50 Dope Home Upgrades That Seem Expensive But Are Cheap AF

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If you’ve ever dreamed of tricking out your space with cool little design features — but have never followed through because of the cost — there’s something you need to know: Amazon is packed with dope home upgrades that seem expensive but are cheap AF. In fact, nothing on this list costs more than $35, and there are plenty of finds that cost much less than that (which means you’ll have cash left over to enjoy takeout in your newly spruced up home).

You probably already know that good lighting is key to a more expensive-feeling space, which is why I’ve put some great options at the top of the list. From solar-powered path lights that line your front walk to under-cabinet lighting that can make any old bookshelf feel special, you’ll find tons of ways to add atmosphere. The best part? Nothing requires fancy electrical wiring. Beyond that, I’ve included fantastic storage solutions that double as design pieces, as well small upgrades like amber glass soap dispensers to make your bathroom counter look just a little more high end.

So go ahead and start dreaming of a home that feels luxe — thanks to these affordable products on Amazon, your dreams are definitely within reach.


This Under-Cabinet Lighting Kit

A few tweaks to your home lighting can work wonders to upgrade the atmosphere, and this under-cabinet lighting kit is a great way to do it. Perfect for kitchen cabinets, closets, and bookshelves, it installs with the adhesive backing and comes with a remote control, so you can adjust brightness and set timers.


This Under-Bed Lighting That Helps You See In The Dark

Not only does this motion-activated under-bed lighting make your bedroom looks pretty magical, but it also guides your way when you get up for a midnight snack. It installs with 3M adhesive and is totally customizable: You can trim it to size, set the motion sensor on a timer, and adjust the brightness to ensure that no one else wakes up when it’s activated.


An Industrial Shelf That Clears Up Shower Clutter

Got a bunch of bath products loitering around your shower floor? Give them a permanent place to hang out with this wall-mounted shower caddy. The industrial-chic caddy is made from rust-resistant stainless steel and is generously sized for shampoo, conditioner, and a whole lot more (there are even hooks for razors and loofahs). Choose from two finishes: black and silver.


The Magnetic Shelves That Attach To Your Fridge

These magnetic shelves attach to your fridge, giving you space to store spices, condiments, and everything in between. Each of the two shelves can hold up to 6 pounds, and there’s even a rod for a roll of paper towels. Go for colors that’ll blend in with your fridge, like gray, white, and black, or add a cheerful pop of color with red.


An Understated Area Rug That Adds Texture To Any Room

If you feel like your space is missing a little something-something, there’s a good chance that something-something is an area rug. A simple way to add texture and color, this rug has a muted palette that gives it a perfectly worn-in look. That being said, you can also opt for bolder prints and patterns, all in an array of shapes and sizes.

  • Available colors and styles: 13
  • Available shapes and sizes: 38


These Path Lights That Are Solar-Powered

If good outdoor lighting feels like a distant (and expensive) dream, well, you’re wrong (no offense). These solar path lights are a great bargain and a breeze to install — just stick the stakes directly into the ground. Since they’re solar-powered, there’s no complicated wiring involved, and they won’t add a nickel to your electrical bill.


A Coat Rack That You Don’t Need Tools To Put Together

With this coat rack standing elegantly in the corner, you won’t ever have to dig through an overstuffed closet again. The slim piece comes in pieces that don’t require any tools to be put together. And, since you can choose how many pieces to pile on top of one another, the height can be adjusted between 3.25, 4.5, and 5.7 feet. It has three legs to balance everything you hang from its six hooks and the wood comes in six different finishes, including a gorgeous cherry red.


These Under-Cabinet Hooks That Maximize Storage

If your cupboards and drawers are jam-packed, these under-cabinet hooks can give you some precious space back. They install easily to the underside of any shelf, giving you easy access to mugs, cooking utensils, and oven mitts. The set comes with three racks for hanging a grand total of 12 items.


