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    26 Pieces Of Furniture Under $500 To Refresh Your Home

    Extreme makeover home edition.

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    1. A patio loveseat so you can offer your guests cozy seating once the party moves from inside to outside.

    wooden couch with gray cushions
    Wayfair

    Promising review: "This is exactly what I needed for a small deck in an apartment. The wood is very good quality — it's not the typical cheap wood material you see in a lot of furniture today. It's thick wood. The cushions are also very soft and comfortable. I definitely recommend this outdoor loveseat." —Caitlin

    Get it from Wayfair $379.99 (originally $539).

    2. A mid-century modern dresser since you probably could use a bit more space to store your entire clothing lineup. This dresser is so sleek it's basically a blank canvas for your decor (or plethora of candles hehehehe).

    amazon.com, Amazon

    Promising review: "These units do come in a lot of pieces but once put together they are beautiful. I purchased these specifically because they were real wood so I could modify them to my taste. Good furniture is hard to come by and this was cheaper than building from scratch." —Sylvia

    Get the six-drawer dresser from Amazon for $248.64 (also available in multiples and two- and three-drawer options; and three colors).

    3. A triangle style desk so you don't have to give up any more precious square footage than you have to. Wanna maximize your studio apartment space? Here's your answer.

    White wood triangle desk with a drawer and shelves under with books, in the corner of a room
    Amazon

    Promising review: "This is perfect for my small space as it fits perfectly in the corner. Working remotely with this has been great. It can hold a laptop and keyboard easily. I connect a monitor to my laptop and put it on top of my laptop and use a keyboard as well. It was pretty easy to assemble." —Nitin Rao

    Get it from Amazon for $129.99+ (available in eight colors).

    4. And a high-back office chair that rolls and swivels so you can take on your daily workload in true ~boss~ fashion.

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    Promising review: "I really like this high-back, white and chrome chair — it looks great and it's very comfy with a nice thick cushion. It looks like a $500 high end chair!" —G

    Get it from Amazon for $156.67+ (available in nine colors, two styles, and two sizes).

    5. A patterned velvet chair that just screams ~I have major style~. Add this to a cozy reading corner or sitting area with a cute throw pillow for even more immaculate vibes.

    floria velvet chair
    Urban Outfitters

    Promising review: "I was looking around for a pink accent chair, and stumbled upon this. I was looking at some considerably more expensive options but decided to go for the Floria. I am SO glad I did. It’s now my favorite piece in my room! Looks unique, stylish, upscale and is very comfortable! It looks as pictured." —Eiemo

    Get it from Urban Outfitters for $399+ (available in five patterns/colors). 

    6. A wall-mounted drop-leaf table in case you want a designated eating spot but the floor space is just not there. This will give you the table space when you need it, and when you're done, simply fold it back down.

    Ikea

    Promising review: "This is great for small spaces!! I love this little desk!! I bought it for my apartment so my son can do his homework without having a full-size desk taking up valuable space in his room. Now, I’ve bought a second one for my room!!!" —RockyClemsonFan

    Get it from Ikea for $39.

    7. A faux leather convertible couch that's an absolute steal. Ready to sink your bottom into a truly luxe sofa? This is also rearrangable to suit your space needs.

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    Promising review: "This couch is one of the best bargains I've ever purchased. It comes in two huge boxes that are definitely intended for two people to handle. Assembly wasn't too difficult and took about 25 minutes. The instructions are helpful. I have a 900 sq. foot, two-bedroom apartment and put this in my living and it is the perfect size. I think it is extremely comfortable for the price and couldn't be happier with it. With WFH, this couch was great for keeping me comfortable for my ten-hour shifts. I really am shocked at the quality and comfort of this couch. I absolutely love it and cannot believe the value-cost ratio. I was already napping on it two days after I got it! I'd highly recommend this couch for someone who is looking for a nice couch at an awesome price but may not want to invest upwards of $1,000 or more at the time. If I can get a few years out of this couch I would be thrilled, and I think I will." —Drew

    Get it from Amazon for $399.99+ (originally $449.99; available in two colors).

    8. A folding computer desk you can utilize as a makeshift bar, coffee table, countertop, or desk! This is perf for narrow spaces (aka all you apartment dwellers).

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    Promising review: "This desk was exactly what I was looking for! It small, stylish, and affordable. I like how it blends with my decor. I’m using it for plant as. It literally took three minutes to unbox and stand up. The top of the desk is laid on top in the grooves. I would purchase this desk again!! Don’t think, BUY!" —GAGirl00

    Get it from Amazon for $49.99+ (available in seven sizes).

