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50 Popular Home Upgrades People Are Making That Are Under $35 on Amazon

Make your home more luxurious and soothing with these tips.

by Christina X. Wood
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Maybe your kitchen and bathroom are begging for a remodel, but you don't have a ton of cash to spend on upgrades. Don't worry: Small improvements don't have to cost a fortune. My approach is starting with the little things because they can make a big difference. For example, before I change the cabinets, I change the handles — and before I replace the flooring, I put down throw rugs.

It's possible to make these kinds of changes without spending hundreds of dollars, especially with these Amazon products that are under $35. Read on to see the products that shoppers have left thousands of glowing reviews for.

1. This genius way to round up your tangled cables

That pile of cables and cords under your desk or behind the TV is probably visible, but you can make it less so by wrangling it all into this decorative box. All the cords exit through the back, so it looks sleek — and the lid snaps on securely to help keep small paws out.

2. The door draft stopper that's simple to install

If you're shivering indoors (even when your door is shut), installing this insulated draft stopper at the bottom of your exterior door can help. Cut it to size, peel and stick it to the door, and keep your heat inside — and the cold, sound, and even bugs outside.

3. This 40-foot cleaning kit for your dryer vent

If your clothes seem like they take forever to dry, it might be time to clean out those dryer vents. This dryer vent cleaning kit can help you do just that. It reaches up to 40 feet allowing you to clean out lint build-up in those hard-to-reach crevasses like the vent, duct, and exhaust port. Reviewers are thrilled with how well this product works for the price. “I was skeptical at first but became a believer,” one shopper wrote. “The amount of lint that came out was beyond comprehension!”

4. These machine-washable gel pillows that feel super cool

This set of pillows will always feel cool and super clean. It’s because the cooling gel fiber filling and the stain-resistant cover are both machine-washable. These easy-to-clean pillows are also covered in breathable and fade-resistant cotton. Plus, this luxurious cover stops the temperature-regulating filling from bunching up.

5. This bidet with a self-cleaning mode

This inexpensive add-on bidet will help you rinse every time — and it's about the same price as a single case of toilet paper. It has an adjustable spray on two nozzles (front and back), as well as an automatic cleaning mode. Installation is super easy.

6. A rainfall shower head with better water pressure

Replacing your current shower head with this high pressure rainfall shower head will bring tropical rain vibes to your bathroom, and elevate your shower experience. It’s available in six different colors and finishes to match any space. Even better, it’s easy to install, too. One reviewer raved, “The pressure is strong while the water feels, soft? Is that even possible? Surely there is wizard involved in Spark Pod's design.”

7. These sleek shelves that organize your shower

If you ask me, this set of shower caddies is the solution to every single one of your shower organization problems. There are two caddies and one soap holder that hang from a clear adhesive backing. The caddies have hooks for your sponges or razors, and all the pieces are able to reposition.

8. A under-bed storage bag that lets you reach everything

It’s all about the zipper lid on this under-bed storage bag. It’s a transparent top that opens all the way, so you can access all of your extra bedding from the top. This linen bag also has a tear-proof handle on the side that won’t get in the way of this handy zipper design.

9. These LED puck lights that give light to dark closets and hallways

Good lighting is the instant upgrade that keeps giving because it makes any room look more spectacular. But it comes at a cost. That’s why this two-pack of LED wireless touch lights is such a find — they are designed with self-adhesive backs and you simply stick them under cabinets, in dark closets and hallways, and anywhere else you need illumination. They will make your home look more expensive for a fraction of the cost of custom lighting.

10. These grippers that keep your rugs from curling and shifting

Having to re-adjust your area rugs after they shift and slide gets old quickly. These corner grippers will solve that dilemma by securing the corners of any type of rug to the floor. Rather than adhesive, they use a hook and loop design that allows you to easily and swiftly fasten and re-fasten your rug in place. “I purchased this based on reviews and I’m happy I did,” one fan raved. “It securely holds down a stubborn corner of my living room rug even when my vacuum bot runs over it.”

11. This sturdy cast iron pan with two pouring spouts

This pre-seasoned cast iron pan makes home cooking just a little easier. This 12.5-inch pan fits right on your stove or even in your oven for easier cooking and baking. It’s got a wide, round surface and two pouring spouts to remove extra oil. Plus, there’s an extra handle on the side for when you’re ready to take this durable pan off the stove.

