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    36 Things For Your Living Room You'll Wish You'd Bought Years Ago

    Your living room is about to give you LIFE.

    Do you spend 90% of your time hanging out in your living room like every group of friends on a sitcom?

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    Yep, same! So why not upgrade the most frequented area of your home with some products you'll wish you had all along? Here are some fab options:

    1. A faux-marble coffee table with a hidden storage option, so you'll have the perfect place to stash the candy you don't want to share with your roomie.


    Or maybe you'll just use it for normal-person storage for like...candles and coffee table books. Either way, I can't stop obsessing over this table. I would make it my own personal Cave of Wonders (y'know, like from Aladdin). And the faux-marble aesthetic is super chic. NEED.

    Promising review: "I always eat dinner on the couch because that's where the TV is, and let me tell you, this coffee table has really streamlined my ability to be grotesquely lazy. It's inconvenient having to, like, bend over and reach down to get the food in my face. Now the food comes up to me! Don't judge me, 'lazy' is just a more concise way to spell 'efficient.' I conserve so much energy, what I'm doing here is inspirational. Living in the future is so magical, and I'm glad you guys are here to share it with me. I have a pile of napkins and plastic cutlery stuffed into the compartment in the table, because I can never remember to grab napkins and utensils when I bring my food over to the couch and it's always a disaster because I have to decide whether to get back up or just roll the dice and lean into it. But no more!

    Also, ever since I was little, I've loved Transformers, and this table is just like one of those except instead of a car its actually furniture. After Michael Bay did unspeakable things to the franchise and crapped all over my childhood, I'd about lost hope, but this coffee table has inspired me to look past it and reclaim the nostalgia of my youth. God I hate Michael Bay so much." —Val

    Get it from Amazon for $110.72+ (available in black and brown).

    2. A cube organizer, perfect for anyone who has a lot of odds and ends they'd like to display in their living room.


    This product is an organizer's dream come true — it's simple, but extremely effective for creating a place to store all of your essentials.

    Promising review: "I bought one of the Better Homes and Gardens eight-cube organizers from Walmart to use as an entertainment center. I have two of the cube storage boxes inside it and it’s perfect!!! I decorate the cubes with cute stuff for the holidays and then I have the two storage boxes to put stuff in!" —nikkiroo

    Get it from Walmart for $79 (available in eight colors).

    3. A set of wall-mounted shelves to help remove clutter from your bookcase/dresser/floor and make your room look organized at the same time., Amazon

    You can end your search for the perfect floating shelves — they're right here!

    Promising review: "Me and my dad rent an maisonette together and he uses the downstairs for himself (I'm only home a couple of hours a day and he's there most of the time so it was a mutual agreement). Which means all my belongings are in my bedroom. I have multiple things that save space. My desk has multiple shelves and drawers, my TV cabinet has a couple of wide shelves, and my bookshelf is extra tall so I can store other things in it as well as books. My favorite space-saver, though, is my wall-mounted shelves. They are very handy to have when you're running out of floor space, and they look great!" —carolinevicmurphy2

    Get a set of three from Amazon for $14.98+ (available in five colors).

    4. An ottoman that doubles as a footstool, storage space, end table, and snack tray — it's what furniture dreams are made of, essentially.


    This ottoman is EVERYTHING and more. Don't waste another day living without this piece of furniture in your home.

    Promising review: "I bought an ottoman (ok, actually like six) that are storage containers. Each box has a purpose and I can stuff all my crap in them but they still look stylish and are comfy to sit on when I have guests!" —pandabear14

    Get it from Amazon for $99.99 (available in three colors).

    5. A fringe rug with a subtle pop of color, so you and your roomie or partner can end that ongoing fight about whether to get a neutral or vibrant rug.


    This lovely rug is a neutral tan, but has accents of red, blue, and yellow, with a modern pattern that is sure to appease the style preferences of everyone in your home. So instead of arguing over a rug, you can spend time doing more important things, like watching the latest episode of Keeping Up With the Kardashians.

    Promising review: "I have an odd relationship with rugs. Oh, I love the idea of a nice rug and perhaps a home such as mine that is mostly hardwood and tile expects a good rug? But sometimes they can be such a fuss! It's best when they look gorgeous, and this one had a modern sense of style that just called to me. It boasts of a neutral main body with the colors in the fringe, though on close inspection I found the main rug has its own little hints of color. It makes a fun thing that adds brightness to a more subdued area (I have this in my front hall and received many compliments). It's very well-made without getting overly fussy." —Emily J. Morris

    Get it from Amazon for $129.29+ (available in three sizes)

    6. A pyramid pendant light made from a painted steel in an oil-rubbed bronze finish that will transform your living room in minutes.

