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  • Writer's pictureTami Brooks

Easy and Creative Rental Upgrading Hacks You and Your Landlord will love

Updated: Apr 6, 2021

Everyone knows the perks that come with living in a rental apartment. The space may look dull and boring but it’s not your own so why bother upgrading it right? Here’s the thing, just because you live in a rental doesn’t mean that you can’t tweak the space to make it feel like your own.


Some landlords say

you can’t paint on this, you can’t hammer a nail on your wall, etcetera, etcetera. And besides, wouldn’t it be a waste of time, money, and effort to upgrade something that is only temporary? Nope. Absolutely not. If designing your home makes you happy? It’s not a waste of money. You can always opt for upgrading ways and décor items that you can repurpose later on. Now let’s talk about the things that you can do. Here’s a list of ingenious ways and totally easy, landlord-friendly rental upgrading hacks that will completely transform your space.


1. Artwork

This is probably one of the easiest and simplest ways that you can do to personalize your space. There are a lot of ways that you can place art pieces that will add a ton of interest to your room. You can hang them in clusters on your wall, place them above your console table or simply lean them on the floor and layer it with another medium-sized art piece or a décor item to achieve the aesthetic look.


2. Roll down a Rug

If you have ugly dents or cracks in your flooring, the clever way to cover them up is to simply roll down a rug. You can find rugs in flea market shops or thrift stores at a low price with really cool patterns and styles that will complement the overall aesthetic of your room.


3. Faux Tiles

If your rental unit has missing tiles or the tiles are old and not really your kind of style, the best solution for you is to opt for faux or peel and stick tiles. You can use faux tiles to upgrade your kitchen backsplash, bathroom floors, and walls, and even transform your flooring. There are so many design options that you can choose from, plus it’s inexpensive, super easy to install and you can conveniently remove and change it whenever you want to.


4. Peel and Stick Wallpapers

Every renter should know about peel and stick wallpapers. If you’re not allowed to paint your walls, these are the best solution for you. You can find a ton of wallpapers with prints and designs that you love and you can use them to decorate your walls.


5. Mirrors

Decorating with mirrors in your interior space creates an illusion of depth that makes your space look more spacious and brighter. Mirrors are a great alternative for artworks if you don’t have anything to hang on your wall. Large-scale mirrors that are placed leaning on the wall will make your rental space look like it came straight out of a Pinterest board.


6. Add Homey Elements

Simply decorating your rental apartment with a touch of your home décor style will completely transform it into the kind of home that you want. There are a lot of ways that you can do this. You can change the curtains into light sheer linens or add blinds to make it bright and airy. Incorporate indoor plants and cute potted succulents or change your sofa coverings.


7. Replace Broken Hardware

Check for broken hardware and fixtures and have them fix. Or you can replace all of them. Having brand new hardware will make you feel more comfortable and familiar with the features. Consider replacing showerheads, faucets, broken door doorknobs, and cabinet hardware. You can keep the old ones and store them so you can put them back if you’re moving out.


8. Upgrade Lighting Fixture

Another design feature that will absolutely make your rental unit look really amazing is lighting fixtures. There are so many lighting fixtures with cool and unique designs that you can find on Ikea or other online shops. You can add in modern pendant lights for a touch of contemporary style or rustic looking lighting fixtures. Again, keep the old ones and store them so you can put them back when you’re moving out.



The rule of thumb when it comes to upgrading rental spaces is to ask your landlord first. Your goal for upgrading is to obviously to enhance and improve the space and Even though rentals are temporary, it’s your space in the meantime and there’s no stopping you from making it less like a rental and more like your very own home.

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