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    If You Want To Transform Your Space ASAP, Here Are 37 Quick Home Updates

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    1. Grab a pair of plug-in wall sconces that don't require *any* electrical work! Not only do they look elevated as hell, but they make it so you don't have to use your cellphone flashlight to search for the remote that's always lost in your duvet cover.  

    A reviewer's photo of the gold sconce
    A different reviewer's photo of the gold sconce

    Promising review: "These are perfect. They look great, work exactly like I need them to, and in our apartment, enable us to have reading lamps without a rewiring job since they just plug in. They also came with cute Edison-looking bulbs that fit in the sconce perfectly and match the look of the light very nicely. We're super pleased." —Kindle Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $35.56+ (available in three finishes).

    2. Give your bed a makeover by replacing your stained comforter with a stark white duvet cover. It'll make your space feel uber bright and clean even if there's a week's worth of laundry hiding on the side of your bed.

    Promising review: "I will admit I was very skeptical about this duvet cover but as soon as I put it on my mind was blown!! So soft, so comfortable, and looks amazing. Makes for a very neat clean bed!" —Tonio

    Get it from Amazon for $25.99+ (available in sizes Twin–California King and in 14 colors). 

    3. Place a flat outlet plug behind furniture or in other areas where you'd like to eliminate some cord clutter.

    A reviewer's photo of the outlet being used behind furniture
    the cord cover in a reviewer's coffee nook

    Promising review: "Very, very nice. I am a renter so putting a huge hole in the wall to hide my wires was not going to happen. After searching for something that could help with the look of the wires in my living room, I was glad to have come across this socket! I love it. I just installed it last night, I’m extremely happy with the look and the adhesive works really good. I highly recommend it :)" —Nlizr

    Get it from Amazon for $23.95+ (available in seven different lengths/configurations).

    4. Install dimmable under-cabinet light strips to instantly add ambiance to any space you see fit, be it your kitchen, closet, desk, or wardrobe. They're also remote controlled, so you can turn on the wow factor even if you're comfortable on the couch.

    a reviewer's before picture showing a kitchen without lights
    the same reviewer's after photo showing their cabinets with soft white lighting

    Each kit comes with six pre-cut LED light strips (9.8 feet in total) and adhesive strips for mounting. The 17-key remote can control basic functions like turning the lights on/off, setting a timer, dimming the lights, etc. Plus, it works at distances up to 60 feet. 

    Promising review: "Awesome product!! I love the ease of installation and the extra included pieces for a good fit. Perfect for adding some much-needed light to my dark kitchen. Dimmable and comes with a remote! There's no downside!" —Breezy Lady

    Get a set of six from Amazon for $17.84+ (available in three colors). 

    5. Throw down an area rug that'll not only transform any room it's in, but also save you hundreds in the long run as it's MACHINE WASHABLE. Because let's be real, we've all been eating a Chipotle burrito and gotten to that part where it feels safe to take the rest of the tinfoil off only for it to rip open and expel sour cream, salsa, and rice all over you and the floor. 

    the area rug in a living room
    the rug halfway in a washing machine
    Rugs USA

    I bought this after spending a wildddddd amount of money on other rugs that quickly stained and fell victim to my children — two demon cats that I love more than the world but they scratch the ish out of my rugs. This has basically no "pile" length, so they aren't able to grab onto anything or pull it which is the first major win for me. Next, it seriously doesn't stain. I've spilled drinks and dripped ketchup and ofc the cats have puked and so far, nothing has stuck after a lil' spritz with a rug cleaner. It also sticks really easily to the rug pad (thanks to a non-slip backing). It'll be wrinkled when you first get it, but fear not because after a few days it relaxes and ultimately doesn't move around, which is key. All in all, I am obsessed and have now replaced all the rugs in my home these. 

    Get it from Rugs USA for $72+ (originally $180+; available in six sizes). 

