17 of Our Favorite Modular Sofas You Can Shop NowDesign Ideas
These sofas are a renter's dream.
May 14, 2024
20 Apartment Rental Sites that Make a Rental Hunt Way Less FrustratingReal Estate
Your perfect rental is just a click away.
May 10, 2024
Here’s What You Should Do When Your Landlord Doesn't Renew Your LeaseReal Estate
These are your options when your landlord doesn't renew your lease.
Jan 30, 2024
10 Affordable and Easy Ways to Add Lighting to a Closet Without WiringDesign Ideas
The renter-friendly solution to dark closets.
Jan 23, 2024
24 Small Entryway Ideas to Make Any Entrance GrandDesign Ideas
A well-organized entryway, with zones for keys, mail, shoes, and outerwear, is a boon to any home. But if your place lacks a decently sized formal greeting spot (particularly ones without a dedicated coat closet), you can still carve out a transition area that will provide some simple storage along with a well-decorated hallway and entry point. Below, some small entryway ideas we love to get you started.
Jan 19, 2024
These Are Our 15 Top Renter Remedies of 2023Design Ideas
They declutter, organize, and prevent damage.
Dec 18, 2023
The Best Shoe Storage Solutions You Can Buy Right Now for Spaces Big and Small
Shopping
If you've ever been a renter and have more than two pairs of shoes, this one's for you.
Dec 18, 2023
The Results Are In: These Are the Best Drill-Free Renter Finds of 2023Organizing
We have so many good storage solutions!
Dec 15, 2023
7 Uses for Tension Rods You’ve Never Thought OfOrganizing
Few things are as versatile as the humble tension rod. They are cheap and totally removable.
Dec 11, 2023
How To Recaulk a BathtubProjects & Improvements
If you’re looking for a way to make your bathroom feel cleaner and brighter, try recaulking your bathtub. It takes a couple of hours to remove the old caulk and apply the new caulk, but it’s definitely worth it! Here’s how I recaulked my own bathtub in a few easy steps. Ready to give your bathtub a makeover? Great! Here’s what you need to get started.
Dec 11, 2023
Who's Responsible for Frozen Pipes in a Rental Apartment?Projects & Improvements
The renter or the owner? Well, the answer is: it depends.
Nov 21, 2023
7 Renter-Friendly Ways To Hang Curtains Without DrillingProjects & Improvements
You can put away your drill now.
Nov 1, 2023
12 Removable Wallpaper Companies to KnowDesign Ideas
Removable wallpapers are a godsend for commitment-phobes, renters, easily bored types, and anyone that lives in fear of a Lucy and Ethel paper hangers sort of disaster.
Oct 19, 2023
This $8 Renter-Friendly Window Update Looks So ExpensiveProjects & Improvements
Change the feel of your space and get privacy in the process.
Oct 12, 2023
There’s Another Peel-and-Stick Solution to Upgrade Your WallsProjects & Improvements
“The transformation is undeniable.”
Aug 11, 2023
A 615-Square-Foot Portland Rental Is Full of DIYs and Clever Rental Hacks
News
Gretchen's superpower is finding amazing pieces for her home on a budget. Through thrifting and DIY, she's been able to find stylish items AND make incredible additions to complete her trendy Portland one-bedroom apartment.
Aug 10, 2023
When Rent Prices Rose, This New Yorker Found a 320-Square-Foot Steal in BrooklynTours
When muralist Maggie's rent was going to increase $1200 a month, she knew it was time to move. After looking everywhere, she found an affordable spot in Greenpoint, spending the past six months adding tons of color AND creating her own closet storage.
Aug 8, 2023
The $10 DIY Project That Brings Me Joy Every Time I Come Home
Living
It’s renter-safe, too.
Jul 13, 2023
20 Balcony Garden Ideas That Prove Anyone Can Create One—No Green Thumb RequiredPlants & Yard
When we picture a garden, most of us likely imagine a wildly idyllic countryside oasis or a pristine suburban backyard where space is abundant. However, you don’t need to have ample square footage to create a dreamy gardenscape — your home’s balcony will do just fine. Thanks to a little creativity and innovation, balcony gardens can hold more plant life than you may expect.
