7 Easy Apartment Updates That Won’t Mess with Your Security Deposit
You scored a rent-controlled apartment in Hayes Valley, which basically means you’re never leaving. Ever. Sure, it has terrible linoleum flooring and the bathroom walls are Pepto-Bismol pink, but it’s a rental, so you’ll just have to compromise, right? Nope. Here are seven sneaky ways to renovate so you can put a personal stamp on the apartment without making your landlord mad.
Bet you never thought wallpaper was an option in a rental. Well, let us introduce you to the self-adhesive kind, like this amazing paste-free peony option from Anthropologie, which is just as easy to put up as it is to remove.
PUT DOWN NEW FLOORING
No one wants linoleum in the living room. Try this temporary laminate flooring from IKEA, which snaps into place. Then, when it’s time to move out, you can unsnap it and take it with you. Best of all, it looks exactly like hardwood.
TAKE DOWN THOSE AWFUL MINIBLINDS
We don’t know why these were ever invented, but landlords seem to love them. For an easy upgrade, pop those cheap miniblinds out of their brackets at the top of the window (keep them in your closet until move-out day), and replace with airy curtains, like these from West Elm. Chic and simple—our favorite combo.
SWITCH OUT YOUR HARDWARE
There’s no reason you should have to live with outdated handles and ugly knobs. Glam up those cabinets with gold, chrome or glass hardware in any number of unexpected shapes and designs. Save the old ones in a plastic bag (right next to those miniblinds) and replace them when your lease is up.
CHANGE THE LIGHT FIXTURES
Lighting in an old Victorian might not be the most flattering or eco-friendly. Luckily, you can swap out that generic ceiling fixture for something way cuter, like this glass chandelier from Overstock. Don’t be afraid to splurge; you can take light fixtures with you to your next place. And hardwiring isn’t as hard as it seems—just do your research and ask your landlord to turn off the electricity first.
CREATE MORE SPACE
If your apartment is on the smaller side, extra storage space can quickly become a necessity. Make more room for your stuff by installing some open shelving—a home decor trend that’s here to stay—above your countertops. And can we talk for a second about that mirror? Swoon.