    9. Swivel bar stools that'll add some character to your breakfast nook. These are so chic I can't even deal.

    Amazon, amazon.com

    Promising review: "I was so nervous these stools would arrive and look potentially cheap, however, they are absolutely gorgeous! Relatively easy to assemble, once I got the first one together, I felt like an expert with the second. Pretty easy to do on your own. They fit beautifully at the bar and are loved by just about everyone that stops by. I think these chic stools make the perfect item to tie together my simple and pretty aesthetic. Definitely will be purchasing two more to fit along this bar." —Ashleigh B.

    Get a set of two from Amazon for $174.85+ (available in four heights and four fur/pillow options).

    10. Nesting tables that you won't have to worry about taking up too much floor space but are readily available if you have company over. They honestly look cool nested.

    antique brass nesting tables
    West Elm

    The set comes with three tables of various sizes.

    Get them from West Elm for $229

    11. A velvet chair and ottoman so you can sit in the lap of luxury when you're enjoying your morning cup of coffee or a late night read. This looks incredibly expensive and won't break the bank.

    Velvet tufted chair and ottoman in green
    Amazon

    Promising review: "I LOVE this chair! The quality is amazing for the money, I am seriously impressed. I can sit very comfortably in it with my fat cat wedged in next to me. It is very firm but I think the cushion will soften over time. The color is exactly like the pictures, and it was very easy to assemble. Also, I was able to carry it up to my second story walk-up by myself and I have basically no upper body strength, though I did have to take it out of the box first." —J

    Get it from Amazon for $299.99+ (available in five colors). 

    12. A two-tier bar cart in case you need a designated space to display your coveted bottles of vino and spirits. Throw a couple vintage-y decanters on top and you'll be that much closer to Jay Gatsby status.

    amazon.com, Amazon

    Promising review: "Love this bar cart. Took about 30 minutes to put together alone. Very solid and I love that it has wheels that you can lock. Per effect addition to my home. Just purchased and I already received so many compliments from guests." —Alicia

    Get it from Amazon for $124.99.

    13. A Mr. Kate convertible sofa bed perfectly doubles as both a sofa and then if guests stay over, a cozy bed. No need for an air mattress with this chic living room staple.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "This looks absolutely fabulous in my apartment. If you are considering buying this DO IT. It is great to sit on, take pictures of, and just perfect for company. Super comfortable, I would even sleep on it without it being turned into a futon." —AmazonCustomer

    Get it from Amazon for $393.29 (originally $499.99).

    14. A rustic bookshelf with plenty of space for all of your must-have reads and even some small decor! This is a great way to maximize wall space and display your books in an innovative way.

    Amazon, amazon.com

    Promising review: "I didn't have much depth or width but needed more bookshelf space for books and picture frames. This is an interesting design and fits perfectly. It's not real tall but gives lots of space for books and pictures. It looks nice and is solid once put together. For the money a really great deal." —Bruce

    Get it from Amazon for $109.99.

    15. A hidden compartment coffee table if you need a designated space to WFH. The compartment lifts up and can be used as a desk or even an eating tray.

    Amazon, amazon.com

    Promising review: "This is one of my favorite new pieces of furniture for my new apartment! The design looks so warm and inviting and I absolutely LOVE the pull out desk part! It's so nice to be able to pull it out when I need a quick workspace in my living room! Plus the extra storage on the inside is so helpful in my tiny apartment!" —Sarah Mica

    Get it from Amazon for $139.99 (available in two colors).

    16. A ceramic side table that truly looks like a work of art you stole from the MOMA. (You didn't steal this from the MOMA right!?)

    ceramic side table
    Urban Outfitters

    Get it from Urban Outfitters for $149

    17. A rolling file cabinet that's not a regular filing cabinet, it's a cool filing cabinet. A typical filing cabinet is just so...ugly. This wooden one is a great elevated option AND can roll around so you'll be able to change up where you place it in your room.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "If you are looking for a very sturdy, high quality piece of furniture, look no more. It says that it's a file cabinet and I can believe that but I didn't use it for that purpose. it's in my home office as a storage piece. I put little tools and things that I need in our easy access. It's on wheels and that's a good thing because it's got a good amount of weight on it. It's not cheap, or cheaply made." —YakkiScott

    Get it from Amazon for $103.77+ (available in two colors).

