Greetings friend. Today starts a new monthly series that has been on my mind forever, The Best Renters Hacks. It is a monthly collaboration of DIYs and decorating tips for a different spaces in your home shared by home decor/DIY bloggers who are experienced renters. We are kicking off this series with the living room.
We have lived in 7 homes in the last 11 years and 6 of those have been rentals. I’ve enjoyed turning each temporary abode into a place that feels like home with go to rental hacks that I have perfected over the years. Practice makes perfect my friends and these are my favorite tips to share. Whether you are a military family, move frequently or a long term renter, don’t wait to make your place feel like yours. Unpack immediately and display your favorite things. Try something new, take chances, and think outside the box!
Buy pieces of furniture that has dual purpose or can be used in multiple rooms. Small side tables, garden stools, and flat surfaces that have storage are work horses.
Be creative with blank wall space!
Hang artwork with command strips when there are “no holes in the wall” restrictions or to make your moving out walk through easy.
Use something unusual for a “gallery wall”. One of my favorite things to do is to peruse a thrift store or dollar store for inexpensive items to turn into a gallery wall. Also perfect for those large wall spaces to fill! If you are using light weight items, poster or small small command strips are a dime a dozen.
Use non traditional pieces of furniture for small spaces like this campaign style chest turned tv cabinet (plus more storage!). As renters, we have to be flexible when we move. This cute cabinet has been a bedside table, sofa side table, and now holds our down sized tv.
Hire an electrician to switch out ugly ceiling light fixtures (if you DIY, PLEASE turn off the power source first). You can also create a DIY cover like this floral paper lantern.
Take down vertical blinds and store them under the bed when possible. Hang light weight curtains and rods with command hooks for a renter friendly solution. Hang them higher to make your room appear larger. I’m always amazed at how window treatments when hung properly transform a room completely!
Place rugs over carpet, ugly linoleum, tile, anywhere! We can change the floors in our rental but we can distract from ugly ones with pretty rugs. They are great to lighten up a dark space, or to add a punch of color. If you do move frequently, choose a colorful pattern if you’re confident it could work in any room and all your accessories, otherwise, stick to a neutral pattern/color. (Please read this post if you are not sure how to choose rug size, style, or type.)
Accessorize! Mixing a couple of high end pieces (maybe a nice piece of art or designer pillow!) with DIY, thrifted, or hand me down decor creates a curated, eclectic look that can really make your rental feel like home.
Two of my favorite things to decorate with, plants and books! There is just something comforting about having your favorite books displayed or within an arms reach that make your space more enjoyable to be in.
Easy to care for plants are a great way to finish off a space and make it come alive. I also love using faux succulents in my vignettes.
Do you have any favorite tips you would like to add?
I’ve asked my friend to share their best renter hacks, DIYs, and decorating tips for the living room and I can’t wait to see them. Won’t you join me?