If you're in a rental apartment, the last thing you want to do is pay a lot of money to make it livable. Perhaps the only thing worse is pissing off your roommate(s) while you're having loud — ahem — relations, or blasting Gregorian chants from your bedroom on Sunday mornings. Which means you need to find an easy, reversible and affordable solution for privacy, while respecting thy neighbors.
Your apartment. It's not quite a dream home. The floors are terrible and the kitchen is in need of an overhaul. Your rental might not be Mr. Right, but it is Mr. Right Now. If the place you call home feels a little dated, here are some easy ways to modernize your apartment.
There are tons of adhesive wall decorations out on the market right now — call it contact paper, vinyl decals, shelf paper or removable wallpaper. Any of the above is a great go-to for enhancing your kitchen cabinets on the fly. Easy to remove, and very affordable, these are also a very do-able stopgap measure before your dream kitchen makeover.
My college roommate and I loved everything about our first apartment, except for the noise. All day and all night long we heard creaks and groans coming from the ceiling, interspersed with occasional thumps and thuds. This of course made us curious about our neighbors, and eager to catch sight of these giants. There must be, we figured, at least four 250 pound men crashing about up there. Then one day we finally spotted them leaving their apartment, and they turned out to be... two very small girls. And a beagle.
So've filled your tiny closet to the brim. And the dresser, too. You've done the rod extenders and the under-shelf baskets and it still doesn't seem like enough space for your massive collection of clothes. Don't fret. Before you purge or move half of it to a storage unit (a.k.a. your parents place), try one of these solutions.
I'm a renter and have some freedom to put nails and screws in the wall, but I still try to avoid it when I can. I've recently become addicted to hanging framed artwork with adhesive strips, but I've come to realize that pictures are just the tip of the adhesive decor iceberg - the gateway to full adhesive nirvana.
In the bathroom, space is always at a premium, and that's esepcially true in a smaller bathroom. If you're at a loss as to where to store all the necessities in your teeny tiny bathroom, these 11 hardworking products can help.
A lot of the spaces that we feature on Apartment Therapy have gorgeous, soaring ceilings. "Sure," I hear you say, "it's easy to make a space look good when your ceiling are 14 feet tall." But what if your living space is a little humbler, with ceilings no higher than the standard eight feet? There are still things you can do to make your home look fantastic — and spacious to boot. Here are four ideas, with plenty of (low-ceilinged) examples to inspire.
It is possible to entertain like Martha Stewart, minus the sprawling vineyard estate. All it takes is a little ingenuity and a few cake stands. Here are five foolproof, actionable ideas to help you make the most of your small space for entertaining friends and family for the holidays or anytime.
Don't let another rental situation come and go without doing all you can to make it its best and make it yours. These six things should be done in every rental — and you won't feel like you're wasting time, energy or money!