June 14, 2024


Body and Interior

41 Cheap Products To Make You Less Bored Of Your Home

Home may be where the boredom is, but now it can also be where the teensy desk waterfall and rainbow sun catchers are.

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A cloud-shaped magnetic key holder for an absurdly cute storage option for keys. I dare anyone to forget something dangling from this lil’ cloud.


Promising review: “This is the cutest way to hold keys ever! And it was mad easy to install: peel and stick. I don’t know how I ever survived just using a hook instead of this cute magnet cloud. Excellent housewarming gift too. I now take it with wine as a gift for any friends/family moving.” —Clemmie C.

Get it from Amazon for $7.98.


An eye-catching moon phase garland that’ll catch the sunlight streaming in through your window and make the room look like ~magic~.


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 $21.99.


A Baby Yoda dishwasher magnet so cute that washing the dishes will be your new favorite chore. This lil’ bub is reversible, so you’ll always know whether the dishes in the dishwasher are “clean” or “dirty” and avoid any dirty dish-related mishaps.


Promising review: “Who doesn’t love Baby Yoda? I was tired of my husband saying he didn’t know if they were clean or not and with us being Star Wars fans I had to go with this design — it’s just adorable!” —Melsa

Get it from Amazon for $9.43.


A set of stackable trays in pretty pastels and geometric designs that are as versatile as they are cute — you can use them to display jewelry *or* food.


Promising review: “I purchased these trays for food displays. They are thin and pretty small but everything looked great on them! They definitely can’t handle anything incredibly heavy so in the future I’d use them as decorative trays for utensils/napkins or cheese platters but you can’t beat the price. I love the colors.” —melissa houghtalin

Get it from Amazon for $9.99 (for a set of four).


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!!


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 $8.99+ (available in four sizes).


A custom floral coaster for your bedside table to rest your morning coffee and nighttime tea on, because what are any of us deep down except cute vessels for hot beverages? That’s what I thought.

Poppy & Pour/Etsy

Poppy & Pour is a California-based Etsy shop established in 2020 that specializes in custom flower coasters, keychains, and more.

Promising review: “I got this for my daughter as a Valentine’s day present and she absolutely loved it! It’s s great, small gift for someone, especially for the price, it looks expensive!” —Claudia

Get it from Poppy & Pour on Etsy for $12+ (available with or without gold trim, two different edge patterns, six colors, and with or without gold flakes).

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Promising review: “Awesome addition to my workspace environment. I’ve tried several fountains so far. This one is awesome, the pump is quiet, as is the water, it simply provides a really nice environmental impact on my workspace. I run it up to eight hours in a day, use distilled water only and clean it periodically, and it’s running just like new after several weeks. Not all of the fountains that I’ve tried work quite so well, I’m impressed and happy with this purchase. Six-month update: If I could give this thing 6 stars, I would. It runs so quiet, and I nearly let it go dry last weekend *(three-day weekend and forgot to turn it off…) — once I filled it up again it was just as quiet as ever. I’m beyond impressed. Still cleaning it periodically and using only distilled water.” —Rod

Get it from Amazon for $22.75.


A floating hidden bookshelf that’ll more than earn its keep — not only is this a chic way to show off and organize your favorite books, but a lot of reviewers used them for clever displays for shoes and memorabilia.

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Also, the weight capacity on these is NO JOKE. Even the smaller ones hold up to 15 pounds, to the point where reviewers were balancing textbooks on them.

Promising review: “If you are running out of space for your books, get these bad boys right away. They are incredibly strong, can hold several heavy books, and give your bedroom an incredible look.” —Amazon Customer

Get it from Amazon for $12.99+ (available in two sizes individually or as a set of three and in silver and white).


A The Office door sign any fan of the show deserves to hang outside their home office area for authenticity’s sake (after all, you miss 100% of the signs you don’t hang).


Promising review: “I love The Office and love having a piece of it in my home office. Great little sign. Good quality and adhesion is strong. Highly recommend!!” —Bethie D.

Get it from Amazon for $7.99.


A rainbow prism suncatcher you can easily hang indoors or out to refract sunlight and make a bunch of teensy little rainbows all over the place, like your bedroom is your own little magical realm.

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Promising review: “They actually were bigger than I anticipated which was actually pretty awesome. I hung them in the window of my office and its beautiful when they catch light. Definitely worth the money when it puts a smile on your face.” —Emmy Ann

Get a set of two from Amazon for $10.88.


A set of three adorable, machine-washable Swedish dish cloths you can get in all sorts of different patterns to match your kitchen’s vibe.


