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    31 Things From Wayfair Any New Apartment Owner Should Probably Check Out

    Congrats on getting a place of your own. Now, time to make all of it as awesome as you are.

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    1. A set of peel-and-stick mosaic kitchen tiles, so you can give your sink or counter area a new look without learning how to actually retile a wall (which sounds, frankly, terrifying).

    The tiles, which are long, rectangular, and various shades of gray and deep blue

    Promising review: "These are amazing! We can’t get over how real they look! Easy to apply and totally changes the look of our kitchen. If you want a facelift for a space and don’t want to break the bank, try these!" —Anna

    Price: $3.79/ foot

    2. A midcentury-inspired end table that will give you a thoroughly stylish way to stash all of your stuff.

    The table in blue, with thin natural-tone wood legs, and two narrow drawers with oblong handles

    Promising review: "It's easy to build and looks very nice in my living room. The drawers are spacious, too." —Chris

    Price: $148.99+ (originally $156.96+, available in five colors)

    3. A traditional lantern flush mount ceiling light with a contemporary design update, for rooms where you're going for a classic look that's not old-fashioned.

    The light, which is cylindrical glass with a dark bronze frame, and a base with three narrow bulbs extending from it

    Promising review: "Affordable style that added instant character over my dining room table." —Ari

    Price: $106.99 (originally $165.05, available in three finishes)

    4. A classic upholstered headboard with button-tufting and nailhead trim, because it will instantly make your bedroom 1000% more sophisticated (yes, even if the rest of your bedroom is occupied by your Lego builds).

    The headboard in gray, which has button-tufting, and a rounded top with multiple arches

    Promising review: "I love this headboard. It is much prettier in person. It added to the luxurious feel I was going for in our guest bedroom. Definitely recommend." —Shae

    Price: $161.45+ (available in two sizes and four colors)

    5. Or an upholstered headboard with a whimsical forest pattern, so all your visitors will know that they have entered Quirk Central Station.

    The headboard, which has a dark blue background and a forest print with deer, foxes, and trees

    Promising review: "I am in love with this headboard. It perfectly ties in my color scheme and it's such a unique piece. I will keep it forever." —Cate

    Price: $399.99+ (originally $619+, available in five sizes)

    6. A totally unique bar cart with a circular frame, two levels, and caster wheels, that allow you to easily move it depending on your design/party needs.

    The bar cart, which has a circular gold-toned frame, two mirrored levels, a handle, and four wheels

    Promising review: "SUPER STURDY! Clear and easy assembly directions and a perfect room accent. Can be used for hosting, as wheels roll well, or as a room anchor...simply delightful." —FaRida

    Price: $125.99 (originally $216.99)

    7. A sleek, modern full-length cheval mirror, for when you want to examine your adorable outfit from multiple angles — the mirror can be tilted for different perspectives.

    The mirror in black, which has a V-shaped base, and pins in the center which allow the mirror to pivot up or down

    Promising review: "Great mirror, absolutely perfect! Was incredibly easy to assemble, looks awesome and functions well. The knobs on the side allow me to tilt the mirror to any angle and the actually keep it there." —Braiden

    Price: $69.99+ (available in three colors)

    8. A versatile brass wall sconce with dimmer compatibility, because it adds a refined look to classic or modern decor schemes, while casting soft, ambient light. Plus, hey, you own the place — you can put in wall sconces now!

    The sconce, which has a square base mounted to the wall, a long, thin lamp hand which extends from the base, and a small cream cloth shade at the top

    Promising review: "I love these sconces. They are very sophisticated. I’m in the process of redoing the fireplace, and these will transition the area nicely from classic to modern design. Very versatile and beautiful design. Highly recommend." —Kate

    Price: $85.31 (originally $117)

    9. A minimalist, five-level wall shelf that's stylish and functional — it's a way to add simple storage space that isn't bulky or distracting.

