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    26 Home Products You Can Probably Afford Even If Your Rent Is More Than A Mortgage

    Suburbia looks better and better every time I pay my rent.

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    1. A canopy bed frame to upgrade the mattress you have on the floor and make your studio apartment look like a sensationally chic hotel. Honestly that isn't too much of a stretch, considering your place has the same square feet as the last motel room you stayed in.


    Promising review: "I love it! It took about two hours to put together by myself, everything needed was right in the box. I might replace the screws that connect the center beam to the head and foot board but other than that, I couldn't be happier! Good buy!" β€”Abby

    Get it from Novogratz on Amazon for $137.63+ (available in four colors and sizes).

    2. A faux fur accent piece that'll instantly enhance your living space with absolutely zero effort on your part. Throw it on your floor, a chair, your dirty laundry pile... BAM! Beautiful.


    Promising review: "This is so soft and very inexpensive (compared to most faux fur rugs). It's perfect for my office/sitting area. I got the 3x5 in white. It really makes the area stand out." β€”Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99+ (available in eight colors and two styles, and seven sizes).

    3. A cheery shower curtain – it's gonna make your bathroom look simply ~peachy~ despite the grimy '70s tiles creeping up the walls.


    Promising review: "This arrived quickly and looks exactly as pictured. It's bright and cheerful! I love it." β€”MirandaObregon

    Get it from Amazon for $17.99+ (available in five styles).

    4. A mini skillet so you can make a single-serving dish without having to clean out a massive pan. Your hot plate isn't large enough to hold a regular pan anyway. And your apartment isn't large enough for anything other than a hot plate.


    Promising review: "This is perfect for egg muffin sandwiches. It is the best I have found after many years of trying. If you have ever wanted to make your own egg muffin at home, this pan is the one to use." β€”Stephen J. Panasick

    Get it from Amazon for $4.99.

    5. A fabric dresser with five drawers and a steel frame (or a four drawer option in a similar style) that'll useful storage in your place *and* rather easy to pack up when you finally decide your rent isn't worth it.


    Promising review: "This was so easy to assemble. I spent 10 mins on it. I was looking for a mini dresser because the bin in my closet wasn’t aesthetically pleasing and this took the cake! It's roomier than it looks, a must buy!" β€”Amazon Customer

    Get the one on the left for $74.99 (available in six colors) and the one on the right for $54.99 (available in three colors), both from Amazon.

    6. A bread box so you can make your minuscule kitchen look organized and lovely without spending a ton of dough.


    Promising review: "This is the cutest bread box ever! It's very well built, large enough for a pack of hamburger buns, a loaf of bread, and a half eaten bag of chips." β€”andsheleft

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

    7. A quilted chenille floor pillow for anyone who needs seating in an apartment so small, "chair" is a word that needs a little wiggle room... because your apartment has none at all.


    Promising review: "This comes just as pictured and described. It is comfortable and looks luxurious. It's great for floor seating." β€”AKhan

    Get it from Amazon for $29.74+ (available in four colors).

    8. A moon phase garland β€” sure, your friends are gonna be extremely jealous of your delicate home decor and thrifty spending skills. Don't let it ~phase~ you tho.


    Promising review: "Picture does not do this justice. It's so pretty. I love it." β€”Dana

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99+ (available in two colors and four sizes).

    9. A planter bowl which, despite it's small footprint and price, is sure to make a massive statement in your place.


    Promising review: "This is a cute little planter. The finish is matte, which is great. It's lightweight and has a clean, modern look." β€”carolynne

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99.

    10. An inexpensive reversible duvet set with a classic chevron side that perfectly complements the modern floral pattern opposite it, for anyone who loves flowers as much as they love a good grayscale.


    Promising review: "Super soft, and the ties inside the duvet cover made it so easy to tie into the comforter I had bought! Honestly much better quality than I had anticipated. Highly recommend!" β€”Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $58.99 (for a queen, available in eight colors and three sizes).

    11. A tufted sofa in a warm stone gray to give you a soft place to land after the double shift you accepted when you found out your rent is, once again, being raised.


