If there's any one thing I take some serious pride in, it's my space. For one, I watch way too many home renovation shows. For another, I work, sleep, relax, and entertain here (I leave so rarely, my friends have started calling me the Hobbit), so for my own mental well-being, I need to love my surroundings. That said, I'm not about to drop hundreds of dollars in the decor section of a department store when I can opt for
things that . look expensive, but are actually shockingly affordable on Amazon
With the latter, your space gets an upgrade, your wallet gets a break, and you get a juicy secret that you can opt to share with your guests — or not. But how, exactly, does one pull that off? Well, I've learned that there are two ways to improve your apartment, house, or condo:
The first is to pick a reasonable price-point (I've chosen $35 here) and vow that you won't spend a cent over that in your quest to find
products that help you love your home. When you have clear-cut, challenging boundaries, it inspires you to get a little create with your search. The second option is organizing and emphasizing the stuff you already have; a few genius organizational products can work wonders when it comes to achieving a sleek, functional space.
In short, if you're looking to
significantly upgrade your home for less than $35, look no further than these 47 genius products that add value without a hefty investment.
This Makeup Carousel For Functionality & Organization
Imagine your vanity as it is at this very moment. Now imagine your vanity if every brush, cream, and cosmetic item had its own spot in a compact, chic-looking organizer. Cue the
AmeiTech carousel shelf, which has eight adjustable shelves and rotates 360 degrees so you can easily find anything you're looking for. It's even made from transparent acrylic so it's easy to clean and matches any decor.
A Magnetic Bamboo Block That Works With Any Knife Set
No knife block? No problem.
This one from Coninx will hold any shape, size, or brand thanks to the powerful hidden magnets inside. It's made from blade-friendly bamboo, and it ensures that your favorite kitchen tools are both safely mounted and always within reach. Buyers say it's a "stylish twist on the normal knife block" and makes a "nice addition to the kitchen counter."
This Pendant Light That You Hang Up, Plug In, & Enjoy
Add some statement lighting to any room — without breaking open the ceiling or hiring an electrician. This
brilliant pendant light plugs straight into an outlet and comes with the hooks you need to hang it from the ceiling. The cord is nearly 15 feet long, and the modern cage design is available in both silver and rose gold. No wonder it has a 4.6-star rating on Amazon.
A Duvet Set That Transforms Your Bed For Under $25
Thanks to this
Mellanni duvet cover set, you can upgrade your bedroom for an incredible price. Cover your existing comforter and four pillows with one of the 16 sleek, breathable microfiber designs, all for less than $25. One reviewer calls this set "absolutely the best quality on the market" because it's resistant to wrinkles, fading, and shrinking (yep, it's machine-washable). Get it in various sizes for twins, fulls, queens, kings, and California kings.
These 2 Chenille Mats For A Cozier Bathroom
Available in 10 different colors to match any bathroom, these
bathroom mats keep your feet comfortable, your floor non-slip, and your aesthetic cozy and stylish. The top features a plush chenille fabric that absorbs a shocking amount of moisture, while the bottom has a durable, slip-resistant material. When it's time for a refresh, they go straight into the wash without issue.
These Brilliant Hooks That Amplify Closet Space
Make the most out of your existing hangers and your existing closet space. These
genius little connector hooks attach hangers in a vertical fashion, so they take up significantly less room across your closet rod. They're made from snag-free, super strong ABS plastic, so they can support up to 11 pounds, and reviewers have called them "the handiest things for your closet."
A Full Set Of Matching Glass Food Storage Containers — With Lids
Now that you can nab these
10 various-sized storage containers for just $23, it may be time to finally ditch those mismatched plastic ones. They're made from BPA-free borosilicate glass (which is strong enough to handle the microwave, freezer, and dishwasher) and they come with matching lids that clip on to prevent leaks and spills. "Bonus," one buyer wrote, "they also look beautiful in my fridge!"
