You’ve finally found the perfect apartment. Because you’re renting you won’t need to budget for property taxes or home repairs, major bonuses. But it will be more challenging to make your new space feel like your own without jeopardizing your security deposit. Before you hammer nails in the wall or break out the paint read through our list of great tips on how to make your apartment home sweet home.
Change light fixtures
Switching out light fixtures is an easy way to update your living space. Inexpensive fixtures can be found at your local hardware store. They’re easy to install and will come packaged with all the instructions you need. Before you start turn off the electricity to the circuit and be sure to save the old fixtures. You’ll want to reinstall them before you move.
Add window dressing
Those standard white mini-blinds don’t provide much privacy, and they certainly don’t have any personality so add some color by installing curtains. You can make the room seem larger by hanging them at ceiling height. Put in trim around the windows to dress up the space even more.
Change faucets in your bathroom and kitchen
Putting in a new shower head in the bathroom or faucet in the kitchen is an inexpensive way to update either room. It’s pretty simple to make the switch and your new fixtures will come with instructions. Save the old ones to replace when you move.
Hang pictures without nails
This is a big one. Holes left in the walls will quickly chip away at your security deposit. But don’t let that stop you from livening up your living space. Use adhesive strips and hooks to hang wall art. You’ll be able to decorate your walls without worrying about damage.
Paint your furniture
You may not be able to paint the walls, but you can paint your own furniture. Have a favorite color? Try it out on your end table. It’s a quick way to add new life to old furniture.
Create open shelving in the kitchen
Your kitchen may be tiny but you can make it feel bigger by removing the upper cabinet doors and creating open shelving. Add some color by installing removable wallpaper to the inside of the cabinets. Be sure to re-install the doors when your lease is up.
Change knobs and pulls
While you’re in the kitchen switch the drawer pulls with something new. This is an easy customization to make in the bathroom, too. Just reinstall the old ones when you move.
Use removable wallpaper
This product is made just for renters and there are dozens of options to choose from. Do just one wall for an accent or redesign your entire room with the perfect pattern.
Create a focal point with bookshelves
Add patterned paper or paint the back of your shelves. Tall bookshelves can create the illusion of space by utilizing the area near the ceiling. You can also use this extra space for storage. Creatively display your books, pictures and other fun memorabilia.
Use wall decals
Decals are an affordable way to transform any room. There are thousands of choices from elegant quotes to intricate designs. They are simple to apply and won’t leave any damage when removed.
Before swapping out things in your apartment you’ll want to make sure to double check with your management company and make sure what you want to do is okay.