    18. An armless chaise lounge to lay on like Kate Winslet inTitanic. All you need now is Jack to draw you andddd the heart of the ocean necklace...

    the chaise lounge in sky blue
    Wayfair

    Promising review: "Love, love, love! So perfect for my space. Comfy and pretty. I didn't use the pillow it came with, but still love it!" —Brittany

    Get it from Wayfair for $279.99 (available in three colors).

    19. A tufted ottoman that features extra storage space you can utilize for blankets and other home necessities. This foot rest can be used as a coffee table with a stunning tray on top, or a convenient place to rest your footsies after a long day.

    The storage bench being used as a coffee table
    Wayfair

    Promising review: "I am very happy with my choice. I am using this ottoman at the end of my bed. It looks so nice and matches my furniture perfectly. My main reason for ordering this is that I recently purchased a new mattress that is very high and this ottoman allows my dogs to get on the bed a lot more easily. The quality is very good and I would recommend it to anyone." —Bruce

    Get it from Wayfair for $309.99.

    20. A shoe cabinet for a clean and easy way to store your footwear and your guests'. Time to say ~goodbye~ to that pile of shoes that sit by your front door. (It can hold over 30 pairs of shoes!)

    Wayfair, Yanqing / Wayfair

    Promising review: "This is a great piece of furniture. I have an efficiency apartment and I can put in over 35 pairs of shoes if some of them are flats. It is deluxe shoe storage! The five shelves that are open can display or store something else and then you have hidden shoe storage." —Marissa

    Get it from Wayfair for $210.37 (originally $308).

    21. A canopy metal bed frame to be the focal point of the room you spend the most time in. Zzzzzz...... (but picture those sleeps in utter chic-ness).

    marion canopy bed in gold metal
    Novogratz

    Get it from Novogratz for $219+ (available in full, queen, and king). 

    22. A round accent table in case you'd like some extra spots to display mementos or simply to have a place to rest your drink (with a coaster, obvi).

    round accent table in living room
    Target

    Promising review: "Nice-looking table in a light oak wood tone that goes with our mantel. Love the shelf on the bottom for storage and nice height next to a sofa. Came fully assembled!!!" —Natasha_PA

    Get it from Target for $99.99

    23. A record player table in a mid-century modern style to house your extensive vinyl collection and your turntable.

    3ftFurniture / Etsy, 3FtFurniture / Etsy

    3FtFurniture is a small business that specializes in 100% handmade pieces out of El Paso, Texas.

    Promising review: "I love this piece! It looks fantastic, required minimal effort to install the legs, and it really elevates my whole room now that I’m able to properly display my record player/albums!!! LOVE!" —CaseyBugg7

    Get it from 3FtFurniture on Etsy for $200+ (available in six wood finishes).

    24. A farmhouse TV stand if you want a discreet way to organize your watching devices like DVD player, cable box, Roku, and maybeeee even a few board games for when you're in the mood for a family game night.

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    Promising review: "Best purchase! It’s so sturdy and honestly such a good piece for the money. I was 16 weeks pregnant when I assembled it and there is no heavy lifting involved. Top and bottom pieces are heavier but I didn’t have to move them much." —andrea ferrari

    Get it from Amazon for $199.99+ (available in four colors).

    25. A set of curved accent chairs to style together in a sitting corner for guests to enjoy...and your cat, Fluffy.

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    Promising review: "I love this chair, It was easy enough to assemble by myself. The instructions were straightforward, it had all of the pieces required to assemble them and there was nothing wobbly about them. Everything fits together well, it took about 20 minutes to put them together. The chair arrived well packed in its box, it was easy to remove it from its packaging. I like the firmness of the chair, you do not sink into it. The color is nearly light oatmeal, I bought it for my bedroom but right now it's in my living room. Still waiting on other chairs for the room to be delivered. The material seems to be very sturdy, I have cats and nobody has tried to scratch it. I would definitely order this chair again." —Heather

    Get a set of two from Amazon for $337.99 (also available as a single chair).

    26. An industrial shelving unit that sturdily hunkers into the wall so you won't have to worry about any accidental tip-overs. You'll now be able to effortlessly display your fave home decor finds.

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    Promising review: "We absolutely love this bookcase! It’s the perfect addition to our cozy apartment and we get the most compliments on it. Not to mention that Nathan James has fantastic customer service! Would absolutely recommend and buy again." —Amazon reviewer

    Get the five-shelf version from Amazon for $134.72 (available in five different shelving amounts and 21 colors).

    Are you ready to elevate your space!?

    HGTV

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