Find easy decorating ideas and hacks for renters for how to spruce up a rental house or apartment on a budget!
Hey there! Are you looking for apartment decorating ideas or ways to get around rental restrictions and still have a gorgeous home? Maybe you don’t have a lot of extra cash for home decor or removable wallpaper… Well, I’m so glad you found me.
My family and I have lived in six rentals and nine homes over the last 15 years and I’ve learned the ins and outs of apartment decorating on a dime and loving a rental home with second-hand finds and plenty of DIYs.
Today I’m sharing my favorite eight ways on how to spruce up a rental with easy DIYs and renter-friendly hacks that are on a budget.
And please, if you have any thoughts or questions, I would love to hear from you. Just leave a comment at the bottom of this post.
Decorating for Renters
Eight decorating ideas for your rental home or apartment on a budget.
1. Address the walls:
If you are not allowed to change the wall color, make it more personal by adding wall hangings. Hang pictures, mirrors, or if you want something with more impact, frame fabric, or wallpaper.
- Option 1. Look for frames and mirrors at thrift stores and spray paint them to match your style.
- Option 2. Frame wrapping or craft paper! Even greeting cards and post cards you have saved look great on a photo wall and particularly pretty in a floating frame. I loved showing off gorgeous washi paper in two large and cheap poster frames!
- Option 3: Hang something unusual on your walls like a collection of dollar store paper fans with command strips or cover your wall in a pattern with washi tape.
2. The light fixtures have to stay (some landlords will approve a change, just ask and see what happens!, BUT you can add table and floor lamps. Good lighting makes a big difference.
- Thrift stores, consignment shops and spray paint!!! You may need to invest in a new lampshade with a second-hand find or try a creative DIY for a light fixture like a floral paper lantern hung right over a pot light with command strips.
Look for plug-in wall sconces and attach the light to the wall with command strips!
3. You have furniture pushed up against the wall. If there is not enough space to float your furniture in the center of the room, add a sofa table between the couch and the wall.
- Again, thrift store finds are fabulous for this. You can use anything as long as it is close to the same height of your couch and a little on the wider side. This will give your room more dimension and a designer look.
4. There is not enough space for a full-size coffee table. Invest in storage cubes, bins, or baskets that can double as a coffee table. (Bonus, it hides toys.)
Look for ones that can easily be moved around for playtime and also provide extra seating for company.
By the way, this can also solve the problem of having too small of a space for sofa side tables. Do not be afraid to do both!!
5. Break up your furniture sets!! If you have matching furniture, swap out pieces with the same function in different rooms.
Try bringing your bedside tables out to the sofa, and vice versa. Matching sofa and chair? Swap the chair out in the den with the living room…
6. There are existing vertical blinds over your sliding doors and plastic blinds on your windows. Yay for privacy, boo for eyesore.
Hang curtains to hide both sliding doors and windows. Lowe’s and Hope Depot carry curtain rods with brackets that extend past vertical blinds. There is no excuse now!!
Always try to hang your curtains as high as you can and down to the floor (or just below the windowsill). There really is no in-between. This will make your room appear taller! Try IKEA and Target for inexpensive 96″ curtains.
7. If you have hard floors or flatweave carpet DO use rugs!
It’s totally okay to layer rugs over carpet especially if it is dingy rental carpet.
Look at your local discount stores like Ross, TJ Max, or At Home. Also try Amazon and RugsUSA for inexpensive solutions.
8. Do add pillows and other textiles into your rental decor! These simple details are great for added layers, textures, and coziness. Try mixing different patterns and colors.
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I hope you enjoyed these decorating ideas for renters and don’t wait to love your space! Find more rental decorating tips on this page and how to decorate a rental kitchen in this story or even how to cover your kitchen cabinets with contact paper or removable wallpaper!
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