12. These silicone furniture feet to help prevent scratches

There's a better way to stop your chairs from scraping the floor than the irritating adhesive felt pads you've probably been using. These silicone shoes that fit over your chair feet have a cork sole to stop the noise — and they're simple, stay on, and don't attract dust and pet fur. Just put them on the chair feet just as you would shoes.

13. A set of stove covers that are seriously easy to clean

These burner covers make cleaning the stove as easy and satisfying as pulling the plastic cover off a new phone. All the dirt and spills comes away with them, leaving your stove instantly clean. You can put the covers in the dishwasher (or wash them in the sink), and then put them back on with minimal effort.

14. An easy and clever solution to damaged walls

Home maintenance can feel daunting, but this small hole repair kit makes fixing nicks and holes in your walls a breeze. It comes with everything you need to patch things up: a screen to affix over the hole, spackle to cover it, a scraper to spread it, and a sander to smooth things over. The entire repair can be completed in just minutes.

15. These refrigerator liners that keep shelves mess-free

Fridge shelves are incredibly cumbersome to clean, but what if you didn’t have to pull them all the way out or strain yourself to clean those spills in the back? These refrigerator liners are the answer. They come in a pack of eight, can be cut to size, and protect those fridge shelves from sticky messes. Made of EVA material, they clean up easily with a little soap and water.

16. These soft Velcro covers for your fridge handles

If your fridge is made with stainless steel, these double-sided handle covers will help protect them from stains. Simply Velcro them on and never look at handprints all over your appliance handles again. They look sleek — but when they get dirty, you can throw them in the wash. This is a two-pack for a fridge.

17. These bakeware organizer racks that instantly tidy up cupboards

If retrieving that one cookie sheet from your cupboard fills you with trepidation at whatever else might come spilling out, turn to these bakeware organizer racks. They come in a set of two and provide you with three compartments each in which to store baking sheets, muffin pans, cutting boards, pots, and even lids. Made of strong steel, the racks come with rubber feet in order to protect your cupboard surface and keep the rack in place.

18. The stylish 6-piece kitchen knife set made with stainless steel

Complete with ergonomic, nonslip handles and stylish rose gold accents, this kitchen knife set will help upgrade your kitchen. The pack arrives with its own base that’ll hold all six knives on display, including a pairing knife, a utility knife, a carving knife, a chef knife, and a bread knife. They’re all dishwasher-safe, too.

19. This extra-long bath mat that provides a nonslip surface

For a bathroom upgrade that brings peace of mind, opt for this extra-long bath mat that’s made with a soft, nonslip surface. Available in multiple colors such as gray, seafoam green, and translucent coral, the mat features a textured surface that helps prevent feet from accidentally slipping in the tub. Lots of small built-in holes allow for water drainage and the mat is even machine washable.

20. A rotating sprinkler that’s super affordable

Care for your yard with a minimal investment using this sprinkler that rotates a full 360 degrees. It has three separate arms with four nozzles on each for a wide range of coverage. It can effectively water 3,600 square feet with an impressive 80 PSI water pressure.

21. This sound machine to help you sleep better

This sound machine plays six relaxing sounds — including white noise, fan, ocean, rain, stream, and summer night — to help you get a more restful night of slumber. Utilize the optional built-in sleep timer to turn the device off after 15, 30, or 60 minutes. This pick is compact in design for portability, and it can be recharged via USB (the power cable is included).

22. This set of sleek mixing bowls to elevate the kitchen

Mix up cookie dough in the soup pot no longer! This set of six stainless steel mixing bowls ranges from a generous 8 quarts (sizable enough to serve salad to an army) to just 3/4 of a quart (fill it with cheese for said salad, why not?). They nest together for easy storage and are crafted from durable yet lightweight stainless steel.

23. This boot scrubber that keeps dirt out of your house

Even if you don't demand that everyone who enters take their shoes off, you can offer a way for them to easily get their dirty boots clean first. Set this boot-cleaning brush in the entryway, and with a quick step and scrape, everyone can remove the caked on mud, snow, or whatever else they're about to track across your floors.

24. This salt & pepper shaker set with lids for backyard parties

You can easily pull out these salt and pepper shaker set for weeknight dinners and backyard parties. These durable stainless steel shakers are complete with lids that are super helpful for an outdoor dinner. They also come with four spice-pouring settings. Plus, there’s a glass bottom to see when they’re empty.

25. The markers & crayons that fix your dinged wooden furniture

If your hardwood floors have a few scratches, you don't have to clear all the furniture and move out for days to have them refinished. You can fix those — and all the marks on furniture and cabinets — quickly with this wood repair kit. Fill the deep scratches with the wax crayons and cover blemishes with the markers. It works on furniture, cabinets, floors, and other wood surfaces.