A Crystal Lamp With A Calming & Soft White Glow

Made of Moroccan selenite, this crystal lamp is said to have soothing properties that can remove negative energy. It will certainly feel as though it is when you sit back and relax in its soft white glow that emits from its wooden base. The LED bulb can be turned on via USB, making it easy to keep right on your desk for some clarity and light while working.


These String Lights That Cozy Up The Backyard

Nothing makes an evening in the backyard more merry than outdoor string lights. These weatherproof lights feature vintage-style Edison bulbs to provide a cozy glow that feels just like being at an outdoor café, and they’re available in warm, soft, and neutral white.


This Bidet That Makes Your Bathroom Undeniably Fancy

Bring the feel of a European hotel straight to your home bathroom with this bidet. It operates on two modes and features dual nozzles that retract when you’re not using them. The bidet has a slim profile that won’t look obvious on your toilet, and reviewers say it’s surprisingly easy to install (which means you won’t have to bother with a plumber).


This Pack Of Champagne Flutes That Are Unbreakable

Made of shatterproof plastic, these champagne flutes are perfect for a crowded dinner party where opting for glass would most likely end up causing messy (and dangerous) situations. The stemless flutes can be reused or disposed of so you can avoid doing all those dishes. And since they’re so affordable, you won’t mind picking up a fresh pack before every event.


A Magnetic Frame Made From Modern Teak

Framing photos and prints gets pricey fast, but this magnetic hanging frame is an affordable way to go about it. The minimalist, glass-free frame features teak clips on each end that are outfitted with magnets — simply place your print between them, and voilà, you’ve framed your art in the most chic (and cheap) way possible.

  • Available sizes: 14


These Velvet Throw Pillow Covers In 33 Colors

One of the best things about these velvet throw pillow covers is that they come in 33 colors and nine sizes, so can afford to be picky about the exact shade you choose (perfect for any design perfectionists out there). The second best thing is that they’re an affordable way to update your existing throw pillows, since you can slip them right on. (No throw pillows yet? Pick up a couple budget-friendly inserts.)


A Pleated Bed Skirt That’s So Polished

A bed skirt can make your bed look a lot more finished, but it’s also a great way to conceal whatever storage you may have going on under there. This corner-pleated bed skirt is made from wrinkle-resistant microfiber and has a tailored look for some dressed-up style in your bedroom.

  • Available sizes: twin, full, queen, king
  • Available colors: 16


This Expandable Organizer For Under Your Sink

Get twice as much storage under your sink with this under-sink organizer. The two-tier shelf features an expandable rail and four height levels, so you can adjust everything to maximize space. Plus (and this is key), you can rearrange the platforms so none of them get in the way of any pipes.


These Shower Hooks In Chic Metallic Finishes

Get more hanging space for washcloths and loofahs with these shower door hooks. Compatible with frameless glass shower doors, the two hooks can hold up to four items, and come in four elegant finishes: copper, black, gold, and silver.


This Elegant Turkish Towel That’s Super Absorbent

Casual and chic, this Turkish towel is a design-savvy alternative to your standard terrycloth towel. Boasting an intricate diamond pattern and fringe, it’s lightweightsuper absorbent, and quick-drying. The best part, though, is the fact that gets softer with each and every wash.

  • Available colors: 25


These Amber Glass Soap & Lotion Dispensers

Replacing your plastic soap and lotion bottles with these amber glass dispensers is a cheap and easy way to make your kitchen or bathroom look, well, expensive. Each dispenser holds 16 ounces, and the stainless steel pump comes in several finishes, like copper, black, and oil-rubbed bronze.


The Battery-Operated Night Lights That Don’t Require Outlets

Line your hallway with these stick-on night lights, and you’ll always have some illumination to guide you in the dark. Powered by AAA batteries, they stick onto any flat surface with the adhesive backing and feature a push button that makes it easy to turn them on and off. They’re also great for closets (so you can find that one black shirt that’s always squeezed in with the others).