Jun 21, 2023
The Floating Shelf That Took Me 5 Minutes (& No Tools) to InstallLife
We kept hearing about these shelves that practically install themselves, so we put one to the test.
Jun 7, 2023
This (Basically Free) Bathroom Mirror Update Is So Simple yet So EffectiveProjects & Improvements
And there are more renter-friendly updates where that came from.
Jun 2, 2023
5 Hard-to-Kill Houseplants for Apartments with Low LightPlants & Yard
Don't have plant FOMO just because your place doesn't get a lot of light.
May 9, 2023
This TikToker Used Peel-and-Stick Tiles in a Surprising Spot
Style
It looks incredible.
May 4, 2023
This Under-$20 Drill-Free Towel Rack Is Perfect for RentersDesign Ideas
It's a super smart (and easy) bathroom upgrade.
Apr 18, 2023
15 Stylish DIY Loft Bed Ideas of All Sizes to Help You Max Out Your Small SpaceDesign Ideas
Lofting your bed is one of our favorite design ideas for a small bedroom or even a studio apartment. Doing so reduces the amount of space your bed takes up, provides additional living or working space underneath the bed, and introduces lots of storage (in some cases). Lofting a bed could mean finally getting that chic home office setup you’ve been dreaming of or adding a sleeper sofa for weekend guests.
Apr 6, 2023
Ideas for Hanging Artwork Without Leaving Holes in the WallDesign Ideas
There’s no way around it: renters just don’t have the freedom to do whatever they want to the space they call home. One frequent deposit money-sucker is holes in the wall. Thankfully, there are some fantastic workarounds, solutions that range from nail alternatives to some downright conversation starters. Check them out. Command Hanging Strips These velcro strips are ideal for items that won’t hang on a traditional stick-on-the-wall hook.
Mar 31, 2023
8 Stylish Solutions for Your Totally Icky Rental BathroomDesign Ideas
Gross bathroom got you down? Here are a few ways to make it all better.
Mar 29, 2023
This TikToker Used Glue To Frost Her Windows – Yes, ReallyProjects & Improvements
Remember making those glue bookmarks using your pencil case? Yeah, it’s the exact same idea.
Mar 14, 2023
This TikToker Transformed Her Rental Kitchen Using Dollar Tree ItemsProjects & Improvements
You can add your own flair with just a few bucks and some patience.
Mar 6, 2023
This New Wallpaper Collection Is Alice in Wonderland Meets Marie AntoinetteDesign Ideas
The colorful collection includes designs inspired by heart-shaped cakes, zebra print, and the Queen of Hearts.
Feb 3, 2023
This TikToker Has the Best Curtain Hack for People Who Hate Vertical BlindsLife
It only takes minutes.
Jan 12, 2023
B&A: This Dramatic Kitchen Redo is the Work of Creative, Budget-Savvy Renters
HOME PROJECTS
"As renters sometimes we feel powerless to improve our spaces," this apartment dweller says. She and her husband (and their landlord) came up with some quick fixes for this once-dated kitchen.
Jan 9, 2023
A Renter Uses Black to Hack a 'Bland' 655-Square-Foot Rental into Moody MinimalTours
When Senaida first moved into this rental apartment, it was really bland. But she used renter-friendly hacks and black paint and tape to transform her home into "moody modern minimalism."
Jan 4, 2023
15 Homes That Prove Decorating Rentals Is Worth ItDesign Ideas
The changes that renters make to their rentals can be worth the happiness it brings them, even if it means painting it back to white at the end of the lease.
Jan 3, 2023
You’ve Been Using Command Strips All WrongProjects & Improvements
Avoid these six very common mistakes.