    Urban Outfitters

    It is amazing when a simple ~flip of a switch~ can do to the aesthetic of a room. This cage-design is modern, super cool, and sure to light up your life.

    Get it from Urban Outfitters for $129.

    7. A driftwood-style TV stand with plenty of room to store your gaming consoles and extra decorative trinkets., Amazon

    What more could you ask for!? Featuring an urban design and a color that will match every other piece of furniture you own, this TV stand can hold up to 250 pounds.

    Promising review: "Been looking a long time for just the right TV stand.... found it! Got it in the driftwood color and it's beautiful. It's a sturdy piece and was easy to put together. It's not real wood, but it's textured to feel like it, and no one will tell the difference. Got a 55" on it with plenty of room to spare. Great looking piece, would recommend it to anyone looking to upgrade from those standard black TV stands we all have. This one's a 5-star for sure." —Cathy Healey

    Get it from Amazon for $129 (available in eight colors).

    8. A macrame swing that will amp up your already super-cool room's bohemian aesthetic.


    OK, I want one of these and I want it NOW. You can hang this swing indoors or outdoors, but I officially have my heart set on putting it up in a quiet corner in my living room to create the ultimate reading nook.

    Promising review: "I bought one of these...and then bought two more. I have these hanging in my living room, and they are perfect. You can hang them from a single hook or from two separate hooks. There are two rings. I have each swing hanging from a single hook (you just put both rings over the same one. The quality is fantastic and the price was great. Maybe just promotional pricing since it's a new product, but I'm pretty sure this is the same quality as the swings that cost almost double the price. Go for it. You won't regret it. These are great." —Emily

    Get it from Amazon for $59.99.

    9. A set of squeal-worthy hedgehog bookends, so your bookcase will look orderly and resemble a magical woodland forest.


    I mean, who wouldn't want that? My books are forever toppling over and creating a mess; adding in a simple bookend like this that's both ADORABLE and practical is just what I (and you) need.

    Get it from robinseggvintageNC on Etsy for $23.95 (available in 22 colors).

    10. A velvet accent armchair that will glam up even the most boring of rooms and make you feel bad and boujee in the process.


    Can't you just picture sitting back in this freakin' fabulous chair while sipping on a chilled glass of champagne? Ugh, the dream.

    Promising review: "Wow. I have nothing but good things to say about this chair. It IS heavy, though, and getting it upstairs took some strong guys. It's very well-made and sturdy but looks sort of delicate. The pink is a muted, soft pink and is ever so pretty. I love the velvet aspect as it feels so glamorous. The brass arms and legs give it a elegant feel and look. It's super comfortable to sit in and has become my favorite chair to sit in in my bedroom. I'm really crazy about Rivet stuff in general as it's functional and pretty." —imsocrazy

    Get it from Amazon for $549 (available in dusty rose and navy).

    11. A remote organizer made of natural wood, perfect for keeping your various remotes in check while looking chic.


    You're only human if you don't know where your TV remotes are... ever. This contraption is perfect for storing remotes, house phones (if ya have one), and even your cell phone if you want to really focus on what you're watching.

    Promising review: "All I can say is that these are exactly what I needed and were a good price. Arrived on time and exactly as described. And they beat the heck out of the pile of remotes normally scattered on my couch and coffee table. Maybe my husband will now be able to find his remotes without using me as a homing device. I could only be happier if I could surgically attach them to him. Thanks!" —Marietta Barnes

    Get it from WhopperOnlineArt from Etsy for $19.99.

    12. A chic glass tower shelving unit, so you can put your odds 'n' ends on display for all to see.


    Whether you have a home filled with succulents and plants (guilty) or you have an extensive collection of figurines you want to show off (you never know), this shelf would be the perfect way to put your items on display.

    Promising review: "It's weird how this can be so cheap and easy to construct but really does not look cheap at all. I just put it together this morning in like 10 minutes, it was so easy! Came quick and no damage! It goes up crazy easy and looks really nice. Super happy because I was worried it might look tiny and cheap. The glass shelves are maybe smaller than expected but really not bad and the dimensions posted are true to size." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $51.19.

    13. Or a trendy ladder bookcase to ~elevate~ your collection of Nicholas Sparks novels — ahem, I mean noteworthy classic tomes., Amazon

    Take your love for books (or trinkets, whichever you prefer to display) to new heights with this ladder bookcase. It's great for making the most out of small spaces — and it just looks really cool.

