33 Things Under $25 To Update Your Home In 2021

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Transforming your home into your happy place doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg.

We hope you love the products we recommend! All of them were independently selected by our editors. Just so you know, BuzzFeed may collect a share of sales or other compensation from the links on this page if you decide to shop from them. Oh, and FYI — prices are accurate and items in stock as of time of publication.


A surface cover so you can pretend your counters and tables are made from gorgeous, expensive marble.

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Check out our write-up of this inexpensive and super cool marble adhesive surface cover!

Promising review: “I wanted to spruce up my rented apartment’s kitchen counter, and this contact paper did not disappoint. The contact paper is super sticky, but no matter how many times you messed up (and I’ve messed up A LOT!), the contact paper will still be sticky. There is a technique to sticking it so you don’t get bubbles (we used credit cards to force out the bubbles), so you will have to play around with it. Highly recommend it!” —G. Chen

Get it from Amazon for $6.09+ (available in four sizes).


Promising review: “My plant animals arrived on time and they were exactly as described. I was very happy with the packaging and think they make great, unusual little gifts for the plant enthusiast and animal lovers among us. I’m looking forward to visitors spotting them ‘hanging about’ in my home.” —Hazel Coulter

Get it from AnotherStudio on Etsy for $8.42 (available in 17 animals).


Plus, these bulbs come with a lot of super cool features! You can set specific times for the bulbs to turn on and off, use their “sunrise” and “sunset” modes to ease you in and out of the day, sync with your music so the lights change based on the rhythms and dynamics of your favorite songs, AND you can use your camera and photos to select the specific color you want your bulb to match.

Promising review: “I love this lightbulb! The app you download for it is very user friendly, and I adapted to it very quickly. You can adjust brightness and the color all from your phone. One of my favorite features is ‘scene.’ It has a variety of options like ‘romantic,’ ‘reading,’ and the coolest in my opinion: ‘sunrise/sunset.’ Over the span of 15 minutes, it mimics the colors of a sunrise/sunset. It goes from red, to orange, to purple, etc. It’s a very cool lightbulb and I recommend it to all of my friends.” —Kristina Adamik

Get it from Amazon for $13.99.


A lovely hazelnut and coffee-scented candle to make your space smell like a cozy cafe instead of your roommate’s pile of week-old dirty dishes.

Paige’s Candle Co.

Paige’s Candle Co. is a Black woman-owned business, and the candles are vegan and shipped with biodegradable materials.

Get it from Paige’s Candle Co. for $15+ (available in three sizes).


A sleek (but ventilated!) cable box that’ll look much nicer than those ugly piles of tangled cords cluttering up your floor space.


Plus, now your kids and/or pets won’t decide those cords are their new favorite dangerous toys.

Promising review: “The quality of this is great and I love that it makes my desk look so much more organized. It has many openings and can fit a larger extension cord inside of it.” —nancy simmons

Get it from Amazon for $23.99. Check out an option that’ll blend in with wood floors.


Promising review: “I truly can’t get over how well this works! I had never used Lime-A-Way before. I always used a bleach bathroom spray, which would clean, but I still had discoloration in the tub, making it look dirty. I chalked it up to the tub being old, since the discoloration had been there since I bought the house. Well, Lime-A-Way proved me wrong. The tub was, in fact, dirty. At first I thought I was just imagining that the tub was turning whiter, but I kept spraying. It’s unbelievable. After spraying, wiping with paper towels, and rinsing a few times, YEARS of buildup was gone. I’ve owned this house for three years, and since the day I moved in I’ve tried almost everything; soaking, scrubbing, scouring, bleach, abrasive cleaners. Now the tub looks brand-new!” —Amazon Customer

Get it from Amazon for $3.74.


And grout paint pen that works like a regular marker, making it super easy to cover up years of dirt and grime and get your floors looking good as new.


Promising review:This stuff is amazing! After over 10 years of the grout not being cleaned, and a botched repair job, the bathroom floor in this house looked horrendous. Two pens covered the entire bathroom floor, with plenty left over in the second pen, even with applying two to three layers (which you will definitely need as the paint is a bit thin and also absorbs into the grout). Super easy to apply, works exactly like a regular paint marker. Be sure to press the pen tip on a separate (thick) cloth to activate it before actually using on the grout so you don’t end up with a huge mess on the tile when the paint floods out at first. If you see the first side of the tip is getting frayed, just pull it out and turn it around to the other side.” —regalle

Get it from Amazon for $8.99+ (available in two sizes and three colors).