    Promising review: "I bought this couch for my new house because I like how modern it looks. From opening the package to setting it up in the living room, it took less than 15 minutes! I was also very impressed with the quality of the couch. For something that is so hassle-free to set up, I was pleasantly surprised that the couch was pretty good quality. It has the right amount of firmness and softness for people to relax and hang out on. Overall I give this couch five thumbs up! The only thing I would caution though is that the color of the couch is slightly lighter than what is shown in the picture, but it's still a nice gray-tone." β€”Huizhen Zhai

    Get it from Amazon for $347 (available in two colors).

    12. A faux eucalyptus wreath β€” this works with every season so you can keep your front door looking festive and friendly without spending extra money on multiple holiday-specific pieces.


    Promising review: "I love it! It's exactly what I expected from the picture. It's easy to get the branches/flowers just where you want them. I'm very happy with this wreath. It's perfect!" β€”Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $29.99.

    13. A natural wood end table β€” you ~wood~ be totally sad to miss out on a unique statement piece this striking. Better just go ahead and get it.


    Promising review: "I love our table!! I like the unfinished, rough texture it has. The actual color of the wood is a bit darker than in the pictures but I really like it. It's a small size but fits great for our studio apartment. No it did not come with assembly directions but it's easy to figure out. I did use a drill to put it together. It looks bespoke and rustic!" β€”AvidPurchaser

    Get it from Amazon for $65.

    14. A medallion area rug with subtle coloring and pattern that packs just enough punch to compliment every piece of furniture your older siblings pass on to you.


    Promising review: "I searched for weeks for the perfect rug that wouldn't break the bank and this is the one. I was in love as soon as I unrolled it. It's the perfect pattern without all the color that oriental rugs usually have β€” perfect for my neutral farmhouse-style decor. It's not very plush so it will require a felt pad under it to thicken it up a bit, but the quality, color, and pattern make this rug worth every penny! It also didn't have the carpet smell that many rugs have." β€”Gabrielle Collier

    Get it from Amazon for $130.89 (for an 8' x 10', available in 10 colors and various sizes).

    15. A bold bar cart that'll look ~wheely~ cool in your place, even if it's momentarily the only furniture you actually have in it.


    Promising review: "This cart will hold 100 pounds per shelf! I don't have any items that come close to that weight that I put on the cart, but that gives you an idea of how sturdy and strong it is. The design is stylish and the frame is rust resistant. The wheels roll smoothly." β€”KK Schwartz

    Get it from Novogratz on Amazon for $120.60.

    16. A minimalist trash bin (at a minimalist price) so lovely, you might have a hard time actually throwing trash in it. But you should anyway, the one-touch lid system is fab.


    I own this trash bin and I really and truly love it. It's high quality, works well, is lightweight, and lovely. Did I ever think I'd get multiple compliments from houseguests on my bathroom trash can? No. Do I love people complimenting me on my bathroom trashcan picking skills? Why yes I sure do.

    Promising review: "This is made with a really nice plastic material that feels high end. The lid perfectly slides on the base and it is SO pleasing. I ordered some 3.5 compostable trash bags and they fit perfectly. The lid is weighted perfectly so that it rocks right back into place after you deposit trash into it. This is great quality and well designed. LOVE!!!" Dina C.

    Get it from Amazon for $20 (available in five colors).

    17. A storage rack mirror that'll open up your spendy living space while being a useful spot to hang blankets, scarves, and even coats.


    Promising review: "I LOVE the modern design and the black with the natural wood. The ladder, to hang extra blankets on, is an added bonus. This is one of my favorite things in my place!" β€”Karen McKeon

    Get it from Amazon for $187.44.

    18. An Instant Pot you can basically replace your entire kitchen with β€” a solution that'd be super useful, considering most of the appliances have stopped working in your kitchen.


    This replaces nine common kitchen appliances. It can be used as a pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice cooker, yogurt maker, and egg cooker, with the ability to sautΓ©, steam, warm, sterilize... and oh, it makes cakes too.