    6. Transfer your hand soaps into amber dispensers because if you're anything like me, nothing makes you feel richer than a label-less bottle (even if they're just filled with Dial).

    Promising review: "These are amazing soap dispensers. The amber glass is sturdy and strong, and the pump works great. They're easy to fill and they look so good on your bathroom or kitchen countertop. Highly recommend!" —Emily

    Get a two-pack from Amazon for $14.99+ (available in five different pump colors).

    7. Cover select windows with 3D window film to add some extra privacy and create a kaleidoscopic light show whenever the sun rises.

    A reviewer's photo of the film applied to their window
    A reviewer's photo of the kaleidoscopic colors the film creates

    Each tile you buy is peel-and-stick, so it's super easy to use!

    Promising review: "Not only is this functional, it is SO pretty. It gives my bathroom a totally serene feel. It's easy to install — there IS a film on the back that must be removed. On a corner, use a piece of tape on the front and one on the back, and pull apart until the film comes off. Note: The film is clear; the rainbow effect comes from light being refracted by the film." —Stephanie Graham

    Get it from Amazon for $9.98+ (available in nine sizes).

    To learn more about this, check out "Everyone Should Consider Getting This Window Film And Filling Their Home With Rainbows."

    8. Hang a set of airy floor-length curtains that'll let in alllll the light. Plus, you can dramatically part them each morning as you drink your first cup of coffee and listen to The Daily. 

    A reviewer's photo of the white curtains in their living room
    A reviewer's photo of the charcoal gray curtains in their bedroom

    Promising review: "I love these curtains. They are beautiful, sturdy, washable, and affordable!!! They are perfect for our master bedroom. I was honestly expecting cheap curtains, but are great! They don't dim out the sun as much, but that is okay with me — just what I was looking for." —Marlene

    Get a single panel from Amazon for $8.93+ (available in six sizes and 16 colors).

    9. Hide the cables that trail down from your mounted TV with a discreet cord cover. Since you rent, you sadly can't punch a hole in the wall to hide them HGTV style, but this works too.

    A BuzzFeeder's TV with the beige cord cover
    An up close shot of a BuzzFeeder's TV with the beige cord cover
    Chelsea Stuart / BuzzFeed

    I just got one of these to hide the cords behind my TV which have been bugging me for a ~literal year.~ Idk why I waited so long because putting it up was so simple. I got the largest size and it fits three different cords. Tbh I couldn't tell you which cords — sound bar? HDMI? etc. — but they're pretty thick and this has no trouble hiding them.

    Promising review: "This is the perfect solution for hiding a cord! It looks like it is just a part of the base board. Mine is covering a cable wire only, but I think they are big enough to hide more than one cord if needed. I didn’t cut mine, and I bought two. You can tell where the two meet if you look closely. However, I do not think anyone would notice. I can’t believe I let our cable cord sit across the floor for this long. I wish I would have found these sooner!" —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $16.99+ (available in three sizes and five colors).

    10. Pick up a grout pen that'll deposit long-lasting, nontoxic ink sure to erase years of stains. If you've scrubbed, scrubbed, and scrubbed some more — all without result — then submit to the stains and just get this.

    Someone using the pen which has a precision tip
    Reviewer's photo which shows half their tiled floor with dirty grout and half with fresh white grout after using the pen

    Promising review: "Holy cow! I never thought my stained grout would look so good! These pens are so amazing. After a little priming, they go forever! They cover very well and are super easy to use and cover the darkest of stains! I am buying four more to cover the rest of the house. The tip does not get into the very end of a line due to the border, but I prime it a bit for excess paint and push it in with my finger. Also, this is great for those deep small holes or grooves that are in the tile that leave dirt spots that are almost impossible to get out. Just prime it over the hole and rub it in with your finger and wipe off the rest. I have very light beige tile, and the beige color pens blend perfectly. I would NOT recommend white unless you have very while tile. This beige will blend well with white as well. Cannot beat it for the price and the amazing job this pen does. One pen will cover about a 3x20-foot area no problem." —NatJH

    Get it from Amazon for $8.99+ (available with narrow or wide tip).

