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    31 Things From Walmart That’ll Help Tiny Apartments Look Bigger And Brighter

    Making an itty-bitty space seem huge is a lot easier than you might think.

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    1. An adorable little Novogratz metal cart you can use to store everything from cocktail fixings to books and tchotchkes. The cheerful mint shade adds a pop of color anywhere you put it, and since the whole unit rolls, you can always wheel it away out of sight if you need to free up some space.

    The cart in the color Mint

    Price: $52.22

    2. A gold, geometric wall mirror that will open up your apartment with style. It’s the oldest trick in the book, but that’s because it works: Mirrors both bounce light around and give the illusion of depth, providing small spaces with what they might otherwise be missing. The clean lines of this mirror's frame give it minimalist appeal, while the unusual design adds visual interest.

    The mirror

    Price: $37.06 (originally $43.37)

    3. A leaning desk with a slim profile that will keep your office nook streamlined. This ladder-like design hugs the wall, so it won’t jut out awkwardly into the rest of your space. Meanwhile, the two open shelves up top give you storage space with a sense of airiness.

    The desk in the color Gray/Brown

    Promising review: “Absolutely love this desk! Looks great with the addition of the shelf unit. A real space saver for us and a great accent piece.” –Dana

    Price: $88.35+ (originally $99+; available in two colors)

    4. Or a wall-mounted, fold-down desk you can easily put away when you’re not working. When it’s closed, it looks like a sleek little cabinet – but when you open it up, you’ll find a workspace, plenty of cubbyholes to hold your favorite pens and sticky notes, and even a corkboard you can pin your to-do list to. It’s basically a Transformer minus the robotics.

    The desk, open

    Promising review: “This cute little desk is sturdy and well-made for the price. It installed easily and is incredibly space-saving. We love its functionality and how nice it looks in the wall!” –Ginger

    Price: $134.99 (originally $159.99)

    5. A cushy accent chair that also swivels, because a piece that can double as an office chair and living room seating is definitely worth having when you feel like you live in a shoebox. I kid you not, I am sitting on this exact chair right at this very moment; it’s been my desk chair for around two and a half years, and I love it.

    The chair in the color Gray

    Pro-tip: It’s a little high off the ground, so if you’re short like I am and plan on using it at your desk, you might find it useful to put a footrest down below.

    Promising review: “I've been using this chair now for a few weeks in my home office, and I love it! I have thick carpets so it was important to me that I didn't have a chair with wheels, but still swiveled. I'm sitting on this chair from 9-5 every day and I still find it comfortable by the end of the day. Definitely recommend!” –Molly

    Price: $199.06 (available in four colors)

    6. A plug-in wall sconce with a swinging arm so you can illuminate any shadowy dead zones around your home with minimal effort. The beauty of sconces like this white-and-brass number is that you don't need to rewire your whole apartment to use them. You just need to make sure you mount them near outlets. Plug ‘em in, turn 'em on, and you’re good to go!

    The sconce

    Promising review: “For the price these are really nice-looking. … Simple, provide plenty of light and easy to hang. The cord is obvious, but of course. If you're looking for a simple, inexpensive update these will work.” –Lynda

    Price: $41.28 (originally $49.99)

    7. Some sheer curtains that will give you privacy while still letting in tons of sunlight. If you’re a light sleeper, you may not want to use them in your bedroom, but they’ll help brighten up, say, your living space or dining area considerably. Or, try hanging them as room dividers instead of window treatments – they’ll split up your space while still allowing light to travel throughout.

    The curtains in the color Eggshell

    Promising review: “I bought these panels to go on my screened porch to add some elegance and privacy. They are nicely made and the packaging wrinkles came out after just a few minutes in the dryer with a low heat and moist towel. … Tabs slide on the rod, they do not have snaps at the back. They are 100% polyester, so will be easy to keep clean and will wear well. Great price.” –Maggie8

    Price: $6.99+ (available in two colors and three sizes)

    8. A mid-century modern dining set made of beech wood to amp up your breakfast nook. The tapered legs characteristic of mid-century modern designs work beautifully in small spaces, as do round table shapes; they both provide a sense of flow. As a bonus, the table and four chairs that make up this set can also be bought separately if you’re not in the market for a whole new dining situation.