    The shelving unit, which is flat and mounted directly on the wall, with five simple, flat horizontal shelves extending from it

    Promising review: "This ended up being perfect! Bigger than I thought. Great quality and took just minutes to put together. I love it!" —Margaret

    Price: $62.99 (available in three colors)

    10. A geometric, honeycomb-style bookcase, so you'll have space to show off collectibles of any size. Or organize your books. Or make a happy home for your plants. Or all of the above.

    The bookcase, which is made from brown wood and has an open back; each shelf, rather than being straight across, are made of interlocking square areas

    Promising review: "I really like the geometric spaces that add interest. The open back allows for light and wall color to show, so though the shelves are well-made and substantial, they don’t have a ‘heavy,’ overbearing presence." —Donna

    Price: $168.99 (originally $229)

    11. A simple five-piece breakfast nook set, because the neutral tones will fit in with any decor, and the compact seating area gives you just enough room to have dinner with your besties (admit it, you don't actually want to ever have more than three people over).

    The set, which includes one table and four chairs with open lower backs

    Promising review: "Absolutely love this table. Small but fits four perfectly. Super comfy! Love how versatile it is to decorate." —Marissa

    Price: $179.99 (originally $299)

    12. An area rug in an abstract, marbled print, for rooms that need a pop of subtle color, but not a distracting pattern.

    The rug in blue, which a white base and abstract "waves" of marbled blue

    Promising review: "This rug has a unique pattern and soft feel. It is easy to match to other patterns, could be treated as a 'neutral.'" —Kimberly

    Price: $31.99+ (available in eight color/size options)

    13. A super-unique cabinet handle with a braided pattern, so you can liven up an old kitchen without getting into a big, fancy renovation project.

    The handle, which is long, thin, and gently arched, smooth but with a braided pattern in the center of the handle

    Promising review: "I purchased these to replace my 20-year-old handles, which were really outdated. I was really impressed with the quality, color and fit. My concern when I ordered them was fitting them into where the old handles were, and whether I could put them on by myself. But I had NO PROBLEM at all installing 56 handles. The only problem I had was the screws, as they are a softer metal. Don't over-tighten or you can get small shaving. I would definitely recommend the handles." —Barbara

    Price: $1.61+/ handle (available individually, in 10 packs, or 100 packs, and in six colors)

    14. A roll of chevron peel-and-stick wallpaper that will help you easily create an accent wall, or just quickly update a room that the previous owners last decorated in 1989.

    The wallpaper, which is cream with a gold-and-blue chevron pattern

    Promising review: "Extremely easy to put up, and the pattern was very forgiving of small mistakes. Absolutely love it!" —Jessica

    Price: $0.89+/ sq. ft. (available in two colors)

    15. A vintage-styled velvet slipper chair, because it's always great to have an extra seat for guests — especially one this compact and cute.

    The chair in orange, which has black splayed wooden legs, no arms, and a button-tufted back

    Promising review: "Beautiful accent chair! Very sturdy and comfortable to sit on. Back is well padded, would not need a cushion. Stylish and adds a statement to any room. Very happy with my purchase!" —Priyasha

    Price: $146.99 (available in five colors)

    16. An over-the-toilet cabinet with three shelves and New England-style glass-paneled doors, for people with small bathrooms but not-so-small storage needs.

    The cabinet, which has two legs that go on either side of the toilet, a shelf above the toilet, and a cabinet with two cabinet doors

    Promising review: "I love it! It wasn’t hard to assemble at all, I was able to do it myself. It looks just like the photos. I recommend not adding the bottom piece that connects the the two legs together until after you’ve placed the unit over the toilet. Overall, it’s a lot more spacious than I thought it would be and really brightens up my bathroom." —Andie

    Price: $109.99 (originally $224.99)

    17. A clean-line sleeper sofa that folds flat into a bed, sparing you from having to dig out your old SpongeBob sleeping bag for overnight guests.