    11. Opt for a spa-like bamboo bath mat so you can toss that microfiber one that never quite dries and leaves your compact washroom smelling musty. 

    the wooden bath mat in front of a reviewer's shower
    the wooden bath mat in front of a reviewer's tub

    Promising review: "Really appealing to the eye, looks great in our bathroom. Have not had any issues with cleaning it in the two+ years or so that we have had it. No mold growth or anything which is a pleasant relief compared to some other mats that sit directly on the ground. The water tends to pool up underneath (especially when your husband jumps straight out of the shower without a towel) but a quick towel dry will help that. Overall well-manufactured product that can withstand 250 pounds of weight without breaking. I recommend it." —D.E. Crossen

    Get it from Amazon for $28.99+ (available in three sizes and two colors). 

    12. Pick up a tube of peel-and-stick contact paper that — when applied with a lil' finesse — can totally pass as stainless steel. White refrigerator? We don't know her. 

    on left, white fridge next to wooden cabinet
    on right, same fridge with metallic silver vinyl peel and stick wallpaper covering old surface

    Promising review: "This stainless-steel wrap worked out great! Our fridge now matches the rest of our appliances. I like how it's thicker than normal contact paper. It made it much easier to install." —rach

    Get a 15.8-inch x 78.8-inch roll from Amazon for $8.99+ (available in three sizes).

    13. Slap a set of removable tile decals over tired stairs. They look like legit tiles sourced from Portugal or Morocco but they take less than 10 minutes to apply.

    stair raisers in the brand's Campagne Navy print
    Quadrostyle / Etsy

    Quadrostyle is a woman-founded brand from Aussie designer Gabrielle Morabia. With operations based in Bali and an HQ in the South of France, Quadrostyle embraces all corners of the globe and takes inspiration from the traditional tiles found in the Mediterranean, Latin America, and Scandinavia.

    Promising review: "What a great upgrade to my very old, tired stairs — the product shipped quickly, was very forgiving as I worked with it, and it only took a couple of hours to complete the project. I couldn't be happier with how it turned out!" —Valerie

    Get it from Quadrostyle on Etsy for $12.84+ (available in six heights and two finishes).

    14. Invest in fancy new switch plate covers cause if you live in a rental like me, chances are your existing ones are covered in what TikTok likes to call the "landlord special" — approx. 46 coats of chipping paint.

    a before photo of a buzzfeeder's plain white switch plate and then an after of an ornate brass switch plate
    Chelsea Stuart / BuzzFeed

    I just got one of these (those are my photos above) and I am a v happy customer. While I'm not ready to shell out $15 a piece for the other 30+ switches in my apartment, just doing this one in my living room — where I have a gallery wall of prints in similar gold and brass frames — really made a difference! And should I come into any surprise money, I would definitely invest in more down the line. 

    Promising review: "These are absolutely beautiful! If I ever move, I'm taking them with me. You may think they're a little pricey, but they're REALLY heavy and far nicer than the stuff you find at the local hardware store. I bought the switch plate, outlet plates, and even a blank plate to cover an old electrical box left behind by DIRECTV." —Karebow

    Get it from Amazon for $15+ (available in seven finishes). 

    15. Or, if those are too ornate for your taste, go for a 10-pack of simple white outlet covers that'll do the same job (and for roughly a buck each). 

    The white standard outlet cover

    Promising review: "Changed out all my wall plates...makes a difference when scanning a room. Everything looks in order! These are thin plates which 'hug' the wall. My house is 20 years the wall plates were what they were using back then in terms of materials and aesthetics. These are much improved!" —fractalsrule

    Get a pack of 10 from Amazon for $10.19+ (available in five colors).