    The dining set

    Promising review: “Simple mid-century modern look. Exactly what I was looking for. I have a small apartment and needed something small and it fit great.” –Nicole

    Price: $228.99

    9. A tasseled, velvet throw pillow, because it’s absolutely possible to add a strategic burst of color or dash of texture (or both!) without taking up boatloads of space. These pillows are filled with soft, downy feathers and wrapped in plush velvet for the ultimate in comfy couch lounging.

    The pillow in the color Guatemalan Green

    Promising review: “These are great pillows! They are oversized and overfilled, comfy with good heft and firmness. They look amazing on my couch but are also functional for putting behind your back or head. … Overall, I LOVE these!” –Charlee

    Price: $34 (available in five colors)

    10. A trio of diamond-shaped hanging mirror decorations, so you can just a bit of sparkle to your place, even if wall space is at a premium. Reviewers say there are scads of different ways to arrange them, no matter what kind of surface area you’ve got to work with – so if you don't have room for a full wall mirror, you can still get the benefits that reflective surfaces provide.

    The mirrors in the color Black

    Promising review: “Beautiful. I love them! Perfect. We bought three packs for nine mirrors and placed them on our long living room wall. … Great decor addition.” –Michelle S.

    Price: $36.29 (available in three colors)

    11. A plush, upholstered bed with built-in storage, because nothing frees up valuable space – and subsequently makes your entire place look bigger – like furniture that does double-duty. This queen-sized dream machine has two drawers that pull out from the foot of the bed, giving you an excellent space to stash extra linens, out-of-season clothing, and more. Bonus: USB charging ports tucked into the headboard keep your devices close at hand.

    The bed

    Promising review: This bed is beautiful! … I love the two drawers for storage which easily fit pillows, blankets, etc. You also do not need a box spring because of the slat system which, is a major plus and money saver! The USB capability is great to charge my iPhone overnight. Overall, I would highly recommend this bed to my friends and family! Very pleased and an amazing value.” –abbyliz

    Price: $349.99

    12. Or, some underbed storage bins, if you’re looking for ways to clear up your clutter without replacing your entire bed. I have three of these myself; I use them to store spare sheets, blankets, and bath towels. The wheels on the bottoms of the bins mean you can just roll ‘em out from underneath the bed with ease, while the duel-sided lids allow for access from either side. They’re not the prettiest of containers, but if you don’t like seeing them underneath your bed, get thee a bed skirt and voilà! Instant camouflage.

    The storage bins

    Promising review: “I love this storage box. It fits perfect under my bed and was able to fit approximately 10 pairs of shoes. The wheels make it easy to slide in/out of the bed and I don't have to open the whole lid since it folds in the middle.” –Maritza

    Price: $16.98

    13. A rustic floating shelf equipped with a towel rack that’ll add both utility and farmhouse vibes to your home without plopping another piece of furniture directly on your floor. Spiff up your bathroom, increase the storage space in your kitchen, and give yourself a place to hang dish towels or bath towels in the process, thanks to this wood piece with metal brackets.

    the wooden shelves

    Promising review: “This is a quality-built shelf. It looks beautiful in my bathroom and was incredibly easy to install. The size and the color are exactly what I was looking for. The towel rack is such a great bonus! The height of the shelves is perfect for displaying so many different things.” –Divadevil62

    Price: $50.99+ (originally $84; available in two sizes and four colors)

    14. A pair of paneled mirrors with arched frames, because even if your place is short on actual windows, you can still fake a few. Embrace your inner cottagecore enthusiast with the help of this duo's white-painted, distressed wood frames – AND brighten and enlarge your space while you’re at it.

    The mirrors

    Promising review: “Received these mirrors today and they are gorgeous! They are actually real wood and heavier than I expected. Put them above my mantel and I can't take my eyes off of them. Very pleased with this purchase!” –Pharmdog

    Price: $86.99 (originally $103.69)

    15. A retro-style Novogratz futon that doubles up as eye-catching seating and a cozy place to sleep. The multifunctional nature of this single piece means you’ll need fewer pieces overall to suit your needs – and nothing brightens up a room like a bold pop of color.

    The futon in the color Orange

    Promising review: “Very happy with the firmness and the look of this futon! Space was minimal, so the trim design was perfect. … Assembly was a snap and I was impressed with the parts being contained in a zippered compartment of the couch. The ... fabric looks great and is comfortable. I added nylon sliders to the bottom of all the legs for ease of moving away from the wall. We liked everything about this piece.” –Richard

    Price: $259 (available in three colors)

    16. A four-panel room divider screen to help you divvy up your space in a way that still feels open. The non-woven fabric panels let enough light through to keep things from getting too dark, while the geometric design of the wood frame provides modern, stylistic flare.