26. An under-sink organizer designed for narrow spaces

It can be hard to keep that area underneath the sink tidy since so few organizational items fit in those narrow dimensions. Enter this under-sink organizer that was designed specifically for the job. It measures only 8.6 inches wide and includes two tiers with the bottom one able to slide out for extra convenience. The top tier features multiple compartments and the accompanying hooks provide even more storage options.

27. A tacky putty that protects your breakables

Bumps, shakes, and quakes happen in life, but you can protect your valuable items from falling off shelves and tables with this museum putty. It comes in a 2.6-ounce container and couldn’t be simpler to use: simply break off a small amount, roll it into a ball, and stick it on the bottom of your breakable item. Once it’s pressed firmly onto the surface of your choosing, it will stay in place. You can remove it by twisting the object off the surface.

28. This cable organizer set that tames charger chaos

How much of your desk is devoted to a cluttered collection of charging cables? This clip organization system will help reduce that mess. Just stick the clips to the back of your desk (or even to your car's dash or bedside table), and snap the cables in. They'll stay put so you'll always know where they are.

29. These clips that help prevent fitted sheets from sliding off

If you have a deep mattress or your favorite sheets are starting to lose elasticity in the corners, these adjustable sheet clips are a quick and easy way to keep them on the bed. Clip the sheets into the clasps then cinch them tight. Almost 10,000 people approve of them.

30. The satin pillowcases that are gentle on your skin & hair

When you lie down to sleep, the fabric of your pillowcase rubs against your hair and skin for hours. The texture can either tug your strands or help keep them smooth, depending on the fabric. These satin cases do the latter, which means you wake up less tousled and with hair that hasn't been pulled on all night. These are silky as can be and come in 21 beautiful colors.

31. These oil & vinegar dispensers with convenient measurement markings

These oil and vinegar dispensers will certainly look stylish on a countertop or table in your home — but they are also quite functional to boot. Made from durable borosilicate glass, the dispensers have a wide opening for easy filling and measurement markings along the side to dispense the correct amount of product every time. The filter in the lid ensures the spout won’t get clogged for smooth and effortless pouring.

32. A mop & broom holder that mounts to the wall to save space

You’ll be surprised at how much more organized your utility closet or outdoor shed will feel when you mount this mop and broom holder to the wall. It has five spring-loaded slots to hold large brooms, mops, or rakes, and six hooks for hanging all manner of cleaning or gardening tools. Able to hold up to 38 pounds, this holder can be mounted both indoors and outdoors as well.

33. These easy-to-install lights that are touch sensitive

Take the simple and easy road to excellent under-cabinet lighting and stop worrying about wiring and construction by mounting these battery-operated LED lights, which are touch sensitive. Just peel and stick the lights to the underside of your cabinets, and tap to turn them on. That's it. They’re battery operated and super easy to install. Plus, you can take them if you move, and they're nearly invisible when off.

34. The fridge deodorizer that stops unwanted smells

If your fridge needs a refresh, you can easily eliminate unwanted odors with these powerful fridge deodorizers. While they’re unscented, they work for up to six months until needing to be replaced — and you can even use them in the freezer. Each pack comes with two, so you can replace when necessary, without having to bother with reordering

35. These colorful sheets with extra-deep pockets

If you’re looking to upgrade your bedding, start with this sheet set that features a flat sheet, a fitted sheet, and four pillowcases. The fitted sheet is constructed to fit even deep mattresses, thanks to its 18-inch pocket. Its microfiber material is lightweight, breathable, and resists wrinkling, even in the dryer. Snag them in several sizes and in 42 vibrant colors.

36. This bamboo mat for a dry bathroom floor

Step out of the bath or shower onto this bamboo mat and let the water drip away from your feet. The mat shouldn't slide out from under you, because there are grippy rubber feet on the bottom — and it won't hold water like a fabric rug. Four of these mats together make a unique and inexpensive floor covering.

37. This bamboo organizer for your snack bags

This box, which measures 12 by 13 by 3 inches, is separated into four compartments to organize your snack bags. The spaces are specifically sized to fit quart, sandwich, snack, and gallon plastic bags — and the entire unit can be placed in your kitchen drawer, in a cabinet, or even on your wall.

