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    30 Cheap Things That'll Help Make Your Apartment Look Fancier

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    1. A wood polisher that'll get rid of the wear-and-tear your table or wardrobe are starting to show. A session with this will get rid of scratches, water marks, you name it โ€” meaning all your old furniture is about to look brand-spanking new.

    Plus it feeds your wood protective carnauba wax and beeswax to give it some ~luster~ and extend its lifetime.

    Promising review: "OMG! This is the most AMAZING product! We inherited some antique furniture from the '30s that had been in storage forever. It was dry, dirty, and not much to look at. I used this product on it and the oak wood literally came alive, showing the beautiful grain and texture of the wood. I have since used it on my oak kitchen cabinets and they look AMAZING! I will never use anything else other than this product on my wood surfaces! No greasy feel, just a fantastic smell!" โ€”Tiffany Sadowski

    Get it from Amazon for $8.48.

    To learn more, check out "This Wood Polish's Before-And-After Photos Will Make You A Believer".

    2. A faux fur blanket so your couch looks and feels like a million bucks โ€” at least when it comes to how amazingly SOFT reviewers find this. Consider this the most rewarding makeover for your living room.


    Promising review: "This blanket is gorgeous! It's exactly as shown in color. It's VERY soft and luxurious. I washed it on cool water, gentle cycle, dried it on low heat and it came out beautiful. It's very warm and comforting. I got it for use as a throw on my couch. It will be great for the winter nights ahead to snuggle up with. Oh, and it doesn't shed either. When I dried it there was BARELY anything in the dryer filter. Very happy with this purchase." โ€”Lori Hungate

    Get it from Amazon for $24.98 (available in four sizes and 13 colors).

    To learn more, check out "This Impossibly Cozy Blanket Is Everything You Need This Winter".

    3. A sleek styling tool organizer to keep your bathroom nice and mess-free โ€” you know, like how you usually try to make it when mom comes to visit? Now it can be like that all๐Ÿ‘ the ๐Ÿ‘ time ๐Ÿ‘. Plus, a little gold is always good for a small upgrade โ€” IKEA shower curtain included.


    Promising review: "This is the perfect addition to my vanity! Love the color, looks perfect already, and keeps me organized! Iโ€™ve never been one to have a clean makeup table. This is a huge help!" โ€”Anne W

    Get it from Amazon for $12.90+ (available in seven colors).

    4. A mason jar organizer for keeping things like bathroom items chicly organized, off of your counters, *and* you'll get major decorating points. Why yes, I DO secretly work for HGTV.


    Promising review: "I didn't know I needed this for my newly updated bathroom, but I'm so glad I ran across it! It's really cute, and we're using it to hold toothbrushes to keep them off the countertop. Everyone who has seen it, has loved it and had positive comments about it." โ€”BLHardin28

    Get it from Amazon for $20.55+ (available in two colors).

    5. A duo of velvet pillow covers, because these'll give your living room some sophisticated flair while still staying well under budget. Step one: place on chair. That's it.


    Promising review: "Like other reviewers have said, this cover completely surpassed my expectations. Iโ€™ve purchased a lot of pillow covers and they have been pretty low quality and cheap looking. Not these! Finally! I was looking for something for my main couch in my living room that was soft enough that someone could nap on comfortably, and these are so perfect. They're much softer than any velvet Iโ€™ve ever felt. Iโ€™m already trying to think of an excuse to buy more in different colors." โ€”Happyasaclam

    Get a set of two from Amazon for $11.99+ (available in nine sizes and 28 colors).

    6. A shoe organizing tool that'll stack one shoe on top of the other and create space you never even knew you had. The cleaner the space, the closer you are to Carrie Bradshawโ€“level closet aesthetics.

    Promising review: "I bought this with a 50/50 chance this wouldn't be great, but would be a temporary fix to organizing my shoes in my closet. Boy oh boy did it ever!!! They're the best bang for your buck without spending a mini fortune! They're easy to use and work with about every one of my shoes, except my boots. The shoe area in my closet now looks like a shoe store and I love a good shoe store! I couldn't be happier with my purchase and will buy more!" โ€”Amber

    Get a set of 18 from Amazon for $39.99.

    7. A set of LED string lights so you can easily create the chicly cozy reading nook of your dreams. They're cheap, quick to put up, and even add more brightness to your space if it doesn't get a lot of natural light.

