Shopping Guide

8 Great Under-$20 Zara Home Gems to Make Your Place Feel So Put Together

Including a quick, inexpensive upgrade for tired cabinets.

February 20, 2019
Photo by Rocky Luten

When it comes to budget shopping, I'd like to think of myself as something of an expert. I adore thrift stores and flea markets, and wandering through a HomeGoods sparks immeasurable joy. I regularly peruse H&M’s online home section, and I’m no stranger to the joys of Facebook Marketplace and Craigslist.

So, when I stumbled upon a Zara Home store in Spain a few summers ago, my mind was blown. As someone familiar with the fast fashion brand, I was shocked I didn’t know it had an entire home line. Like Zara's clothing offerings, the decor and furniture collections are reasonably priced and speak to current trends.

Though my apartment is pretty much done and furnished, I’m always looking for new pieces to make my space stand out. From bathroom essentials to decorative items, here are eight of Zara Home’s best pieces—and they’re each less than $20.

Marbled paper napkins ($4.90)

Elevate your next cocktail hour, dinner party, or pizza night with these chic marbled napkins. And leave the extras on your bar cart for a little somethin’ extra.

Fossil print door knob (two-pack for $7.90)

It doesn't take much time or effort to give tired cabinet or drawer fronts a quick upgrade. Turn your IKEA dresser into a masterpiece with a handful of these gold and ceramic door knobs. Or hammer a few into a wall as coat hooks.

Photo by Zara Home

Frame with stand (from $14.90)

These minimal picture frames are a dream for any decor personality (the small one is just the perfect size for my desk).

Geometric print pillowcase (from $14.90)

Give your throw pillows or bed pillows a facelift with these modern pillowcases. The side-tie closures make them a standout.

Gold candlestick ($14.90)

Whether you want a set of these for your next dinner party or just want to jazz up your mantel, this fluted glass candlestick is a gilded dream.

Glass dispenser ($14.90)

An instant bathroom upgrade for $15? I’m sold. Fill this glass dispenser up with your favorite liquid soap (the Food52 team is partial to this stuff.

Lemon ashtray ($17.90)

I don’t smoke, but this is one of the loveliest zinc trinket dishes I’ve ever seen. Use it to hold earrings and rings in your bedroom, or fill it with mixed nuts, dipping sauces, or lemon wedges (for a little lemon inception!) the next time you hold a food-fueled get-together.

Photo by Zara Home

Stars shower curtain ($17.90)

When's the last time you thought about your shower curtain? Thought so. Transform every shower into a celestial experience with this subtly starry shower curtain (rings included).

Which of these picks are most drawn to? Let us know below!

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1 Comment

cosmiccook February 20, 2019
I just came across Zara while on vacation in Lyon, France. I couldn't bring back everything I wanted. 4 months later Zara opens up in N.O (Metairie) right before Xmas. I haven't gone yet because I know I won't be able to just look.