These Pleated Blinds That Protect Against UV Rays

These blackout blinds will be the easiest that you ever install. The pack comes with six pieces, all of which have an adhesive backing and can be trimmed to perfectly fit any size window. They help control light exposure and block out harmful UV rays so that you can enjoy privacy and a cool room all at once. And you don’t have to mess around with any string either — just pull them down or push them up to adjust where they sit.


A Shower Squeegee That’s Somehow Luxurious

There’s nothing too glamorous about wiping down the shower, but this gold-colored squeegee actually manages to make the task feel sophisticated. Made from rust-resistant stainless steel, it has a 10-inch rubber blade, and comes with an adhesive storage hook you can attach to the shower wall. Choose from other colors, too: black, silver, and bronze.


This Luxurious Comforter Full Of Faux Goose Feathers

For under $40, you can pick up this comforter that looks and feels as though it costs hundreds. It comes in four classic colors that can elevate the atmosphere of any room and is full of faux goose feathers that keep things light but warm at the same time. The quilt design is also made of allergy-friendly microfiber that won’t fade and will even resist stains. Plus, it has four corner loops so it can be used as a duvet insert when you want to switch up the style.


This Over-The-Sink Drying Rack That Saves Space

To save counterspace, start piling utensils into this over-the-sink drying rack. It’s made of rust-resistant stainless steel that can hold cups, sponges, silverware, and more. If you mainly use the dishwasher or just don’t want to keep a bulky standard rack next to the sink, this is the perfect solution. The soaking cup is removable so it can easily be cleaned between uses.


These Sturdy Drawer Dividers With Adjustable Sections

To declutter and reorganize, spread this pack of drawer dividers around throughout the house. They can be used to separate kitchen tools, nuts and bolts in the garage, or cosmetics in the bathroom. And since the panels can be removed as you please, they can fit things of all shapes and sizes. Plus, the sturdy plastic is easy to wash from time to time.


These Dividers That Organize Your Closet Shelves

If you’re anything like me, your closet shelves can quickly become home to messy piles of half-folded sweaters and out-of-season clothes toppling all over each other. Get these (pretty much life-changing) closet shelf dividers. They hook right on and keep everything neatly stacked and in order.


These Non-Slip Coasters Shaped Like Vinyl Records

Whether they’re a gift to yourself or someone else, these coasters will add a personal touch to anyone’s home. Shaped like old-school vinyl records, they can be a great retro display that will make drinking your coffee just a bit more interesting. Each in this pack of six has clever album titles like “Rest On Me” and “Tea Time”. And since they have a small rubber disc on the backside, they’ll easily keep everything in place and protect your tables.


This Down-Alternative Comforter That Reviewers Adore

This comforter is proof that it’s possible to get luxe bedding without using up half your paycheck. Boasting a sky-high 4.7-star overall rating after more than 60,000 reviews, the comforter features piping along the edges and box-stitching to keep the filling in place. You can add a duvet cover, thanks to the four corner loops, but the comforter also looks just as good on its own.

  • Available sizes: twin, twin XL, full, queen, king, California king
  • Available colors: 9


This Comfy Bathtub Pillow Made Of Quick-Drying Mesh

Large enough to support your head, neck, shoulders, and back, this bathtub pillow is all you need when trying to have a relaxing night to yourself. The quilted fabric is actually made of 3D mesh that allows constant airflow so that the piece is never soaking wet. The six suction cups on the back keep it from sliding around and the top hook gives you an easy way to store when not in use.


A Floating Shelf That Fits In The Corner

This floating corner shelf is a design piece in itself, and it’s just right for displaying books, photos, and mementos. The zig-zag shelf mounts to the wall with the included hardware and can hold up to 30 pounds. Choose from white, black, gray, and natural dark wood.


