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    32 Cheap But Cool Things It'll Be NBD If Your Roommates Ruin

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    1. Sweary coasters that'll draw the attention of roommates and guests alike, because nobody likes water rings — even if they're on a coffee table you found on the curb.

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    Get a set of four and holder from Amazon for $16.99.

    And check out a similar set with a marble look for $15.99.

    2. Or some pretty — in more ways than one — absorbent coasters with a luxe look bc like I said ^, you'd rather your roomie dirty up some coasters than a table you could conceivably use for several more years!

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    Get an eight-pack from Amazon for $16.99 (available in a variety of designs).

    3. A cute lil' welcome mat so they'll be reminded to wipe their paws. But, tbh, it's so cheap that even if they come in from trudging through fields of mud and you've gotta toss it before the lease is up, it's FINE.

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    Get it from Amazon for $19.99.

    4. A seagrass rug to cozy up your space without having to shift funds around to spring for a floor covering you'll both probably spill rosé and salsa on the next time you go on a Schitt's Creek binge.

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    Promising review: "I have three of these rugs. One in ivory that is an area rug under a decorative rug (layered it), and two runners, the blue and the navy. I had this question and never got a clear answer so I figured it out on my own. The blue runner shows in the picture looking navy, and the navy runner shows as looking blue and I found that to be true. My 'blue' runner is actually navy and my 'navy' runner is actually blue. The pictures photograph darker than the colors look in person. I love these rugs and think they are well priced. So if you want a navy border, order the blue. And if you want a blue border, order the navy." —GES11715

    Get it from Amazon for $15.11+ (available in a variety of sizes and colors).

    5. And a luxe-looking runner with a price tag you may scratch your head at, but I can assure you is legit because I own this very runner and am still loving it more than a year later!

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    Seriously though, the folks who live below you will thank you for the extra cushioning for foot falls!

    Get it from Amazon for $31.33+ (available in nine color combos and a variety of sizes).

    6. A pretty dinnerware set with service for six that'll withstand conditions in the microwave, dishwasher, and freezer. So hopefully that'll cover all the bases....

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    Includes six each of: 10.5-inch dinner plate, 7.5-inch salad plate, and 5.5-inch bowl

    Promising review: "I honestly wasn't expecting much from this set. I was looking for plates/dishes that didn't come with mugs. When I received this it was packaged nice and neat, and most important; there was enough padding so nothing broke. So far we have used these in the microwave and dishwasher with no problems. I do recommend these and would buy another set if needed." —Angela Pomales

    Get them from Amazon for $39.99 (available in 22 designs).

    7. And a set of six porcelain mugs that can also be used in the dishwasher, freezer, and microwave (hullo, mug cakes!!!).

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    Promising review: "These are the perfect size for a morning cup of coffee. They microwave well, which is what I was looking for, the handle does not get hot in the microwave. They also run through the dishwasher without losing any color or chipping. I use a lot of tea and haven't stained yet. They are very pretty mugs, I got the set with the mixed light blue. I would recommend them, would make a nice gift for coffee lovers." —wendy kipp

    Get a set of six from Amazon for $28.99.

    8. A lively, affordable shower curtain to bring some foliage into your bathroom because you're preeetty sure that your roomie is responsible for overwatering all your houseplants. R.I.P.

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    Get it from Amazon for $24.99 (available in a variety of patterns).

    9. An abstract bath mat pretty enough to serve as a distraction while you're stuck in the washroom longer than you expected. AND it's machine-washable!

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    Get it from Amazon for $11.29+ (available in three colors).

    10. A feather lampshade you can put on a variety of existing lamp bases or fixtures to zhuzh up your communal space.

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    Promising review: "Love this feather lamp shade. Arrived quickly and looks exactly as pictured. It took less than a minute to assemble and it added the perfect touch to my apartment. I used it over a simple hanging pendant light. It fit over the bulb/hardware/cord perfectly. It arrives flat/collapsed, and it's basically a round paper lantern covered in feathers. There's a wire tension brace that goes inside and holds its shape." —Rachel_678

    Get it from Amazon for $25.99+ (available in two sizes).

