11 Apartment-Friendly Upgrades That Are Super Cheap

Making a rental feel like home is possible with a little bit of creativity and imagination. Remember to check with your landlord first to get the thumbs up on making any improvements.  With a few helpful tips, you can put your design style and personal touches on any space in no time!

  1. Deep Clean
  2. Paint
  3. Get a Slipcover For Your Sofa
  4. Add Mirrors
  5. Update Your Bedding
  6. Add Some Art
  7. Get a Statement Rug
  8. Hang Your Own Curtains
  9. Spruce Up The Kitchen
  10. Go Thrifting
  11. Invest in Some Plants

1. Deep Clean

One of the simplest things you can do in your rental is deep clean. You’d be surprised to see how much of a difference a little elbow grease can do! It’s like a blank canvas for a painter. Your home will feel lighter, brighter, and you’ll feel inspired to come up with design plans. Blast some music, grab your Swiffer for some air guitar action, and get to cleaning! 

2. Paint

Another dramatic change you can make to any space is to give it a fresh coat of paint! It will completely transform any room by breathing new life into it. Keep an eye out for deals during the holidays for the best sales on supplies and paint. 

Prep is king! Make sure you wash and prime your walls before you paint. This will help with fewer coats of paint, which is more expensive than the primer. Keep colors neutral and use furnishings for your pop of color. Always remember to check with your landlord or lease agreement to find out if there are any restrictions on paint palettes. If the color is neutral or matches the rental’s palette, the landlord might not make you change it when you move out.

3. Get a Slipcover For Your Sofa

You don’t need to go out and spend a bunch of money on a new sofa. Buy a new slipcover, throw blanket, and a few decorative pillows. A small investment for a huge change!

4. Add Mirrors

Mirrors give rooms dimension and the illusions of them being bigger than they are. Place them in areas with low lighting or tight spaces. A large standup mirror can be leaned against the wall and prevent you from needing nails and damaging the walls.

5. Update Your Bedding

New, crisp, and clean sheets make for the most welcoming bed. Upgrade your old college sheets for a new set and a comfortable blanket. And don’t forget to make your bed every day, you’ll feel like you are staying in a hotel. 

6. Add Some Art

Clean walls with a few select pieces of art will make any room come alive. Head over to sites such as Etsy for custom pieces or major retailers like Art.com. Or you could opt to make your own art similar to these 21 DIY inexpensive wall art ideas. 

7. Get a Statement Rug

If you’re not loving the floors in your rental, consider finding a statement rug that fits your style. First, measure the space or use painters tape to layout where you’d like the rug. This makes it easier to narrow down your options when searching. Check out eBay and HomeGoods, they always have killer deals on rugs. A good rug can give any room the character and color it needs.

8. Hang Your Own Curtains

We can all agree, vertical blinds are probably the most unappealing window coverings ever. Blinds, in general, are a hassle that can get costly to replace because they break often. 

One way to combat the blind blues is to use curtains instead. They not only look better but, if you use blackout curtains you can keep out sunlight and heat. Don’t want to put holes in the walls for a curtain rod? Check out this DIY hack on putting up curtains using command hooks.

9. Spruce Up The Kitchen 

Unless you are blessed with a beautifully updated kitchen, the odds that you’ll love everything about it in your rental are slim. If you are stuck with old dingy linoleum floors, add a runner rug to cover them up! Decorate with a few new kitchen accessories like fun salt & pepper shakers, wood cutting board, and stovetop teapot. Look into adding removable vinyl wallpaper for a new backsplash, if your landlord permits it. 

10. Go Thrifting

Something is thrilling about finding a pre-loved piece and making it your own. You can find unique furnishings at your local Salvation Army, Goodwill or garage sales.  Summertime is prime time garage sale hopping! Write down some design ideas before you head out. This way you are prepared and inspired to find your “piece”. You can find old lamps and update with new shades and paint the base.  Solid wood tables or dressers are the perfect finds for sanding and refinishing.

11. Invest in Some Plants

Always keep something living like flowers or plants on display to bring the outdoors in. Not only will this add happiness and life to your home but, some plants are known to help with air purification. If you have pets, make sure they aren’t toxic to your furry friend.  

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Upgrading your rental doesn’t have to take tons of money or construction skills. If you keep it easy and renter-friendly, you change it as often as you’d like. We all know that moving into a new place can become costly.

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