Renters Solutions: 7 More Temporary Ways to Make a Rental Your Own

Renters Solutions: 7 More Temporary Ways to Make a Rental Your Own

Adrienne Breaux
Apr 26, 2014
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Nothing's more frustrating than not being able to put your own mark on the place you live in, which can be tough when living in a rental with strict rules. It can be doubly aggravating if the place you're renting isn't just bland, but has unsightly elements you'd rather not have to see every day. We've got more ideas for renters who need temporary solutions to making their home look better.

Pictured above: A DIY painted floor canvas that mimics the gorgeous black and white patterned floor tile trend is an easy way to get that look in a rental (of if you're on a budget). The how to found on Design*Sponge.

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Head over to a salvaged building supply store or a find one on Craigslist, but an old slatted closet door has many appeals in a rental. Perfectly able to be leaned against the wall, you don't have to do any permanent wall changes or drilling or damaging. You can paint lots of cool patterns to spice up a room you can't paint the walls in. And as evidenced by C.R.A.F.T. you can use it to organize, as well!

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Splattering pattern all over a pivotal place in your home is a great way to put your mark. Here are 3 DIY Ideas For Patterned Walls That Don't Require Painting Them.

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Ugly (and dirty, old) fridges can be a problem in rentals. But you can disguise them without permanently altering them. We Can Make Anything has the instructions.

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Incorporating tons of plants into a home always makes it feel more home-y. We love this dramatic DIY spotted on Design Love Fest on how to make a giant plant chandelier. It won't last forever, but it will make quite the impression on a space and won't require a ton of hardware to hang. This would be particularly great for when you're entertaining in your space and want to hide or disguise an element about your rental you don't love!

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We love the idea of adding color and pattern to interior doors, but renters can't always play around with that in their apartment! But there's still something you can do to interior doors and involves adding small but potent design details. Justina Blakeney has idea for beads, tassels and more for doors.

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Are you someone who keeps your dining area set or free and clear? If you've usually kept your favorite dining ware hidden in storage, you might consider setting your table or bar area instead. It doesn't require any painting or hanging but it's a fun way to add color and excitement to a room (and not have to store as much stuff!). Here are some ideas: How to Set a Table Properly.

More ways to customize a rental

How are you making your rental home look more like you, temporarily? Share your ideas in the comments below!

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