Looking for affordable, stylish, and easy to maintain rental fixes for hiding ugly flooring?
For renters, ugly flooring is simply one of those things that they have to live with because 1) upgrading the flooring costs a fortune and 2) permanent changes are either not allowed or something that cannot be reversed once it’s time to move out. I can certainly relate! I hate the flooring of my home too but with the baby on the way soon, upgrading the flooring isn’t much of a priority at this point.
The fact is, the flooring is one of the most important features in a home because it dominates the interiors. If say, you cannot make flooring upgrades right now or you don’t have the budget for it, there is no need to sacrifice style and live with ugly flooring. There are quick rental fixes that you can try to hide the ugly and improve the overall look and feel of your home without permanently altering the flooring:
Stick tiles are floor applications that you can use all over the house. You can use stick tiles to hide an ugly floor, outdated backsplash, or to simply add splashes of color to an otherwise bland space. Stick tiles come in a wide range of designs and colors to choose from. Depending on your theme, you can get those trendy Moroccan or Mexican tile designs as well as contemporary designs that’ll suit a minimalist apartment.
Stick tiles are quite hardy too, these applications are made specifically for high-traffic areas. The material is tough vinyl and the print is protected with a laminated coating so it never loses its vivid colors! The best thing about these floor applications is that they won’t damage your original flooring once you are ready to move out. Stick tiles won’t leave a sticky residue on any surface.
We’re not talking about your grandma’s flecked kitchen floor, no. These days, vinyl flooring comes in the most delicious designs including faux marble, sandstone, and granite. Linoleum flooring is not only flexible, it’s also affordable. You can cut a long linoleum sheet into smaller squares or trim the ends to customize its fit according to the size and layout of the room. Since vinyl flooring is tough as nails, it can take on daily abuse, allowing you to make the most out of it for years to come. And when it’s all ratty and faded, you can simply lift the entire sheet and replace it with a fresh one.
Vinyl Floor Cloth
This floor application is similar to traditional vinyl flooring but it comes with a thick, durable non-slip backing so the floor cloth won’t move while in use. Vinyl floor cloths also come in a wide range of designs, patterns, and colors, including high-end looking geometric patterns. There is a perfect design that’ll suit your interiors to a T. This floor application is not just durable, it’s also affordable and easy to clean. Just wipe stains and grime with a damp cloth and it’s good as new.
Carpet tiles are not exactly the cheapest of all rental fixes when it comes to hiding ugly floors but they do work. And what beautiful results to boot! Carpet tiles are different from a floor rug because the tiles attach to one another like puzzle pieces. Since the tile pieces are like puzzle pieces, you can create a customized shape that fits the corners of a specific room perfectly. You can’t do that with a standard area rug, this will only cover a small part of the floor. You can also trim the carpet tiles to accommodate awkward spaces.
The best thing about carpet tiles? Even though these are pricey when bought in bulk, they are reusable. You can take the carpet tiles with you when it’s time to move out so really, you’ll be able to maximize the money you spent on these.
Laminated Wood Boards
If you’ve always loved the look of hardwood floor but budget’s a little tight for a major flooring upgrade, try using laminate boards instead. Wooden laminate boards offer the same look as hardwood floor but they are definitely cheaper and easier to install. You can simply lay them on the existing floor. Some laminate boards come with adhesive backing but there are others that click together like puzzle pieces, which makes installation a breeze!
This is easily one of the trendiest and most affordable rental fixes for ugly flooring: layering different carpet rugs. This trick is also perfect for hiding floor stains or any other problem spots that you’d rather keep to yourself. There’s nothing to carpet layering, just choose a couple of carpet rugs in different sizes, a large one and a medium-sized one.
A large carpet in a neutral shade will work best as the base for the layering. Lay the carpet on the desired spot then lay the second carpet on top of the first one. Set pieces of furniture around the perimeter of the room to cover some of the exposed flooring and you’re done.
Laying different sized carpet rugs on top of each other won’t cover the entire floor but the setup will definitely improve the look of the room so the eyes aren’t focused too much on the flooring.
Floorcloths work just like regular carpets but the material is more lightweight and affordable. Usually, floorcloths are made from a durable canvas material, which is customizable to suit any room. To make the canvas material resistant to stains and spills, apply a couple of coats of polyurethane. Once the coating has dried completely, liquids will simply slide off.