Jan 2, 2023
5 Things You Should Know About Living in a Studio Apartment (From Someone Who Has Done It)Life
A year and a half ago I moved from Houston, Texas to New York, New York, and from a 1,000-square-foot, two-bedroom townhouse to a 250-square-foot studio. And you know what? I love my new space, and my new city, and I wouldn’t trade it for the world, but I would be lying if I said it wasn’t a bit of an adjustment to live in a studio apartment.
Jan 2, 2023
Layering a Rug Over Carpet? Expert Advice on How To Make It WorkDesign Ideas
To some, ​area rugs over wall-to-wall carpeting is taboo. To others, it’s a means to an end. If the latter is you, here's how to make it work.
Jan 2, 2023
This Closet-Less Brooklyn Rental Apartment Required Creative Storage Solutions
Tours
Katherine is an organizer by trade but an artist at heart, and this rental apartment is an homage to her colorful Latin roots, with a DIY stenciled colorful dining room wall, a living room mural, and more.
Nov 30, 2022
Not in Love With Your Backsplash? We Tested Adhesive, Removable Smart TilesProjects & Improvements
Smart Tiles promises easy installation, easy cleaning and resistance to heat and humidity. As a renter, I wanted to give them a try.
Nov 18, 2022
5 Things I Never Did to a Rental But Probably Should HaveDesign Ideas
In the many rentals I’ve lived in over the years, I’ve never looked at any of them as permanent homes. I didn’t plan on staying in any of them for more than a year or two, so there are many things I never did, which is a shame because taking time to upgrade your rental can definitely increase your level of happiness and peace within the home.
Nov 18, 2022
Tips for Dealing with Noise from the StreetDesign Ideas
I live in Germany, and while I happened to be working during the World Cup match last night between Germany and Brazil, I was able to keep up with what was going on, thanks to the honking and cheering from the street outside. While that particular street noise was fun and helpful, other outside noises can be terribly annoying, but there are some things you can do about it. Nothing absorbs noise like a fat wall of books.
Nov 17, 2022
B&A: An Artist's Rental Redo Features Gorgeous IKEA Hacks and Much MoreTours
The best decorating advice artist Ben Cuevas ever received came from Amy Sedaris. "...[S]he says that she viewed her rental deposit as her design fee — which I think is just brilliant. If you’re renting, but plan to stay put for a while and want to really make your space your own, consider your deposit the fee you pay for being able to live in a space you truly love and can call your own."
Nov 8, 2022
A NYC Rental's Gorgeous Reversible Upgrades Include Peel & Stick Paper and More Tours
When Katelyn Sailor and her husband, Kyle, decided to try living in New York City a year ago, they arrived with only their clothes, a bed, kitchen items, and some basic decor. 
Nov 7, 2022
How To Upgrade Drawer Knobs, Pulls, and HandlesDesign Ideas
If you find you’re becoming restless with your furniture, consider updating the hardware. This simple fix can majorly transform dressers and cabinets, taking them from blah to mwah! New hardware can make inexpensive pieces look luxe and bring vintage pieces closer to the modern realm. Mismatched furniture? Bring the look together with coordinating hardware in hardly any time at all. Knobs and drawer pulls range dramatically in price, you can find them from as little as .
Nov 4, 2022
8 Clever IKEA Hacks Using Renter-Friendly Command ProductsProjects & Improvements
Perfect, temporary solutions for all over your house.
Oct 25, 2022
6 Things Nobody Tells You About Removable WallpaperDesign Ideas
What you need to know, before you add to cart.
Oct 22, 2022
Removing Old, Bulky Shower Doors Is Much Easier Than You ThinkProjects & Improvements
We see a fun, fresh bathroom in your future.
Oct 20, 2022
These DIY Custom Beaded Bathroom Cabinets Are Totally Renter Friendly, According to TikTokProjects & Improvements
One renter on TikTok just came up with a brilliant way to temporarily upgrade her bathroom cabinets.
Oct 18, 2022
5 Studio Apartment Layouts That Just Plain WorkDesign Ideas
A few lessons from real-life studio apartment layouts, created by real-life studio apartment dwellers like yourself.
