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Make It Your Own: Easy DIY Home Decor for Apartment Renters

If you rent an apartment, it may feel like making the space your own is impossible, but that isn’t necessarily true. While you might be limited in terms of layout, flooring, and even core furniture items, there are still a lot that you can add a personal touch to. Sharpening your DIY skills and thinking outside of the box can make your rented apartment feel much more like home.

Here are a handful of DIY tips that can make your rented apartment much more homely.

1. Paint your furniture

If you are using paintable furniture, you don’t have to leave it for the next tenant, then you can quite easily give it a facelift by adding new paint. This is perfect for those in UCI student housing, shared apartments, or somebody living on their own. You can make the pieces feel entirely new without spending a huge amount.

Paint your furniture

This is a really effective and financially wise option that won’t take too long to complete. You can pick any color you prefer, and if you’re feeling adventurous, you could create cool patterns that’ll catch the eye.

To get started, you’ll want to prepare the piece by making sure it’s clean and free from any grit or grime. Then, you’ll want to sand down the furniture — making it easier for the paint to adhere and be applied evenly. You’ll then want to apply a coat of primer again, making sure that the paint properly applies itself to the piece. Finally, you can start painting, but you may need to let it dry before adding a second coat.

2. Create some artwork

Create some artwork

Artwork is an excellent way to elevate the space and add a personal spin to what would otherwise be a bland room. If you want to sharpen your DIY skills, you could try to create art of your own using affordable paint and canvas supplies from the local discount store. If you don’t consider yourself much of an artist and aren’t good at precise paintings, try a more abstract look that uses different colors and patterns.

3. Add some plants

Plants are a lovely way to add color to your home. They also improve your air quality by removing toxins from the air. If you’re renting an apartment that’s quite limited in terms of space, you may be restricted in terms of what types of plants you can add, but there remain many options to choose from. That being said, you’ll need to be careful as some plants can be harmful to animals. Pet owners should do research beforehand.

If you are able to incorporate hanging plants for smaller spaces, place them above head height or alongside your shelves. If you want to go for potted plants, consider a succulent or cactus. They’re perfect for window and desk spaces — plus, they’re super easy to take care of! It’s wise to get your landlord’s permission before your drill any holes or hammer in nails. Some landlords can be quite particular about how their property should be decorated, so double-check your lease and contact them about what you have in mind for your home.

4. Make your own curtains

Make your own curtains

Curtains are a wonderful way to add a personal touch to a room and are likely to get people talking, mainly because they’re so prominent. However, curtains can be expensive. If you’re on a budget, you’ll need to think outside of the box. Luckily, you can create your own for a fraction of the cost. You’ll find that making curtains is a lot easier than you think!

To sew your own curtains, you’ll need:

  • Fabric
  • Measuring tape
  • Scissors
  • Needle & thread (optional)
  • Sewing machine (optional)
  • Glue (optional)

First, measure the length and width of your window to make sure they’re the right size. Include extra inches on each end, as you’ll be hemming it and will need the additional material. Sew the two longest sides together once you’ve cut the fabric to the required size. If you don’t have access to the sewing machine, you can use fabric glue and also hand sew the edges.

Once the fabric is attached, place the material flat and then sew the other sides together to create a sort of parcel. Check to see that they’re the right size before installing them on your curtain rail.


Small changes can go a long way — even if you live in a rented apartment. Your DIY skills can help you make the most of what you already own. The little changes you make around your apartment are a fun way to create a space that’s truly unique and personal.

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