20 Things You’re Not Buying at Home Depot—But Should
Here are reasons to hit up your nearest Home Depot—and, surprise!—they have nothing to do with a hammer and nails.
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Your Home Depot shopping list
When most people think of Home Depot their mind immediately goes to tools, lawnmowers, paint, and other home improvement items, but they actually have a lot of hidden gems that you’re probably missing out on. Check out the list below of things you should be buying at Home Depot to make your house that much better.
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Bolstered by its acquisition of The Company Store in 2018, Home Depot is increasingly expanding its home furnishings and décor options. This Wooden Starburst Accent Mirror is just one example of a chic find you’ll come across in the store. “We have a team of nine interior designers that are constantly following the latest interior design trends and working to offer the latest styles to our customers,” says Sarah Fishburne, director of trend and design for The Home Depot. “When you purchase products here, you can feel confident that you are purchasing something that is not only on-trend but also the trusted quality that The Home Depot is known for.”
Vinyl sheet flooring
The home improvement’s product overhaul has also created a buzz within interior design blogger circles. For Holly Lauritzen of Our Faux Farmhouse, one of the most unexpected finds was LifeProof vinyl sheet flooring, which she used in lieu of pricier hardwood. “We installed it in our bedroom and were completely surprised at not only the character and authenticity but how much we truly loved it as well!” she said. While you’re redecorating, be sure to take a peek at the 15 things you should be buying at Walmart but aren’t.
“Home improvement doesn’t stop when you install the new floors in your bedroom or the new cabinets and countertops in your kitchen,” says Kelie Charles, Senior Merchant for The Home Depot. “We can finish your bedroom with a brand-new bed and duvet, a comfy armchair, floor rug, and wall art.” Or try this ottoman on for size, it’s covered in a soothing textured neutral fabric and offers storage.
Cushioned bar stools
After you’ve installed that brand new eat-in island in your kitchen, you’ll naturally want the seating to go along with it. These cushioned bar stools come in both counter and bar stool heights and are a chic bargain with their full back, and armless design.
When it came time for her kitchen facelift project, Rachel Metz of Living to DIY turned to The Home Depot for lighting inspiration. “THD’s home accents are the most ‘Where did you get that?’ items I have in my home,” she says. “From decorative sculptures to top of the line lighting, I love how easy it is to browse, be inspired, and be able to not only execute a renovation but add the finishing touches as well.”
One of the biggest impacts of The Home Depot’s purchase of The Company Store? A massive expansion into textiles—hello, organic percale bedding! Think duvet covers, comforter sets, and accent pillows, from 220-thread count cotton to 400-thread count sateen, with patterns ranging from playful to subdued, in sizes to fit your child’s twin bed to your own king-sized one.
If industrial home décor is your thing, a trip to the nearest Home Depot is a must. Will Taylor of Bright Bazaar loves the Home Decorators Collection for this very reason. “The pairing of black metal with wood creates a series of tactile pieces that would be perfect for decorating a modern farmhouse space—the fact the prices are so reasonable is an added bonus, too!” This Industrial Mansard Adjustable Bar Stool is just one of many pieces in the collection.
“My number one go-to when decorating a space is plants and more plants!” says Elsie Larson of A Beautiful Mess. “I love The Home Depot because they always have a lot of options.” Whether you prefer indoor plants or hearty outdoor varieties for the front porch, The Home Depot carries locally-grown options zoned for your region. An easy one to start out with this Fiddle-Leaf Fig.
For a room transformation that doesn’t require any paint or elbow grease, try sprucing up your space with an area rug. “I’m used to going to Home Depot for raw materials, paint samples, and tools,” says Justina Blakeney of The Jungalow. “But lately I’ve been so pleasantly surprised to find so many items made of natural materials like bamboo blinds, grasscloth wallpaper, and these sisal rugs that are great for indoors and out.” These are the money-saving secrets Home Depot employees want you to know.
There is no getting around the fact that high-quality patio furniture can come at a steep cost. If you’re spending megabucks for it, you want to be sure it’s an investment that is well made and built to last. To that end, and following data released from the Consumer Product Safety Commission detailing the need for more rigorous standards in patio furniture construction and safety, The Home Depot partnered with UL to create a standardized certification process.
The resulting documentation known as UL 4041 evaluates patio furniture products for resistance to corrosion, overall stability, strength, shear and pinch points, endurance, and durability. You can expect patio furniture offerings available from The Home Depot, like this Lounge Chair Set to meet if not exceed these quality standards. Read on for the 15 things you should be buying at Costco, but aren’t.
Silicone kitchen utensils
The Home Depot is also a great store for basic tools, but it’s also a little-known spot for affordable kitchen must-haves. This set of silicone kitchen utensils from the Depot is one example. Not only do they look great displayed on your kitchen counter, but they’re also indestructible. The tools won’t melt, warp, or flake into your food. And, we love the rustic wood handles that are wide and comfortable to grip.
Reversible griddle grill set
With this cast-iron reversible griddle grill set, you can “fire up the grill” even when the weather doesn’t cooperate. One side works as an indoor grill pan, great for delicious grilled vegetables or juicy chicken. The reverse side is a griddle pan, perfect for making a stack of blueberry pancakes on a lazy Sunday morning.
Stainless steel box grater with container
We love that this stainless steel box grater comes with its own container for catching the cheese. It also measures and stores your freshly grated ingredients. When finished, simply close up the container with the included lid and pop it in the fridge. People love this product, so it’s not one of the crazy things returned to Home Depot.
Marble utensil crock
Function meets decoration with this marble utensil crock. The sleek black marble will add modern flair to any kitchen, while also keeping your everyday cooking utensils within reach.
The dinner possibilities are endless with this Good Grips tabletop spiralizer. Use it to make zucchini noodles, spiral fruit garnishes, sweet potato curly fries, and more. It includes three different blade options for spaghetti, fettuccine, or ribbon cuts. And the suction cup on the bottom keeps it from slipping while you spiralize to your heart’s content!
Ceramic coated color knife set
Have you ever seen such a cheerful set of knives? This colorful ceramic coated knife set includes six knives in a variety of sizes and blade guards for each one. The stainless steel cutting edges stay sharp longer, while the nonstick ceramic coating ensures the food slips smoothly off the knife as you slice and dice.
Pedestal fruit bowl
There’s nothing like a bowl of fresh lemons to brighten up a kitchen. Use this beautiful marble pedestal bowl to display citrus, apples, or other fruit. It keeps the fruit in a tidy container to display out on the counter, while also making it available for family members to grab a healthy snack on the go. Although a fruit bowl might not seem like something you find at Home Depot, there are things you think you should buy at home improvement stores that you shouldn’t.
Bluetooth digital food thermometer
Cook your meat to the correct temperature for optimal flavor and safe eating with this smart digital food thermometer. It’s controlled with a smartphone app that alerts you when a preset temperature is reached. It also comes with six different probes, perfect for a tailgate barbecue when you need to cook several different types of meat at the same time.
Ceramic food canisters
These cute numbered food canisters are perfect for keeping your favorite ingredients within reach. Use them to store flour, sugar, tea bags, candy, or cookies. We love the number labels, durable ceramic material, and the sculptural details that give them a handcrafted look.
Gourmet fry cutter
One of the coolest tools at Home Depot isn’t a fancy screwdriver, but this gourmet fry cutter. You can make your own at home with this affordable tool. Its extremely sharp blades cut whole potatoes into perfect symmetrical fries, ready for you to bake or fry. Use it to make delicious and crispy garlic-chive fries.
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