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    31 Things To Easily Upgrade Your Bedroom On A Budget

    Invisible bookshelves, candles, and other tiny tweaks that make a world of difference.

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    1. A hidden bookshelf because books can double as decor 📚! Try organizing them by color for a more uniform look.

    Ten hidden bookshelves holding books

    It works by holding the cover of the bottom book!

    Promising review: "These are my favorite decorating item ever. Purchased four years ago in medical school. And have held up over many moves." —Susan Giampalmo

    Get it from Amazon for $10.99+ (available in four sizes and two colors).

    2. A wood finisher to avoid spending $$$ just to restore your wood floors and furniture back to their original glory. This baby works magic for under $20. People will legit think you got new stuff.

    Promising review: "Love this stuff after one use! We bought our house two years ago and over the course of two years, our hardwood floors have taken a beating. We have had two dogs through potty training, our nephew, and just regular wear and tear. We were exploring having the floors refinished but that's when I found this stuff! ITS AMAZING!!! Even the scratches from the dogs came right out. The shine is back and they feel so much more smooth. I even got the Restore A Finish for some larger areas where the former residents must have moved furniture a lot. No need to refinish the floors, this will now be something I do every few months. I did about 1,000 square feet with only one third of the bottle. Works best if you wash floors first, use the Restore A Finish on bad areas, and then use this on everything." —MrsW

    Get it from Amazon for $14.38.

    3. A velvet pillow sham because bed decor is an art. Standard queen beds look complete with at least two pillows for sleeping, two shams, and three decorative pillows.

    A reviewer's pillow shams in teal

    Promising review: "I used to manage a Pottery Barn and they have stunning velvet pillowcases. I was wondering what these would be like in comparison and honestly, I like these better! I purchased both the mauve pink and the golden khaki color. I’m about to purchase seven more now that I know how beautiful they are. The colors are spot-on and are a tad shiny but velvet should be unless stated otherwise. The brighter colors will be great for spring and summer. The price point is FANTASTIC!!" —MBATLANTA

    Get it from Amazon for $10.99+ (available in eight sizes and 33 colors).

    4. A luxury body candle that doubles as a statue. Incorporating organic shapes breaks up the hard edges in your room.

    Five Parker candles

    I had these candles bookmarked for so long and that was a huge mistake because they sold out 😭. As soon as they restocked, I bought like FIVE of them. They're so beautiful and bring such soul to my bedroom. Don't be like me, get the candles before they're gone!

    Promising review: "I had seen similar candles before on Instagram, but I was so happy to find this company because of the color options for the nude candles. I've purchased three so far all different shades of brown and they are BEAUTIFUL and truly unique. I look forward to purchasing more for friends and family over the holidays." —Michelle H

    Pre Order it from Secret Scents of Ella for $24.

    Secret Scents of Ella is a Black woman-owned business based in New York dedicated to normalizing Black women in luxury.

    5. A Marble Pothos plant for a pop of green that automatically makes a space feel more alive. You can grow Pothos as a vine, bush, or on a pole!

    The Pothos plant hanging in a macrame hanger
    Brumley and Bloom

    Get 20% off with code BUZZFEED at checkout!

    I've ordered four plants from Brumley and Bloom and they all arrived healthy and beautiful! Just make sure they get plenty of sun after you unbox. Pothos can survive in any lighting conditions, place it anywhere you want. Just...don't eat it (that includes your pets).

    Brumley and Bloom is a woman-owned small business based in Fenton, Michigan.

    Promising review: "10/10, 5 stars, would totally recommend. It was stuck in the postal system for over a week but, because of how it was packaged, it survived! And even has new growth! I’m so, so happy." —jeanruth

    Get it from Brumley and Bloom on Etsy for $14+ (available in three sizes).

    6. A mold and mildew stain remover spray so you can erase the questionable, yet unexplainable stains that have been on your rug since the first month you got it.

    Promising review: "There is absolutely no comparison to this product which is superior in every way. I could hardly believe my eyes! I thought, spray a little bit and just see how it does. So I sprayed 25% of the worst of the mold stained areas on the marble floor. The results were like magic! Before my eyes in less than 30 seconds nearly all of the stain had disappeared. The remainder took another one to two minutes." —Dennis Polley

    Get a two-pack from Amazon for $26.99.

    7. A door pull because replacing the hardware on your furniture makes it look more luxe. All you need is a screwdriver!

    Home Depot, Christine Forbes / BuzzFeed

    I upgraded the hardware on my year-old Tvilum dresser and now it looks way more expensive than it actually is. To determine the appropriate handle size, measure the distance between the holes in your drawer.

