Last updated on November 21, 2019 at 02:29 pm
There is a lot to enjoy about apartment living. The maintenance crew is readily available when something needs to be fixed and the walkways are usually cleared when there’s a snowstorm. But … always a but … apartment life has some limitations. You may find yourself worrying over things like how many coats of paint it will take to cover that red wall you thought looked so fabulous when you first moved in, and whether or not it’ll cost you your security deposit when you move out. Before you do anything to your apartment, be sure to speak with your landlord about what changes you can and cannot make. You’ll find that one little chat can go a long way to avoid big time headaches in the future. In the meantime, these eight tips are sure make your apartment feel like home … without costing you your security deposit.
Make over your furniture. Instead of painting the walls, try painting your furniture! Better Homes and Gardens offers a how-to slideshow on painting furniture like a pro.
Create an illusion. If you’re feeling cramped in a small space, hang mirrors across from windows so they can reflect natural light into the room.
Rethink your layout. For instance, the strategic placement of a bookshelf that acts as a room divider could allow you to convert your living room into a living room/office combo.
Curtains are your friends. Hang them on walls in place of a painting or use them to frame windows to create the illusion of larger, luxurious windows.
Temporary wallpaper. It’s exactly what it sounds like. Just be sure to test a patch on your wall first and read all the instructions.
Light sources. While a mirror will help add extra natural light, it won’t really help when night rolls around. Experiment with different lamps and bulbs to see which ones provide just the right amount of warmth.
Play with color. What colors make you feel good and cozy? Use them in your home via curtains, rugs, pillows and blankets. These items can easily be swapped out if you get bored with the color scheme – and they won’t jeopardize your security deposit.
Invite Mother Nature in. Bring in some plants, either potted or in a terrarium, for a calming and homey effect.
Finally, one of the keys to feeling at home is the security of knowing your belongings are protected. Talk to your property manger about what security measures are in place as well as other options to consider. Also consider additional renters insurance coverage for antiques, heirlooms or other items that may not be covered by a standard policy.
Have you ever lived in an apartment? Do you have any pointers for making an apartment feel like home? Let Plymouth Rock Assurance know your best tips and tricks by leaving a comment below or on Twitter.