25 Little Decor Upgrades That Are Cheaper Than Buying New Furniture

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A set of fairy lights that will instantly brighten a dim room up in an unconventional way, and spare you the energy and time of wrangling with a new floor lamp.


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It even comes with eight different light modes, including a *twinkle* mode, with a controller attached to the lights so you can easily switch between them.

Promising review: “Love the ease of these lights! I bought two sets for two different bedrooms for my daughters and they ABSOLUTELY love them! They are easy to hang up over the curtains. I love that I don’t have to worry about trying to string together several strands of Christmas lights that are way too long and super heavy over the curtain rod. The LED lights are very lightweight so they don’t put any extra weight on my curtain rods. Also, we love the different light modes that it can do. My girls love the warm glow that it gives to their bedrooms. The first thing my almost teenage daughter said was, ‘My room looks like a Pinterest room!’ So overall, it was a WIN-WIN! Definitely worth the money!” —stayathomemom

Get them from Amazon for $17.99.

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A set of floating shelves perfect for adding some dimension to the room *and* solving some of the clutter that was disrupting the space and giving you a decor itch in the first place.


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Promising review:These I have to say are super cute and trendy. I have wanted shelves like this for so long but nothing stood out, then I came across these. They are exactly what I was looking for with colors! They are made very well, for the price. Comes with all the hardware to install and easy as you have to screw on the brackets yourself. I love that you have a few different choice on how to put the bracket.” —Janna

Get a set from Amazon for $25.99.

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A loveseat cover that will update your old “blah” couch with a pop of color in an instant — not to mention save it from the perilous hazards of pet scratches, wine stains, and the pad thai you dropped watching Love Is Blind.


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Promising review: “I was pleasantly surprised by the quality and appearance of this chair cover. We have very large chairs, and the design made of easy to fit over the top and looks like it was made for the chair. BONUS: both sides of the arms have deep pockets for holding books and magazines. This further helps keep the room tidy, in addition to protecting the chair from kids.” —Sunnie

Get it from Amazon for $32.98 (available in 10 sizes and nine colors).

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A set of decorative succulents to give all your furniture some breathing room — sometimes all you really need to give a space a whole new mood is put some plants in it.


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Promising review: “Looooove these little guys. They look incredibly real, and give some life to the apartment. I have these on my coffee table and a few in the bathrooms. I get compliments on them all the time — just bought more for my sister!” —Lee A.

Get a set of four from Amazon for $24.99.

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A waterproof, stain-resistant faux marble granite adhesive you can use on an old desk to magic it into a sleeker, brand new version. Just THINK of all the Instagram flatlays you can stage on it now!!


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Promising review:I took a chance and bought this originally as a ‘BandAid fix’ to re-finish a desk. I had looked in stores in the contact paper aisles, but all of them were just that … paper. THIS item is actually a thin sheet of vinyl (?) with adhesive, and I ended up liking it so much I bought more and re-finished my kitchen countertop with it as well! Highly recommended if you want to change the look of your counters but you don’t have the money for a full remodel just yet. It can be cleaned with dish soap and water just like a real countertop.” —Ezra Boyd

Get it from Amazon for $7.99+ (available in four sizes).

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A set of corduroy pillow covers to switch up the color accents on your bed or cozy up your old reading chair (which, thanks to these, just became your napping chair).


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Promising review: “These pillow covers exceeded my expectations. I needed to cover up some older and worn decorative pillows, so I chose solid corduroy to accent my home colors. The cool thing about these covers is that, along with fitting well, the fabric is super soft! Most decorative pillow covers tend to be scratchy; we ACTUALLY use our pillows for naps, so this is great! The coverings easily slipped over my pillows, and the zipper closing worked with ease. The color was just as shown (blue). I will definitely order these again.” —zbergteacher

Get a set of two covers from Amazon for $12.88 (available in 27 colors and 7 sizes).

If you’re looking for affordable pillow inserts to match the covers, you can buy a set of two 18×18 hypoallergenic pillow inserts on Amazon for $17.99.

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A pom-pom throw that will instantly ~pizzazz~ a tired chair or old duvet cover. (That is, if you can soft something this soft without immediately falling asleep on it.)


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Promising review: “This is such a soft blanket and great to snuggle on the couch with. It is beautiful, too! The pom-pom trim adds a great touch that makes this blanket a little unique from so many of the blankets on the market. It looks pretty and is super soft. It is a nice weight, not too heavy, not too light, just right!” —W

Get it from Amazon for $23.99 (available in eight colors and two sizes).

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A fluffy area rug to tie the pieces in your bedroom together in a fresh way (and make your feet feel like you’re stepping onto a cloud on Mount Olympus instead of stumbling into yet another Tuesday on Earth).