    Promising review: "Very cool color and nice quality. Easily folds down into a sleeping area/futon, or if you want to lounge while watching a movie. Very comfortable. Was slightly challenging to put together, but worth it!" —Allison

    Price: $309.99 (originally $549, available in five colors)

    18. An iRobot Roomba robotic vacuum with Wi-Fi and voice activation, so you can attack your apartment's messiest areas in multiple ways: use the app to schedule a cleaning for your carpet, hardwood, laminate, or tile, or use a voice command to clean up ASAP.

    The Roomba, which is round and small, cleans using vacuum suction and small brooms

    Promising review: "Love our Roomba! We run it every other day and it keeps our apartment very clean! I love that it gets to the hard-to-reach places like under the couch, bed, desk, or dresser. Also love that I can tell it to clean specific rooms. Great buy!" —Mikayla

    Price: $399 (originally $665.99)

    19. A Black and Decker portable washer, because buying an apartment that doesn't have in-building laundry doesn't mean you're destined to spend the rest of your life dragging your clothes to the laundromat.

    The washer, which is narrow and has a small door on the top that opens to load laundry

    Promising review: "Love it!! The size is perfect, no leaks anywhere, and this little washer gets laundry cleaner than any other machine I have used. If you don't overload, it is very quiet, with almost no vibration. It spins everything dry enough that they will dry completely very quickly while hanging on a rack. And, because of the very effective spin cycle, air-dried laundry is soft, rather than stiff or scratchy. Can't say it often enough — I love it!" —Barbara

    Price: $218.97 (originally $299.99)

    20. A floating desk with a folding desk top and built-in tack board, so you can turn small or awkwardly laid-out areas into the home office you desperately need.


    Promising review: "We needed a more permanent area to work in since we started working from home, rather than our kitchen or living room. We had an unusually small space to work with, given that all of the larger areas in our home were already being used. This left us with an awkward corner between two doors. This desk delivered. Not only was this desk the absolute perfect size, it actually looks like it was made for this section. It fits in well and we loved that you can set it at any height that meets your needs. We decided to use it as a drafting desk and set it to counter height. Now we can work while sitting or standing up. Super happy with our new desk." —Griselda

    Price: $119.99

    21. A square floor pillow with an offbeat, mod-inspired print that could fit easily into a boho-themed living room, a colorful playroom, or wherever you need an extra seat.

    The pillow, which is large, square, and has a patchwork pattern

    Promising review: "Beautiful pattern, very comfortable, and looks even more expensive than it is." —Shellie

    Price: $72.99

    22. A three-piece, iron hanging planter with geometric flourishes, because you finally have your act together enough to be a plant parent.

    A three-tiered holder with triangular planters jutting out from a chevron-patterened design

    Promising review: "Very pretty! The gold option has a rich gold look (like 24-karat, not 14-karat) and a very slightly distressed look. I have air plants in it that I bought locally. I can take them out to dunk or mist them, then let them dry and replace them in the planter." —Barbara

    Price: $57.99+ (originally $62.99+, available in three colors)

    23. A mid-century coffee table that gives you all the style of an actual antique with tons of practical storage, too.

    The table, which is long and rectangular, with splayed legs, rounded corners, and two open storage areas in the middle

    Promising review: "Love this table. Perfect height, clean lines and the storage area is great for remotes and magazines." —Rebecca

    Price: $189.99 (originally $369.99)

    24. A farmhouse-chic sideboard made from distressed-look acacia wood with crown molding details and adjustable shelves, so you can have a bit of that rustic glamourous-country-house thing going on (even though you can probably see a pizza shop from your window).

    The sideboard in gray, with two levels of shelves and three sets of glass-fronted double doors

    Promising review: "We are using this as a cabinet underneath a large-screen TV attached to the wall. Love the height and also that it isn't super deep. We keep the family games in it for game nights, so the adjustable shelves are very handy. The turquoise is muted, which I'm very happy with, as well. It reads as a color, but not too bright and distracting — a good balance beside a large black screen." —Stacey

    Price: $679.99 (originally $1,199.98, available in three colors)

    25. A Ring home security kit that uses motion sensors to monitor your doors, windows, and any movement in your place while you're out. So you don't have to spend the entire time you're away from your apartment worried about your apartment.