    11. A sleek side table with a waterproof surface and catchall basket below to help fight against living room clutter.

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    Get it from Amazon for $49.99.

    12. Or a couple of nesting tables will give you a lil' wiggle room when it comes to entertaining options that require using every square inch of tabletop surface for serving up wine and cheese.

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    Get them from Amazon for $39.99+ (available in two shapes).

    13. A trio of ceramic planters with built-in drainage so the windowsill or table your plant bbs live on won't suffer any damage in your child-rearing pursuits.

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    Promising review: "I really like these pots. I mainly wanted this set for the largest pot. I needed a pot wide enough to fit the roots of my ZZ plant. The design is adorable and modern. The pots came well packaged and in perfect condition." —Lovely91

    Get them from Amazon for $19.50.

    14. A punchy throw blanket with some pom-pom trim that'll make any onlooker guess you spent about a hundo on it at Anthropologie. Yet if somehow red wine gets allll over it while you're away for the weekend, it won't be a big deal to replace.

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    Promising review: "I absolutely love this blanket. It is so soft, comfy, and nice to cuddle up it. The edges are sewn extremely well and it has the feel of a high quality blanket. The color yellow in the photo is exactly what i look likes in person. It is great to snuggle up, sitting the couch and watching TV (too comfy to fall asleep!). This blanket is well worth the money! Like to buy pink color for my daughter!" —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $25.99 (available in five colors).

    15. A *sturdy* rolling utility cart you can use in the kitchen, bathroom, or even as a bar cart for the bottles of booze you wanna display.

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    Get it from Amazon for $30.59+ (available in three colors).

    16. And an extremely nice looking decanter and set of six glasses to park on the top tier of said bar cart ^. If they cheaped out on the party whiskey (despite your requests), at least it'll look nice in this.

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    Promising review: "Has a decent weight. It looks nice. I've had this set for awhile. All the glasses look great. No problems with them. The decanter holds just about a fifth of whiskey. Easy to pour drinks. It will make a great gift and a good set to your party, event, and home. Definitely worth the price. Do not hesitate to get it. I use it every day." —Yeah Dude

    Get them from Amazon for $26.99.

    17. A dozen colorful drinking glasses made of shatterproof material and come in at barely more than $2 a pop so if your roommate DOES manage to shatter one, it won't be the end of the world.

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    Includes six 15 oz. tumblers and six 24 oz. tumblers. Top-rack dishwasher safe, and non-BPA.

    Get them from Amazon for $24.22.

    18. Stemless wine glasses with silicone sleeves that'll help combat against the slipperiest of butter fingers. Remember when your roomie dropped a wine glass on the patio? Yuppp.

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    All parts are dishwasher-safe and there's no need to remove the sleeves for cleaning!

    Get a four-pack from Amazon for $19.99 (available in two color combos).

    19. Turkish cotton towels that'll be super easy to machine-wash in case you find out after the fact that your beloved roomie dried off with your towel.

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    Get a four-pack from Amazon for $21.99 (available in seven colors).

    20. Quick-drying hand towels anyone with a super humid bathroom sitch and multiple people regularly using the same bathroom will especially appreciate.

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    Promising review: "These towels are quite attractive, wash up well, and don't shed a lot of lint in the dryer. They are soft and they soak up water very well. I bought two bath towels and four hand towels and have been using them for about three weeks. Would repurchase!" —Urban Girl

    Get a four-pack from Amazon for $19.99+ (available in eight colors).

    21. A Scandinavian-inspired love seat to help distract you from their hand-me-down couch that reeks of their parents' dog and hold you over 'til you can shell out more than $200 for a couch.

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    Promising review: "For the price, this is a great little piece of furniture. It was easy to assemble, and it's holding up very well. You can tell by the design that it's structurally sound. My boyfriend and I would squeeze onto this together before we got a proper couch, and it's still in great shape, though it does creak a bit more now than when I first assembled it. I suspect, though, that if I get in there with a hex wrench and re-tighten things it might fix the noise, because the bolts they give you to put it together are substantial." —listerine

    Get it from Amazon for $179.99+ (available in two colors).