    Promising review: "I really like this bookcase. It was easy to assemble by myself. Really great way to showcase books, CDs, DVDs, photos, vases or plants, trinkets, etc. I think that this open ladder style looks a lot cooler than the typical enclosed bookcase that we're all used to seeing. The 'espresso' color is a very dark brown, almost black. It's real solid wood, not that crappy particleboard that a lot of shelving at this price range is made of. The shelf is sturdy, and I even have it sitting on carpet." —Megan M

    Get it from Amazon for $62.99.

    14. A chic marble diffuser that will blend seamlessly into your living room decor and also bring positive vibes (and scents) to the room.

    Free People

    Not only will this gadget help fill your living room with your favorite scents, but it also naturally purifies the air. It will complement your decor with it's lovely modern design. It's simply goooorgeous!

    Get it from Free People for $50 (available in black and white).

    15. A couch that is VERY reasonably priced and sofa-king comfortable, you'll easily be able to spend hours rewatching Game of Thrones.


    What's a living room without the perfect cozy couch to spend hours and hours on? This one is inexpensive, comes in a bunch of colors, and sure to become your new fave spot to chill.

    Promising review: "I went out on a limb and bought this before there were any product reviews. I needed a small chaise sectional for my den and this was the perfect size. It offers a midcentury-ish style while still providing comfort requisite for a den (my living room couch is pure mid-century art and not comfy for sitting, haha). The couch was delivered without incident or damage and it was quite easy to put the legs on (note that there is one non-tapered leg...that one goes under the middle of the couch). The cushions are quite comfy — firm but cushy. The hubs sit on it for a few hours each night and so far, no craters or sags in the cushions at all. The fabric is quite smooth to the touch but has a slightly heathered or tweedy look to it. Overall, I am so pleased with this couch and the price I paid was a steal." —Heather Coburn-Schill

    Get it from Amazon for $249-$799 (available as a chair, loveseat, sofa, sofa bed, and sectional, and in four colors).

    16. A Homesick Candle, so your entire living room will smell of your favorite place in the world: home.


    The next time your friends come over they'll ask you, "Oooh, what's that nice smell?" And you can happily direct them to your Homesick Candle that smells just like your favorite place on earth.

    Promising review: "Husband is from Miami. When he opened his gift, he looked at me like, 'Why did you buy me a candle?' I said. 'SMELL IT!' He started naming off things back home of which the smell reminded him, and immediately lit the candle. Love it! Highly recommend." —tabracadabra

    Get it from Amazon for $24.99+ (available in 15 styles).

    17. A discreet storage shelf to keep your precious record player and vinyl safe and sound at all times.

    Urban Outfitters

    If you're very ~into~ records and collecting vinyl, you know it's important to have a place to store them. This shelf has a spot for all your records and your record player — it's perfect! It comes in a bunch of colors so it will go with all of your furniture.

    Promising review: "I was always scared of messing up my records because I never had anywhere to put them and not all of them are new (my mom passed all of hers from the 70's and 80's down to me and they aren’t in best condition). This will help me keep them organized and also in a very cute way!" —lyslyon

    Get it from Urban Outfitters for $89 (available in five colors).

    18. A roll of peel-and-stick floral wallpaper, in case you've been dying to transform your living room into a scene from literally any Wes Anderson film.


    We chose our wedding venue specifically around the fact it was filled with DOPE wallpaper — just like this floral print. It's really easy to apply (peel-and-stick!) and can be removed, so don't stress if you're renting. It can also be used to jazz up other items like bookcases.

    Promising review: "Full disclosure, I did not buy this for the wall, but rather as a backdrop for some Ikea bookshelves for my son’s room. They look absolutely awesome. This paper was easy to use. Really happy it’s removable so it won’t damage the shelves when he outgrows this design. Love." —AlexSnailix

    Get it from MilkyWayDecor on Etsy for $3.60+ (available in five sizes).

    19. A pair of blackout curtains, so you'll never have to worry about that annoying glare the sun projects onto the TV during a mid-day movie marathon., Amazon

    Blackout curtains aren't just for your bedroom! You can easily use them in your living room, too. There's nothing more irritating than being snowed in and trying to watch your favorite episode of How I Met Your Mother when the sun suddenly decides to pop up and rudely ruin your view of the television. NEVER AGAIN with these curtains.

    Promising review: "The curtains are heavy, hang well on the rod, and appear to be made of great quality fabric and quality workmanship. You will need a metal rod for use with these panels as they are quite heavy. Love that they will help keep the room from being so cold in the wintertime. Fantastic value!" —Ashlynn

    Get it from Amazon for $16.95+ (available in seven sizes and 17 colors).