    Promising review: "I love these lights!! These transformed my idea to creating the project, which turned my room into a comfort zone for me and all for a price thatโ€™s unbeatable. Not to mention, one single string of lights can go a LONG way. It looks like lights in the air connected to nothing; itโ€™s awesome quality!" โ€”KYoung

    Get a set of 300 from Amazon for $17.99.

    8. A cotton rope basket to continue tossing clothes, laundry, or whatever away carelessly, but now they WON'T stare you in the face for the next three weeks. Tl;dr: this'll replace The Chair.


    Promising review: "I love this basket. It came folded, but I put all my kids' living room toys in it, and it has rounded out beautifully and looks so chic. It is holding up well and feels well-made. It's a practical and beautiful way to store things. My husband loves how it transforms the area back into a relaxing adult-looking space without having to totally exclude toys. It holds a lot of toys too!" โ€”glowinggirl

    Get it from Amazon for $19.74.

    9. A bottle of BarKeepers cleaning solution for easily scrubbing rust, surface scratches, burnt grease, and even Sharpie marks away on all of your surfaces. Would you look at that โ€” your kitchen looks brand-new.

    Promising review: "I was so bummed when I scratched up my pretty white sink with pots and pans. I thought I'd need to have it replaced or try to sand it and refinish it somehow, but I bought this stuff as a last ditch effort to fix it myself. It takes some elbow grease to make them go away, the scratches don't just wipe off, but if you scrub at them for a few minutes they melt away pretty quickly. After two rounds my sink looks nearly brand new again. It also worked on a few mineral stains in my bathtub that I thought were permanent after soft scrub failed to remove them. Again, a little of this stuff, the scrubby side of a blue sponge, a little bit of effort and they were gone!" โ€”Dan Borden

    Get it from Amazon for $9.19.

    For more about this, check out "You Can Use This All-Purpose Cleanser To Basically Clean Your Entire House".

    10. A hanging shower caddy, because this'll not only keep your bathroom effortlessly nice and neat, but make everything look sleek and modern. Win, win.


    Promising review: "This is the best shower caddy organizer I have ever had. My shower/tub has really narrow ledges so I quickly decided that I needed some other solution. Saw these, and thought worse case scenario they get mold/mildew and they get tossed. Fast forward nine months later and no complaints! Everything has its spot, and I haven't seen a speck of mold/mildew. Overall very happy with purchase" โ€”Krystin

    Get it from Amazon for $12.50.

    11. A 3D window film tile that'll create more privacy for your space (no one will be able to peek through your windows anymore) *and* cast gorgeous rainbows into your room. No pot of gold necessary.

    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 โ€” 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." โ€”Stephanie Graham

    Get it from Amazon for $7.98+ (available in seven sizes).

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

    12. A heavy-duty metal clothing rack so you can both humblebrag your favorite outfits and effortlessly add some polished flair to your decor.


    Promising review: "I recently moved into an apartment and the room I had didn't have a closet so I wanted something that looked nice and was sturdy for all my clothes. It's not too pricy, very sturdy, and looks good out in the open." โ€”Christabel Matthews

    Get it from Amazon for $36.99 (available in two colors).

    13. A roll of marble peel-and-stick paper to finally get that gorgeous accent table you always wanted โ€” oh wait, it's your old nightstand! Cue sigh of relief that you didn't have to pay a small fortune to redecorate.

    Promising review: "I used this marble contact paper as part of a makeover on two Ikea dressers. I was hopeful yet skeptical, so I was thrilled at the quality and the results! It looks amazingly real! Everyone who sees it has thought that it's real โ€” I only know this because I proudly announce, 'DUDEEEEEEE THIS IS CONTACT PAPER!' to anyone that sees them, whether they care to know or not. All in all, for the price, it's a seriously awesome product for small projects." โ€”Blair T.

    Get it from Amazon for $9.95+ (available in two sizes).

    14. A set of brass cooking utensils for having a way to *gild* your kitchen without spending your weight in gold. Do you cook? No. Do you look like Ina Garten? YES.


    Jeffrey's Friday night chicken, here we COME. The set includes a serving spoon, pasta serving fork, slotted spatula, kitchen skimmer, and a soup ladle.

    Promising review: "These utensils are beautiful in person; a truly practical set with the essential pieces that feel really solid and at a great value. Iโ€™m loving how they look on my kitchen counter mixed in with my other utensils in a crock! I also bought the matching measuring cups and spoons, which are great too. I highly recommend these!" โ€”Megan Harding

    Get a set of five from Amazon for $29.99.

    15. A set of faux flowers, because this'll make sure you have a fresh bouquet waiting for you every day โ€” no need to budget in fresh ones every week.


