Easy ways to make your rental space your own
by Madisyn McKee
It can be hard finding ways to make your rental space feel like your own, here are four options to consider.
There are tons of benefits to living in a rental apartment. Worrying about maintenance isn’t a problem, it can be easy to move if you ever get bored and the cost can be cheaper than the average mortgage. However, there are drawbacks to renting and not owning your own space; like not being able to add your personal touches.
It can be difficult making your rental unit your own because any major changes to the space likely means getting approval from your landlord and most of the time they don’t want tenants making major changes. So, what do you do if you want to make the space feel like your own? We’ve put together some easy things for you to do that can be reversed when you decide to move out.
Paint the rooms
Most landlords don’t mind if you want to paint as long as you prime it before you leave. The perfect colour of paint can transform a space entirely. The cost of painting is relatively cheap, as well. For less than $50 you can grab yourself a paint can, materials and get to work.
Try to choose colours that won’t be hard to prime when it comes time to leave. Lighter, more neutral tones are not only easy to match with but they are also easy to cover up.
While blinds can be rather expensive to install, curtains don’t have to be. Most rental apartments and homes will come equipped with a curtain rod so all you will need to do find the perfect colour for your space. The best part about this simple upgrade is that you will get to take them with you when you leave.
A picture wall
Make your space feel cozier and more personal by adding a picture wall. Find different sized frames and fill them with your favourite photos, quotes or souvenirs. It may not be the best idea to keep putting nails all over the walls so try using adhesive hooks. Just be sure to place all of your photos on the ground first and plan them out before getting started. This will ensure you’re placing them in the right spots.
Add more storage space
This can be done in two ways; with shelves or furniture. Putting shelves up around your apartment will help to keep clutter off of your floors. They don’t always have to be for storage, the right shelves can be a beautiful decorative addition to your walls. Find furniture that not only looks nice but also acts as storage.
There you have it, four ways that you can make your rental apartment actually feel like a home. Which one will you try?
Madisyn McKee is a freelance writer and social media obsessed traveller based out of Toronto. Always looking for her next adventure but glued to her phone, you can contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit her at therestlessworker.com