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    32 Cheap Decor Upgrades Perfect For Apartment Dwellers

    Don't resign yourself to your dorm leftovers.

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    1. A faux-sheepskin rug you can throw on your ugliest arm chair and turn into your throne where you'll wield the most important of decisions, like which series to binge-watch this weekend.


    Have you seen the new Curb? Time to discuss!

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

    2. Lighted curtains you can layer with some sheer curtains for an ethereal look that'll also block the lookey-loos' view of your bedroom.


    Get them from Amazon: 300 LED light curtain for $17.99 and sheer curtains for $12.99+ (available in several colors and lengths)

    3. A pair of macrame wall hangings that'll add some texture in a sea of framed art and shelves. And they're so neutral that they'll be a wonderful fit for your next place!


    I have a similar wall hanging above my couch that I snagged IRL at a TJ Maxx and love it!

    Get them from Amazon for $13.99+ (available in two sizes).

    Or if you're feeling particularly creative, grab a copy of Macramé at Home to DIY your own wall hangings and more.

    4. A ~worldly~ scratch-off world map as be a pretty reminder of your past travels and to help you look forward to future ones.


    I have one just like this (gifted from my friend Courtney!) and keep it in a frame without glass so I can easily scratch off each destination I've recently visited. You can even take it to the next level and scratch it off with your most recent destination's currency!

    Get it from Amazon for $25.99.

    5. A gorgeous area rug – it can revamp a room for super soft (but very little!) effort. Plus, it'll dampen the noise you make when you walk so you won't disturb any downstairs neighbors or roommates during your 3 a.m. bathroom trips.


    Promising review: "The colors are exactly as they appear on the site. The fibers are soft and plush. If you have a room where this unusual rug will work, don't hesitate. Buy it!" —Kim

    Get it from Wayfair for $22.99+ (available in eight sizes).

    6. Wood polish and conditioner that isn't *technically* decor but will help revive all that worn-out wood furniture you've been thinking about replacing. Don't replace it! Give it a facelift with this.


    Enhances the natural beauty and depth of grain on finished *and* unfinished wood. For use on antiques, dining tables, kitchen cabinets, wood doors and trim, etc.

    Promising review: "I'm not able to sand and stain my floors until spring but they are so dry and worn. I bought this hoping to keep them moisturized until we can refinish and I am amazed with this product." —nicole feather

    Get it from Amazon for $8.48.

    7. A minimalist tissue box cover to help you address your sniffles without messing up your interior aesthetic. You may be residing in an apartment rn but who said you'd never own a house?

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    That is my nightstand. I love this thing!

    Promising review: "Since I am a broke 31-year-old this was the only house I can afford. Plus it helps hide the tissues I use to cry in every night." —Lizbanta

    Get it from Amazon for $12.60.

    8. Peel-and-stick wallpaper that'll help you get a snazzy DIY look 'til you're on an interior designer budget or are actually allowed to paint. Sigh., Amazon

    This removable wallpaper is self-adhesive so you don't have to worry about using pastes or glues, and is repositionable for easy installation.

    Promising review (for left): "Huge fan of this wallpaper. It’s very easy to install and looks super cute. I put this up in our half bath and it looks very impressive. Pattern is easy to match up." —Katie Currid

    Get them from Amazon: 20.5" x 16.5' roll of left pattern for $38.79 or a 20.5" x 16.5' roll of The Novogratz pattern on the right for $22.04

    9. A couple of plant watering stakes to add even more appeal to your THRIVING houseplants bc in small spaces little accents like this pop even more. IDK how you're keeping those things alive, but you go!


    Plz teach me your ways.

    Get two from Amazon for $8.90.

    10. A celestial or scenic tapestry as an easy solution for not being able to paint... or not wanting to put in the effort to paint for your one-year lease., Amazon

    Get them from Amazon: left for $15.99 (available in two designs) and right for $9.99 (available in four designs)

    11. An over-the-door hook ready to deliver some lip service because chances are you need the storage so you might as well choose a glam option!

    Urban Outfitters

    Get it from Urban Outfitters for $29.

    12. Some under-cabinet lights can make your kitchen look so much more expensive and help set a mood that'll actually make you wanna cook. *And* this strand makes for super easy installation if you're in a rental!

    Promising review: "I had my doubts but I thought, what the heck, for the price I'd give them a try. I am in real estate and known as a lighting snob. The first thing I look at in a kitchen if there is under cabinet lighting. These are so nice (it helps if you have a lip at the bottom of your cabinets) They are a true white, very bright, and I was lucky they were just the length I needed. I just ordered a set and had them shipped to my mom's as her halogen transformer which is buried in a wall, fried and I drives me nuts that the workspace on the counter is dark. I can't wait until I make the 250-mile drive to install them. I may buy more just to use at our listings!" —pauly

    Get a 10' strand with 60 lights from Amazon for $17.99.

    13. A crystal decanter set you can empty your mid-shelf liquor with the ugly label into for a look that's way more refined than your palate. Even if your "bar cart" is really just half of a shelf on your bookshelf. We've all gotta start somewhere.


