Most of us will spend some time living in an apartment or rental home at least once in our lifetime. While it may meet our financial needs, we live day to day knowing it's temporary and thus, it doesn't always feel like home.
If you come from an interior design background, it's even worse. Unlike a home you own, you are not able to paint, change flooring or fixtures, or hang too large or too heavy items on the walls. Essentially, you can't make your rental your own.
Despite not paying a mortgage or property taxes (which, let's be honest- those are NOT the best parts of owning a home), you can still do some pretty amazing rental hacks that will make your place feeling like home in no time.
1. Ditch The Ugly Vertical Blinds
Let's be honest – vertical blinds are one of the most hideous and horrible inventions of our time. Not only are they ugly, but they break all the time, are really loud, and if you have one tiny gust of wind come through the window they are done for. The easiest way to remedy this problem is to take each blind out of it's clip on the track. Find a safe place for them that's out of the way where they won't ever be seen or thought of again until after you move out and have to put them back up. Go buy some curtains that you love and slip the top of the curtain right into the clip where the vertical blind would clip in. It's very easy to do and looks so much better than those boring white blinds.
2. Make a Creative Wall Using Tape or Contact Paper
Have you ever heard of a little magical thing called washi tape? If not, you are really missing out. There are so many uses for washi tape, one of them being making a creative design on your boring white rental wall. There are so many options of what you can do with washi tape. You can also get creative with contact paper that's easily found at home improvement stores. Simply cut geometric shapes out, such as triangles or squares, and stick to your walls in an organized pattern. It's a creative wall that is often a conversation starter. And the best part about using both the washi tape and the contact paper? It peels right off without damaging your wall!
3. Removable Wallpaper
Yes, there is such a thing as removable wallpaper. This rental hack is wonderful, but can also get expensive. So if this is something you want to do, make sure you are planning on staying in your rental for a while so you can get your money's worth. You can buy it from lots of sources such as Amazon and Sherwin-Williams and the effect is quit stunning. There shouldn't be any damage on the wall when it's removed, but most rentals require that they paint the place when you move out so it shouldn't count against you if some minor repairs are needed.
4. Temporary Granite
Do you sport the ugliest countertops on earth? We're talking bright laminate or hideous formica that your landlord just doesn't seem to want to replace. Ever. Do yourself a favor and Google Instant Granite. It's a peel and stick granite that you put over your countertops and looks almost exactly like the real thing. It is reported to have easy removal simply by getting it hot with a hair dryer. If you cannot stand to look at your ugly counters one more minute, this may be worth your time and effort.
5. Create A Gallery Wall
One way to take up lots of space on a blank white wall is to create a “gallery wall.” A gallery wall is a series of pictures and/or wall decor that are hung up on a wall in a sort of pattern or cluster. You can make it as small as you want or as large as you want. The best part about it is that you can be as creative as you want with this. It doesn't have to just be pictures or frames. You can use low profile baskets, clocks and printables you love.
6. Temporary Backsplash
Have some really ugly backsplash in your kitchen, or maybe none at all? Home Depot offers some peel and stick decorative wall backsplash that can be removed using a hair dryer. It may be a more pricey solution in your rental, but the end result is beautiful. It's easy to install and easy to remove. Time to spruce up your kitchen!
7. Temporary Wall Hanging
I'm sure you've heard of Command Wall Hooks, but have you heard of Command Damage-Free Hanging strips? They are perfect for rentals because you can affix them to whatever you are hanging then attach them to the wall. And, when you're ready to move out and take down the decor, the strips peel right off the wall. No holes. No damage. They are very easy to use and are just another way to make your rental feel personal and cozy.
Author Bio: Mary Mulroney is a beach lover, thrift store addict, crafting and DIY obsessed, mama of one son, and soon to be one daughter. She and her husband have been married for 5 and a half years and honestly couldn't be happier. They love their little life together as a family and spend every minute they can together. Mary is a main writer over at LifeAsMama.com.
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