DIY Trends for Renters What's Old is New

Just because you’re renting doesn’t mean you can’t give your apartment personality. And while decorating a rental property can be difficult because many don’t allow for painting or major interior design changes, there is still plenty you can do to make it feel like home. Try some of these inexpensive DIY apartment décor ideas today.

1. Wall Décor

Most rental properties strongly advise against adding or changing the wallpaper. That’s because it can be difficult to install, and once it’s time to move, removing it can be daunting and stressful. Luckily, taking down wallpaper can be easy. Use cornstarch and boiling water to make an easy-to-remove adhesive.

2. Removable and Decorative Tiles

If you wish your kitchen had a more contemporary backsplash, consider using adhesive tile sheets. These sticky foam pads fasten tiles in kitchens and bathrooms, and allow for easy removal when it’s time to move. And because they’re meant to be stuck and re-stuck without damaging tiles or paint, these heavy-duty stickers make the perfect DIY apartment décor.

3. Wall Decals

The same product you use on your tiles can also be used on your walls. Many stores carry larger versions of tile decals that you can stick to any wall in your home, and they’re especially great for kids’ rooms and bathrooms. They come in many designs, and you may even be able to find your kids’ favorite characters.

4. Adhesive Hooks

Hanging pictures, mirrors or art can make your space feel like home. Consider swapping wall-damaging nails and screws for adhesive wall hooks. They are sturdy, come in many designs and are easily removable .

5. DIY Furniture

Nothing is more cost effective than refurbishing old furniture. With just sandpaper, primer, paint and a sealant, you can turn any old piece of furniture into a custom-looking item.

6. DIY Padded Ottoman

Old coffee tables with removable glass tops can be transformed into trendy ottomans. With just a little painted wood and a padded top, you can create an ottoman that matches the rest of your apartment décor.

7. Easy Lamp Makeovers

Secondhand lamps can be given new life with spray paint and some TLC. If you’re looking for more light in your rental, but expensive lamps are out of your budget, search your local thrift stores. All you need is a lamp with functional wiring and a little creativity.

8. Thrift Store Trunk Coffee Table

Old trunks offer the two-in-one benefit of making trendy coffee tables and adding storage to a small rental space. With just a little love and spray paint, you can have a one-of-a-kind trunk coffee table for the cost of far less than a new one.

9. Dining Room Chair Fix-Up

Old dining room chairs can be given new life, too, by applying the paint color of your choice. This idea is perfect if you’re going for an eclectic look in your kitchen, or if you already have a table you love, but have no matching chairs.

10. Patio Ideas

For renters who can’t have a garden of their own but still want one, consider adding herbs to your patio or other outdoor spaces. They require little room, and you’ll get the satisfaction of growing your own herbs in your small- space garden.

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