Small Details to Transform Your Small Apartment (Without Losing Your Deposit)

You finally have your dream rental apartment in a neighborhood you love. Better yet, it’s at your price point. There are just a few minor issues: Your bathroom hasn’t been renovated in years, and it has no storage. Your kitchen is the size of a closet, but it has an amazing view, so it’s all worth it, right?

The problem with rental apartments is that they usually come as is and you have to resist from using a hammer into your ugly kitchen cabinets and renovating the place. Fortunately, there are a few landlord-approved improvements that you can make with little effort and small budget.

These small upgrades will make a huge difference, just ask your landlord to be 100% sure!

Transform with Paint

It’s a generally known fact that light colors make a room look bigger and brighter. Select soft tones off-white, blue and green, and always remember that brighter rooms look bigger and more inviting. Try painting your wall trim and moldings in a lighter color than your walls.

Try Removable Wallpaper

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If you love the look of wallpaper but don’t want to completely lose your deposit, try removable wallpaper to add color or pattern to your space. Try it in small spaces that lack character like entrance halls, closets, or even bathrooms. Just make sure to choose water-resistant wallpaper in wet areas.

Hang Mirrors without Nails

While most landlords don’t mind a few holes in the wall, some are strict with the no-nails policy. Don’t make that stop you from enjoying art on your walls or hang mirrors. Mirrors can make your room seem bigger. Use a focal point and position your mirrors toward it to give the impression of depth. Mirrors also reflect both natural and artificial light to make a room brighter during the day and night. They bounce light deep into the room, making it appear bigger.

HangSmart is a new technology that allows you to hang stuff without putting holes in the wall or you can just purchase a big mirror and just lay it towards the wall.

Hang Open Shelving

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Most rental kitchens are infamously short on storage space. If you need extra space for your pots and pans, try adding low-cost open shelves. Just remember to keep the less attractive stuff in your cabinets.

Lighting is a Key Element

Allowing natural light inside the room opens up the interior and makes it look bigger. If you don’t have a lot of natural light, you can add some creative effects using light fixtures.

Use Hooks for Storage

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If your rental is short on storage or lacks an entryway closet, create storage with hooks to hang coats, bags, and hats. This space-saving hack is also great for bathrobes and towels in the bathroom or other frequently used clothing in the bedroom. You can even hang hooks in the kitchen for frequently used utensils.


For tips to organize your home, read our article Storage Hacks. If nothing works, you’ll still have Locker.

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