This Mesh Shower Organizer That Hides Clutter Behind The Curtain
If your bath or shower is a bottle-avalanche waiting to happen, this
brilliant organizer can help. It hangs from your shower rod and offers six self-draining pockets for your sponges, razors, soaps, and hair-care products — plus you can position it behind the shower curtain to hide all the clutter. Since it's made from a quick-drying mesh, you don't have to worry about unwanted odors or mildew, either.
A Chic Canvas Storage Ottoman For Under $16
Get a functional accent piece, some comfortable support, and some hidden storage — all for under $16. The
WoneNice folding ottoman comes in four linen colors and can support up to 220 pounds. The top has a memory-foam padding while the inside hides clutter like toys, blankets, books, and clothing.
This Contact Paper That Marbleizes Any Surface
Reviewers have used this
$6 contact paper to cover table-tops, counters, shelves, vanities, backsplashes, trays, and accents around the house. Essentially, it's a high-gloss, waterproof PVC that looks like real marble and installs easily thanks to the built-in adhesive backing. It's available in multiple sizes, and buyers say it's the "best solution ever" when it comes to upgrading a space on a very small budget.
An Adjustable Rack That keeps Your Sink Sanitary
Even if your sink is stainless steel, it collects grime, moisture, and germs like any other surface. This
Joseph Joseph SinkSaver, on the other hand, has multiple adjustable grids that raise your dishes off the bottom of the sink while simultaneously allowing water to drain. The rubber base protects your delicate glassware and the L-shape still allows full access to the drain. "I wish I would have found this earlier," one buyer wrote. "It works and looks great in my sink."
This Shockingly Affordable Corner Shelf In 16 Different Finishes
Furinno table offers extra storage, gives you a place to display your plants, picture frames, or virtual assistants, and makes use of wasted corner space. The particle-board shelves and PVC tubes install without hassle and in 10 minutes flat, plus you can choose from over 15 different finishes to match any home. Oh, and the three-tier version is just $16 — no wonder it's a number-one best seller.
A Hand-Crafted Ceramic Essential Oil Diffuser
All essential oil diffusers provide hydration and aromatherapy, but this one is an accent piece unlike any other. The
Vyaime stone diffuser is hand-crafted from ceramic porcelain, so it looks way more expensive than it is. It also has a 120-milliliter tank that can run for up to 10 hours, an ultrasonic motor that creates micro-molecules without heat, and a color-changing light with seven shades to choose from.
These Under-Shelf Baskets For Your Office Or Fridge
Get way more storage space out of your shelving with these
genius baskets, which hang underneath to hold anything that doesn't stack particularly well. The snug arms adjust to suit multiple shelf thicknesses, so you can use them in your office for supplies, your laundry room for socks, your kitchen for dishware or spices, and even your refrigerator for produce.
Some Of The Top-Selling Candles On Amazon
Chesapeake Bay creates some of the
best-selling candles on Amazon, all because they're made with natural soy wax and infused with essential oils to create "amazing clean [smells] that fill the room." They also come in frosted, subtly colored jars that, put simply, look darn sophisticated. This set includes your choice of two different scents to evoke various moods, and both candles burn for up to 50 hours each.
This Chic, Collapsible Microwave Cover To Prevent Splatters
A microwave accessory has never looked so chic.
The Bezrat splatter cover is made from food-grade glass and BPA-free silicone. It's designed with ventilation holes to keep food moist while also keeping your microwave clean — plus it's dishwasher-safe and collapses down for effortless storage. Get it in black or red.
A Set Of 2 Pillowcases Made From Real Silk
Yes, they'll look super sophisticated sitting on your bed, but the benefits don't end there. Buyers say these
Jocoku pillowcases are "really good for skin and hair," all because the genuine mulberry silk evenly distributes moisture instead of absorbing it like cotton. They're also cooling and friction-reducing, and you can get them in three sizes and seven colors.
