Rental Friendly DIYs That Won't Jeopardize Your Deposit

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Most people who live in rented homes or apartments don't change many things about their space. This could either be because they are afraid of damaging their walls or because they feel like it's not worth it to make large updates that will need to be taken down in just a short amount of time.

However, there are plenty of DIYs you could complete that won't ruin your rental property, which can either be easily removed or covered up before you move out of your space, and none of them use nails, so you won't have to fill any holes in your walls. Further, while it may seem pointless, making your rental feel like it's yours is always worth it, no matter how long you plan on staying. Rental Re/Do, a brand that sells rental-friendly accessories, expresses, "You deserve to love where you live ... even if it's a rental." While there are countless ways to make your home appear more aligned with your style, we've outlined 19 of the easiest and most effective DIYs you could complete. 

1. Hang artwork with Command Strips

Instead of hanging your artwork with nails, use Command Strips, which will not only be more convenient but also won't damage your walls. Make sure you choose the right ones that can hold the weight of your frames. 

2. Utilize Command Hooks for other pieces

If you want to hang something like a tapestry, use Command Hooks, which have the same benefits as the strips. 

3. Suspend items on string

Another way to hang pictures or artwork is from taught pieces of string or lights. To attach the pieces to the string, use clothespins or other clips. 

4. Hang prints with clips

Here's another way to hang prints on the wall — add small Command Hooks and attach the pieces with binder clips. 

5. Apply peel-and-stick wallpaper

If you want to add a pattern to your wall, apply peel-and-stick wallpaper, which will easily come off when it's time to move. 

6. Choose a wall decal

Or, if you'd rather not cover an entire wall, choose a wall decal such as the floral one above. This will add more color and pattern to a smaller area of your rental. 

7. Apply washi tape to make a statement

Another way to create the look of a wall decal is with washi tape. The best way to incorporate this is to create a geometric shape on the wall, such as the triangle pattern above. 

8. Update tile flooring with sticker tiles

To update a tile floor, apply sticker tiles to the surface. You may need to heat the adhesive with a hairdryer and use a putty knife to dislodge a corner when removing. 

9. Cover your backsplash with removable tiles

Another way to update your space is by applying either peel-and-stick wallpaper or sticker tiles along your backsplash in the kitchen or the bathroom. 

10. Hang Command Strip shelves

The Command brand also has shelves that can be hung with Command Strips, which will keep your walls damage-free and can be purchased from Amazon

11. Replace the hardware

A simple way to update your cabinets in the bathroom or kitchen is by replacing the hardware. If you do this, make sure to hold onto the original pieces so they can be reinstalled before you move. 

12. Add new towel racks

To make your kitchen or bathroom more useful, add a towel rack along the wall. Lightweight versions could simply be hung with Command Strips. 

13. Cover a wall in fabric

You could also cover your wall in fabric, which will provide the same appearance as wallpaper but will add extra texture and may be cheaper to buy. The easiest and most damage-free way to do this is with liquid starch. 

14. Add curtains with a tension rod

If you'd rather not drill holes above your window for a curtain rod, consider using a tension rod instead. The easiest way to do this is by placing it inside the window frame. 

15. Paint an accent wall

Paint is an easy way to update your space, as it can simply be painted over before moving out. However, keep in mind that dark colors will be more difficult to cover. 

16. Limit paint to one area

If you'd rather not paint an entire wall, consider adding just a small decorative element, such as an arch above a console table. 

17. Use wooden vinyl

Wooden vinyl is a great alternative to wooden planks and could be used to create an accent wall. While it should be fairly easy to remove, you'll need to heat it and dislodge the edges. You may also need to touch up the paint before moving out, as it could get damaged. 

18. Suspend a plug-in light fixture

To add a hanging light fixture, choose one that plugs into an outlet. You can drape the cord along the edge of the wall and hang it anywhere in your space.

19. Update the fridge with wallpaper

If your rented space comes with an outdated fridge, consider covering it with peel-and-stick wallpaper or contact paper. This will be easy to remove and could make a huge difference in the appearance of your kitchen.