    Get the decanter and six glasses from Amazon for $25.98.

    14. A throw pillow case that'll always ALWAYS make you chuckle when you gaze upon its beauty. Unless you're a monster. (I don't believe you're a monster and neither does this pup named Dwight.)

    My friend Marissa bought this after seeing it in one of my stories and loves it.

    Promising review: "Bought this for a friend as a gift when she got her puppy. She loves The Office and named her dog Dwight after it. The pillow case was perfect and exactly as described. Tip: I got a 20”x20” pillow for this 18”x18” case and it fills it out nicely." —MJH

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

    15. A sweet lil' bath mat that'll give your washroom some personality and save your behind from the consequences of wet tile floors. Plus it'll distract from that atrocious tile floor you can't change bc it's a rental.

    Urban Outfitters

    I have a similarly designed bath mat from Urban and it's help up well for more than a year and is *so* soft underfoot!

    Promising review: "The size is perfect and the color is exactly as pictured. It brightens up my dull apartment bathroom! Love it." —Kate426

    Get it from Urban Outfitters for $39.

    16. A geometric tray where you can elegantly park the day's jewelry so it doesn't get lost in between walking in the door and putting away everything from the day. You'd think it's be hard to lose a ring in a 1BR apartment, but you'd be wrong.


    Get it from Amazon for $16.74.

    17. A candle wick trimmer that'll pair perfectly with that luxury candle you, tbh, probably paid way more than you should have. OR to complement that dollar star candle you diligently peeled the label from for a luxe look.


    Get it from Amazon for $5.99.

    18. A faux-marble serving board you can use to corral your perfumes and other vanity baubles into a gram-worthy display. And then when you have company over you can use it as a charcuterie board!


    Get it from Amazon for $24.94.

    19. A lotus incense burner that'll help you waft your way through that bundle of incense sticks you found at that boutique for a steal. And once you're finished with them, it'll look so nice arranged on your coffee table.


    Get it from Amazon for $8.99.

    20. A trio of wall shelves just begging to serve as displays for your travel souvenirs and plants.


    Get them from Amazon for $25.99.

    21. A Now House by Jonathan Adler decanter to help satisfy your JA cravings for now 'til you're more comfortable with shelling out $150 for a non-functioning giant lucite pill. (We'll get there together, ok?!)


    Get it from Amazon for $39.99+ (available in three styles).

    22. Floating bookshelves that'll get you soooo many compliments and give you an excuse to talk about your favorite recent reads. Go ahead, snap a pic and put it on Instagram!


    Promising review: "These are so much fun! We ordered the small size, which fits standard hardback books (approximately 5-7 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 $10+ (available in a set of three and two sizes).

    23. A toilet paper holder who's just sticking his neck out there to help you out in "the library."


    He also works for paper towels!

    Get it from Amazon for $24.99 (available in six colors).

    24. A biting storage bin with a glimpse into what's inside. Storage this cute should be illegal.


    Get it from Amazon for $11.99 (available in eight styles).

    25. An aluminum mouse pad for taking your mouse accuracy to new heights and looking gorgeous in your home office nook. Or you can just turn your couch into an impromptu desk with this babe.


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

    26. A boba tea light that'll make you want the real deal but also garner so much allegiance that you'll want to protect it with your life.

    Urban Outfitters

    Promising review: "It’s so cute and it’s squishy!!! And no cord, just batteries!" —KatelinM

    Get it from Urban Outfitters for $16.

    27. A tripod floor lamp because that model with bendable arms and colorful plastic shades you picked up before you could legally vote deserves to be retired.


    No shade, I owned that lamp too!

    Get it from Amazon for $65.99+ (available in five color combos).

    28. Baseball patent prints can show your love for the sport without bombarding house guests with your team's logo. Trust me, a residence doesn't feel like home until you've put up some stuff on the walls.


    These unframed prints measure 8"x10" and are printed on premium-grade photo paper.

    Get them from Amazon for $24.95. And get a seven-pack of frames for $29.99.

    29. A welcome mat designed to look like a mosaic tile floor. Seriously it's time to retire the "The neighbors have better stuff" one.


    Get it from Target for $30.39.

    30. Velvet accent chairs everyone will assume you dropped a paycheck on because of their pretty quilted backs. Time to put the old chairs on the curb!,

    Get them from Amazon for $129.99+ (available in five colors).

    31. A faux-fur throw blanket for a glam look actually just thrown on your couch, unlike that novelty fleece blanket your Secret Santa gave you last year. Which is warm! But chic? Eh.


    It's about 1/2-inch thick on one side and a velvety soft fabric on the other side.

    Get it from Amazon for $28.29+ (available in three colors and two sizes).

    32. A floral bedding set that'll zhuzh up your bed, your most occupied area of your apartment. (Same.)


    Includes a duvet cover and two pillowcases.

    Get them from Amazon for $29.99 (available in four sizes and five color combos).

    Reviews have been edited for length and/or clarity.

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