredibly easy to put together! It'll only take one person to complete the job.

    Promising review: "This is a really great couch, and amazing for the price. It's comfortable to nap on and easy for people to sit on and spread out (two people fit comfortably, three a bit tight). It's made of good material and withstands my cats. Plus, setup only took 5–10 minutes!" —Ashley Nic Dodson

    Get it from Amazon for $238.80+ (available in two sizes and two colors).

    Cheers to a real, adult apartment!

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