8 Design Pros Share the Affordable Home Items They Bought and Loved

Eclectic living room with art on wall and velvet sofa.

Design: Danielle Chiprut; Photo: Kylie Fitts

We all know that some of the best, most-reliable home products come with surprisingly low price tags—the key is just identifying such gems in an endless sea of items across the web.

We did the legwork for you by speaking with eight design and décor pros about their favorite low-cost pieces for all areas of the home.

01 of 04

Get Organized

Home library wall with leaning ladder.

Erin Francois

“I purchased this set of grasscloth file organizers in cream for my desk now that I am working from home. They are well made, look chic and classic, and keep my papers organized.” —Caroline Agee, owner of Tuckahoe Home  

Elisa File Letter Trays - Set of 2
Ballard Designs Elisa File Letter Trays, Set of 2 $35
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“This $15 shaker peg rail adds loads of function, and it looks like a million bucks painted to match the wainscoting in our back hall.” —Erin Francois, blogger at Francois et Moi  

Maple Shaker Peg Racks
The Container Store Maple Shaker Peg Racks $10-15
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“These $30 floating shelves prove that creating a library wall in your home doesn't have to break the bank. Long floating shelves are typically pretty pricey, so we painted these pre-made shelves to blend with our wall color.” —Erin Francois

Espresso MDF Large Floating Wall Shelf
The Home Depot Espresso Large Floating Wall Shelf $30
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02 of 04

Get Stylish

Bed with IKEA nightstand next to it.

Sara Raak

“Custom framing can be so expensive. I often opt to frame art on my own to save money. I have these wood gallery frames in white all throughout my house, the quality of the frame is good, and the large mats make a statement.” —Caroline Agee 

Wood Gallery Single Opening Frames
Pottery Barn Wood Gallery Single Opening Frames $30-102 $20-102
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“When I got married and we moved into our first little rowhouse, we bought two IKEA Hemnes nightstands in white. I bought them as a placeholder, since they were very inexpensive. That was 14 years ago, and we are still using them in our bedroom, even though I just did a complete refresh in the room. The nightstands have been wallpapered more than once and the knobs have been changed multiple times, but the timeless lines and overall look of the piece makes it easy to transition with any design switch I make for our bedroom décor.” —Sara Raak, Instagrammer @sararaak   

Hemnes Nightstand Bedside Table
IKEA Hemnes Nightstand Bedside Table $70
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“A great way to fill an empty corner or bring in some texture to your shelves is through house plants. Not only are they an affordable way to turn your house into a home, but they have all sorts of benefits, including improving your indoor air quality.” —Kristen Peña, principal at K Interiors

“I bought a rattan bar cart a while back for an outdoor party I was hosting, and had no idea how useful it would wind up being in other areas of our home. Since the party, it’s been used as an indoor bar cart, a small console table in our family room, a nightstand in our guest room, and an art supply storage spot in the kids' playroom.” —Kate Dreyer, blogger at Kate Decorates  

Marari Rattan Bar Cart in Black
Global Caravan Marari Rattan Bar Cart in Black $159
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“When I think of affordable home items that are worth their weight in gold, the first item that comes to mind is the strand of wood beads that I purchased on Amazon for under $10—it is the ultimate styling necessity. I add these wood beads to every styled coffee table, every built-in bookshelf, and you will spot them in the majority of photographs that I take in my own home, and in my clients’ homes. This inexpensive item elevates every surface and makes your home look professionally styled, instantly.” — Danielle Chiprut, interior decorator, designer, and founder of Danielle Rose Design Co.

Farmhouse Wood Bead Garland with Tassels
RGB Worlds Farmhouse Wood Bead Garland with Tassels $9
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03 of 04

Get Clean

Hall with cleaning supplied on chic shelf.

Erin Francois

“Hands down, the piece I use the most is a fabric shaver. I used it on my upholstered headboard, sofa, chairs, and even sweaters. It helps remove pilling that naturally happens on most upholstery or clothing. This little gadget has been a game changer.” —Chrissy Hunter, interior designer and content creator at Harlowe James

Conair Rechargeable Fabric Defuzzer/Shaver, Black
Conair Rechargeable Fabric Defuzzer/Shaver, Black $25
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04 of 04

Get Cozy

Cozy pink linen bed.

Light and Dwell

“I love H&M’s linen bedding. It’s such a great price compared to the more luxurious options out there, holds up extremely well, and has that perfect relaxed feel. The sage green and light grey colors are my go-tos, the tones feel luxe, and it works for all seasons.” —Courtney Sempliner, founder of Courtney Sempliner Designs Inc.

Washed Linen Duvet Cover Set
H&M Washed Linen Duvet Cover Set $129
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