    Promising review: "I love the pulls. They are high quality, beautiful, and very easy to install. The price for a 10-pack was so affordable!" —JEANETTE

    Get a pack of 10 from Home Depot for $23.01+ (available in four sizes and two colors).

    8. A bed skirt so the clutter under your bed can truly be out of sight and out of mind.

    A bed with the skirt

    Promising review: "Very nice, well-made and love the tailored look. Finishes the bed well. Launders well and great at hiding all those things under the bed. Definitely A+!" —Theresa

    Get it from Wayfair for $17.47+ (available in Twin—California King and 14 colors).

    9. A set of two floating shelves — so-called unicorns of interior designs because they look amazing in most spaces. Feel free to use them for decor purposes or simply to store things.

    Two floating shelves above a desk

    Promising review: "Love them! Great quality and pretty easy to hang. Comes with screws and anchors, which you’ll need since they have a pretty good weight to them. I love the way they turned out." —Tiffany

    Get a set of two from Wayfair for $43.99 (available in four finishes and four sizes).

    10. A statement peel-and-stick wallpaper to jazz up a plain room. If you're looking for something more minimal, check out the Tempaper Store.

    A bedroom with the wallpaper

    Promising review: "This wallpaper was so easy to use. You can remove and restick pretty easily. The paper itself was so pretty. It’s a matte finish and I just love it! Great price too. I ordered four to fit one accent wall. I had about half of a roll left over. I found it easier to roll down on the wall and the cut to fit versus cutting the paper first. Worth it for a big statement with minimal cost." —Jessica Beckett

    Get it from Amazon for $29.99+ (available in three colors).

    11. A modern, renter-friendly wall sconce so you can turn off the light without leaving the bed. Hate the wires? Conceal them with a cable cover!

    A wall sconce next to the bed

    FYI Target has the best selection of affordable, plug-in wall sconces that I've seen. I'll be buying this one.

    Get it from Target for $29.99.

    12. A warm Edison bulb for easily revamping the ambiance of your bedroom if you're tired of that stale, white, fluorescent light. After all, there is a reason Mariah Carey refuses to be seen in fluorescent lighting 😬.


    Promising review: "I'm in love. These Edison bulbs are a phenomenal addition to just about any room in the home. I bought these bulbs for my bedside table lamps. They're a perfect addition to my Steampunk industrial themed bedroom. Definitely recommend these Edison bulbs. Side note: my bedside table lamps are touch lamps with three dimming levels. The bulbs work on all three dimming levels." —Zachary

    Get a pack of four from Amazon for $14.99.

    13. An invigorating soy candle because what good is upgrading a room that smells like battery acid? This candle's lemongrass and vanilla notes will softly awaken your senses while refreshing the room.

    The Invigorate Candle surrounded by a bowl of lemons
    Black Gold Lux Brand

    My roommate and I splurged on this candle and a few others from Black Gold Lux Brand and they did not disappoint! They totally transform any space they're in, which makes a world of difference since we're home all the time. I can't wait to buy more.

    Black Gold Luxury Brand is a Black woman-founded brand that was created to provide safe products to candle lovers. As such, they use 100% soy wax and the highest quality fragrance and essential oils to create dope products.

    Get it from Black Gold Luxury Brand for $25 (available in two sizes).

    14. A set of digital prints that you can easily download, print, and frame like they're genuine Picassos. Nobody will know you spent less than $20 😈.

    Four prints hanging over a couch
    Speaking Art Shop

    You can choose your preferred size after you receive the images via email.

    Promising review: "The prints are absolutely amazing. They look even better in person. I got mine printed at OfficeDepot for less than $8 and immediately hung them! I love them!" —Jonesia

    Get it from Speaking Art Shop on Etsy for $16.

    15. A set of furniture legs because lifting your bed or dresser off the ground creates the illusion of more space., Amazon

    Promising review: "One of my best purchases, it added more elegance to my living room. Great quality too." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $23.97+ (available in four sizes and three colors).

    16. A snake plant that's nature's sculpture. These unique plants are hard to kill, and they ship very well.

    PlantVine, Christine Forbes / BuzzFeed

    I ordered a large snake plant as a part of a bundle from PlantVine and I'm so glad I did. It arrived in great shape and I was able to unpack it with no mess. I'd buy more if I had the floor space!