    Promising Review: I deliberated over buying one of these for so long (over a year). I regret all of this deliberation, because now that I have it, I'm not sure how I lived without it. Rice turns out perfectly every time. It's amazing. I push a button and walk away and end up with edible rice every single time. I love that this has so many uses in our combined vegetarian/omnivorous household. This Instant Pot produced the only pork dish that my husband has ever liked. I made an amazing vegan curry. I've made soy milk, almond milk, and cashew milk yogurts, and they've all been fantastic. I'll never 'boil' an egg any other way ever again. Eggs turn out perfectly every time and they are so easy to peel. Stop deliberating and buy this now!" β€”Laura

    Get it from Amazon for $59.89.

    19. A neon light is sure to be a ~bright~ idea in any dark or dreary, overpriced apartment.


    Promising review: "This looks perfect in my room. It looks exactly like the photos and I’m glad it will not break if I accidentally drop it. I have it plugged in a wall on my cube organizer." β€”Crystal

    Get it from Amazon for $12.89 (available in 19 styles).

    20. A whimsical accent rug that'll help your living room look like the inside of a romcom heroine's oversized and all-too-perfect apartment. Sure, you're dipping into your grocery budget to pay for the place but you want cereal for every meal anyway.


    After all... I’m just a girl, standing in front of an affordable and adorable rug, asking it to love her.

    Promising review: "I was apprehensive a day after placing my order because I had drunkenly ordered it the night before without reading any reviews. I was pleasantly surprised (and very relieved) when I laid it out in my living room. It looks like the picture and is SO soft I just want to lay on it all day and never go to work again. Even my dog got excited about it." β€”PublicName

    Get it from Amazon for $13.96 (for a 2' x 3', available in eight colors and 18 sizes).

    21. A velvet throw pillow is gonna add a soft touch to the apartment you have hard time affording.


    Promising review: "I got these when we moved recently to add to some memory foam beanbags. The velvet is sooo soft and a bit stretchy. The color is lovely and very on trend (I got the dusty rose). I will definitely get more of these! These are good quality and a great accent in my living room!" β€”Natalie H.

    Get it from Amazon for $29.95+ (available in nine colors and two sizes).

    22. A wall mount organizer so you can keep your important things close even if you're stuck on a top bunk with no storage and *still* somehow paying $1000 a month.


    Promising review: "This is perfect for a bunk bed with nowhere to put an alarm clock! We used Command adhesive strips rather than the adhesive that came with it. I’m sure it would have worked but we wanted to make sure it came off the wall when we needed it to." β€”jpc1973

    Get it from Amazon for $15.99.

    23. A low coffee table that'll bring organization and zen into your living space. Does having an inexpensive, functional-yet-minimalist piece spark joy? Uhh... yes. All of it.


    Promising review: "This is pretty much exactly what I was looking for, in the price range I wanted. Assembly was super easy, it takes about five minutes and you're done. It has a nice, solid feel but is still light and easy to move." β€”Melchizedek108

    Get it from Amazon for $114.99+ (available in two sizes).

    24. A tassel tablecloth – it'll look elegant and lovely on your ancient kitchen table *and* hide the fact that the wood is completely destroyed underneath. It has four legs and a top... you're not spending money on a new one!


    Promising review: "I don’t normally write reviews, but I was pleased with this product and wanted to share. The quality is excellent. The material is thick and sturdy but lays nicely on a table. The color is neutral and light enough to brighten up the dark wood table but it’s not so neutral that it’s boring. The tassels are fun!" β€”Emily Quinn

    Get it from Amazon for $26.99 (available in four colors and six sizes).

    25. A set of three wire frame box shelves are sure to make your ordinary trinket displays look picture-perfect.


    Promising review: "I have an urban industrial theme in my living room and these shelves were perfect for my small plants and vintage cameras. They're very easy to install, it took less than 15 minutes, and are constructed well." β€”Amazon Customer

    Get them from Amazon for $29.99 (available in two colors).

    26. And finally, a lovely flip down hanger so you can hang up your jacket and bags at the end of the day and get comfortable in the overpriced place you really do love living in.


    Promising review: "These hooks are functional and fun. There are five hooks for hanging your items. It's plastic, not wood β€” the description states this. It's easy to install and came with a paper ruler to use as a guide when installing. I have rain coats, umbrellas, sweaters, and dog leashes hanging on it and it's holding well." β€”Amazon Customer

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

    When my rent bill comes each month:


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