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5 Wall-Friendly Decor Hacks for Renters

Spruce up your space without losing your security deposit.

May 25, 2024 at 9:02 AM PST
Updated on May 23, 2024 at 9:06 PM PST
Decorate Renter-Friendly Wall Decor

5 Wall-Friendly Decor Hacks for Renters

Spruce up your space without losing your security deposit.

May 25, 2024 at 9:02 AM PST
Updated on May 23, 2024 at 9:06 PM PST

While living in a rented space can be less financially taxing than owning a property, it also has its downsides. And if you enjoying decorating, one of the biggest disadvantages of renting is that you’re kind of limited in what you can do. Drilling holes to hang artwork, painting the walls, or replacing the flooring is pretty much off-limits when it comes to renting. And doing so could break the terms of your lease, which is likely to cost you a pretty penny. But fortunately, if you like switching up your decor from time to time, not all hope is lost. Daniel Ufland, co-founder of interior styling platform Flitch is here to share his best renter-friendly hacks so you can customize your space without leaving a mark.

A man hanging framed artwork on a wall
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Removable Adhesive Hooks

If you have artwork you want to hang, but are afraid of it damaging your walls, removable adhesive hooks are the perfect solution. Using a special adhesive, these hooks let you stick decor to your walls without leaving any residue or marks behind when you take them down.

Removable adhesive hooks come in multiple sizes and strengths so you can safely use them for a variety of objects, from lightweight frames to somewhat heavier pieces like mirrors.

Daniel says, “By utilizing removable adhesive hooks, renters can easily remove and reposition their decorations without leaving residue behind or causing any lasting damage, making them an ideal choice for those seeking to personalize their living spaces responsibly.”

Temporary Wallpaper

Temporary wallpaper is a popular option for people who want to add personality to their space. Like removable adhesive hooks, they have a peel-and-stick adhesive backing, which makes them really easy to put on and take down without ruining your walls.

And according to Daniel, even if you don’t rent your space, you can use temporary wallpaper to switch up your decor if you like to spice things up from time to time. “You can enjoy the benefits of personalized decor with temporary wallpaper, knowing you can revert to the original state of the rental property as needed.”

Peel-and-Stick Tiles

Another alternative for decorating your space without damaging it is peel-and-stick tiles. Peel-and-stick tiles are perfect for revamping your flooring, backsplashes, and other flat surfaces in your home. And just like temporary wallpaper, they come in a wide selection of colors and patterns, so you can get really creative in how you curate your space.

The best thing about peel-and-stick tiles is that they’re really easy to use. They come with a self-adhesive backing that you can stick onto virtually any clean, flat surface. And without the need for grout or special tools, you can easily and safely update your walls and other surfaces sans any residue, markings, or other signs of damage.

Pro Tip: Peel-and-stick tiles work best on clean, dry surfaces. So before you apply them to your walls, be sure to prep the area first for best results.

A shower curtain hanging from a tension rod
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Tension Rods

Tension rods are a super versatile option if you need to hang curtains or lightweight tapestries. The best part? You don’t need to drill or install anything to hang your stuff up.

The way they work is by using an adjustable spring mechanism to create tension between two surfaces, like walls or within a window frame, for example. That tension helps keep the rod securely in place so you can hang items like curtains, shower curtains, or closet organizers with ease.

Ceiling-Mounted Planters

For the TikTok-obsessed, ceiling-mounted planters might already be on your radar. Not only are they a trendy way to add nature to your home, but they don’t take up a lot of floor space either. Instead, they’re suspended from the ceiling using ceiling-mounted hooks.

Like removable adhesive hooks, ceiling-mounted planters come with adhesive backings specially made to hold lightweight items. They’re like a non-intrusive way to do some indoor gardening while still upholding the terms of your lease.


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