10 Renter-Friendly Hacks That Won't Hurt Your Deposit

One thing never changes when renting a flat, whether it's your first time or you've been doing it for years: you want to make it seem as cozy as possible. However, it might be difficult to decorate in a rental due to many constraints, but you can create a homely atmosphere without painting over an awful beige color or putting holes in your walls. 

But thankfully, we have a solution for you. These renter-friendly tips will allow you to improve every area of your apartment without jeopardizing your security deposit.

Temporary Wallpapers

Temporary wallpapers are a great way to infuse your property with a ton of charm and mystery. It can really make the place stand out, especially in small settings. Not covering every wall could give the impression of distinct "zones," even in the tiniest of spaces. 

Even while wallpapering might be labor-intensive, there are several fantastic solutions available these days that are simple to apply and take off. Additionally, you can create your own wallpaper by utilizing unframed artwork or pages from old books. The best thing is the fact you can prevent damaging the walls by using putty or double-sided tape.

Peel & Stick Tile

While there are many aspects of a kitchen that renters cannot modify, even a minor improvement like installing a backsplash may have a significant impact. Peel-and-stick tiles are a simple do-it-yourself project that may be used to conceal an outdated backsplash or build one where none already exists. 

With the aid of these peel-and-stick tile decals, you can reflect your style in the room. These vinyl stickers resemble the real thing and are incredibly simple to apply. They can last for many years if properly cared for, but they can also be scraped off with a scraper tool without causing any damage to the original tiles below.

Area Rugs

Adding a rug to your living area can make a far bigger impact than you might imagine, regardless of whether you have comfortable carpeting or chilly hardwood flooring. During the past several years, layering rugs has grown in popularity. 

This gives your house a visually exciting design in addition to giving it a warm and inviting appearance. For floors with carpets already installed, think about utilizing a more woven rug when selecting appropriate rugs to stack with one another. To add a lot of visual appeal to your house, blend different patterns and textures with consistent colors as a general rule.

Command Strips and Hooks

Command Strips (or Command Hooks) are our go-to when we don't want to nail into a wall. They are ideal for renters because they come in various sizes based on the weight of your décor. They are simple to install on the wall and take down without damaging it.

Just make sure you purchase the appropriate kind of Command product for the task and remove each strip according to the instructions.

Swap Out The Handles

Little details like door pulls, knobs and handles have a huge effect. The cheap or antiquated hardware that was originally installed on your cupboards and doors is not something you have to put up with. 

With a screwdriver and a few minutes of time, you can quickly replace the current hardware with items that complement your decor. For easy reinstallation, once you move out, keep all of the old parts in bags with separate labels.

Room dividers

While it is not feasible to build walls or knock down existing ones, it is still possible to divide a rental house into distinct living areas. In addition to serving as décor, screens and room dividers can also be used to split off spaces for privacy.

One way to make a small reading area feel cozy and private is to add an armchair. These can also include shelves, screens, and even drapes held up by inexpensive, adjustable rods that don't break.

Hang Pictures From a Rail

A gallery of framed pictures or artwork would be wonderful, but it would leave a lot of gaps in your (rented) walls. It is possible to exhibit numerous pieces with little harm if you hang a center picture rail. 

Hanging frames from a wooden bar or a strong wire will depend on the picture rail system you select. By using this method, you can easily swap out your art whenever you want to and safeguard your walls.

Go Frameless

In the event that your contract prohibits you from driving hooks into the walls, you might want to take your favorite prints out of their frames and attach them to the wall in a non-marking manner. 

You can easily switch pieces in and out to create the look you want with washi tape or blu-tack.

Utilize smart storage

When wanting to maximize living space while keeping goods accessible and organized, renters must make use of creative storage. 

Utilize vertical space by using wall-mounted storage solutions, tall bookshelves, or shelving units. Make an investment in built-in drawers or under-bed storage bins to keep things like additional linens, clothing, bedding, and shoes readily accessible and nicely arranged.

Use Plug-in or Battery-Operated Scones 

If your area is in dire need of accent lighting but you are unable to hardwire it, consider using a puck light hack or a corded, battery-operated sconce. 

Install the sconce in accordance with the manufacturer's instructions, then insert the puck light by either resting it in the location designated for the lightbulb or fastening it with a Command strip. There's also a growing trend for sconce lights with wires that plug straight into a wall socket. You can place them over your nightstands with ease.