Renting a house or flat makes customizing your space difficult because of restrictions by your landlord. This generally means that no permanent changes can be made and you must be able to put everything back as it was when you signed the lease. However, there are plenty of things you can do without radically altering the space.
Here are my tips on how to improve a rental property and make it your own without spending too much!
The first thing to do is take photographs, this gives you the best record of how everything looked, what was in place where and the general condition of walls, floors etc (always useful when trying to get your deposit back!).
Now you can think about adding your own personality!
- Think removable! Wall stickers or decals have massively improved in the last few years, look at decowall.co.uk (as above £10.95), supernice.co.uk, spincollective.co.uk. Ikea, Next and B&Q also have a good range.
- Bathrooms can be tidied up with Dettol – mould and mildew remover, it does wonders with discoloured grout and sealant. If necessary use grout whitener, it is available at all DIY stores. Tile stickers can brighten up plain tiles or cover a pattern that you don’t like.
- You can hang picture frames and photos with 3M command strips (3mselect.co.uk), they are unbelievably strong but can be removed easily with no fixing to the wall.
- If the carpet has seen better days then think about a large plain or patterned rug (try Ikea or B&Q). Alternatively get an offcut of carpet and have the edges bound (this can often be done by the shop where you purchase the carpet or if that is too expensive, you can buy the tape to do it yourself).
- Furnished places can often have furniture you don’t like, especially the sofa! A really cheap cover up is to get a cotton dust sheet, you can buy a 3.6 x 3.6 m sheet from Amazon for as little as £8.50! They are huge and will easily cover a large sofa. Then add in throws and cushions to your taste.
- Light fittings can be changed (remember to keep the original ones to replace as per your photos!)
- Oversized mirrors look great propped against a wall and don’t have to cost a fortune (see Amazon), or look in charity shops for ideas.
And there you have it, a new house or flat to your taste without damaging the original.