This Battery Organizer That Holds 93 Pieces

Instead of letting them roll around in random drawers, keep them all in place and easy to find in this battery organizer. You can even use the included tester to check and see if they’re worth keeping around anyway. Once you have only the working ones left, slide them into one of the 93 spots available. AAA, AA, 9-Volt, D, and C batteries can all be kept protected underneath its clear cover.


These Satin Pillowcases With Nearly 55,000 5-Star Reviews

Available in 34 different colors and patterns, these satin pillowcases are easy to incorporate into any bedroom decor. Their luxurious build benefits both your skin and hair by not pulling or tugging on either. You’ll wake up looking more refreshed and with fewer tangles in your locks since less friction will be created. The smooth material is also wrinkle-resistant so that its beautiful sheen is never interrupted, especially thanks to its sleek envelope closure.


An Electric Candle Lighter With A Flexible Goose Neck

To avoid dangerous open flames, reach for this electric candle lighter next time you want to set the mood. The wireless tool is USB-rechargeable and automatically powers off after 10 seconds for heat protection. There’s also a safety lock to prevent children from being able to turn it on. Adjust the goose neck at an angle that is easiest for you as you keep your hands well away from the fire.


A Thick Bath Mat With An Anti-Slip Layer

Nearly half an inch thick, this bath mat will give you a plush spot to step on whether you keep it in or out of the shower. It’s made of hollow PVC that quickly absorbs liquid and dries so that you’re not left with a slippery mess. And, in addition to its textured upper material, it also has a non-slip bottom to keep it in place.


This Stainless Steel Hair Stopper That Won’t Rust

Protecting your drains with this hair stopper is one of the easiest ways you can avoid getting a big bill in due time. By preventing clogged drains, you can skip a call to the plumber that would end up being a lot more than the $2 that each piece in this four-pack costs. Each of the four is a different size, ranging from 1.5-inch to 4.45-inch diameters. And since they’re made of solid stainless steel, they won’t rust or corrode.


A Humidifier That Quietly Operates

With a whisper-quiet motor, this humidifier is safe to keep in the room with a sleeping baby but also powerful enough to place in a larger area of your home as well. On a single fill, the 2.2-liter tank can run for over 24 hours to bring moisture into the air. Plus, the nozzle rotates 360 degrees so you can control the direction of the fine mist. You’ll quickly notice how much better you breathe and sleep.


This Surge Protector With 6 Outlets & 2 USB Ports

You might not believe that a simple outlet extender could gain a cult following, but this one has, boasting more than 25,000 five-star ratings. It increases plug-in space from two outlets to six, and has two USB ports for electronics. There’s also a night light with a dusk-to-dawn sensor, so you can plug in when it’s dark.


A Dual Showerhead With 6 Spray Settings

This dual showerhead features a handheld attachment and a 7-inch rainfall head with six relaxing spray options: power rain, pulsating massage, power mist, rain/massage, rain/mist, and a water-saving pause mode. It’s got design cred too — the showerhead comes in chrome, brushed nickel, and oil-rubbed bronze.


A 2-Tier Spice Spinner With Space For 40 Jars

This spice spinner has two tiers to maximize vertical storage space, and since it rotates, you always be able to find (and reach) the cloves, allspice, and red pepper flakes. This genius little invention also has a center section that’s ideal for storing larger items like olive oil and cooking spray. Put it in your cabinet or keep it on the counter.


The Nonslip Hangers That Save Space On Your Closet Rod

The fuzzy texture of these velvet hangers grips firmly to clothes, so you never have to deal with your favorite silk shirt falling to the bottom of your closet. The hangers are also ultra-thin, which means you’ll be saving space on your closet rod, and the rose gold hardware makes everything feel just a little more fancy (even if you’re just hanging T-shirts).


A Fade-Resistance Bed Sheet Set With Deep Pockets

With deep pockets, this bed sheet set can fit a mattress that is up to 16 inches in width. And in addition to the two sheets, the set also comes with four pillowcases so you have enough to make your bed a plush cloud to rest on. Each piece is made of moisture-resistant microfiber so that you remain cool throughout the night. The material also resists fading so that it looks as good as new wash after wash. Choose between seven different colors and multiple sizes.


