Where to Buy Cute Home Decor For Your Dorm or First Apartment If You're on a Budget

You can make your dorm or apartment look and feel expensive with these budget-friendly home stores.

By Marenah Dobin, Kristine Fellizar Aug 02, 2023 1:00 PMTags
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Moving to a new place in general can be pretty costly. The good news is, decorating and creating a living space you actually love doesn't have to break the bank. If you'll be moving into a dorm, your first apartment or a new home in the near future, we've got a roundup of affordable home stores you'll want to bookmark ASAP.

For instance, one store definitely worth checking out online is HomeGoods. Even if you do have a store close by, you're sure to find things online that you won't find in person. Plus, they're having a huge clearance sale right now where they're offering some of the biggest markdowns of the season. You can find cute new items for your home starting at $3. You can also find some great under $50 deals on things you need for college, if that's what you're currently shopping for.

From Target to Wayfair, and everything in between, we've rounded up some of the best places to score cute cheap home decor if you're on a budget.

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HomeGoods is a great place to shop one-of-a-kind pieces for affordable prices, especially if you like switching things up for the seasons. If you want to get a head start on fall and Halloween, you can snag some cute finds for under $50. They're also having a big clearance sale, which they say has the biggest markdowns of the season. 


Anything you need for your home can be found at Target. While you can shop your local store for the essentials, you don't want to miss all the incredible home deals you can only find online. For instance, you can find cute storage that doubles as decor for $25 or less. Right now they're having an online-only home decor sale where everything is up to 25% off.


H&M is known for having the trendiest styles at very reasonable prices, but they also have a dorm shop full of decorative and storage must-haves.


Wayfair's dorm deals have you covered for your return to campus. And, of course, they have an incredibly wide selection of decor, pillows, mirrors, and more for an apartment.

Nordstrom Rack

Nordstrom Rack has a great under $50 home decor section where they offer Barefoot Dreams throw blankets, NEST diffusers, and more. Not only is Nordstrom Rack affordable, they also have Clear the Rack events throughout the year where home clearance items and more are an EXTRA 25% off.

Jojo By Joda on Etsy

Jojo By Joda on Etsy is popular for their unique acrylic vases, like these cute iridescent rainbow pieces. Shoppers are obsessed with the quality and how gorgeous they are in person. Plus, everything in their shop is under $50.

West Elm

West Elm may not be the first thing you think of when you're looking for "cheap" or affordable home goods, but they do have an under $20 deals section that's definitely worth checking out. You can find cute vases, art, ceramic bowls and more at really good prices. 

SouthLake Gifts on Etsy

SouthLake Gifts is an Etsy shop that offers "not your average" candles to add some color, fun and delicious aromas to your home. One item shoppers really love is this cereal bowl candle that looks just like the real thing. Plus, everything in the shop is under $30.

Urban Outfitters

Urban Outfitters has a lot of cool home decor in their sale section for wallet-friendly prices. Their selection of throw blankets, pillows and uniquely shaped mirrors like the one below are worth checking out. Many items are under $50.


Whether you're going for a coastal lookmodern farmhouse or you're ready to take your home from summer to fall, Walmart has just what you need at budget-friendly prices.

Looking for more budget-friendly stores to shop? Check out out roundup of the best cheap clothing stores online.

—Originally published October 3, 2022 at 12:27 PM PT.