    Promising review: "Excellent product! The plants were huge, beautiful and exceeded my expectations. And the best price around, better than any online and better than a local big box store." —Nadia

    Get it from PlantVine for $20+ (available in three sizes).

    17. A tunnel cat scratcher as cute as it is functional.

    The circular cat tunnel scratcher

    Promising review: "I have five cats, yes five! They ALL love this tunnel scratcher and it is rare that all of my cats will love something. Some of them will only scratch the inner sisal scratcher and the others will scratch both the cardboard and sisal. They also love climbing on top of the scratcher and playing in the tunnel with toys. They range in size from 10 lbs to 18 lbs and all of them except the 18-lb cat go through the tunnel. However, all of them are able to scratch the sisal in the tunnel. This thing has taken a beating from them and it still looks great. I don't have to pick up cardboard everywhere and the sisal is still intact. I'm so glad I purchased this and for such a reasonable price!" —Mlmartin

    Get it from Target for $19.99.

    18. A TV mount that's easier to install than you think, trust me. Not only does mounting save floor space, it draws the eye up for a better viewing experience.

    A reviewer's TV mounted with the tool
    Christine Forbes / BuzzFeed

    I've had the mount for about a year and I'm very pleased! This mount has never given me any problems. It was easy for my TaskRabbit to assemble, disassemble, and remount after I moved. For reference, my TV is 55" and I have the 37-70 inch mount.

    Promising review: "This wall mount is extremely strong and able to support my new Samsung 55" flat screen. I was able to screw the mount into two wall studs top and bottom, ensuring this is mounted to the wall safely and w/o any concern of it coming loose. You'll want to use a 'real' level and not the 1" bubble level that comes with the wall mount. Installing it was very easy. All of the screws, washers, connectors came in the package, so no need to have to run out to the hardware store due to missing parts. Instructions were written very well and easy to follow." —Gary Sherman

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99+ (available in three sizes).

    19. A mirror for bouncing light within a space and therefore making it feel bigger and more luxurious.

    The mirror

    Promising review: "This is such a beautiful full-length mirror. It is heavy and durable, you could tell the good quality at a glance. I was not sure the difference between 'black' and 'elegant black' in product options but chose elegant black, and I am happy with the sleek look that matches with my other furniture like bookshelves or a platform bed. It completes the modern look of my bedroom and brings in more light, not to mention its functionality. I may get another set in a different color for another bedroom. I purchased based on Amazon recommendations and reviews, and I am happy with it." —Hana

    Get it from Amazon for $149.99+ (available in six colors).

    20. A tissue box cover to turn a utilitarian item into a work of minimalist art.

    The tissue box covering a tissue

    Promising reviews: "I first spotted this at a swank modern hotel room with all-white decor. I love how it hides an unsightly branded tissue box -- it practically vanishes! so I had to buy it for my child's bedroom! It looks so cute with the tissue-y 'billow' of smoke, and is functional too. Every modern minimalist's dream, it could be sold at the MoMA or in an Alessi-type store." —nycgirl

    Get it from Amazon for $4.56+ (available in four colors).

    21. A curved cat wall bed because your fur baby also needs someplace to escape.

    A cat laying on the "S" shaped shelf
    Cosy and Dosy

    Promising review: "Absolutely perfect. The quality of craft in this shelf is fantastic. I had been looking around for a while to find something both functional and stylish. This meets both those needs. I have plans to purchase some more from this store as I was so impressed. Sebastian enjoys watching me work from his bed now." —Caroline Smith

    Cosy and Dozy is a Poland-based brand that creates luxury products to satisfy animals' natural instincts. Each item is unique and handmade in Europe.

    Get it from Cosy and Dosy on Etsy for $206+ (available in 11 colors).

    22. A fluffy gel pillow that won't go flat like most pillows. Plus, they're are game-changers for your neck and back. Plush pillows will make your bed look and feel ultra-comfy.


    Promising review: The Today Show has recommended these pillows. In a haze, I swiped to make my purchase. The first night they arrived I used one and didn’t tell my husband about the other. I literally hit the pillow and was out before our child was asleep. Apparently, I slept so good that night, that I didn’t hear the baby crying or hear my husband up with her. Needless to say, five nights later I no longer toss and turn. Hands-down the best pillow!!Amanda

    Get a pack of two from Amazon for $39.99+ (available in two sizes).

    23. A neutral rope basket so you can gracefully hide your mess. Whether you place it in a closet or on a shelf, this will look so much better than having random stuff lying around.