Some Command hooks you can use to create extra storage space, hang up decor, and more! They make organizing and decluttering way easier *with no tools required.* Plus, they’re strong enough to hold a wide variety of items, and you can easily move or remove them whenever you want — without leaving behind any damage or sticky residue.

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Promising review: “I just moved into a brand-new apartment and didn’t want to put holes in the walls. I have purchased quite a variety of the 3M Command mini hooks, wire hooks, cord bundlers, picture hangers, photo bars, display shelves, extra adhesive tabs in different sizes, etc. It will be a long time before I go back to using nails. These Command products are the greatest! I recently found one of the unused adhesive tabs in the pocket of something that had gone through the washer and dryer and it STILL worked! ! ! Thanks for a terrific, easy-to-use product.” —LJE

Get it from Amazon for $2.49+ (available in three colors and various sizes).


Some adorable cat paw chair socks that’ll look purr-ty cute on your furniture while helping the floors stay nice and scratch-free.


Promising review: “LOVE LOVE these!!! Not only are they cute and adorable, but also very functional. I bought these because of my frustration with other products I’ve tried that left marks on my hardwood floors. My chair legs are thick and I was worried they might not fit, but they stretched nicely and did not slip or slide off. I have tried several other options from rubber tips to felt pads and all of them fall or slide off after a while. We use our chairs every day, multiple times a day and they have not worn out. They very obviously prevent scratches. They look like the chairs have gotten socks to keep their legs warm with these cat paws. Excellent design and manufacture with a nice dose of whimsy. I will definitely buy more of these just to have as back up.” —Zhangsu

Get a pack of 24 from Amazon for $14.99+ (available in four colors).

But if you hate cats, check out these plain furniture protectors.


A beautiful bundle of eucalyptus perfect for hanging in your shower, where the steam releases natural oils that can help clear respiratory passageways and sinuses while helping relax the mind and body. Plus, it’ll make your bathroom look and feel more like the tranquil spa you deserve.

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You also don’t have to hang it in the shower if there’s a different room you feel it would fit better in!

Promising review: “Amazing! My shower smells exactly like the showers at the blue lagoon in Iceland now 😍 and the presentation is so cute. This is such a great detail to make your bathroom feel like a spa and it arrived perfectly intact. Love it!” —valerieannrn

“The eucalyptus bundle I received is gorgeous! I could smell it through the packaging and was so excited to get it, I hung it in the shower right away. I have a small-ish full bath connected to my bedroom and whenever I walk into my room I get a nice wiff of the bundle; not overpowering though. I’ve showered with it once and liked it. Again, it’s not overpowering which I appreciate. I highly recommend!!” —Delaney McCullough

Get it from BotanicaFleur on Etsy for $8+ (available in four sizes).


They’re super easy to apply and remove. Plus, they’re waterproof, so you don’t have to worry about ruining them while cleaning.

Promising review: “These were so easy to apply and have completely transformed my fireplace. Very happy with the results and glad I can revert back to the original tiles just by peeling these off should I want to. Also very fast delivery from the seller.” —Emma Tyrie

Get it from HomeArtStickers on Etsy for $9.40+ (available in 31 dimensions).


A poster of Elaine dancing that’ll give you a ~little kick~ every time you look at it.

TheFilmArtist / Etsy

Promising review: “I’m doing little kicks over this print! The artist absolutely nailed the nuances of Elaine’s dance moves and attitude. It arrived timely and packaged with care.” —Ceceliaginger

Get it from TheFilmArtist on Etsy for $12+ (available in eight sizes and 20 color options).


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. Several other areas were just worn from heavy traffic. This stuff was like a magical 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 it from Amazon for $13.62.

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Promising review: “I’ve had this device for a little while now and I absolutely love it! Light detector and motion detector work together to only turn the toilet light on when it senses darkness and movement. I love that there are 16 different colors you can choose from; and with each 16 colors you can raise or lower the brightness which kind of makes color choices even bigger if you consider the different color brightness a new color. You can either leave your toilet light cycling through all 16 colors while on, or you have the option of choosing one of the colors and keeping it on that color. I ended up getting two of these toilet lights for both of my bathrooms and my guests, as well as I, love it.” —Sergio Rios

Get it from Amazon for $11.96.