    16. Pick up a set of three modern pillow covers that look like you bought each of them individually and thoughtfully so as to make sure they all suit each other. Ofc looks are deceiving and the reality is much simpler — they come in a pre-curated pack.

    the pillows on a reviewer's couch
    the pillows on two accent chairs

    Promising review: "I LOVE these pillow cases. I’ve been shopping around for something with a boho touch for a while and finally found these. I love that I can take them off to wash. They feel great and are made with great quality. The price point you can’t beat either for three pillow cases. I would definitely recommend!" —Josh

    Get the three-piece set from Amazon for $22.95.

    17. Hang a sleek, floor-length mirror with room to store all of the stinky shoes you don't want sitting out by your front door. You know, the Chucks, Tom's, and Rothys that you absolutely *love*, but don't want guests smelling the second they walk through your door.

    the black mirror when closed
    the mirror with its door opening revealing shoes

    Promising review: "Great shoe storage option for our New York apartment." —Katherine

    Get it from Wayfair for $214.23 (originally $237.79; available in two finishes).

    18. Get your bookshelf or media stand back to its original form by hiding routers, cords, and cables in a faux book display. Trust me, no one will be the wiser. 

    before and after showing how what looks like a bunch of gold and tan books actually hides a wifi box and Alexa device
    Amazon Handmade

    Covogoods is a Utah-based, woman-founded small business that specializes in storage solutions crafted from up-cycled books.

    Not every display will have the exact books shown above but if you want to check out the titles ahead of time, select 'YES, preview books' when checking out and enable Amazon notifications so the seller can send you a pic!

    Promising review: "I’m pretty sure I’ve never loved a purchase from Amazon as much as I love this one, and I’ve been a Prime member since Day 1. This product is EXTREMELY well made and very unique. Plus, it does the job of hiding the ugly routers and cords. And the customer service was great and responsive. I was a little hesitant to spend the money on this but after years of living with the husband’s pile of technology, the money was well spent!" —AmazonEmme

    Get it from Covogoods from Amazon Handmade for $29+.

    19. Replace the dinged up knobs that came on your childhood dresser/builder-grade kitchen cabinets with a new set of acrylic drawer pulls. If my mom has taught me anything, it's to press pause on throwing out old furniture and see what new hardware can do instead.

    a reviewer's bathroom cabinets with the acrylic and gold pulls
    a different reviewer's dresser with nine of the acrylic and gold pulls

    Promising review: "These are Beautiful, I didn’t expect them to feel so high-quality! I though they are going to feel like plastic but it feels like glass! I’m in love! Buy them!!!" —Meagan

    Get a set from Amazon for $20.99+ (available in nine sizes and packs of 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, or 30). 

    20. Or — if your home is full of Ikea furniture (no shame in that game, btw) — check out high-end sofa legs, bed legs, dresser knobs, and cabinet pulls from Prettypegs. Since they're made specifically for furniture from the iconic Swedish brand, there's no weird retrofitting involved.

    21. Conceal your eyesore of a litter box with a simple table/bench that'll not only bring your decor up a notch, but make your feline friend feel so appreciated that they make the conscious effort NOT to spread litter all over your home. (I mean, one can hope, right?)

    side view of the white cabinet in a reviewer's home
    front view of the same cabinet showing the opening for the litter box

    Promising review: "Love this. Our bathroom had only a pedestal sink and no surface area before purchasing and our previous litter box was an ugly plastic monstrosity. Once this arrived and was put together, my bathroom suddenly became more functional and attractive! We use the top to hold our toiletries such as toothbrushes, hair brushes, and other styling tools. The shelf below holds litter specific things, such as poo bags, a scooper, and a small handheld brush for sweeping out any litter that managed to sneak out of the actual box inside. The cat never seemed bothered by the switch. In fact, I think he might actually have a little more space inside despite his plastic box being huge." —Merrie

    Get it from Amazon for $149.99 (available in three finishes).