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Promising review: “Best rug EVER!! No seriously … it is so soft! Bought this one for our living room. We have a similar rug we purchased at Lowes for three times the price for our bedroom and my husband and I decided that we would buy this one again instead. We are actually ordering two more for the baby’s room and our middle daughter’s room. So many people have complimented this rug and asked us to send them the link!” —Ashley Bryan

Get it from Amazon for $22.99 (available in 14 colors and various sizes, from 2.6′ x 5.3′ to 5.3′ x 7.6′).

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An eye-catching moon phase garland that’ll give some balance to the space above your bed just as effectively as splurging on a new bed frame.


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Promising review: “I’m an incoming freshman this fall and I bought this to add some personality to my dorm. It has beyond exceeded my expectations! I placed it directly on top of my dorm bed as shown in the display photos and am so pleased with how it looks. It fits perfectly with the grey/white color scheme I was going for and have received numerous compliments from both my friends and RAs when they’ve visited. I cannot stress enough how much of an ‘aesthetic feel’ it adds to my dorm.” —jhsgf

Get it from Amazon for $19.99 (also available in silver).

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A scented (!!) pastel drawer and shelf liner to add a personal touch to your dresser and desk, and make you fall for them all over again. And TBH, who doesn’t want their desk supplies and aggressive collection of Harry Potter socks smelling like English Lavender?

Promising review: “These drawer liners are EXACTLY what I was looking and hoping for. They are heavy high quality and the scent is wonderful. It is fresh and substantial but not overpowering! I am so happy with them and I will definitely order them again. They would definitely make a great gift too. The box is very nice and high quality too!” —Mary T

Get it from Amazon for $18.99 (also available in English Rose and Fresh Linen).

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A bottle of wood polish that will save your old bookshelves, tables, end tables, and anything made of wood you were worried about having to replace. This stuff is pretty much on par with putting your furniture in a time machine.


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Promising review: “This stuff is absolutely AMAZING. My wife and I were getting tired of looking at our worn-out cabinets and wood paneling and were very close to paying a professional thousands of dollars to refinish it all, but then we came across this product. Our paneling and cabinets were looking rough. We have two dogs that jumped up and scratched places, we also had an area that was damaged by water spots where our dog bowls were, and several other areas that were just worn from heavy traffic. Take a look at the pictures to see the before and afters. This stuff was like a magic eraser for water spots, scratches, scuffs, and any other blemish. We simply wiped the product on with a paper towel and let it sit for 20 minutes before wiping it off with a clean towel. Everything looks brand new. I’m buying a couple more so we can finish our cabinets and wood paneling. We’re so glad we found this product.” —Kris

Get a bottle from Amazon for $8.48.

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A set of vase bookends to help organize your the books that don’t fit on the shelf with some unexpected whimsy, instead of committing to yet *another* bookshelf upgrade to accommodate your growing piles of paperbacks.


Uncommon Goods

Promising review: “I fell in love with these glass vase bookends when I bought a set for my sister for Christmas. I love flowers and have many in my garden, so I decided to treat myself to a set. They are perfect to set off flowers and support a few special books on the shelf in my bedroom.” —Bonnie

Get a set of two from Uncommon Goods for $45.

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A removable peel-and-stick wallpaper that can not only give a room an entirely new vibe with an accent wall, but compleeeetely transform an old end table or set of drawers.


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Best part is, if you change your mind later on, you can just peel it right back off!

Promising review: “I change this out a lot, it’s in the dining room. I get tired the same ole thing. This paper is thin but not too thin, it was easy to trim on the edges and easy to work with. I’m very pleased with it!” —chuckle

Get it from Novogratz on Amazon for $52.99.

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Or if you’re looking for something a little warmer, a sun-themed peel and stick wallpaper you can use on the wall or on cabinets to brighten them up. I can practically see you photosynthesizing now.


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Get it from Urban Outfitters for $49.

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A set of minimalist wall hooks to give your walls a sense of yourself (BEHOLD your extremely cute accessories!!), and declutter the space so you can actually *appreciate* the pieces you already have.


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Promising review: “I am chronically cold and have a bunch of very nice knit cardigans. I usually end up leaving them laying over chair backs or recliners and cluttering things up, so I bought these to have a good place to hang them. The thick wood prevents stretching damage from the weight of the sweaters, and not using a hook prevents damage and holes in the knit. They are beautiful quality wood, smoothly finished. Definitely worth the upgrade.” —Lynn M.

Get a set from Amazon for $14.99.

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A flower garland you can use to accent furniture and walls in an unexpected way, transforming your old furniture into something that looks like it casually fell out of a Jane Austen novel.


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Promising review: “So I wanted to go ham on decorating my room, and thought it’d be really cute to wrap flower garland around my string lights. These were perfect! You get so much and they’re so pretty. I want to get more to put other places in my room, they’re so cute.” —Amazon Customer

Get it from Amazon for $13.99 (available in 11 styles).