Psst — these are super absorbent and designed with a cross-hatch pattern for easier scrubbing, and each one of these can replace over a DOZEN paper towel rolls. The Brawny paper towel man is shaking.

Promising review: “I originally picked these up to use in lieu of nasty, nasty dishrags that invoke my inner THIS IS NOT CLEAN demon. Since then, I have used them for everything from cleaning the kitchen to wiping up spills. After use, just toss in the wash and they are ready to go again. They are the perfect size and do an excellent job on every task to which I have applied them. They come in a variety of fun prints and I have yet to wear one out. Paper towel usage has taken a real nosedive, which is a good thing given its relative scarcity at present.” —sandra simpson-kraft

Get a three-pack from Amazon for $15.99+ (available in 12 prints).


A set of popular fairy lights that will instantly brighten a dim room up in an unconventional way — 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 it from Amazon for $17.99.


A eucalyptus lavender pouch for your shower, bath, or bathroom sink that will give you decadent ~spa vibes~ when their relaxing scents are released by the steam from hot water.

Eucalyptus Blooms/Etsy

Psst — a lot of people use eucalyptus for allergy, congestion, and even anxiety relief.

Eucalyptus Blooms is a North Carolina-based, woman-owned business that specializes in eucalyptus bunches designed to freshen up your home.

Promising review: “These smell AMAZING, and they’re such a perfect size for the shower. I used to have big bundles of eucalyptus, but they always took up so much space. These are perfectly sized and the blend of Eucalyptus and Lavender is HEAVENLY.” —Maggie

Get a set of three from Eucalyptus Blooms on Etsy for $13.59 (this shop offers free shipping!).


A set of LED light strips that lets you customize the color, brightness, and timing of the lights, and control it through an app on your phone. Why settle for an ordinary TV when you can make it look like a Fancy As Heck TV??

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It comes with adhesive strips and hooks, a Wi-Fi controller, and an adapter, so you can easily install and sync it in your home with everything included. You can even customize it to pulse to the beat of whatever music you’re playing. Basically your house can become the most exclusive quarantine club in the neighborhood.

Promising review: “With this pandemic I had been looking for ways to liven up the mood and I have to say these lights did the job!! They are so much fun!! They go with the music! If you are looking for ways to bring some fun to your life without leaving home or just to add a touch of brightness to your home, these lights will do the job!” —Haze

Get it from Amazon for $39.99 (available in two lengths).


A small, portable rechargeable bedside lamp with a touch ability so you can tap-tap-tap your way through different brightness levels and colors *and* take it wherever you want in the room, depending on the vibe.

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Promising review: “I was so happy with the first one I bought that I purchased another shortly afterward. In addition to several levels of brightness for regular light, you can select one of several colors for mood/night lighting. You change your lighting selection with a simple finger tap on the top of the lamp. To turn on/off, just press lightly for a couple of seconds. The light is USB powered (most newer nightstands/tables have a USB port) and the battery lasts a long time. You get a lot of light for your money — I strongly recommend this product.” —Amazon Customer

Get it from Amazon for $19.99.


A lightweight vinyl line art planter to add a little shine wherever your space needs it most.

Fat Mama Market/Etsy

Fat Mama Market is a Washington-based, Black-owned Etsy shop established in 2020 that specializes in custom-designed plastic and ceramic planters.

Promising review: “This pot is super lightweight and cute! It fits my pothos plant perfectly and the drainage holes and tray are a nice bonus!” —Kelsey

Get it from Fat Mama Market on Etsy for $16+ (available in 20 styles).


A set of floating shelves perfect for adding some dimension to the room *and* giving you a place to display all your Funkos and knickknacks.


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 of three from Amazon for $28.99+ (available in two colors).


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


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 $12.99 (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 $14.99.


A set of minimalist hooks for a uniform, orderly way to show off your favorite accessories and precious plant babies, aka the lights of your life.

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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. Definitely worth the upgrade.” —Amazon Customer

Get a set of two from Amazon for $16.49 (also available in wood beech).


A set of decorative succulents to liven up your work space so you can be like, “Nature, but not the kind I’m responsible for keeping alive.”


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 $29.99.


A night-light projector with customizable options to make your entire ceiling look like the night sky or calming ocean waves, instantly making any room in your house feel like the inside of a space odyssey movie.

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It even comes with a built-in Bluetooth music speaker so you can sync your favorite songs or audio with it, plus a remote with 10 color and dimming options so you can control it from wherever you are in the room.