Oct 18, 2022
Equal Cleaning For All: Tips For Splitting Chores With RoommatesCleaning
In my last apartment, cleaning became a big issue. I lived with three other people, and it took us almost two years to actually sit down and determine how to keep our apartment clean. Here are some things I learned from that experience: 1. Truthfully define your definition of clean early on. Do you expect the house to be tidied daily, or is a thorough clean weekly, or even monthly, satisfactory? Setting expectations early on can help reduce conflicts down the road.
Oct 14, 2022
Genius Ways to Fix These 5 Very Annoying Things at HomeProjects & Improvements
Living in a house (especially an older house) is a noisy business. Cabinet doors slam shut. Floorboards creak. Doors squeak on their hinges. What to do (besides moving) if you’re a person who loves peace and quiet? We’ve got a few ideas. Most American houses are made from wood, and over time, wood can expand and contract. Squeaky or creaky floors are caused by the wood subfloor separating from the joists beneath.
Oct 13, 2022
8 Ways to Avoid A Rent Increase This YearReal Estate
Landlords always have to balance the need to raise rent (to keep up with the rising costs of owning a building), with the need to keep apartments rented and vacancy rates down. This usually means that, whenever possible, they love keeping good tenants from year to year, and avoiding the time, hassle, uncertainty, and expense of finding new ones. Here’s what you can do to tip the scales in your favor, avoid a rental increase, and happily sign your lease for another year. 1.
Oct 13, 2022
Our Best Advice Of The Year For Fixing Up (& Loving) Your RentalDesign Ideas
No rental home is perfect. Perhaps your landlord prohibits you from putting holes in the walls or altering the space in any way, so you feel like all your #housegoals are impossible to achieve. At Apartment Therapy, nothing is impossible! We gathered the best posts of 2017 highlighting how simple changes here and there can really make your home shine, and perhaps make you fall in love again.
Oct 13, 2022
Small Space Solutions from Our Tours: Multipurpose Rooms that WorkDesign Ideas
Living well in close quarters requires, among other things, efficient furniture placement. These studios, one-bedroom apartments, and one house show how you can make your home’s spatial quirks and shortcomings work in your favor.Studio apartments offer the obvious challenge of making one space function as several. In slightly larger apartments, the living room often works overtime as an office area, dining room, and entryway.
Oct 13, 2022
Design (& Life!) Lessons from a Forever RenterReal Estate
My name is Jessica and I’m a serial renter. I first dipped my toe in the proverbial musky beige carpet in 2007, signing the lease on an affordable two-bedroom unit in Riverside, California.
Oct 12, 2022
A Renter’s Life in London: The Inside ScoopReal Estate
London is a city with so many vibrant neighborhoods that there is one for every type of personality. I moved to London four years ago with no clue as to where I would end up. But with a little exploring, I found my fit, and you can too! Here is an American ex-pat’s perspective on London neighborhoods. Neighborhoods Notting Hill, Kensington, & Chelsea Types of Rentals: Lots of houses that have been broken up into flats and large family homes.
Oct 12, 2022
How To Make the Most of a Bathroom with a Pedestal SinkDesign Ideas
Does your bathroom have a pedestal sink? I definitely feel your short-on-storage pain. Here’s how to make the most of your small bathroom, with examples from our House Tours: 1. Add furniture. If your bathroom has a layout that allows for a freestanding piece of furniture, count your lucky stars and get to shopping. 2. Utilize the top of your toilet. If your tank has a flat top, use it for some practical and pretty open storage. 3. Any flat surface is fair game.
Oct 12, 2022
The Peel-and-Stick Makeover: Wallpapered FridgeDesign Ideas
Light fixtures can be changed. Colors can be painted over. Ugly floors can be covered. They’re not all easy projects for renters who’ve found themselves in apartments cramping their style. But they’re all do-able, and importantly, reversible. Just like this solution for covering ugly appliances with removable peel-and-stick wallpaper.To be clear, Peaches of DIY and Lifestyle Blog Aunt Peaches didn’t have an ugly fridge.
Oct 11, 2022