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    29 Products To Improve Your Living Room For Under $50

    You don't need to punish your pockets in order to upgrade your space.

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    1. An Erase-A-Hole putty if you and your roommates have turned your living room walls into Swiss cheese, but would still like a chance at getting all of your security deposit back. You'll definitely keep this stashed away somewhere in every new apartment you move into.

    a guide on how to use the stick

    Promising review: "I love this stuff! It’s super easy to use and it flawlessly anything from nail holes to larger drywall anchor holes. Bonus that my walls are white and I can even get away with not repainting if I do a clean job! I hope they never stop making this stuff." —bookworm

    Get it from Amazon for $10.95.

    2. A leather cleaner that'll bring your old, worn-out couch back to life and have it looking like it's fresh off the showroom floor.

    Just mix this concentrate with water, put it in a spray bottle, spray, and wipe off.

    Promising review: "My 15-year-old leather sectional hadn't been cleaned or conditioned in three to four years because I couldn't find anything that worked well without causing it to look blotchy. The color was also fading and I thought it was a goner. After some elbow grease, the sectional looks great! It's now back to its original color without being blotchy. More importantly, the suppleness has returned. I can actually say that it looks as good as the day we bought it." —jellybean55

    Get it from Amazon for $18.95.

    3. A carpet spot remover that doesn't require any rinsing or vacuuming. This is particularly helpful for people with messy children (so, children in general pretty much). Just spray it directly on the stain and it'll disappear before playtime even ends.

    reviewer's before and after photos which show a carpet covered in an entire bottle of ketchup and then completely clean
    reviewer's before and after of a stain car seat which is now completely clean

    Promising review: "I had terrible rust and oil stains all over the seats of my car. I tried other cleaners to get them out, but they actually made the stains darker. I took it to the dealership to see if they could get it out and they flat out told me no, so I gave up and lived with it for almost five years. Then I tried this after it was recommended by a friend. I sprayed it on and literally watched the stain run right off my seat. It was amazing! I thought I was going to have to pay hundreds of dollars to replace the seats in my car because nothing else would work. This stuff really is awesome!" —Brittany

    Get it on Amazon for $11.69.

    4. A floating shelf – they'll look like minimalistic magic on your walls. It'll be like you hired David Blaine as your interior decorator.

    Floating shelf with books and cactus
    Book being attached to floating shelf

    Promising review: "These are so much fun! We ordered the small size, which fits standard hardback books (approximately five to seven hardbacks in my experience). They're a great way to add some extra storage to our very small home, and we've placed them in our hallway so people ask us about them all the time. I'd highly recommend!" —LaBuenaVidaMere

    Get it from Amazon for $16.48+ (available in sets of three for $25 and in two colors).

    5. A set of simple and clean natural wood hooks – they'll look like interesting wall decor when there's nothing on them, as opposed to...well...ugly empty hooks.

    Four natural wood hooks on wall

    Get them from Amazon for $16.49+ (available in two colors).

    6. A desktop stand riser for transforming that sad little setup in the corner of your living room into a home office worthy of an overworked student or underpaid remote employee. This thing could help improve your posture with its elevation, and it also comes with storage compartments for all of your work accessories so things can be out of sight and out of mind once you clock out for the weekend.

    the stand rise with two storage drawers propping up a desktop and an iphone

    Promising review: "After nine years of making do with very sad-looking black plastic desk accessories that had been lying around the office, I decided to upgrade to some nicer organizational items. This monitor stand, in particular, was a huge hit with me and then everyone else wanted one. It's well-constructed and thoughtfully designed. I like how I can slide my keyboard out of the way and put my coffee up on the stand to clear my work area when needed. The price was reasonable, particularly considering black plastic ones that aren't half as nice or useful go for about 25 bucks." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $39.99.