Promising review: “Bought this for a galactic-themed party recently, and I’m amazed by the quality! The LED lights are crisp and clear, and very colorful on empty canvases. This can also be used for kids’ rooms, gaming rooms, or for a night under the ‘stars’ when it’s rainy out. The instructions are clear on which buttons are which on the remote control, so you can change the colors of the simulated nebulas, set timers, etc. easily.” —Shin-Chiao Fang

Get it from Amazon for $34.99.


A brush holder so glam and versatile you’ll want one in every room — reviewers use them to hold makeup brushes, combs, and even floral arrangements.

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Promising review: “I got this to put my brushes and combs in and it’s gorgeous. It is a great addition to my bathroom and a great place to store my brushes and combs. I ordered the gold one and the pictures don’t do it justice. I really like the gems; they’re super pretty. It gives the room an elegant touch. The holder is a good size that allows you to fit a few brushes and combs in it. It’s very sturdy and durable. My daughter has already snuck off with it a few times and so far, surprisingly no harm has been done. Overall, I’m happy with my purchase.” —Kristine

Get it from Amazon for $12.86 (available in silver and gold).


A fluffy area rug to add some texture to your bedroom (and also make it feel like you’re rolling out of bed straight onto your own personal cloud).


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 $23.99 (available in 14 colors and various sizes, from 2.6′ x 5.3′ to 5.3′ x 7.6′).


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


Promising review: “So this was a total impulse buy, but I’m sooo glad I bought it! Literally no dislikes. I bought the mustard yellow in the 60×80 and it’s the greatest thing everrrr. So pretty and comfortable. I’m obsessed. 🥰 I will definitely be purchasing as a gift for family and friends in the future.” —Kasandra Emerson

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


Or a truly iconic tortilla blanket so that everyone in your household can achieve the greatest aspiration of them all: becoming a human burrito.


Promising review: “My son (7) loves tacos and I wanted to get him something to soften the quarantine blow and THIS WAS IT! He has had the blanket (so soft!) around him for the past three weeks, pretty much nonstop. Thank you to the makers for letting my son ‘become a burrito!'” —VA Resident

Get it from Amazon for $21.99 (available in seven styles, including waffles and pizza).


A digital download of WFH-themed wall art with some *Zoom’s kiss* level sass to give you something to look forward to when you post up at your desk for the day.

Kiki & Nim/Etsy

Kiki & Nim is a Texas-based Etsy shop established in 2015 that specializes in modern, mid-century, minimalist, and boho printables.

Promising review: “Perfect addition! It was the last thing I needed to ‘complete’ our room! I get so many compliments on it!” —Traci Skala

Get them as digital downloads from Kiki & Nim on Etsy: the “work from home” print for $4.80 and the “just following up” print for $4.80 (originally $6).


A statement wall decal that’s preeeetty much a godsend for renters — all the joy of having a gorgeous design on the wall without any of the explaining why the paint doesn’t match to your landlord later.


Promising review: “I loved this! Made a wonderful addition to my bedroom. I actually separated the flowers and put them on two 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.


A decorative woven basket for your odds and ends that not only adds some beach house vibes to your living room, but casually lets the world know that you are, in fact, an avid viewer of HGTV.


Promising review: “I am so in love with this basket! Amazing quality and looks so pretty in the corner of my living room! Highly recommend!! I have a boho-styled living room.” —Yesenia

Get it from Target for $18.


A toilet night-light for the rave vibes that, quite frankly, your otherwise boring toilet deserves. A bonus is that you can also navigate the bathroom at night without stubbing your toe on 86 things.


This LED toilet light has 16 colors that can work on a rotation or as a solid color.

Promising review: “I love this and so do my sons. I had to buy another one for a gift because they loved mine so much. It works perfectly. The sensor is very sensitive. It turns on when you walk past the bathroom. The light is bright enough that you don’t have to turn on the light every time you go in the bathroom. I catch myself reaching for the light switch out of habit and smile because I don’t have to flip the switch and waste electric.” —Rose Lamb

Get it from Amazon for $9.99.


A tiered plant stand so you can add a relaxing focal point to any room (not to mention a Proud Plant Parent flex).


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 $34.99+ (psst — you can check out other sizes and tiers here).


An abstract print in rich colors that will make anyone who sees them on Zoom go, “Ooh, where’d you get that?”


Nonily is a California-based, Black-owned Etsy shop established in 2020 that specializes in printable wall art.

Promising review: “The studio owner is very communicative. I printed my download with Shutterfly and it turned out perfect!” —Megan Berry

Get them as digital downloads from Nonily on Etsy: the earring art print for $4.99 and the mountain range art print for $4.99.