    The screen

    Promising review: “Working from home, I had to turn my dining room table into my desk. It looks like a sore thumb, so I purchased 2two of these to kind of make ‘cubicle walls.’ I am very pleased because they are stylish and my mess in enclosed in a space.” –Maria

    Price: $100.33 (available in two colors)

    17. A geometric, open cube bookcase that’s so versatile, you’ll never run out of ways to use it. I have one of these in the espresso color; I find it makes a super visually interesting way to display books and knick-knacks. But reviewers of the piece have been really creative about how they’re using it, showing that it works as a room divider, a display case, and even as a media console when it’s turned on its side – and thanks to the open style of the shelves, it never looks heavy or weighs down the room.


    Promising review: “The shelf is sturdy and easy to assemble. … I love how stylish it is and looks great with my plant babies. Definitely worth every penny!” –WalmartCustomer

    Price: $75 (available in two colors)

    18. A curtain of LED fairy lights, because adding illumination to your home doesn’t have to mean shoving in an entire lamp. With eight different settings, this starry little curtain looks magical hanging in a window – but if you want to get a little creative, try hanging it on the wall behind your bed instead. It’ll bring more light into your room and give you the look of a headboard, all without clogging up your space with extraneous furniture.

    The lights in the color Warm White

    Promising review: “I LOVE THESE LIGHTS! When I put these up in my garage for a function, I had my own party with those blinkers!” –MsGee

    Price: $19.99+ (available in three colors)

    19. An area rug with an abstract print that’ll spiff up your floors in a flash. If you live in a small apartment, it’s worth investing in a relatively large area rug; having one, big rug makes small spaces look larger than they would if you packed them full of smaller rugs. This one offers a unique pattern and a comfortable pile height that’s neither too high, nor too low.

    The rug in the color Grey/Light Blue

    Promising review: “I absolutely love the rug! The colors are vibrant yet muted. I wanted to brighten up my space and this did the trick. It's surprisingly cushy under your feet.” –Laurie

    Price: $28.98+ (originally $39.99+; available in 29 sizes and six colors)

    20. A cute little loveseat with mid-century modern charm, because the key to picking furniture for a compact space is all about scaling the pieces for the area you have to work with. This cushy, wood-framed seating option fits beautifully in tight spaces – and it also has those distinctive, tapered legs that look so terrific in Polly Pocket-sized homes.

    The loveseat in the color Light Grey

    Promising review: “I ordered this small couch for our home office because I thought it was cute. It turned out to be super cute in the space and also fairly comfortable. Would highly recommend it to anyone!” –Cassie

    Price: $364.99 (available in three colors)

    21. Some playful, framed wall art so you’ve got something cheerful to rest your peepers on when you're feeling down. Go on. Just try not to smile as you gaze upon this pastel, modern, desert botanical dream. I dare you. I DOUBLE-dare you.

    The art

    Price: $62

    22. A floating media console, because even cord cutters need something to anchor their TV. Mounting your media setup keeps everything streamlined (it's literally hugging the wall, after all). Moreover, the fact that its floating gives your space the impression of being airy and wide open. This slick, wood piece has a whopping 207 five-star reviews, too – clearly, people dig it!

    The media console

    Promising review: “Love the sleek design and openness this console provides. It's nothing fancy, especially the finish, but I still like the overall use and look of it. Perfect in the family room and keeps the wires all contained. Not too many shelves which is great for dusting and reducing clutter.” –Meda

    Price: $119.68

    23. And some cord concealers, because if you’re going to mount your TV, you’re also going to want to hide the wires to keep the floating illusion intact. Similar products also exist for things like lamp cords, computer cords, and more, by the way, so if you’re feeling really dedicated, you can in theory give every cord in your apartment the incognito treatment. Talk about ~sneaky~.

    The cord concealers, before and after

    Price: $18.95

    24. A pair of mid-century modern nightstands that also make excellent end tables, depending on your needs. With two drawers apiece and perched atop retro-looking tapered legs, they’re made of solid wood – which, by the way, is harvested responsibly from renewable sources. Eco-friendly and small space-friendly? Yes, please!

