Nowadays, we have many more options when it comes to damage-free decorating. This is good news because often when renting a home, you have to get a little creative with decorating and organizing tactics to make sure you don’t damage your rental space and risk losing your security deposit.
That doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice putting your own touches on your apartment, though. There are many innovative, damage-free solutions that ensure your space will look beautiful and help you stay organized.
Almost every experienced renter is familiar with Command strips — the removable, damage-free hanging devices — but coming up with unique ways to utilize this handy product is key to creating a stylish and organized rental. Command hooks and strips are solutions that have a whole host of possible applications. Here are a few ideas to get you started.
1. Singing in the shower just got easier
Your shower area should be as pleasant and relaxing as possible. After all, you probably spend part of every day in its steamy confines. You may not be able to install a fancy rain shower head in your rental, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have a bathroom that meets your needs.
Hanging shower caddies are a great tool to store bathroom necessities without taking up valuable space, but they’re usually designed to hang over the shower head — and maybe you don’t want it to go there. Choose Command hooks designed for the humidity of bathrooms to find a convenient place to hang your shower caddy on the side of your shower or bath wall, or even somewhere else in the bathroom.
2. Indulge your inner bibliophile
In many rental spaces, there isn’t room for a massive bookshelf, but you still may want to display a small collection of books or other knick-knacks. Hanging shelves are a good answer for a small space.
Since installing floating shelves can do some damage to the walls, consider adhering small shelves or picture ledges to the wall with Command strips. You’ll create an organized, out-of-the-way home for your books, magazines or other items you wish to display. Aside from eliminating damage to the walls, this option is easy to move around if you decide to rearrange as time passes.
3. Beautiful window coverings are within your reach
While most landlords provide basic window coverings, if you want something more than standard, cheap horizontal metal blinds, you’ll need to get creative. Adding curtains to your rental can amp up your space’s decor and charm, and can even help with heating your home depending on the material you choose.
Before you start drilling holes and installing hardware, consider your security deposit. Instead, opt for a removable option by taking advantage of Command hooks. Place hooks on each side of the top of your window to hold a curtain rod. You may find that Command hooks will not be strong enough to support an extremely thick or heavy fabric, but even sheer curtains can provide added privacy and style.
4. Make first impressions count
You may not have a butler or doorman to greet and announce your guests, Downton Abbey style, but you can have a nice entryway. The entryway to your home is the first thing visitors see when they walk through the door, but it also typically becomes a dumping zone for keys, coats, bags and mail.
While installing a heavy-duty coat rack or shelving might not be allowed, you certainly have options available to create a useful and visually appealing entryway. Use a few Command strips to hang a small key hook board so you will always know where your keys are. Hang Command hooks for your coats and bags, too. You can even purchase galvanized Command hooks that look like you installed their fancy metal counterparts.
5. Formalize your penchant for organization
You can actually organize a space to keep you organized, leaving your left brain to rejoice at this concept! Using Command strips and hooks is a surprisingly simple way to create the perfect spot to organize your household without creating clutter or damage.
Create a space to organize and display important reminders, calendar events, incoming flyers or cards you want to save. Use removable strips to hang a corkboard, chalkboard or whiteboard, and use removable hooks to hang small baskets or containers that serve as storage for writing utensils, office supplies or whatever else you need to keep on hand.
Your rental may not have a dedicated home office, but that doesn’t mean you can’t create a space to help you stay organized.
Beyond these ideas, Command strips can, of course, be used to simply hang your favorite photos, artwork or mirrors. While there may be a few obstacles to decorating and installing upgrades, the good news is that there are some great workarounds using newly available products (such as a large supply of Command hooks).
Just because you’re renting doesn’t mean you can’t build a space you love and make it your own — while keeping your security deposit secure and your landlord happy.