This 2-Roll Toilet Paper Dispenser With A Brilliant Shelf
If you bring your phone into the bathroom with you, you're not alone — which is likely why this
genius shelf has a near-perfect rating. It easily mounts to the wall in order to hold up to two rolls of toilet paper, but the built-in shelf also offers room for your tissues, reading material, and electronic devices. It comes in four different finishes, and buyers call it "one of the most useful and practical purchases" they've ever made for their bathroom.
A Faux-Fur Throw That Adds Sophistication To Any Room
Available in a huge range of colors, this
Chanasya throw blanket has reviewers raving: "It looks like a luxurious throw that should be in a 5-star hotel!" The faux-fur is actually made from warm, elegant microfiber, and it can be machine-washed in cold water in case of spills. Most importantly, people say it's "honestly one of the softest materials" they've ever felt.
This Double-Sided Felt Letter Board To Personalize Your Home
Elegant accents and smart organizational hacks can tie a space together — but personalization adds warmth and makes it your own. This
customizable board comes with script words and felt letters (in both white and gold) so you can create any phrase you want. It's also double-sided, so you can choose between a black or gray background, while the weathered wood border gives it a rustic-farmhouse appearance.
This Magnetic Refrigerator Rack To Minimize Counter Clutter
Maybe your countertop is cluttered because you like to keep the essentials within reach — or maybe you couldn't fit them in the cabinets if you tried. Either way, this
magnetic refrigerator rack makes your clutter look intentional and keeps the important stuff handy. It has various hooks for utensils, multiple shelves for bottles, and some rolls for paper towels, foil, and plastic wrap. The magnets attach without damage to your fridge or washing machine — or you can mount it to a wall or door thanks to the built-in screw holes.
These Awesome Soaps That Look Like Gemstone Rocks
It's little touches like these that give your home an elevated feel.
BODY & EARTH soaps create a rich lather that cleanses and hydrates skin, but they're designed to look exactly like real gemstone rocks. "The scents are so enjoyable and they're so pretty to look at," one buyer wrote, while another said, "I remodeled [my] guest bath and these soaps make a statement."
A Mat That's So Absorbent, Buyers Say It's "Like Magic"
super absorbent mat, you can add some charm to your entryway while simultaneously keeping the rest of the house clean. "It can absorb anything like magic!" one buyer wrote. "Just step on it, and it will it will absorb dirt, dust, mud, etc.." It's also low-profile so it won't get in the way of your doors, machine-washable to keep it working like new, and non-slip to keep you, your guests, and your pets safe. Get it in three sizes and eight colors.
This Magnetic Sink Rack For Your Sponge
In case you haven't noticed, I'm a huge fan of utilizing magnets to help me organize my stuff. The
SWEMOX sponge holder effortlessly attaches to the side of your sink, so your sponge can drip-dry without mildew, your counter and sink-rim stay clear, and your dish-washing accessories remain within reach. One buyer raved, "This is one of those inventions that you say to yourself, 'Why didn't I think of this!'"
These Slots That Double Your Shoe Storage Space
Organize, store, and display twice as many shoes in half the amount of space.
Yashong shoe racks stack virtually any pair one on top of the other (on your shelves or on the floor), and they adjust from 3.7 to 7.1 inches to hold everything from loafers to stilettos. This pack of 10 costs just $19, and they're available in black or white.
A Functional 4-Piece Mason Jar Set For Your Bathroom
Turn your essentials into statement pieces with this
mason jar bathroom set from Amolliar. It comes with two apothecary jars to store your cotton balls and swabs, plus a dispenser for liquid soap and an open-topped organizer for toothbrushes. All of the lids are made from food-grade stainless steel and come in your choice of black, bronze, or nickel — and the set even includes optional stickers.
This Digital Alarm Clock That's As Sleek As They Come
Display the time, temperature, and humidity with this
minimalist, modern alarm clock. It's available in four wood finishes and allows you to set up to three alarms and your ideal brightness levels. (Or, if you're sensitive to light at night, you can turn off the LED display entirely and set it to sound-sensitive.) "While it looks lovely in pictures, this alarm clock is even more beautiful outside the box," one reviewer wrote.
