If you are a renter, chances are that your tiny city apartment also came with the landlord’s list of ‘DONTS’; a rather extensive list that makes it impossible for you to drill holes anywhere in the walls or make any changes to the existing home.
As much as I like to encourage you to follow rules, I also love the idea of making your living space beautiful, comfortable and convenient…for you. These five tiny changes are easy and cheap, but make a huge difference when it comes to day-to-day happiness in your home.
These rental-friendly DIY decor ideas will make your apartment feel like home, without losing your security deposit!
- Easy Temporary Art
You probably cannot drill holes in the walls, especially if you don’t want to pay through your nose for repairs when you vacate the apartment. A simple solution to beautify your walls without hanging any picture frames — wall decals! Wall decals are high quality PVC —extremely durable and excellent substitutes to wallpaper and wall murals. It’s extremely easy to apply them on your walls or any flat, smooth surface thereby letting you redefine your spaces within minutes. Since decals are removable and repositionable, you don’t have to fret about mistakenly peel away the paint or damage the back wall with a sticky residue.
And if wall art is out of the question, let your cushion covers become the only artwork a room needs! In fact, buy artistic fabric and try DIY No-Sew Cushion Covers to keep your décor fresh. It’s really that simple!
- Kitchen Cabinet Knobs and Handles
Often an overlooked aspect, changing out kitchen cabinet knobs and handles can actually result in a dramatic visual as well as functional change. It’s extremely easy too! Take an old handle to the hardware store, and choose a new modern design in a similar size.
- Creative Shelving Unit
Most homes have dearth of storage space. And installing new shelving for a rented accommodation doesn’t sound like a good idea, right? Get creative with shelving! Ladders make an excellent storage unit, and can be painted in any colour too! Build your own shoe shelves by using ladders and wooden boards.
Or, use a ladder with broad base as the shelving unit for your dining area, kitchen or bathroom!
- DIY Lighting Solutions
A good lighting design has a dramatic impact on the overall décor. So swap out those old, rusted lights for some DIY light fixtures and chandeliers! You’ll find a lot of ideas for DIY hanging or fixed lighting fixtures, like this elegant pendent light made from wooden hangers glued together.
Or, try this fabric garland chandelier for the dining area.
- Movable Furniture on Castors
Love to entertain but don’t want to add too much built in furniture? Rolling carts at the perfect solution! A rolling cart can become your stylish bar, or breakfast counter. And, these can also be used for extra shelving anywhere — bathrooms, kitchens, bedrooms, living rooms and dining areas.
Or, use a wire rack rolling cart as a library or storage unit. These are so easy to assemble and disassemble when you want to move away…and perfect to fill any odd corners in your home.