Budget and Lease-Friendly Ways to Personalize an Apartment

If you’re a renter and wish there were a way to personalize your apartment without violating your lease or breaking the bank, you’re in luck. The following ideas will help you make that bland, uninspiring rental a fabulously comfortable space all your own. 

1. Shop Thrifty

Who says you need to shop high-end retail stores to find décor and furnishings that fit your style? There’s no need to spend that kind of money decorating your apartment. Visit your local thrift stores instead. With an inventory that changes daily, there’s a multitude of items just waiting to be discovered. 

2. Replace the Doorknobs

Replacing the bland doorknobs of your rental with something fun is an inexpensive way to make a big statement. Check your local home improvement store for a wide array of doorknobs and pick something that fits your personal style. 

Just remember to re-install the old doorknobs when you move out or you risk losing your security deposit. 

3. Change Out Kitchen Cabinet and Drawer Pulls

Another cheap but exciting way to add a touch of personality to your rental is to replace all the old drawer and cabinet pulls in the kitchen with something that’s more your style. Again, just remember to put the old ones back when you move so you don’t lose your security deposit. 

4. Let’s Hear It for Washi Tape

What’s Washi Tape, you ask? Well, it’s this awesome tape that peels off almost anything you stick it to, leaving behind no marks or sticky residue. 

Washi Tape comes in an endless array of colors and patterns, and you can use it to decorate virtually anything. Add bling to the front of your refrigerator or use it to make geometric designs on the wall – your imagination is your only limitation as to what you can do with this tape. 

The best thing about Washi Tape? It costs less than $10 for 30 rolls on Amazon! 

5. Help for Ugly Kitchen Floors

If your kitchen floor is old, dingy, and driving you crazy, don’t fret. There’s a temporary solution that not only hides the ugly floor you’re stuck with, but it also enables you to put your own spin on your kitchen’s décor. 

The solution we’re talking about is peel and stick linoleum tiles. These tiles are easy to install – you literally peel and stick them – and they come up easily when it’s time to move. 

You can find these tiles in a variety of sizes, colors, and patterns on Amazon for relatively cheap. For example, one style comes in 12×12 squares, 20 to a box, for about $20. 

If you’re looking for ways to make your rental more personal, try the ideas listed above.