    The basket

    Promising review: "I absolutely love these baskets! They are the perfect size to fit into just about every shelving unit or cabinet we own. They are sturdy and can fit a TON of stuff. I’ve purchased both sizes and I keep finding more places to use them!" —TracyinNy

    Get it from Target for $12 (available in five sizes).

    24. A decorative pillow sham to subtly infuse character and warmth into your space.

    Two pillow shams on a bed
    Urban Outiffters

    Promising review: "I love this bedding! it’s high quality and the color is really cute. When you first take it out of the packaging the color looks almost brown but after you put an insert/pillow in it and spread it out it looks amazing!!" —liaaaaaa

    Get it from Urban Outfitters for $39+ (available in seven colors and two sizes).

    25. A recycled macrame plant hanger because what's more visually interesting than a hanging plant? If your room feels a bit bland, this hanger + a vining plant will fix that.

    The macrame hanger holding a plant

    Hangin There Shop is a Quebec-based business that makes eco-friendly plant hangers.

    Promising review: "Beautiful product. Well-made and fits my plant perfectly! Fast shipping. Would definitely buy again!" —Jill C.

    Get it from hanginthereshop on Etsy for $29.54 (available in six colors).

    26. A gallon of white paint because there's nothing like starting with a clean canvas. White walls make the smallest rooms feel larger and they never go out of style.

    Home Depot

    Promising review: "We redecorated a basement paneling nightmare of a guest room this past weekend and used 1-gallon Ultra Pure White Eggshell Premium. I am super sensitive to odors, and this had no odor unless you were standing with your nose up to the wall. This dried so fast, it was impressive. This was able to cover paneling with a helpful application of Killz Premium primer. We won't use anything else!" —Samara

    Get it from Home Depot for $27.98.

    27. A gold curtain rod so you can ditch your tension rod for something sturdier. Hang it a few inches higher than your windows to make your ceilings look higher.

    A nursery with the mounted curtains

    Promising review: "This curtain rod is so nice! I couldn’t believe how heavy and sturdy it was for the price! So glad I ordered it. We plan to order the black now and swap out the rods in the rest of our house." —Tara H

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99+ (available in five sizes).

    28. An iron sculpture for making your bookshelf feel more complete. Try placing it on top of a horizontal book — works every time.

    The two sculptures on a cabinet
    Karen Jai Home

    Karen Jai Home is a Black woman-owned small business.

    Get it from Karen Jai Home for $88 (available in two sizes).

    29. A brushed nickel Command Hook so you can hang your face masks, towel, or jackets rather than throwing them on the chair. Making organization easy is key to maintaining a pristine space.

    The command hook packaging

    I bought one of these and I'll definitely be buying more. It has the style of a real hook without the hassle.

    Promising review: "Bought these to put on the back of the guest bathroom due to lack of towel racks in our rental apartment. My family who stayed for five weeks used it every day to hang the large bath towels and it works well. It's also much nicer looking than white or clear plastic and love the large size for bath size towels and robes." —Olivia

    Get it from Amazon for $7.77+ (available in four finishes).

    30. A dog bed so your best friend can sleep in style, just like you. They'll love the machine-washable (read: accident-resistant) knitted cover.

    Three dog beds with black, white, and blue designs
    Laylo Pets

    Promising review: "This dog bed came quickly and is incredibly durable. We got this for our older large dog and have two puppies (nonstop chewers) in the house. This bed has held up so well to the pups teething on everything and the ability to clean the cover is priceless, in addition to the sleek, classy design. It has a nonslip bottom unlike any other bed I've seen, again incredibly durable. Looking forward to purchasing more for the smaller dogs soon." —malletangel2003

    Laylo is a woman-founded, company that believes form is just as important as function. They update designs every few months, in keeping with global trends. Laylo is based in Brooklyn, New York.

    Get it from Laylo Pets on Etsy for $75+ (available in eight styles and three fabrics).

    31. And a stainless-steel switch cover to customize your space down to the tiniest detail.

    The cover on a switch near a bedroom

    Use a screwdriver to remove the old cover and pop this baby on.

    Promising review: "Incredibly easy to install, and I am not handy at all. The screws that come with it are the same color as the fixtures. They really add a lot to my decor and make it more elegant. It’s a very easy, inexpensive way to add a little something to your home. I am very happy with these!" —CBS MBA

    Get it from Amazon for $5.09+ (available in two finishes).

    You after redoing your bedroom with minimal damage to your bank account.

    Columbia Pictures

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