It seems like living in a condo or apartment – especially a space that you’re renting – comes with its challenges. The space is smaller, it’s hard to fit all of your belongings, and even small renovations aren’t an option since it’s not your property. It’s also near impossible to find a rental property that satisfies every item on your wish list.
Most tenants don’t feel at home when renting a condo or apartment, but that’s simply not the case. As a renter, there are many things you can do to improve your living space and make your rental property feel like home sweet home.
These DIY condo or apartment upgrades are perfect for renters who can’t make permanent changes to their rental property, but want to transform the place into more than just a place to sleep!
Swap out the showerhead and sink faucets
Your bathroom should feel like a sanctuary, but a rusty, old showerhead might not do the trick. Update the look and feel of your bathroom by changing the showerhead and sink faucets. It’s very easy to do, and all you’ll have to do is keep the existing showerhead and faucets in storage until you’re moving out of the property. Opt for stainless steel for a clean and simple look, or a brushed nickel for a classy upgrade. Fixtures are relatively cost-friendly, which makes this DIY upgrade a definite yes. Plus, you can take them with you when you move out!
Upgrade the hardware on cabinetry
In most rental properties, the kitchen and bathrooms (conveniently the rooms you spend most time in) will be very neutral to accommodate tenants. However, being a tenant means it’s more difficult to add your personal touch to these spaces. Instead of painting the cabinetry (which is expensive, labour-intensive and needs approval from a landlord), visit your local hardware store for cabinet handles and knobs. These accessories come in so many different colours, sizes and finishes. Opt for a pop of colour to bring your personality into the space. Once you do, it’ll look like you have a brand new space. Trust us – it’ll make a big impact!
Create an accent wall with temporary wallpaper
Remember how I mentioned most rental properties are very neutral? The same goes for the four walls of your rental property – often times, the bare walls are very boring and don’t speak to your personal style. Make temporary wallpaper your best friend. This removable wallpaper is sticky, but won’t damage the wall underneath it. They come in unlimited colours and patterns; finding a pattern to suit your personal style will be easy. Cover one wall of your apartment or condo to create an accent wall, or use it in the kitchen to cover up backsplash. No matter how you use it, it’s easy to remove when the time is right.
Decorate the walls with Command hooks
Drilling holes into the wall to put up shelving or picture frames isn’t something most landlords would approve up. That doesn’t mean you can’t decorate your rental property space. Command hooks have a strong adhesive that stick to the wall. They come in different sizes, so you can find the right size for the item you want to put up. They’re meant to be durable; feel free to put up your favourite portraits or art to brighten up your condo or apartment.
Add drapes to the closet doorway
Personalizing your rental property is the best way to make the space truly feel like home. Put your DIY skills to the test by installing a sliding drape over the closet door. Your local hardware store will have rods that don’t even need to be drilled into the walls. If you remove the door and have a colourful sliding drape installed, you’ll have to keep the door for when you move out. If you plan on staying in your rental property long-term, then it’s a wise investment to consider. Plus, it’ll give you an opportunity to really customize your bedroom or foyer closet.
Upgrade the lighting
While you cannot control what light fixtures have been installed in the condo or apartment you are renting, you can adjust the lighting to suit you better. If there are lamps in the apartment, change the lampshades. They’re relatively inexpensive, and come in a huge variety of shapes and colours to choose from. Take the lighting to another level by installing a dimmer switch. It’s easy to do and it doesn’t even require an electrician’s help. That’s why they call it a DIY, right? All you’ll need is a screwdriver to take the plate off the wall and install the new plate. Adjustable lighting means you can set the tone for cocktail parties, romantic dinners, and even a casual night in. It’s amazing what an impact a dimmer can have an a rental space.
Living in a rental property doesn’t have to feel like you’re living in someone else’s place. With a few DIY tricks up your sleeve, you can instantly upgrade the look and feel of your living space.