A set of rainbow flatware to make every meal feel so upscale and trendy you might just make your entire kitchen a colorful oasis 🌈.


Promising review: “I got these originally as a supplemental silverware set. My friends all compliment them all the time because of how nice they are! I am so happy with this purchase. Will be buying another set for my friend as birthday gift. because I think it would be a great and unique birthday gift for her and her boyfriend.” —Ashley Ferris

Get a 20-piece set from Amazon for $23.99 (available in eight sets).


A geometric drawer knob to give your dresser the kind of instant modern makeover that’ll make all the other furniture in your bedroom be like, “Um? Me next??”

Hooks And Knobs/Etsy

Hooks And Knobs is a Hawaii-based, family-owned Etsy shop established in 2018 that specializes in decorative hardware.

Promising review: “I love these knobs so much! They’re beautiful and the seller is incredibly helpful and kind. Would 100% order again!” —Whitney scherkenbach

Get it from Hooks And Knobs on Etsy for $8 each.


A sophisticated tile backsplash to give your boring kitchen some personality at a fraction of the price and *none* of the commitment — the adhesive is easily removed if you change your mind or are renting.


Promising review: “These tiles are amazing! I put them up in a couple of hours by myself and they were very easy to install. They lined up exactly as they should with each section and they tile beautifully! You wouldn’t know they weren’t professionally installed unless I told you! I’ve had them up since May and they haven’t budged. I absolutely love them! They made a great addition to the kitchen and compliment my white cabinets and stainless steel appliances perfectly! If you’re looking for an easy way to give your kitchen a fresh look, this is it!” —L. Rossi

Get five sheets from Amazon for $22.99.


A macrame hanging wall mirror so you can jazz the room up with arguably its most stunning feature: your human face ❤️.


Promising review: “I’ve had it for about a week but I really like it! I cut the bottom threads as they were a little too long for where I wanted to hang it. This was my second purchase from this brand, I liked the first product I got so I gave this a shot and for the second time I’m very impressed for the price. Also, it’s a real mirror, not one of the wonky plastic funhouse ones.” —Molly B

Get it from Amazon for $15.99.


A pack of outlet decals you can sneak all over the house so you can have a ‘stache laugh whenever you plug in the air fryer.


Promising review: “These little guys brighten my day, every day. They don’t peel off unless I am trying to remove them and they are just a happy little home accessory.” —Renee

Get a pack of 24 from Amazon for $7.99.


A set of nail letters for a minimalist vibe that still feels super personal, and as I’ve discovered, is also a great way to accidentally remind everyone of your name when they see it in the background of Zoom calls!!


Promising review: “These letter nails are perfect! A fun enhancement for your wall, easy to ‘nail in’, well made and made just the statement I wanted. Highly recommend.” —cheeky1

Get it from Anthropologie for $8 per letter (available in most letters).


A rainbow sink strainer so the next time someone tries to tell you life isn’t all rainbows and unicorns, you can be like, “Tell that to my ridiculously cute kitchen.”

Urban Outfitters

Promising review: “Love this! Popped up when I was scrolling and realised i need one. The rainbow got me, makes my sink look cute (if that’s a thing).” —madimadzz

Get it from Urban Outfitters for $8.


A bread loaf pillow for anyone who wants to make their dream of living inside a warm baguette at least a partial reality.


Promising review: “This is one of the greatest gifts for someone who loves pillows or bread. I got this for my wife. She loves it. She laughed at it. Is it comfortable? You bet your bottom dollar it is. It heats up just like a fresh loaf of bread right out of the oven if you sleep hot.” —J’s Review

Get it from Amazon for $21.68.


A set of peel-and-stick staircase stickers so you can feel like you’re going on a thrilling adventure every time you actually just need to go upstairs to grab your computer charger.

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Promising review: “With the new normal of 2020, I find myself finding ways to enjoy my surroundings at home. This project was a lot easier than I expected and brings a bit of fun inside. I did buy a yardstick and angle ruler (I think that’s what it’s called) to help with the measurements. We also had a measuring tape for the stairs. We live in a split level home so our steps are split. The pack was one short so we used contact paper for the final step. This was just what I expected and we enjoy the indoor artwork.” —Samantha Garcia

Get it from Amazon for $19.99+ (available in 16 prints and in various sizes/number of pieces based on the print).


A sweet little dust ruffle to add some whimsy to your bedroom. 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.)


Promising review: “Works great — length is perfect for raising a bed for extra storage or using it normally. It’s nonslip 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).

You beholding the tortilla blanket draped on your couch:


Reviews have been edited for length and/or clarity.

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