    20. A leather recliner that can not only give you an identical massage to the one you get while getting a pedicure, but can also swivel 360 degrees!


    Want to add a little luxury into your living room? Well, let me introduce you to this chair. It is soft but sturdy, has two cup holders, storage bags to hold magazines, and a fantastic heating/massaging feature. Say "yes" to comfort, my friends.

    Promising review: "This is a great chair for the price and offers so many great bonus features. The heat and massage is wonderful for middle of the night feedings with my infant. It’s slim and fits well in my space. The cup holders are so convenient. This is a great chair for our nursery!" —Chelsie Zandstra

    Get it from Amazon for $281.99+ (available in five colors/styles).

    21. An antique-looking coffee table your friends will think you inherited from your grandparents.


    If your grandparents sadly don't want to part with their furniture (or didn't have cool taste...sorry, guys), then recreate a vintage look with this antique-styled coffee table.

    Promising review: "We’ve been looking for a way to freshen up our den and this seemed like a bold way to do it. The distressed bronze isn’t quite as spotted as in the picture, which I prefer, and it seems to be hollow metal, which means it’s much easier to move than expected. Even the wooden base sounds hollow. And it has tiny plastic feet to keep it lifted just a tad." —a

    Get it from Amazon for $499.

    22. A professionally framed gallery wall, so everyone who visits your home will be convinced you have an ~eye for design~.


    I got married last year and can honestly tell you I haven't printed a single photo from the "best day of my life" (gags). It wasn't until i discovered Framebridge that I even considering doing something with the pics! All you have to do is upload your photos, choose your format and frames, and BOOM! The gallery wall arrive with a guide, so you can decorate stress-free.

    Get this gallery wall from Framebridge for $549 (available in three frame styles). And check out more gallery wall options.

    23. A mirror that answers the question "Who's the fairest of them all?" Spoiler: The answer is this versatile piece of furniture.


    The Evil Queen probably would've been a lot more chill if she had been gazing into a trendy mirror like this one, don't you think? It can be hung on a wall or laid flat as a decorative piece. Fantastic!

    Promising review: "I love this mirror. It's really hard to see in the photo what it is, so it's a bit hard to imagine what you are going to get. It's a flat mirror and the gold dimensional parts are up off the mirror so the finished piece is not flat like a regular mirror but very dimensional. I always recommend checking measurements carefully so you know the actual size of what you are getting. This isn't a huge mirror. I think it is great as a mirror, but am actually using it as a tray on a dresser in my boys' room." —@MaggieHDesign

    Get it from Amazon for $63.85+ (available in three colors).

    24. An agate wall clock to give your living room the pop of color it has been craving.


    Dying to add some unique decor to your living room walls? Well, look no further! Not only will this aqua blue agate piece bring some ~umph~ to your room, but it's also a functional clock.

    Get it from CoastersNmoreStudio on Etsy for $29.99.

    25. A Persian-inspired rug, because you deserve to be surrounded by the finer things in life at all times.


    One glance at this rug will have your guests saying "ooh, la la!" The colors are vibrant, but not over-the-top, making it the perfect accent for honestly any room. It also comes in a variety of sizes, so don't fret about it not fitting ~just right~... It will!

    Promising review: "I couldn’t believe how nice this rug is for the price point! Very happy with my purchase. It looks just like the pictures and would easily be a $400-$500 rug anywhere else. Great quality, rich in color, very affordable." —Tasha

    Get it from Amazon for $59.49+ (available in three sizes and two styles).

    26. A lamp with a fringe shade that will make it look like you're hosting a Gatsby-era party every day of the week.

    Urban Outfitters

    Looking at this lamp all I want to do is scream "FABUUUULOUS!" The design is straight out of the Roaring '20s, so if that's your thing I wouldn't blame you if you're already pulling your credit card out of your wallet as we speak.

    Get it from Urban Outfitters for $129.

    27. A velvet throw pillow, so you can feel fun and fancy-free every time you flop down on your couch for a Netflix marathon.


    Have you ever actually taken the time to rub your face against a luxurious velvet pillow? Once you bring this accent piece to your couch or bed, you'll never want to lie on anything else.

    Promising review: "Slate blue is one of my favorite colors, so this pillow fits the bill in that regard. The pillow arrived sealed in its own plastic case separate from the pillow case. I put the throw pillow inside the pillow case, zipped it up, and threw it on the couch. It's very nice. In person, the pillow looks a bit smaller than I imagined. As my wife observed, it makes a good lower back lumbar support pillow. If you're looking for a throw pillow that is not overwhelming in size and slate blue complements your color scheme, I can give this the highest recommendation." —M. Jeffrey McMahon

    Get it from Amazon for $39.99 (available in two sizes and four colors).