This Underbed Storage Bag That Can Hold Up To 40 Gallons

If your closets and dressers are overflowing with clothes and accessories, start making use of the space you typically forget about with this underbed storage bag. With a clear plastic cover and a fully opening zipper, it makes it easy to see what you have available and quickly take it out without having to dig through unorganized piles. The breathable material will be gentle on both your clothes and floors and the tear-proof handle is reinforced to handle years of use. This pack comes with two bags.


A 3-Pack Of Cloth Storage Bins That Look So Chic

These storage bins have plenty of space to tuck away clutter, and they look so much better on your shelves (or out in the open) than plastic versions. Made from durable fabric with faux leather handles, the three-pack comes in a variety of sizes and colors.


These Air Deflectors That Redirect The Flow Of Your Heat & AC

While you may not be able to control where your air vents are located, you can control the direction in which they blow your heat or AC with these air deflectors. These heavy-duty plastic pieces retract between 10 and 16 inches and create a magnetic hold on any metal wall or ceiling vent. By having the air curl upwards, it will fill a room quicker than when simply directed straight at the floor. And since the deflectors are transparent, they won’t disrupt your decor.


A Cat Water Fountain With 2 Flow Modes

To make sure your furry friend is hydrated even when you’re not around, add this cat water fountain to your cart. It automatically releases water from its -liter tank in either a free-falling stream or a bubbling fountain. Both, along with the roomy stainless steel tray that it will fall onto, are meant to entice and encourage your pet to drink more. And before it hits the tray, it’s actually filtered with activated carbon that removes heavy metals and other impurities so that they’re enjoying clean odor-free water.


This Plush Dog Bed That Gives Them Head & Neck Support

With soft cotton filling underneath its shaggy exterior, this dog bed is a great tool to help calm your pet’s anxiety or just help them get a good night’s sleep. It’s purposely made in a donut shape to mimic their natural sleeping position so that they can comfortably burrow and tuck in their heads. Or if spreading themselves out a bit more, the raised edges will act as great support for their necks. It’s lightweight enough for you to bring on the go and even has a non-slip bottom to keep it from moving too much if you choose to bring it on a road trip.


These Non-Vibration Pads That Quiet Down Your Machines

As your washing machine, dryer, dishwasher, and many other appliances shake as they work, these non-vibration pads will help quiet them down. Because their rubber footpad is made with a coated stainless steel plate, they’ll never wear through, no matter how heavy the machine is. By lifting and surrounding each leg, the pads are not just stabilizing the appliance but also protecting your floors from scratches. Each piece in this four-pack is non-slip so that they can work on any kind of floor.


This Serving Bowl Made From Rich Polished Wood

Turn your Caesar into a work of art by serving it in this solid wood bowl. With a beautifully deep wood grain, the wave-shaped bowl is generously sized and can also be used for fruit, pasta, bread, or popcorn.


A Dishwasher Cleaner That Works With Any Model

To maximize your machine’s performance, make sure to pop in this dishwasher cleaner once a month. This pack comes with enough tablets to last you half a year. Each one will deep clean the pump and valve, tub, and internal hoses to rid them of limescale and mineral buildup. And because they’re made of septic-safe ingredients, you don’t have to worry about any damage being done. Instead, each cycle will be able to better clean your dishes.


These Furniture Feet That Protect Your Floors From Scratches

Made of completely clear silicone, these furniture feet won’t interrupt the look of your chic decor. They will, however, create a protective barrier between your chair, couch, and table legs and your precious wood or tile floors. As the silicone adapts to all shapes and sizes, the bottom is covered in a felt pad that makes it easy to still move around each piece of furniture as you wish. To make them as perfect of a fit as possible, choose between different sizes and colors. The packs come with either eight, 16, or 32 pieces.

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