A set of three plant holders you can link together or use separately to create unique, eye-catching formations on your walls.

Bespoke Post

Get a set of three from Bespoke Post for $20.


Some LED string lights to add a dream-like glow that’ll improve any room. These ones allow you to choose between eight modes so you can set them to twinkle, fade, remain steady, and more depending on your mood!

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Promising review: “I absolutely love these lights. I bought them for my dorm in college because bad lighting puts me in a weird mood. These lights are beautiful and made the room feel warm, cozy, and homey. They also helped with ‘winter blues’ that I always get because I live in Michigan and the winter weather is always cold and gloomy, so having nice lighting helped a lot. I received tons of compliments on them every time someone came into my room. I love these lights so much that I bought another set to hang in my room at home. Just buy these beautiful lights!” —Madelynn K.

Get them from Amazon for $17.99.

Urban Outfitters

Get it from Urban Outfitters for $12.95.


Some easy-to-install medallions to make your recessed lighting look way more impressive.


Promising review: “Absolutely GORGEOUS!!! I love how these transformed my outdated lights! I wish installation instructions were included but I was able to drill some holes and attach them with screws.” —Barbara Spear

Get it from Amazon for $17.95.


A beautiful monstera minima plant that’ll add a little green to your space.

Light & Love

Light & Love is a Black-owned business that offers a variety of gorgeous houseplants as well as helpful information about plant care.

Get it from Light & Love for $17.


Or a faux string of pearls plant if you have trouble keeping real plants alive. This one is super convincing and comes with a textured, cement-inspired pot.

World Market

Promising review: “Can’t go wrong with this faux, best one I own! I love this faux plant! I wanted a plant that would hang off our mantle and I couldn’t be happier with this — it looks real, the pot is great quality and a perfect neutral, five stars all around. It makes me smile each time I walk by the living room.”—anonymous

Get it from World Market for $24.99.


Some expensive-looking knobs to give your drawers and cabinets the upgrade they deserve.

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Promising review: “Really love these. They were inexpensive, but look top notch. We used them in both our bathrooms. Can be used either direction for a sharp look.” —Kelsey F

Get a set of 15 from Amazon for $7.99+ (also available in four other finishes).


A super detailed, dual color moon-shaped light you can leave on its perch or carry around with you from room to room!

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Promising review: “I originally bought the 7-inch moon for my husband as a gift of ‘I love you to the moon and back’ for our anniversary… Well, I loved his moon so much that I kept stealing it from our bedroom and taking it to the living room. So I bought myself the 5.9-inch moon to compare sizes and have one to call my own. As it turns out, the slightly smaller 5.9-inch one is just as amazing as the seven-inch. These moons charge up fast with a cord (with a cool ‘blue moon’ color when charging) and then once charged, they are completely free from cords or any connection dependence. They light up with a very detailed real moon surface design in white or yellow, and it will totally mesmerize you. You can literally ‘hold the whole moon in your hand’ and use it as a cordless and battery-free lamp, a nightlight, a lantern or quasi-candle in the dark. The wood stand is sleek and super easy to assemble, and is a perfect accent to any room décor. These moons are the best gift for friends, family, co-workers, kids, pets and spouses. My #1 purchase pick for 2020!” —Amazon Customer

Get it from Amazon for $17.99+ (available in three sizes).


A cute basket made from braided matgrass and coiled rope you can use to store blankets, pillows, and any other items that could use a new home.


Promising review: “Stylish! This is perfect for storing all sorts of goodies away but still keeping everything looking neat and tidy!” —MustangSally

Get it from Target for $15.29 (originally $16.99).


Some LED faucet lights that amazingly change color based on the temperature of the water and will certainly make any sink look much much cooler.


These lights use a built-in generator, so no need to worry about batteries or electricity! Each light has three colors that will change depending on the temperature of the water being used.

