7 Clever Cover Ups That Leave Your Rental Looking Better Than Before


Fun life fact: practically every rental home you’ll ever live in will have at least one thing that you don’t like to look at. It might be a light fixture that’s ugly as sin, walls that have seen brighter days, or some odd feature you have no idea what to do with. These eyesores aren’t going anywhere permanently if you want your deposit back, but you can magically make them disappear while you’re living there.

Fix An Awful Floor

Erika has a nasty linoleum floor in her rental bathroom, so we covered it up with some inexpensive rubber flooring usually used for garages and gyms. It pops right into place, is easy to trim to fit the room, and can handily be taken out when she moves.

Rubber Floor Tiles from Home Depot

Hide Unfortunate Light Fixtures

Joe and Kim’s apartment had one of those flush-mount ceiling fixtures, commonly called a boob light, that’s as ubiquitous as white walls in a rental. Their clever solution was to hang a plant-filled grid from the ceiling, which not only hid the ugly fixture, but also made the room look like a lush green oasis.

RIBBA Black Picture Frame from IKEA

Cover Basic White Tile

Hate your backsplash, or is your basic white one bringing you down? A new one is just minutes away when you use removable decals. Do the entire stretch of tile, or just a portion for a little bit of a style boost.

Black & White Pattern Tile Stickers on Etsy

Camouflage Carpet

When you have unavoidable wall-to-wall carpet, one of the easiest tricks is to layer multiple rugs through the room. You cover what you don’t like, and add a whole lot of color and pattern that you love. Above, Siri Roozen’s home from The Everygirl is filled with fun finds that ooze with personality.

Handmade Wool Kilim Rug from Wayfair

Cover Unattractive Cabinets

Designer Patrick Mele had a couple of things in his apartment that needed a little camouflage. He covered the backsplash with a mirror sheet, which makes the area look seamless, and also the entire space look bigger. He also draped rectangles of black fabric over the white kitchen cabinet doors, which breaks up all the white and gives them a little interesting movement. Contact paper would work as a cover too.

Removable Black Contact Paper from Amazon

Conceal Clutter

If your closet doesn’t have a door, or the bi-fold doors take up too much space in your small bedroom, replace them with some curtains (like this from Driven by Decor) or some pull-down blinds. This space-saving project also means you won’t have to look at all that closet clutter any more.

Threshold Linen Look Curtain Panel from Target

Banish Boring Walls

If your rental walls are too dull for words, or poorly patched by previous tenants, try covering them up with some tongue and groove wood strips. Renters Will and Kate installed this pretty paneling in their kitchen using as few small finishing nails as possible. They love how it looks, and that brass storage rack is a thing of beauty.

Natural Pine Accent Wall Kit from Home Depot

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