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A luxurious new duvet cover in a different color than the one you already have, so you can test your furniture’s ~range~ to keep up with your new bed aesthetic.


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Promising review: “This duvet cover needs no breaking in! Incredibly lightweight and soft to the touch, it is brushed making it super soft and great to snuggle with at night. I think it will be cool in the summer and warm in the winter. I bought a new down alternative duvet to go with it and I am very happy with the results of my Amazon bedroom makeover.” —Holly Landuyt

Get it from Amazon for $38.99 (available in five colors in Twin, Queen, and King).

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An eye-popping pintuck pillow to save your most boring piece of furniture — I’m looking at you, gray IKEA couch that 78% of us own — and magic it into something eclectic and eye-catching.


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Promising review: “Comfiest, cutest, and coziest pillow ever! Adds texture and a pop of colour in a room.” —EHass

Get one from Urban Outfitters for $39 (or two for $69; available in 10 colors).

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A set of dainty lace curtains for the littler windows in your bedroom and living room to give the whole space an understated elegance, and also make you feel like you should have a cup of warm tea in your hands at all times.


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Promising review: “I am very pleased with the valances I ordered. They are just what I wanted, light and airy looking and they were the finishing touch to complete the bedroom.” —Coco

Get it from Bed Bath & Beyond for $29.99+ (available in three sizes).

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A statement wall decal to set such a bold new tone for the room that everything in it will seem just as bold and intentional (except for that one chair where all your not-quite-dirty clothes live, but that’s a project for another day).


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Promising review: “I loved this! Made a wonderful addition to my bedroom. I actually separated the flowers and put them on 2 different walls, it’s bigger than I thought but if you want it to look exactly as pictured you will need to pull up the picture from amazon and place on the wall as shown. Or do your own thing like I did.” —Tanisha McNamara

Get it from Amazon for $17.99.

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A set of removable dining chair slipcovers available in so many colors that you can swap them out every season, so it’s *basically* the rush of buying new furniture without the money and commitment.


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Promising review: “Who knew it was so easy to cover chairs? When the fabric on my chairs got stained, and I couldn’t get the stains out, I bought new chairs. What a waste of money! Then I saw these covers. They made my chairs look brand new. I love them! They are super easy to install.” —Michael L. Pina

Get a set of six from Amazon for $39.99+ (available in 12 colors and three sizes).

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A three-tier hanging basket to give some personality to all the open space in your bedroom or your kitchen, and spare you from investing in another bar cart or nightstand for storage. Let your various fruits and colorful knick knacks SHINE.

Promising review: “Hangs really nicely in my dorm room. Was worried about how much weight it could hold, but it’s sturdy and robust. Super pretty and a nice way to get some additional storage :)” —joceeeechristine

Get it from Urban Outfitters for $39.

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A tiered plant stand that will free up the space all your green bbs are taking up on your actual furniture, and also give the room a relaxing focal point to put anyone who walks in at ease.


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Promising review: “Ordered the smaller size — it is small and yet sturdy, looks very elegant and is good quality and finish. Assembling was super easy. I am going to order one more. Loved it and highly recommend it.” —Ashutosh Agte

Get it from Amazon for $35.99+ (available in five tiers and six).

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A sweet little dust ruffle you can use to hide the ugly legs of your metal bed frame, so you don’t have to invest in a full-on wooden one. Plus a dust ruffle means you can shove whatever you want under the bed and it magically disappears forever, since nobody can see! (Forgive, Marie Kondo, I have sinned.)


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Promising review: “Works great — length is perfect for raising a bed for extra storage or using it normally. It’s non-slip and easy to put on.” —Amazon Customer

Get it from Amazon for $11.99+ (available in four colors in Twin, Full, Queen, and King sizes).

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And lastly, Inspire Your Home: Easy Affordable Ideas to Make Every Room Glamorous, a book by home decor expert
Farah Merhi that will give you a ton of inspo for how to shake things up with pieces you already have. You have great taste, after all! Sometimes a room that feels a little “burnt out” just needs to be rearranged and personalized a bit.


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Promising review: “This book blows me away at how well made and put-together it is! Inspire Your Home is well-thought-out and reveals how Farah poured her love into it! It’s amazing how i thought it would be a book of beautiful pictures, but it’s so much more than that. Inspire Your Home allows the reader to see what their style is and not only identify style but more importantly tell their story within their home! It also gives things to consider and gives troubleshooting solutions! It is truly an investment that I’m so glad I have!” —sandra

Get it from Amazon for $22.43.

You and your very relieved bank account sweeping into your newly-decorated space like:


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Reviews have been edited for length and/or clarity.

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