These Mesh Bags With Countless Uses
Sorting laundry, carrying groceries, storing toys, running errands, packing for a day at the beach — you'll find countless uses for these
Hotshine reusable bags, but when they're not in use, they'll look great hanging from hooks and doorknobs. They're made from a 100% cotton mesh, so they can support up to 40 pounds each, and you can get them in one color or a variety.
A Magnetic Spice Rack That Saves You Time & Space
If you're like most people, you've dedicated an entire cabinet to spice bottles that are hard to spot and always toppling over. No longer. This genius
spice organizer comes with 12 magnetic jars; they all have clear windows, included labels, and small dispenser holes as well as large slots. They then attach to the included stainless steel sheet, which you can mount to a wall or cabinet door — or forego the sheet altogether and stick these spice jars on the fridge.
This Slipcover To Give Any Old Sofa A Makeover
Give your existing couch an instant makeover with this
top-rated slipcover from Easy-Going. It's available in just about any solid color you can imagine and it comes in two pieces so it looks like real upholstery. The microfiber material is stretchy, soft, and machine-washable, and buyers say it "fits well and looks great." (This one's for a loveseat, but you can also get one for a larger sofa.)
This Genius Tray If You Don't Have Room For A Side Table
So your favorite chair is situated several feet away from the closest flat surface — no problem. This
brilliant tray drapes over most couch and chair arms to hold your morning coffee, glasses, remote controls, or beer. The sides are made from adjustable bamboo panels, while the center has a non-slip, stain-resistant coating that won't require a coaster.
This LED Strip Light For Ambiance & Convenience
Put it in your walk-in closet, so when you open the doors, you get instant illumination. Install it underneath your counters or TV console for modern-looking ambiance. Line your hallway or staircase so you can get to and from the bathroom in the dark. Emphasize your bookcase. Honestly, this
19-foot Sensky strip light looks great anywhere, and the motion-activated LEDs are bright, convenient, and energy-efficient.
Some Cotton Area Rugs That Tie A Room Together
two area rugs are made from cotton and feature stylish tassels. They're also available in seven geometric patterns and four sizes — and since you can toss them in the washing machine, they're fine in high-traffic areas. Line your entryway or hallway, add some warmth to your laundry room, soften your sink in the kitchen, or give your bedroom a charming touch, all for $27.
These Flameless Candles That "Look Incredibly Real"
Even though they feature an accident-proof LED light instead of a real flame, these
Sandstone & Sage candles look exactly like the real thing, according to buyers. They're made from genuine wax, the bulb dims and brightens several times a second, and the synthetic flame actually moves to simulate fire. They're even battery-operated for wireless use and come with a remote control with timers and dimming functions.
These Tassel Hand Towels Made From 100% Cotton
Practicality meets just plain pretty with these
Turkish hand towels from Clotho. They're made from 100% cotton (which is absorbent, quick-drying, and durable), and they're larger than the standard size so you can use them for everything from fitness to drying dishes. This set of four comes in green, silver, yellow, or a variety.
A Super Stylish Shower Curtain For Just $10
AmazonBasics shower curtain costs just $10, it might be time for an upgrade. First of all, it comes in four magazine-worthy designs: blue squares, gray stripes, natural herringbone, and plain white. Second, the mildew-resistant, water-repellent fabric can be used with or without a liner, and finally, it even comes with metal grommets and included shower hooks.
This Elegant Organizer To Get Your Workspace In Order
Organize, condense, and keep track of all that important clutter, from your office supplies to your bills. The
Blu Monaco mail organizer is made from a gorgeous, light-finished wood and features all kinds of compartments and drawers, so there's a spot for everything. It even has blocks that function as a perpetual calendar.
A Light Bulb Filled With Purifying Himalayan Salt
Instantly improve your mood lighting and your air quality when you switch out a standard bulb for one of these
Himalayan Glow ones. They're filled with real Himalayan pink salt crystals, so they emit a soothing orange light and release negative ions into your space when heated. "I highly recommend this bulb to everyone who loves the benefits of salt lamps," wrote one reviewer, who said it provides "enough light to work but no so bright it gives me a headache."
