High-Impact DIY Upgrades to Transform a Rental Living Room

High-Impact DIY Upgrades to Transform a Rental Living Room

Katie Holdefehr
Jun 13, 2017
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If the living room is the room where you do the max amount of living (whether to you that means a party of 10 or binge watching Netflix for 10 hours), it's important to make this room feel like a reflection of you. Even if you live in a rental, there are plenty of ways to personalize this space, without spending more than a month's worth of rent, and without sacrificing your security deposit.

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1. Upgrade your coffee table

Not only is building your own coffee table potentially cheaper than buying one, but it also allows you to create a piece that's the exact right height and length for your couch. If this is your first foray into woodworking, start out with an easy project, like the minimalist table above, which I SPY DIY crafted out of hairpin legs and a wooden slab. For more inspiration, check out these 6 smart DIY coffee tables that combine style and storage.

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2. Build your own walls

If your living room happens to share space with your kitchen or bedroom, divvy up the areas using a DIY wall divider. The OHOH Blog assembled the folding geometric screen above out of plywood, but you can also separate the space using a tension rod and long curtain panels.

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3. Try temporary wallpaper

One of the miracle adhesive materials praised by renters everywhere, removal wallpaper lets you add color and pattern to the walls without kissing goodbye to your security deposit. Etsy has many vendors devoted to temporary wallpaper and removable wall murals, including Betapet, the maker of the green chevron motif above. If you prefer a solid color to a pattern, check out Tempaper's paintable (and removable!) wallpaper.

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