    Promising review: "These flowers look real. I could have added them to my daughter's wedding bouquet and no one would have known. I got them as a back up in case the white peonies were not available in our order, but they came so I made a lovely arrangement for one of the tables with some of these, mixed with real flowers. No one knew." โ€”L. Baker

    Get a set of five from Amazon for $9.68 (available in six colors).

    16. A chic geometric table lamp that'll chicly solve lighting issues if your place is naturally dark โ€” plus it won't take up much room at all (hello, tight spaces). More light = easy way to make apartments look fancier.


    Promising review: "This is the perfect size for my room. It's sturdy and looks professional! I was honestly surprised that the product was just like the picture shown." โ€”Matt D

    Get it from Amazon for $37.99.

    17. A brass and glass terrarium set you can fill with fake plants and still look like a sophisticated grownup. I won't tell anyone.


    Promising review: "I absolutely adore this terrarium! I used it for a bunch of small cacti, succulents, and Tillandsia air plants, and it looks like a little fairy garden! This terrarium gets compliments all the time from house guests." โ€”NF

    Get it from Amazon for $22.98.

    18. A cooktop cleaning kit so you can undo stubborn stains, burnt-on residue, and everything in between and show off your sparkling new kitchen. No big renovation needed.

    This comes with a *handy* cleaning pad and scraper!

    Promising review: "This works amazingly! I hadn't thoroughly scrubbed my glass cooktop in years โ€” I only wiped them down with random multi cleaners which never seemed to do much. Then a friend recommended this product โ€” AMAZING! The included scrubbers and scrapers really make the difference. As others have said it will leave your cooktop shiny and new โ€” even marks that had been on there for years came almost completely off: 98% better." โ€”B. Swartwood

    Get it from Amazon for $10.88.

    19. A faux sheepskin rug to greet your tired feet with much-needed fluffy relief at the end of a long day โ€” and instantly make your bedroom look extra polished with one easy addition.


    Promising review: "This rug is every bit of deserving of the five stars I'm giving it. I was nervous because let's face it: It's extremely cheap compared to other faux fur rugs that are priced in the hundreds. I thought worst case I lose 30 bucks. I'm so glad I bought this rug! The photos don't give it justice. It is sooo beautiful, soft, and looks expensive. The quality is excellent and it flattened easily. I'm using it in my living room." โ€”Nyla

    Get it from Amazon for $20.99+ (available in four sizes and four styles).

    20. A duo of hanging glass terrariums for *freshening* up your home with minimal effort. AND caring for plants has been proven to be therapeutic, which will come in handy after .05 seconds of living in a city.


    You'll love it though! EMBRACE THE STRESS.

    Promising review: "You need these. I'm super happy! These are beautiful! They're very well-made and will work perfect for propagating plants, or a few flower cuttings. They did come with these cool hooks that have the nails already installed on them you just hammer them in. I'm super impressed โ€” they look great and are very eye-catching. I actually just bought two more!" โ€”MG

    Get a set of two from Amazon for $14.98.

    21. A felt letter board, because this'll be an easy way to always keep your new home cheerful and on-trend (and maybe even stylishly leave yourself reminders).

    It comes with 340 characters to write your messages out!

    Promising review: "Great quality and a great accent to our Airbnb! We hung these signs on the doors of our rooms so that guests would know which room was theirs. They have been a huge hit and we are able to leave fun messages for our guests. The kit includes more letters that we will ever use which is very nice! The letters also stay on the felt and don't fall off, which I was a little worried about, being on a door. Will definitely be purchasing more!" โ€”Rebekah Correll

    Get it from Amazon for $15.65.

    22. A set of microfiber cloths that'll help you keep windows and mirrors impeccably ~clean and shiny~ with merely a few swipes. Can we say "low maintenance" all together?


    They're great for windows or any glassware, too!

    Promising review: "I couldn't get my windows clean using cleaning solution, newsprint, and a lot of elbow grease. There were always streaks and dirt left behind. Enter these things. One quick cleaning, and I do mean quick, and my windows are now cleaner than any windows I've ever cleaned. It's simply amazing. We were all standing around in utter shock and delight before running around trying the cloths on other stuff: the TV, the picture glass, etc. I know it sounds corny, but I couldn't wait to get up this morning, because I woke up in the middle of the night excitedly thinking about trying it on the car today. They are truly, truly amazing." โ€”Amazon Customer

    Get a set of eight from Amazon for $13.98.