Promising review: “Love love these LED lights. It’s very easy to set up, the price is right, and it’s durable. I bought these lights over two months ago and they are still working. When the kitchen lights are off and the faucet is on, it brightens up the entire kitchen sink. I love that it changes colors when the temperature changes, that makes it easier and safer for the kids to know when the temperature is hot or cold. I would buy these again in a heartbeat.” —Judean C.

Get them from Amazon for $15.99.


Some easy to apply and remove nonadhesive static window cling that’ll give you an extra layer of privacy while adding a gorgeous rainbow glow to your space.

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It can also be trimmed or combined to fit any size window glass.

Promising review: “Beautiful! I love love love this window film! It was very easy to install and so far I don’t see any edges or corners trying to pop up. I looks beautiful all day long, but in the evening when the sun is shining in this window’s direction, it creates rainbows all over. I would definitely buy this again.” —Megan R.

Get it from Amazon for $8.98+ (available in seven sizes).


A minimalist concrete toothbrush holder to dress up your bathroom sink area while keeping your toothbrushes from cluttering up the counter.

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Promising review: “This little toothbrush holder is awesome! Looks cool on the counter, much better then a plastic or metal cup style. I like that the holes go all the way through so that water doesn’t build up in the bottom and get nasty.” —Julie Pokorny

Get it from CedarandStoneGarden for $8.50+ (available in 11 colors).


A toilet cleaner brush that’ll be the ~cherry on top~ of your bathroom decor. Why should toilet brushes be ugly when they can actually be…pretty cute??

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Note that some reviewers thought this was smaller than they expected, so be sure to double check the size!

Promising review: “To say a toilet brush is adorable is a lot…but it is so cute! The cherry and brush are a tad small but it fits perfectly into the bottom of our bowl. It’s a great way to keep the brush handy but not unsightly! Buy it. You won’t be disappointed!!!” —Laura Link

Get it from Amazon for $11.89.


Some monogram nails to dress up your walls with a cute personalized touch.


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.


A very adorable, house-shaped tissue box cover that’s much more fun looking than a plain ol’ tissue box.

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Promising review: “I, an adult woman, cannot remember the last time I bought a box of tissues for my home (though I have several purse packs?!). It may have been when I most recently had a sinus infection, which I guess was two-plus years ago. But now that I’m playing house as a grown-ass person in an apartment to myself, I’m trying to be *responsible*. So obviously buying this whimsical tissue box cover we’ve featured in a million BuzzFeed shopping posts is peak adulting.

Perhaps the reason I’ve been so bad at keeping around a box of tissues is because tissues just look…kind of ugly out in the open. But not with this lil’ cover! Now it’s a ~design element~ that I’ll hopefully remember to keep full. For now, it’s filled with a square box of tissues I unearthed from my old apartment’s closet while packing; it’s presently neatly housed inside the tissue box cover, providing the “smoke” for the tiny chimney. The only downside to committing to this box is that I’ll have to buy square-shaped tissue boxes only now. But I can live with that. And with my not-snotty nose.” —Elizabeth Lilly, BuzzFeed Staff

Get it from Amazon for $5.75.


A cotton swab-coralling flower if your favorite kind of storage is the kind disguised as decor.


It’s also great for toothpicks!

Promising review: “I love this little holder. I have two in black and green! You can remove the little florets to make room for more cotton swabs. Do not overload this thing, or you will struggle with getting it out. I only fill about 10 at a time. This may not be ideal for people with a large household, but I don’t mind refilling it weekly. I usually put about 10 swabs in. I like that it keeps my cotton swabs sanitary with the domed lid. Looks very cute on the countertop!” —ag.fabozzi

Get it from Amazon for $9.99+ (available in five colors).


An adorable bath mat that’ll make your bathroom feel much more ~sofishticated~.


Promising review: “The quality and durability of this rug is super awesome! It’s a decent size and I have washed it in the washer numerous times and dried it in the dryer, and it comes out just as it was new. The color is beautiful and it brightens up the bathroom.” —Amber Paige

Get it from Amazon for $11.99+.


And finally, some vintage-style colorful doorknobs to dress up your doors!

Maylouiseinteriors / Etsy

Promising review: “Absolutely gorgeous! Exactly what I wanted, fitted perfectly. Added bonus was the really quick delivery.” —Carolann

Get it from Maylouiseinteriors on Etsy for $5.64 (available in eleven colors).

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