38. The brilliant pet hair remover you can keep using

When an affectionate pet deposits a patch of fur on your pants or leaves a bed of it on the couch, just wipe it up with one of these two adhesive brushes. They're effective because their surfaces are armed with dense, grippy material (and not sticky, disposable sheets). When the brush is covered in fur, just insert it into the cover and that fur will get pulled right off. You'll get a large brush for home and a smaller travel brush.

39. This clothes steamer that heats up super fast

Plug this portable fabric steamer in and within minutes, it’ll be ready to steam your clothes and have them looking fresh and new again. It’s compact enough that you can pack it for travel, or easily store it at home. The water tank has capacity for up to 10 minutes of usage, and it promises to work on all types of fabric.

40. A doormat in a neutral yet chic plaid design

Keep dust and dirt from making their way onto pristine floors by utilizing this universal doormat. It’s designed in neutral colors such as gray, khaki, or brown, yet sports a plaid pattern that will bring a touch of elegance to those highly trafficked areas. Made of low-pile polypropylene material, it’s completely weatherproof and can be easily sprayed down to keep clean.

41. These fillable paint pens for quick touch-ups

If you have painted surfaces around your home that could use a bit of a touch up, these pens make it super simple to do. Simply fill the pen with the correct paint color (utilize the included syringe for this), snap the brush tip on, twist the bottom of the pen, and you’re all ready to paint. The brush tip is small for precision, and the paint will stay fresh inside the pen for 7-plus years.

42. A practical hair remover tool you can keep reusing

Unlike traditional lint rollers which have you constantly throwing out and replacing sticky sheets, this pet hair remover is reusable. You simply roll the fabric side back and forth over your clothes or furniture to generate static cling that attracts lint and hair. Then, just press the button to empty the chamber and peel off debris.

43. A stackable can organizer rack that can store up to 36 cans

If you have an ample canned goods collection, you will love this can organizer rack that greatly upgrades your storage possibilities. It assembles quickly and comes with sturdy adjustable plastic dividers to organize the cans into designated rows. Stack them one on top of the other for a pantry that’ll impress with its extreme tidiness.

44. These silicone baking mats that are completely nonstick

Put away the butter, grease, or cooking spray, because those cookies or pastries will never stick to these silicone baking mats. They’re popular with over 10,000 reviews and a high 4.7-star rating for their ability to provide even cooking and baking, plus they’re an easy investment as they can be reused again and again. Two quarter sheets and two half sheets come in the set with little macaron stencils included for perfectly made patisserie.

45. A water bottle organizer to keep your collection easily accessible

There’s nothing as frustrating as wasting countless minutes sifting through a mess of bottles to find the one you need. This water bottle organizer makes it all too easy by allowing you to horizontally store up to six bottles to grab effortlessly when needed. Store it in your cabinet or on your countertop and easily add more as they stack seamlessly.

46. This silicone dish drying mat that has multiple uses

Not only does this silicone dish drying mat efficiently do what it says (dry dishes) but it can also serve as a trivet for hot dishes and a place to set hot tools. The silicone is heat-resistant up to 480 degrees Fahrenheit and features raised ridges to help water drain away and encourage airflow. It comes in three sizes and can be conveniently rolled up for efficient space-saving storage.

47. These reusable dishcloths that look like extra-plush paper towels

The reusable Swedish dishcloths won’t stand out in your kitchen. Instead, these super absorbent cloths simply look like extra-plush paper towels on your counter. These cellulose and cotton cloths are also better at scrubbing with their textured design. Plus, you won’t fill up your kitchen trash can with these biodegradable and odorless cloths every day.

48. An expandable drawer organizer that makes utensils easy to find

Get a messy cutlery drawer under control with this highly rated adjustable organizer. It fits in most standard drawers and expands between six and eight compartments so you have room for all your utensils. Made from water-resistant bamboo, the organizer is easy to wipe clean with a damp cloth as needed.

49. A 9-piece silicone utensil set for under $20

Whether you’re cooking or baking, this set of silicone utensils has got you covered for under $20. It includes three tongs, three whisks, and three spatulas in varying sizes, and each tool is made with silicone that’s heat-resistant up to 480 degrees Fahrenheit. Plus, the utensils are dishwasher-safe for easy cleanup after cooking and you can choose from black, red, and multicolor sets.

50. An LED strip that upgrades your home theater experience

Not only does this TV backlight strip create an ambient glow, but it can also improve contrast on the screen and reduce eye strain when you’re watching television. The LED strip has adhesive backing for easy installation and plugs right into your device’s USB port. There are five sizes available, and you can also use the strip on computer monitors or under cabinets and in closets.

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