    The Ring motion detector, which is square and is mounted on the wall

    Promising review: "Absolutely love the Ring alarm system. Easy to install. Looks great. Easy to use. App works flawlessly." —Brandon

    Price: $199

    26. A motion-activated, battery-powered 21-gallon kitchen trash can, because cooking is way more fun when you can get rid of all your garbage with just a wave of your hand.

    The trash can, which is made of brushed steel, with a plastic flip lid

    Promising review: "We absolutely love our trash can. It isn't too sensitive. It doesn't lift up when we walk by; only when you wave your hand over it. We love how big it is. It is one of the best trash cans we have ever had. Well worth the purchase!!" —Aaliyah

    Price: $72.99 (originally $126)

    27. A panel curtain that blocks out light, dampens external noise, and keeps the room cooler — basically, it does everything besides figure out what that gurgling noise coming from your sink is about.

    The curtain panels in blush, which reach the floor and have grommets for hanging

    Promising review: "Amazing curtains! I got them for my father, since he has not been able to sleep past 6 a.m. since he moved into a new place that happens to face east. These blocked out the sun so well, he slept in the next day! When I hung them, I also noticed they even block out sound fairly well, too. Seem to be made with quality fabric and not flimsy like others. These seams were firm. Material is thick, letting through 0% light." —Edwin

    Price: $25.99 (originally $44.99, available in 16 colors and five sizes)

    28. A closet organizational system with five shelves and two rods, designed for smaller closets, so you can get serious about getting a handle on your mess, even if you don't have a big walk-in closet.

    Closet organizer made of metal piping with black plastic brackets, with a top and bottom shelf, 3 shelves on the left side, and two curtain rods with hanging space on the right side

    Promising review: "I love the arrangement of the shelves and a double rack. Really holds a lot." —Sharon

    Price: $50.99 (originally $109.99)

    29. A Novogratz platform bed with a simple, elegant wrought-iron-style head and footboard, and two height options, because sometimes you need that sweet, sweet under-bed storage space, and sometimes you don't.

    The bed in teal, with slatted wrought-iron-style bars inside a rounded frame at the head and foot of the bed

    Promising review: "I am so impressed with this bed. It was very easy to assemble and, with two height options, it gave us the opportunity to make sure it fit just the way we needed it to. It's extremely sturdy and I love the matte gray color. The shape is super modern and easy to move if we decide to rearrange the room. I'm so happy with this purchase that I'm considering it for our other guest bedroom now. It's beautiful. I'm also extremely surprised that the legs are not marking up the floor at all!" —afton

    Price: $183.79+ (originally $269.00+, available in five colors)

    30. A writing desk with a trestle base, built-in multi-level hutch, and a wide surface space, for folks who work best when everything they need throughout the day is piled right next to them.

    The desk, which has trestle legs that cross in an X shape on either side, with a flat, wide desktop are, and a small built-in hutch with two levels of shelves

    Promising review: "Just what I needed. Not so big it takes up too much room, but large enough to work on. The little cubbies hold lot of stuff and keep your work area clean." —Valerie

    Price: $129.99 ($143.99)

    31. And a wall-mounted open storage towel rack with room for both bath and hand towels, so you can finally stop messing around with unstable over-the-door hooks. After all, this is your place — time to get comfortable.

    The rack, which is mounted to the wall and has a J shape, with rolled towels fitting inside the curve of the J

    Promising review: "Great addition to our kid’s bathroom! Easy to install and holds four to five of our rolled towels." —Elisa

    Price: $31.99 (originally $36.99)

    Some reviews have been edited for length and/or clarity.

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