    28. A chunky throw blanket that will keep you warm and make you feel like you're cuddling with a sheep on your couch.


    In my opinion, you can never have too many throw blankets. I've had my eye on this one for quite some time now — it's trendy and looks like you could hibernate in it for DAYS. It's entirely made of wool, so you know it'll feel like hugging a cloud.

    Get it from ChunkyWoolStudio on Etsy for $42.41+ (available in 26 sizes and 12 colors).

    29. A rose gold scratch-off map that is both trendy and a great conversational piece for your living room.

    Urban Outfitters

    IMHO rose gold is the BEST gold. The shade of this map is elegant and also a really fun activity! You and your partner or roomie can take turns scratching off all the places you've been and then reminisce on the memories each time you glance at the map on your living room wall. Delightful!

    Promising review: "I am obsessed with this map!! It reminds me just how wonderful our world is and encourages me to travel everywhere I can! I used command poster strips to hang it on my wall, and so far it has worked great!" —kallenct

    Get it from Urban Outfitters for $39.

    30. A set of twinkly string lights, so you can repurpose your next empty bottle of wine into a piece of living room decor Tinker Bell would be proud of.

    Urban Outfitters

    Do you already love everything about your living room but want to add some ~mood~ lighting? Pick up a set of these battery powered string lights and get to work crafting your own piece of decor. You can stuff these into a vase, a bottle, or really any glass container you've got.

    Get it from Urban Outfitters for $8 (available in two colors).

    31. A magical reversible pillow with none other than Jeff Goldblum's face on it, for a living room decoration that's as smooth as his jazz album.


    This fantastic pillow will let you live out your Jeff Goldblum fantasies (don't be shy, we all love him), but then, with a swift hand motion, transform it back into a regular pillow. You can also get it with a unicorn of Nicholas Cage design.

    Promising review: "Absolutely love this pillow. I fall asleep with him every night and it makes me sleep so much better with nick by my side. I love the sequins. My family tells me my obsession with him is to much and unhealthy. So when I have company I just flip it back to the red side. He’s my dirty little secret and that just makes it even better. I love it so much. Best purchase I’ve ever made." —Your mommy

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99 (available in 26 styles).

    32. A scented candle in a beautiful ceramic bowl that will make for a lovely accent piece on your coffee table.

    Free People

    It's a wonder what an amazing-smelling candle can do for a room. Not only does this Northern Lights-inspired candle have a nice scent, but it comes in a stunning marble bowl. It will pep up any living room and create a soothing ambiance.

    Get it from Free People for $28.

    33. A customized portrait of your pet, because what could be a more paw-fect piece of art for your living room walls?


    If you're looking to fill your home with unique wall art, I highly recommend having something drawn up of your fave furry friend. I mean, they are the most important inhabitant of your home, right?

    Promising review: "I got these as a gift for my friend and she absolutely loved them! Great artistry and the best price I could find! The only tip I would give to future buyers is that whatever pose the animal is in will be what is drawn. So keep that in mind. But amazing work!" — Taylor Hawkins

    Get it from OnekoShoppe on Etsy for $16.99.

    34. A faux leather sofa you can convert into a bed, so you can have friends and family stay over for long weekends. Slumber party, anyone?!

    Urban Outfitters

    This couch is a look. It's sturdy, but comfortable. Ideal for taking any living room from drab to fab. Your hungover friends won't think twice about staying with you...which can be both a blessing and a curse.

    Get it from Urban Outfitters for $479.

    35. A set of customized marble coasters, so you can protect your beloved coffee table whenever you have guests over for Bachelor Mondays.


    I just love a personalized accent piece, don't you? Made with both marble and wood, these one-of-a-kind coasters give you the best of both worlds. AND they'll save your coffee table from gross wineglass rings.

    Get it from DeskCandy on Etsy for $34+ (available in sets of two or four and in nine styles).

    36. And a set of metal planters you can hang on the wall that are so jaw-droppingly beautiful anyone who visits your home is sure to ~dig~ them.


    I'm pretty sure my husband would cry if I surprised him with these. If you love indoor plants but are constantly struggling to find the perfect place for them in your living room, this is an incredibly gorgeous solution.

    Get it from stylecharming on Etsy for $34.99+ (available in three sizes and four colors).

    You and your squad, now that you've taken your living room to the next level:

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