Did your apartment come with bland, washed out beige carpets? Bland, neutral walls? Or even – dare we say it – plastic window blinds (shudder)? These are some of the hallmarks of cheap rentals but with some careful planning, your rental doesn’t have to look cheap. Just because you live in a rental doesn’t mean you can’t have style.
No matter your budget or the size of your space, you can decorate your rental on a budget, and easily. If you want to breathe some life into your bland rental, (but don’t want to lose your security deposit) check out some of our favorite ideas for feathering your (temporary) nest.
Decorate Your Rental on a Budget: Windows
You can hang curtains without even drilling holes in the wall for curtain rods. Just grab some adhesive wall hooks and some lightweight tubing from your local hardware store. You can also purchase finials here (the decorative end of a curtain rod) for just a few dollars each. All of these parts can be spray painted to look metallic, such as with an oil-rubbed bronze, for example. Once everything has dried, attach the finials to the tubing with a glue gun. Peel the adhesive backing off of the hooks, and place at the tops ends of your window. We suggest hanging a sheer panel over the blinds so that light can still filter through, but the blinds won’t be such an eyesore. And for the decorative portion of the curtain, you can get creative. Think tablecloths, dollar store drop cloths, or old bedsheets. There are a number of easy tutorials on the internet for new sew curtains, and by buying non-conventional materials, you definitely save on cost.
Decorate Your Rental on a Budget: Floors
Many cheaper rentals often feature less than ideal floors. If your apartment has carpet, it contains the dust, dead skin cells, hair, and who knows what else from the previous renters before you. Yes, this should all be steam-cleaned out before you move in, but it’s still a bit odd to think about. Maybe the carpets are worn bare in some parts, or stained. Maybe you have vinyl hardwoods which scratch extremely easily. Whatever the case, its easy to decorate your rental on a budget with some simple rugs. This also protects your rental floors from any further potential damage you may cause. Using an indoor/outdoor rug means you can just hose it down if it gets dirty. There are plenty of options to decorate your rental on a budget–you just need to get creative.
Decorate Your Rental on a Budget: Walls
Most people think they have to just deal with the white or beige walls that their apartment comes with. While it may be true that you shouldn’t use paint (if you want your security deposit back that is!), it doesn’t mean you have no say in what your walls look like. You can easily change a walls color or pattern by adhering fabric to the wall using liquid starch. Alternatively, you could also use temporary wallpaper. In the kitchen, you could use vinyl decals or contact paper to switch up the backsplash.
There are many methods to decorate your rental on a budget. These are just some of our favorite methods to increase the style of your abode, which makes you feel more relaxed while you are spending time there. Let us know if you try any –tag us on Instagram at @effective.coverage.
And once you’ve invested your time and effort into sprucing up your rental, you’ll want to make sure it’s protected. Effective coverage can provide you with a top-notch renters insurance policy. Contact us if you have any questions about designing your space, or what your policy covers. To learn more, just call (800)892-4308 or click to get covered - whether you need renters insurance quotes online or coverage anywhere else!
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