    23. A roll of of Novogratz peel-and-stick wallpaper so you can instantly upgrade your space with extremely little commitment โ€” both time- and apartment-wise.


    You'll get one roll that's 20.5 inches wide and 16.5 feet long (28 square feet).

    Promising review: "Love, love, love this wall paper!!! It is beautiful and unique, refined and elegant, and heavy duty-quality. I found it super easy to install, though I opted to use it for a room border versus full wall coverage. I also found it very forgiving, allowing me to pull it back off and adjust areas without leaving permanent dents in the design. It gave my sonโ€™s bedroom a whole new look and I have gotten lots of compliments on this wallpaper!" โ€”Melissa

    Get it from Amazon for $24.23.

    24. A sleek toilet brush and holder to not only keep your toilet clean (a must), but leave this disguised so your bathroom can stay as pretty as you'd like.


    Let me just be gross and say if you have roommates, you need this. I will let that sit with you.

    Promising review: "I donโ€™t know about you, but I cringe when I see toilet plungers and toilet cleaners in bathrooms. This doesnโ€™t make me cringe when I look at it; itโ€™s so sleek looking AND I feel good using it as It feels very durable !!" โ€”PAUPAUPAU

    Get it from Amazon for $14.86.

    25. A gold desk-organizing set for keeping everything clutter-free and making your workspace look like you're already a CEO. Feel free to say that's true.


    This set includes a letter sorter, paper tray, pen cup, envelope holder, and magazine file.

    Promising review: "This desk set has the heft and construction of vintage items. I have a feeling I will be using these for the rest of my lifetime. The set is also beautiful; the antiqued brass/gold looks exactly as pictured. It fits in perfectly with my boho design sense, while adding tons of function. No more messy piles of paper!" โ€”Christine Keefe

    Get it from Amazon for $29.97.

    26. A faux fur sheepskin throw, because this'll instantly update the chairs you've had since college into insta-worthy decor. Feel free to humblebrag while showing off your own living room.


    Promising review: "This is such nice quality. I got this for my recliner chair, to put against the back. It shakes out nicely and gets even fluffier. The 'fur' is deep and you can not see the backing. It's nice, soft, and looks great on the chair. " โ€”Cincy Grandma

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

    27. A cloud-like comforter that'll ensure your bedroom always looks bright and clean, thanks to this simple white design (white decor = seemingly bigger room). More importantly, this'll make your bedtime routine feel *plush* as heck. Let us say ahhh together.


    You can also use it as a duvet insert!

    Promising review: "It's very lightweight โ€” looks and feels better than my former (very expensive) down duvet. I had purchased another sized duvet for a different bed, and it weighs a ton. This one is light years better than that." โ€”Connie Wolberg

    Get it from Amazon for $21.99+ (available in sizes twinโ€“king).

    28. A vintage-y area rug so you can revamp your home in one step without flooring your credit card bill.


    Did I mention it's stain-resistant and doesn't shed? WIN.

    Promising review: "This rug is SO incredibly beautiful! Pictures do not do it justice! It's got just enough print that makes it elegant, but faded enough to give it some fun character! You can't beat the price!" โ€”Vegerito

    Get it from Amazon for $32.94+ (available in 17 sizes and six colors)

    29. A sophisticated slipcover to transform old, worn-out furniture into your new favorite statement piece by simply covering it with this. You just saved yourself HUNDREDS of dollars by not buying a new couch, my friend. Guess who can't tell the difference: everyone.

    It comes in four sizes: for chair, love seat, recliner, or sofa! You can either get a chic pattern or a variety of colors in ~plush velvet~.

    Promising review: "Our ugly sofa and loveseat were one step away from the landfill UNTIL a sleepless night surfing on Amazon changed their fate! Truly, these are amazing in every way and changed the look of our entire room. They are not too thin or too thick โ€” they seem durable and are very welcoming. They were well worth it!" โ€”Faithful Prime Member

    Get it from Amazon for $25.49+ (available in four sizes and 11 colors and patterns).

    30. A set of bathroom accessories for indulging in a little *vanity* and decorating your bathroom with gilded trays, mirrors, and brush organizer.


    Promising review: "This tray is absolutely stunning and larger than I expected which is perfect! I wasn't actually expecting to like this as much as I do! I would highly recommend this product to anyone. It looks so pretty on my makeup vanity holding all of my perfumes, mirror, and oils. I am one happy customer!" โ€”Katie Baker

    Get the tray, mirror, and vanity organizer from Amazon for $19.99+ each.

    I just have one more question for you:


    The reviews for this post have been edited for length and clarity.

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