    7. A power strip with an ultra thin outlet cover that's so brilliant, whoever thought of it deserves a lifetime achievement award. Instead of forcing you to choose between a piece of furniture and that big bulky plug on the end of your old power strip, this one comes with a plug that's designed with the exact same dimensions as most sockets, so you can basically lean your end table or media console right up against the wall without having anything awkwardly wedged in between.

    reviewer before and after photo of plugs on top and the thin outlet on bottom
    reviewer holding the power strip

    Promising review: "The design of this is great. I always hated putting plugs behind furniture and either not using the plug, or the furniture being inches away from the wall. This is the perfect solution. I have a few of these now behind couches and dressers in the house and they are great. This is more expensive than some other flat extension cords but I think the look and quality of these is worth it." —Adam C.

    Get it from Amazon for $24.95.

    8. A cable cord-concealing box because you shouldn't have to have a constant visual reminder of how much technology has overtaken your life. This thing provides a quick and easy solution for your cords that isn't terribly dissimilar to how most people handle other problems — just toss them in a box and forget they're there.

    Before-and-after of a messy pile of cable wires, and then the box concealing all the wires

    Promising review: "We have a work computer at home and there are so many wires, with the help of a couple cable ties I couldn't have asked for anything better. I like that there are three different openings so you aren't restricted to just the two side openings that I see a lot on other boxes. It easily snaps into place in the back." —Michelle

    Get it from Amazon for $23.99+ (available in two sizes and colors).

    9. A geometric bookend you can decorate with things like old photos or ticket stubs. You can even throw a dried flower on there to brighten up the display.

    Geometric bookends in black and white

    Promising review: "Great-looking bookends for a great price. They do the job and the geometric design is so pretty to look at! These are a perfect addition to any room, no matter the decor scheme." —Kathleen

    Get a pair from Amazon for $12.99+ (available in two colors).

    10. A mini bottle of touch-up paint that'll cover up small, cosmetic imperfections that may be visible on your walls or furniture (such as chips, scratches, stains, etc.).

    a hand holding the mini bottle of touch-up paint
    a before and after shot displaying a reviewer's drawers after being treated with the touch-up paint
    a before and after shot

    Promising review: "Thank god this exists! Over the years, my sloppy 'hair-dying job at home' has left several spots on my white bathroom walls. This is exactly what I was looking for. If you're unsure which color to use (no need to be an exact match for this type of touch-up), you can contact the company and they'll send you a color chart for free. This is like a whiteout for the imperfections. I didn't want to have to paint the entire bathroom for some small spots, but those spots were bothering me for certain. Now I don't even know where those spots are anymore, and the walls look normal. This is such a lifesaver." —mrsj

    Get it from Amazon for $13.95 (available in nine shades).

    11. Fake wood contact paper if you'd rather transform nonwood surfaces (like on your end table or coffee table) instead of taking care of furniture made out of the real thing.

    window sill looking fresh and convincingly wood
    black end table with wooden surface

    Promising review: "This stuff is awesome!! Bought some to cover up sun spots on a few windows before we sold our house, and couldn't believe how good it looked and how easily it installed. I could hardly tell the difference from the original wood! Recommend to anyone looking for a cheap fix!" —Trent

    Get it from Amazon for $12.74+ (available in seven colors and five sizes).

    12. A stylish yet subtle set of matte black candle holders that are discreet enough to suit a contemporary aesthetic despite featuring beautifully crafted mid-century pillars.

    a set of three matte black candle holders holding lit candles

    They come in sets of three, and are able to fit both standard and LED flameless candles up to 4 inches in diameter. They also come with anti-scratch pads attached at the bottom.

    Get it from Amazon for $34.99.

