Making the most of your rental can be really difficult, especially if you’re not permitted – or don’t want to – make any major changes. Trying to jazz up icky carpets and so-so kitchens is easier than you might think, however – you just need a few DIY products and one or two free weekends and you can transform your rental without having to pick up a hammer. For extra help, you can hire a handyman – or if you’re really fed up with your rental, why not look for a new one?
- Kitchen splashbacks: as in the image above, it’s unfortunately common to be stuck with some rather outlandish kitchen tiles. There are a few simple fixes, though. You can buy temporary stick-on splashbacks which will just peel right off when you’re ready to remove them, or you could paint them using tile paint.
- Dome lights: either remove the dome cover and add a lampshade, if possible, or if you can’t take the dome off, pop up a sunburst frame – it’ll give the room a vintage feel.
- Boring beige walls: paint them, then re-paint in a neutral tone before you move, or apply a temporary wallpaper – yep, such a thing exists. Just peel it off when it’s time to move out.
- Yellowing wall sockets: you can just go ahead and replace these. It’s very unlikely that your landlord will mind as it’ll make the house look miles better, but to be on the safe side, make sure you ask first, or if that isn’t possible save the old sockets and replace when you move.
- See-through blinds/curtains: Buy cheap roller blinds or curtains, then use a sewing machine to attach a panel of darker fabric to the window-side of the curtain to help filter out more light. If you can afford to, invest in blackout blinds or curtains, hang them, then replace them with the old curtains when you leave (if you’re spending a lot of money on curtains, you don’t want to leave them there!)
- Icky carpet: Cover with a large rug or rugs. It might sound a bit boring, or like it wouldn’t really work that well, but it really would – provided that the carpet is plain and not patterned. If the carpet is patterned? Ask your landlord if you can replace it with a cheap neutral carpet – you can recarpet for as little as £100.
- If you can’t afford to buy wardrobes or a chest of drawers and there isn’t a lot of storage, a simple storage solution is a shelf with a clothes rail positioned along one wall.
- Exposed pipes: not only dangerous, but also unsightly, exposed pipes can be a real eyesore. To cover them up, wrap with thick burlap rope – it’ll also provide a nifty scratching post for cats.
- Exposed boiler: cover with a canvas painting, or box in with a single kitchen cabinet – single units cost as little as £30.
- Exposed air conditioner: cover up the unit with a chalkboard when not in use – it’ll come in super handy for shopping lists.
Source: House Beautiful