    The nightstands in the color Caramel

    Promising review: “Love these! Solid wood, easy assembly (just put legs on), stylish and great price. Would buy again.” –GGsMommy

    Price: $240.80 (originally $279.50; available in two colors)

    25. A reclaimed wood-look, wall-mounted coat rack with four double hooks, because even if you don’t want a full, standing coat rack littering your limited space, you still need a spot to hang your outdoor gear. The shelf on this rustic pick also gives you somewhere stash your keys and other can’t-leave-home-without-‘em items, too.

    The coat rack

    Price: $54 (originally $64.99)

    26. A slim, pull-out storage shelf that’ll help you keep the things you reach for the most close at hand, and utilize those weird, narrow gaps between bigger pieces you might not otherwise have a use for. The wheels and casters on this three-tiered shelving unit making sliding it in and out of place super easy, so it’ll fit just about anywhere. Clutter, begone!

    The storage tower

    Promising review: “It is so accommodating in ALL it holds – in my case, hairdryer, curling iron, tissue box, spare toilet paper rolls, bathroom cleaners and supplies, sink plunger, etc. – all things that used to crowd my vanity and look ugly sitting on the window sill and atop the toilet tank, now neatly tucked away. … It is an inexpensive, attractive, added-space organizer that actually could be used in any area where you have 5 inches of otherwise ‘wasted space.’ … I am more than satisfied.” –Jean

    Price: $26.51 (originally $29.99)

    27. A ceramic hanging planter so you can get some greenery into your home without wasting valuable surface area. A few green babies perk up any space, and this white, jute rope-suspended planter brings some seriously boho-esque ambience to wherever you hang it.

    The planter

    Promising review: “Super pretty hanging flower pot! It's heavy and very well made. The wooden beads and a great touch to its' overall beauty. The pot has nice lines and texture. It's bigger than it appears so that's another plus.” –WYNN

    Price: $12.96

    28. A glass coffee table with a cool, retro shape that’ll lift your space in a way that a heavy, wood piece just can’t. With an oval-shaped glass top, two frosted glass shelves underneath, and shiny chrome legs, it looks like something the Jetsons might have in their living room – and although it might require a little extra cleaning to keep the fingerprints off it, that’s nothing a little Windex can’t fix.

    The coffee table

    Promising review: “I was a little hesitant to buy this online but it turned out to be exactly what we needed in our living room. We have a small area in front of our couch and we like to sit on the floor and eat sometimes while we watch TV. This works well for that and it is very attractive. I put it together myself so that shows you it's not difficult to assemble. It looks better than the picture. You can't beat it for the price!” –aka Nancy

    Price: $85 (originally $220)

    29. Some peel-and-stick wallpaper that instantly updates dark or dingy walls with a light and airy scene. Easily installed and just as easily removed, this nature-inspired wallpaper will transport you into a sun-dappled birch forest – even if you’re pretty much home all the time these days.

    The wallpaper

    Promising review: “We love this stuff. It was easy to work with – apply and WOW. Changes the look of a room instantly and gives it a great outdoor look. We created a ‘cabin porch’ in one of our bedrooms with actual wood porch walls, rails, and posts … with the ‘birch trees’ behind the wood looking into the woods.” –Debi K.

    Price: $23.99 (originally $38.96)

    30. A rose gold-finish pendant light, so you can add some glimmer and gleam to your environment in more ways than one. Pendant lights are often recommended for small spaces, as they provide maximum impact with minimal footprint; this wire-framed geometric pick does all that, and gets in on the rose gold trend, too. It’s also dimmable, we well as compatible with LED bulbs. Hoorah for saving on your electricity bill!

    The lamp

    Price: $34.21 (originally $38.67)

    31. And a foldable fabric storage ottoman you can use in oodles of different ways. You can use two of them together as an alternative to a coffee table, pull them apart and put your butt down on them when you need extra seating, stash odds and ends in them instead of leaving your stuff all over the place, and, when you don't need them, you can fold them flat and put them away entirely. Yes, really. It doesn’t get much more small space-friendly than that!

    The ottoman

    Promising review: “These ottomans are versatile and well made. I use them for extra seating and also as footstools. They can go anywhere in the house. The nail heads give them a designer look! Very happy with these and easy to put the feet on. Great price!” –Stephanie

    Price: $40.98 (available in two colors)

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

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