This Glue-Free Privacy Film In A Mesmerizing Pattern
Make that ground-floor bathroom a little more practical. Let the light into your bedroom, but not the wandering eyes. Minimize glares in your media room. Cook breakfast with your pants off. All of the aforementioned are possible with
Rabbitgoo window film, which clings to glass (without glue and without damage) to transform a transparent window into a mesmerizing privacy panel. It also blocks UV rays and further insulates your home.
This $30 Dinnerware With Service For 4
Maybe you've broken several plates in your high-end dinnerware set, or maybe you're still using your mismatched dishes from college. Either way, a replacement set doesn't have to break the bank. This
16-piece set from AmazonBasics has enough dinner plates, dessert plates, mugs, and bowls for four people. The white porcelain is elegant, easy to match, and durable enough for the microwave — all for under $30.
A Tub Caddy That Makes Any Bath Spa-Worthy
Give any tub an instant upgrade with this
luxury caddy, which is adjustable to fit most baths and made from quality bamboo. It has various compartments and cut-outs to hold your wine, lotion, soaps, candles, phone, tablet, and book, and the expandable arms are lined with silicone to prevent any slippery accidents. "Makes my tub experience seem like a spa experience," one buyer said.
Some Adjustable Racks For Hard-To-Store Cookware
If you cringe every time you even
think about opening the pots and pans cabinet, this one's for you: the betterthingshome organizer rack. It's a unique solution with adjustable dividers, so you can customize it to fit your specific pans, lids, cookie sheets, and cutting boards. Use the two racks separately in different cabinets, or combine them to create one elongated one. Either way, it's non-slip, sturdy, and scratch-resistant.
These Stylish Curtains That Block Out Light, Noise, & Visuals
these curtains "look amazing" in any living room, kitchen, bathroom, or bedroom — but they're way more functional than they appear. When closed, the thick, triple-weave fabric blocks out light and UV-rays, reduces external sounds, and provides total privacy from neighbors. The two panels are available in nine colors and six sizes.
This High-Pressure Rain Showerhead For $30
According to reviewers, this
$30 investment from SparkPod "has definitely added that extra look and feel of an upgraded shower just by switching out a simple shower head!" The chrome-plated head has anti-clogging silicone jets that maximize your water pressure and cover your whole body simultaneously — and it connects to any standard shower arm without tools and within a few minutes. Currently, it has over 3,000 reviews and an incredible 4.8-star rating.
These Elegant Pillow Covers That Are Easy To Match
Made from bright, wrinkle-resistant polyester, these 17-inch
decorative pillow covers come in a pack of four and are extremely easy to incorporate into your living spaces. They're available in six stylish colors and include two solid covers and two simple geometric ones, so they're a no-brainer for your beds, couches, or reading nooks. (If you don't have existing throw pillows or inserts, you can get them here for a great price.)
A Gadget That Makes Clothes & Upholstery Look "Like New"
Conair defuzzer has over 12,000 reviews because its mesh-covered blade removes fuzz, lint, and pilling from all types of fabrics. It's also rechargeable and offered in six different colors. "I don't normally rave about things like this," one reviewer wrote, but they can't help it: "Not only is my duvet cover basically brand new, but I have found a new hobby. I’m depilling everything. Sweatshirts, leggings, blankets, socks, anything that looks like it needs some love."
And This Utensil Organizer That Saves Some Serious Space
This is not your average cutlery tray. Instead of separating utensils so they're in side-by-side compartments, Joseph Joseph created a
revolutionary design that layers spoons, forks, and knives on top of each other to take up less than 5 inches across your drawer. It comes in gray or white, and you can also opt for the larger size that has room for gadgets and serving utensils. Bustle may receive a portion of sales from products purchased from this article, which was created independently from Bustle's editorial and sales departments.