12 Cheap Apartment Improvements That Are Totally Worth It

Looking for cheap apartment improvement ideas? Click through for 12 rental DIYs that will make any space more inviting and homey!Potentially controversial opinion alert: I think apartment improvements are pretty much always worth the time and effort.

I don’t know about you guys, but when I like my living space, I spend less money going out, I’m more likely to have friends over, and I’m generally more productive and happier. I even sleep better! All because I spent a weekend painting or swapping out handles!

Today, I brought in ASID-certified interior design Liz MacKeigan to share her best, most affordable rental-improving tips and tricks!


It’s no secret that home ownership instills a sense of pride and a having a stake in your local community. But what about those of us who can’t afford to buy or aren’t ready to settle down with a thirty-year mortgage? There is nothing that says renters can’t also take pride!

I can’t think of a valid reason to wait until “someday” to make yourself feel at home somewhere. Sure, ripping out a bathroom or replacing flooring surfaces is likely out of the question, but it doesn’t mean you can’t inject your personality or creature comforts into your landlord’s place.

At the end of the day, you’ll feel better coming home to a place that’s comforting and personalized to your tastes than you will when coming home to someone else’s poor, beige decisions.

Looking for cheap apartment improvement ideas? Click through for 12 rental DIYs that will make any space more inviting and homey!

Cheap apartment improvements: Living room

Blank walls make me sad. And because I don’t have a fabulous art budget, I’ve gotten creative over the years about hanging things on my walls. Here are some ways to get big art on a small budget, without utilizing your old NKOTB posters:

I made a pretty intense wall mural in college through The Rasterbator.

Aunt Peaches shows us how to turn wrapping paper into legit art.

If geography is your thing, blow up or photocopy a map and break out the Mod Podge for an inexpensive oversized map. I made something like this for a first-anniversary gift to my husband and now we paint the route of every road trip we take together. Awwwww.

Washi tape can make magical things happen to your walls.

When hanging art, remember to keep it relatively at eye level, and hang pieces in groupings on large walls if your frames are less than 36”.
Looking for cheap apartment improvement ideas? Click through for 12 rental DIYs that will make any space more inviting and homey!

Cheap apartment improvements: Kitchen + bathroom

Kitchens and bathrooms in rentals typically leave a little to be desired. Without causing damage, you can typically make some small changes to make cooking feel a little nicer. Here’s how:

Upgrade your backsplash

A few rolls of temporary wallpaper or a quart of paint and a stencil can make a huge impact.

Swap out your knobs & pulls. Knobs are easy because they have one screw, but did you know there are adjustable pulls on the market? They’re great because you can haul them from place to place. These are my favorite.

Take off some cabinet doors! My teeny apartment in college had two-toned kitchen doors that were peeling, so I yanked them down and installed pretty contact paper the back of the cabinets. The kitchen felt larger and the doors were no longer mocking my sensibilities.

 

Looking for cheap apartment improvement ideas? Click through for 12 rental DIYs that will make any space more inviting and homey!

Cheap apartment improvements: Bedrooms

Need extra storage? A few inexpensive wall shelves and a can of gold spray paint might just solve all of your problems.

If you’re having trouble locating the right furniture for your space, check out my old post on tips for selecting pieces that can move with you from place to place.

And finally, check out my tips for giving your lighting a boost and installing good window treatments, all on a budget.

Looking for cheap apartment improvement ideas? Click through for 12 rental DIYs that will make any space more inviting and homey!

If you have any other suggestions for giving your apartment a little love, please share in the comments!

P.S. 11 DIY headboards + 5 ways to hide your tv

photo credits: decor8 holly // bolster // brit + co // plaster and disaster // homey oh my! // bolster // ikea // cc

2 Comments

Bradley Moffet

Check with your landlord first, if you want to make changes to your rental unit. You might consider it an improvement, but that doesn’t mean they won’t try to charge you for damages.
And don’t forget to document every single modification that you made in your property. It’s very important if you want to get your security deposit in the end of tenancy. Tips how to do it right are given here https://rentberry.com/blog/get-security-deposit-back.

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