When you live in a rental – especially a space that has seen better days – there is always an odd apartment design feature that’ll bother you. This could be anything from crappy flooring to a bland micro-kitchen.
Part of the problem is that customizing a rental is quite limiting. Any changes you make have to be approved by your landlord otherwise, you risk losing your deposit. In addition, you cannot take permanent changes with you once you move out.
The good news is, you can upgrade the look of your apartment design without spending a small fortune! Check out these apartment design tips:
Hate your rental’s outdated linoleum floor or hideous wall-to-wall carpet? I can totally relate! I myself have a problem with my home’s wooden flooring but I cannot change it without spending a fortune. If you are in the same boat, you can live with this offending apartment design by covering it up.
You can use a variety of area rugs and colorful carpets to define your space, hide your hideous flooring, and add a pop of color to your interiors. The same thing can be said for ugleh bathroom flooring, you can purchase rubber flooring from your local hardware store. Installation is easy, just pop the rubber flooring into place and trim the excess. Voila, instant makeover!
If your small apartment has a built-in radiator and the noise has been keeping you awake all night, there are easy fixes for this problem! The noise could be caused by trapped water inside the unit, which you can drain by shimming the radiator. You can also use a valve to eliminate trapped air pockets inside the radiator.
On the other hand, if the issue involves the aesthetic of the radiator (it sticks out too much or it looks out of place with the rest of your décor), here are ways to prettify the radiator or at the very least, make it work with the rest of your interiors.
Most rentals come with a basic kitchen and a bland backsplash. If you want to add interesting touches to the kitchen without making permanent changes, try this trick: use removable decals or stick-on tile backsplash to personalize the kitchen. Removable decals and stick-on tiles are not only easy to install, they do not leave a grimy residue on the walls. Wall decals are reusable too! Here are just a few of the many stick-on tile backsplash styles that’ll look great in the kitchen.
On the other hand, if storage space is the issue, consider installing open shelves on the blank walls. Open shelving is inexpensive and practical. It stretches your storage space without ruining the look of the kitchen! You can also add stick-on hooks to hang your frequently used kitchen utensils and save more counter space.
Limited Storage Space
Storage space is always an issue for cramped rentals. Good thing there are so many ways to stretch the storage space without making a permanent mark in a rental. You can use slim space organizers to keep your stuff neat and tidy. You can get creative with tension rods to expand your storage space.
You can go vertical by installing open shelves. Open shelves are versatile; they are useful in the kitchen, the living room, the dining room and even the bedroom! Bins and baskets may add to the visual weight of a room but they are useful when storing knickknacks and small items especially in the kitchen.
Zero Closet Space
We all dream of a massive walk-in closet but let’s face it, rentals don’t have a lot of room to spare for clothes. While there are rentals that come with built-in closets, the closet space is downright diminutive.
If closet space is an issue, you can invest in a slim dresser or a closet organizer for additional storage space. If you have zero closet space, get a compact closet rack or make your own organizer to make room for your accessories and clothes. Bins and baskets are great for storing small items such as hats, shoes, jewelry, and small accessories so they’re not all over the place.
Bothered by your small apartment’s too stark or dim lighting? Most rentals usually come with flush-mount ceiling fixtures or dome lights, which look outdated. You can always change the lighting fixtures on your own to refresh tired, old spaces. Choose LEDs or CFLs for energy efficiency.
If you’d rather work with what you have, you can always hide that ugleh dome light by making your own crystal flush mount light. A scarf, a decorative bin, or a lampshade could also work to conceal outdated light fixtures anywhere in the home.
Stuffy or Sterile Spaces
Add character and pops of color to an otherwise sterile or boring apartment design by adding houseplants, displaying artworks, and updating your window treatment. All these design elements add new energy to tired old spaces.
Houseplants invigorate a dwelling while banishing stuffiness. Displaying artworks add interesting details to plain walls, while making a sterile space look and feel warmer, homier. Window treatments allow you to control how much light gets in a room, perfect for adding warmth to a too-stark room during the day and enhancing privacy as the sun goes down.