    22. Or a sizable futon with a versatile design your overnight guests can customize as they please.

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    Promising review: "Ordered it about a week ago, and just arrived! Super easy to put together (screwing the arm rests on, and the legs). Came nicely packaged, and originally I even thought they forgot the arm rests, but they are nicely and compactly packaged under the futon. Putting the thing together took less than an hour. The couch is bigger than expected, and a lot roomier and comfier than expected. For the price? Can't beat it. Love my new couch and the color! And excited to have friends sleep over!" —Meagan

    Get it from Amazon for $290.99 (available in six colors).

    23. A foldable storage ottoman with enough stylish details to make it feel like a decor choice instead of a practical necessity.

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    Get it from Amazon for $39.99.

    24. A set of silicone-coated kitchen utensils for whipping up a variety of dishes in your shared cooking space. *And* the included container will look swell sitting out on your counter because your kitchen storage space is a total joke.

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    Can withstand temperatures of -40°F up to 446°F/230°C. Includes 11 tools, a measuring spoon set, and holder.

    Promising review: "They are functional with so many in one set. The quality of the silicone rubber is very good and it works very well with pots and pans. They are with poor thermal conductivity and easy to clean as well, which are the reasons that I like most. In a word, they are a practical set for the kitchen." —Tammy

    Get them from Amazon for $28.99.

    25. Faux-fur pillow covers to give your tired throw pillows some new life. HOPEFULLY they won't nap on the couch and slobber all over 'em, but EHHHH if they do it's OK.

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    Get two from Amazon for $12.99 (available in five colors and two sizes).

    And check out some inserts in case you need those too.

    26. A pretty lotus flower lamp for a bit of accent lighting that'll be your new favorite thing you bought from Amazon and compensate for the lack of tchotchkes you have out in your shared area because they're notoriously clumsy.

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    Promising review: "I love this lamp, it's so cute. I bought two for the night tables in my guest room. It doesn't give out a ton of light but it's definitely nice and the touch base works well. The flower petals are some sort of plastic but the leaves are glass, which I wasn't expecting. My mother in law wanted to take the lamps home with her after her last visit so that means its A+." —Beverly Ivy

    Get it from Amazon for $25.98.

    27. Or an industrial-style leading lamp if your combined style skews more metal and Edison bulb than floral. Plus, it'll put out enough light for late-night reading sessions because you two are forever reading one book and then passing it off to the next person.

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    Get it from Amazon for $25.99. (Note: The bulb is not included. Get a six-pack of 60w Edison-style bulbs for $16.95).

    28. A couple of Eames chair lookalikes – they could make for the perfect accents or dining room chairs! Seriously, they're chic AF. Just look at 'em!

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    Promising review: "Ordered these for my sunroom — they are awesome replicas of the Eames chair and are more comfortable than I would have thought. Bought a floor pouf to rest my feet on while sitting in one for extra comfort. Great quality for the price." —Tara

    Get them from Amazon for $139.99 (available in a variety of styles and color combos).

    29. A corner bookshelf with some serious design pizzazz to bring the visual interest without the huge investment.

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    Get it from Amazon for $22.99.

    30. A faux-sheepskin rug to throw on a chair seriously lacking in comfort, at the foot of your couch, or in a number of spots!

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    Get it from Amazon for $17.99 (available in a variety of sizes/shapes and eight colors).

    31. A trio of foliage wall art that comes printed on canvas so there's no need to hunt down any frames. Oh hey, it'd look *so* nice on that blank wall in your bathroom!

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    Promising review: "These were exactly what I was looking for! They’re very simplistic and pretty — I had them in my family room for awhile, but ended up using them in my bathroom. They were the perfect size for what I needed, but make sure you measure before you buy — they’re not huge canvases." —Andrea Terrant

    Get them from Amazon for $25.90 (available in a variety of framed and canvas styles).

    32. A media stand that'll be cheaper than your go-to Thai takeout order total. (Those noodles just keep really well for leftovers! If any of them make it that long....)

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    Get it from Amazon for $43.98.

    Good luck with that roommate!

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