Our Best Advice Of The Year For Fixing Up (& Loving) Your Rental

updated Oct 13, 2022
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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.

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A Beige Bathroom Makeover

Our Design Editor Arlyn Hernandez transformed her bathroom using just a screwdriver and some cleaning supplies (and a few decor items, of course). For those of us who rent, it was inspiring to see what could be done with purely-decorative touches like bright rugs or a patterned shower curtain.

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Beyond Wall Art

We’ve all seen how well Command hooks work for hanging wall art. These hooks can do so much more, like store kitchen utensils, hide cords, or organize cleaning supplies. We rounded up 11 ways these adhesive hooks could make your home happier (and be sure to check the comments in the link below for even more ideas from our readers).

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On Display

I hate to bring up the “open shelving” debate, but New York renters Sadie and Lorin added even more color to their kitchen by simply removing the cabinet doors. What we loved was the balance this look achieved: the closed cabinet doors to the left store unsightly items like canned foods, and the open shelving displays their patterned bowls and ceramics. Best of all, this alteration is reversible when move-out time comes.

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Double Your Surface

What’s the solution when your small kitchen is lacking in counter space? If you’re a renter, one great option is adding a kitchen cart, as Apartment Therapy Senior Writer Nancy Mitchell did in her tiny New York apartment.

→ This Item is the Biggest Lifesaver in My Tiny Kitchen

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Storage Staple

Ah, the KALLAX! It’s become a staple in many homes, and it’s perfect for storing magazines, records, and just about everything else. This year, we rounded up some of the best storage cubes that fit perfectly in the KALLAX, including rustic, bright, and minimal options that are sure to fit into most decor schemes.

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Leaning Art

When your lease prohibits nails in the wall, how else can you display your favorite art? One solution is to simply let it lean back against the wall on the floor or a floating shelf (or any other surface, really). This is genius, as it allows you to freely rotate art as you please and hopefully get most of your security deposit back. Find some inspiration in the link below.

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Love the Home You’re In

This is one of those article I wish I had read when I rented my first apartment. Despite the outdated tiling or unusual floorplan, there are a ton of ways to achieve happiness in your rental home. From bringing in flowers to finding a signature scent, these solutions are all simple and require little to no money.