    13. A tabletop fireplace for people who'd like to convert their tiny apartments into the sort of lovely suburban houses that'd actually come with traditional fireplaces.

    wooden square bottom with rocks on top of it and a flame on top of them with glass around it (four walls of glass)
    four of the tabletop fireplaces lined on a table runner with candles inside of them lit
    1 Man 1 Garage / Etsy

    Promising review: "Bought this as an anniversary present for my boyfriend and he (we) absolutely love it! The care and detail that went into this is amazing! The wood and glass are high quality and well-packaged and they even included s’mores forks in the kit! So great! Will definitely be purchasing more for gifts in the future!! Keep up the great work!" —April Rojas

    Get it from 1 Man 1 Garage on Etsy for $24+ (available in two styles).

    14. A surprisingly affordable area rug – a lifesaver for people who are new to this whole adulting thing: why did no one tell us growing up how expensive rugs were going to be???

    blue, great, pink and yellow floral and geometric patterned rug
    Boutique Rugs

    Promising review: "It's hard to find a good rug at a good price, but I've been very happy with how this rug looks and performs. I can't get enough color in my home, so having this large *pop* really makes any room — yes, I have moved this from room to room, because in my opinion, every space should have a multicolored floral rug, and I can't decide which one this rug should live in!" —Rachel Dunkel, BuzzFeed Staff

    Get it from Boutique Rugs for $34.12+ (available in seven sizes).

    15. A sunburst wall mirror to hang over your couch or near an armchair so you can catch a quick glimpse of a superstar every time you plop yourself down for a bit of relaxation.

    Sun-shaped wall mirror hanging above a white nightstand with a bouquet of flowers on top

    Promising review: "I am in love with this mirror! It looks so pretty in my room. Just the right shade of gold. It’s not very heavy, so mounting to the wall was a breeze." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $39.63.

    16. Or a hanging macrame wall mirror that'll bring a more quaint, borderline bohemian sort of vibe to your living room.

    The macrame wall mirror hanging on a wall.

    Promising review: "This mirror is GORGEOUS!! I bought this with few expectations and it's simply amazing! It's securely placed in the macrame and hangs flat. The photographs show the front and back of the mirror. I want more but don't need them. :D" —M. Bradley

    Get it from Amazon for $15.99.

    17. Nordic donut vase that'd look fabulous on your dresser or windowsill. For such a minimalistic piece, it'd give your room a ~hole~ new vibe.

    the white nordic donut vase next to a candle
    NwChapterNewHome / Etsy

    Promising review: "I LOVE this vase! I was looking for something that would be good for some pampas and this is perfect! Great quality and exactly what I was looking for."—Jenna Lockhart

    Get it from NewChapterNewHome on Etsy for $40.41.

    18. And a bundle of some very delicate-looking faux jasmine flowers to place in your fancy new vase. It'll class the place up a bit without requiring you to know anything about caring for a plant.

    A bundle of the faux Jasmine flowers in white

    Promising review: "I have never used artificial flowers but these changed my mind — they are blow-you-away gorgeous! Every client comments on these. I combined these with some other silk flowers from Amazon and it's really stunning." —Lisa B

    Get a 10-piece bundle from Amazon for $19.99+ (available in three colors).

    19. A real deal grownup houseplant if you feel you actually are responsible enough to keep something this beautiful alive. It'll brighten your space and perhaps help single people convince future mates they at the very least know a thing or two about feeding living beings semi-regularly.

    A customer review photo of the plant next to their pup
    A customer review photo of the plant in their house

    Costa Farms is a Miami, Florida-based horticultural grower.

    Promising review: "Awesome. Really, that's all I can say. Who would think you could buy a full-size palm for home or office from Amazon?! Well, I decided to try it and wow! The plant arrived in a tall, narrow box. The soil in the planter was well secured with packing paper and tape, and removing it was easy. I transplanted it into a larger pot, watered it, and it's absolutely beautiful, gracing the corner of my office and giving me plenty of healthy air. Packing included a care guide with more information online. Nice touch. Stands about 3' tall x 2.5' wide once the fronds relaxed a bit." —4StarDad

    Get it from Amazon for $39.99+ (available in Majesty, Neathebella, and Cat varieties and in seven planter styles).

