Beauty & the Budget: Tips for Renters

tips for rentersAre you moving into another graduate student housing dorm soon?  Are you packing up and moving for a graduate degree or post doc. into yet another rented space?  Or are you staying still, but just oh so ready to have a home of your own?  If you flip through some of our Beauty & the Budget files, you’ll see we have lots of tips and ideas to hopefully get you thinking about how to beautify your space, even if it is only for a few months or years.  You can even read this post on how strongly I feel about the importance and value of creating a home that really  reflects who you are, even though the space might be temporary.  As this is the season for moves and transitions, I’ve done some searching online and below are some of the best ‘tips for renters’ that I could find to pass along.

Even if you can’t paint the walls, have you thought of using tempaper (fancy pants temporary wall paper) or purchasing fun chalkboard or sticker decals, or even painting some furniture to give you some color?  Have you thought of getting new hardware for the kitchen and bathrooms to give the cabinets a facelift or even taking the cabinets off and storing them to have a fun open storage thing going on?  What about embracing bold colors in small spaces through a new rug or curtains or adding more throw pillows to the couch?  Lots of fun ideas below to bring life to a rental space. I hope some are helpful and encourage you to make your new abode your own!

-M.C.

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* Apartment Therapy: 20 Tips, Tricks, & Solutions for Renters; 5 Resources for Temporary Wallpaper

* Better Homes and Gardens: 25 Ideas to Steal for your Apartment

Canadian House & Home: Top Decorating Tips for Renters

* The Daily Buzz: Ten Decorating Tips for Renters

* Salvage Love: Decorating Tips for Renters

Do you have any tips to add?

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4 thoughts on “Beauty & the Budget: Tips for Renters

  1. I was just looking for stuff like this last night for our next place! Thanks for doing all the work for me. If I end up using the temporary wallpaper like I hope, I’ll send you before and after photos. :)

  2. I honestly can’t wait to be out of the graduate school renting phase, the day I get to have open cabinets and not these dingy renter cabinets will be a happy happy day lol!

  3. Thanks for the tips! We are certainly renting way longer than was “the plan”. It’s comforting to know others are in the same position, and that there are things we can do to personalize space. Floating shelves are not something I would have done, but a previous renter left them, and now I’m a big fan. It’s nice to put pictures and personal items up without needing space for another book shelf!

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