Customise Your Apartment Without Pissing Off Your Landlord

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Customise Your Apartment Without Pissing Off Your Landlord

One of the main disadvantages of renting an apartment is the number of restrictions put upon you. Many landlords don’t want you to paint or change much of anything, even if you promise to return it to its former glory when you move out. That doesn’t mean there aren’t plenty of ways to make the place your own. If you want to customise your apartment without pissing off your landlord, here are a few great ways to do it.Photo by Samuel M. Livingston

Use Your Photos Creatively

cork board picture frames

You don’t have to stick with photos, either. You can create interesting arrangements of text and print those out for display on your wall. You can also hang other items. If you’re ever thinking of throwing something out and are in need of a decoration, consider it as a possibility. Obviously this isn’t going to work in a lot of cases, but old graphic t-shirts and product boxes (think ’80s board games) can make for some interesting, unique decorations that let you keep your nostalgia near by.

Get Some Vinyl Wall Stickers

Threadless has teamed up with wall sticker creator Blik to make some unique designsWallStickerShop.com

Lean on Leaning and Standing Shelves

leaning bookshelf

Make or Purchase Custom Items

wasCustom Order Corner forum
Craigslist

Wallpaper Your Door

Use Your Clutter

Got any great ideas for customising your apartment without pissing off your landlord? Let’s hear ’em in the comments.

Comments

  • You should clarify what country you’re talking about. In many countries, you can alter rental apartments in many ways as long as you return the apartment back to the original state it was in when you rented before you vacate. This allows painting of walls, and in some cases changing the entire kitchen benches to be custom.

  • I can’t do most of these as my rental agreement specifically states we are not allowed to stick ANYTHING on the walls (including “3M command” hooks), so that gets rid of bookshelves, vinyl stickers, wallpaper, hanging stuff you buy from Etsy.

    How about some real advice please?

    • Hi, most places will allow you to put 3M command hooks or temporary attachments as long as you are able to remove them and return the place back to it’s “original state”. Some may insist that you pay if any service is required to remove things or to repair any damage they might cause.

      However, if you have a particularly tricky or picky agreement and land lord, you can get a sheet of wood from the hardware shop (paint it whatever color you want, decorate it how ever you want) and prop it against the wall with a piece of furniture pushed up against it to hold it securely in place and stick what ever you want to it. You can then take it with you when you move out. Just make sure to measure the space AND THE DOORS, to make sure you can get it in and out of the place. If you are not hanging or sticking anything particularly heavy you can use foam board or card board even. Just leaned up against the wall not stuck there in any way.

      You can also use the flat surfaces of your own shelves or furniture to adhere hooks and stickers to. You can even get free standing room dividers.

      You can also lean a ladder or clothes rack against the wall and hang things on that. So you don’t have to put anything directly on the wall, IF that is what your lease agreement says.

      Also from Daiso, there are these curtain rods that you wedge against the walls and you can hang things off those too.

      But lease agreements can vary a fair bit, check your own one ask your landlord, make sure you get stuff in writing.

      A funny story is, a friend of mine had a similar agreement about not sticking any “temporary” things anywhere… BUT… there was nothing about nailing stuff permanently to the walls so a week later her walls had tons of nails sticking out of them and the land lord couldn’t do anything about it, because it wasn’t in the agreement. Eventually he agreed to temporary fixtures if she paid to have all the nails removed and the holes filled and plastered over.

  • This sort of thing really depends on the Landlord. If the Landlord says no then you cannot do anything. Just remember that it never hurts to ask the Landlord if you are allowed (my advise is to ask first either way).

    • Something to do with quarterly apartment inspections from the real estate agent. When I rented I wasn’t even allowed to use blu tack.

      At work we have a hired demountable building and have drilled so many holes into it you wouldn’t know what was holding it up.

    • Landlords or their reps do a property inspection every 6 to 12 weeks. It gets old pretty fast removing the temporary fixtures and putting them up again.

      My alternative?

      Freestanding dividers. Connect two pieces of MDF with hinges or brackets. Put them in the corner and decorate those.

      Alternately, get the landlords permission to add hooks. You will usually be asked to remove them and patch the walls when leaving. Most landlords repaint between tennants so they don’t mind as long as it’s patched up.

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