    20. A pack of 24 mandala stencils you can use to personalize pretty much anything you can think of (wall decor, dressers, tabletops, etc.) and turn into a giant art project.

    four images of the mandala stencils being used to decorate: a wall, a table, a dresser, and a planter

    Promising review: "I love these stencils!! I'm decorating my room boho style, and these stencils are exactly what I was looking for." —Lorell Rolon

    Get it from Amazon for $8.98.

    21. "Leaded-glass" film that'll add privacy and a touch of sophistication to your windows and glass doors. It'll impress your snobby neighbors and foil your nosy ones.

    The film installed on a window
    The film installed on a door

    Promising review: "This film was just what I needed. It provides enough privacy without blocking light. I didn’t have any problems with it not sticking to the window. You just have to make sure the windows are very clean and remember to peel off the backing and spray lots of water before sticking it on the glass!!! I used an old credit card as a squeegee to get rid of the air bubbles. The application was very easy. I highly recommend this product!!!" —Selenable

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99+ (available in five sizes).

    22. Luxurious velvet curtains if you've grown tired of the basic blinds that came with your apartment. Not only do these insulate heat, but they're also very effective at darkening rooms. Ya know, for all you vampires out there.

    A customer review photo of the velvet curtains in dark slate
    A customer review photo of the velvet curtains in dark slate

    Promising review: "Purchased these for my studio, which is in an old mill. I wanted them for their insulating properties more than to block out the light because my studio loses a lot of heat at night due to its enormous windows. The curtains/drapes work great for both — I am especially pleased with how well they help keep the space from losing heat! Before having the curtains the space would lose about 8 degrees in temperature overnight (which in the winter is a significant amount, especially in the northeast). Now, with the curtains, the space no longer loses heat overnight! It is now so nice to go into my studio in the morning and find it still toasty warm!" —Noname

    Get them from Amazon for $33.99+ a panel (available in four sizes and six colors).

    23. A very artsy wire sculpture that won't clash with your room's aesthetic and...also looks a little vintage? Or maybe I've just seen too many '90s movies and TV shows centering characters with outrageously stylish apartments. They never do explain how they can afford all that cool stuff *and* New York City rent.

    a black wire sculpture in the shape of an abstract face
    Audrey Rose Design / Etsy

    Audrey Rose Design is a London-based interior design boutique with all sorts of modern wall art, vases, candles, cushion covers, and more.

    Get it from Audrey Rose Design on Etsy for $31.76.

    24. A set of lush velvet pillow covers you'll love so much you'll buy them in way too many colors — which will force you to buy more pillows, which will force you to buy more covers. The cycle continues on until the armrests are the only visible parts of your couch.

    A variety of the velvet pillow covers on a sofa

    Promising review: "This is the second set of these I've purchased (bought two different colors to change out when one set is in the laundry), and I completely love them. They are so soft, easy to put the pillows into, and they come out of the laundry looking brand-new. Get a couple of different colors and switch out for holidays, or when desiring a quick easy decor change. I highly recommend them." —Melanie Mastin

    Get a pack of two from Amazon for $12.99+ (available in nine sizes and in 33 colors).

    25. Customizable books sets that'll help you color coordinate all those novels you bought on impulse and have neglected to start reading. With a more attractive book shelf, you'll at least have some nice decor to show for your your strange commitment to procrastination.

    A bookshelf filled with color-coordinated books
    Amazon Handmade

    Covogoods is a Utah-based shop on Amazon Handmade specializing in unique and colorful book designs for any space.

    Promising review: "If you've been looking for decorative books, then look no more — you've found your shop! Colors are true to photos and I love how they were real books! Not those hollow fake ones you see. This made decorating very easy, fast shipping, and quality was superb. Will be ordering more from here in the future!" —JH2

    Get a set from Covogoods on Amazon Handmade starting at $4 (packages start with just one book and go up to 25 books, they're also available in 16 colors including custom colors).