Even if you can’t splurge for top-of-the-line features, you can still turn your rental into a space you enjoy. Here are a few temporary apartment upgrades you can make to improve your rental – just be sure to get permission from your landlord first!

Vinyl stickers

Ugly countertops? Stained refrigerator exterior? Outdated linoleum floors?

If any of these bother you, vinyl stickers are there to save the day. You can buy decals in any shape imaginable, or even just a whole roll. If a solid color won’t do the trick, there are also patterned rolls – it’s even available in granite and marble designs. Vinyl is easy to apply and easy to remove so when it’s time to move out, just pull off the sticker!

Vinyl stickers can be used for kitchen backsplashes, cabinets, countertops (basically anything in your kitchen), chairs, wall designs and even floors.

Light fixtures and bulbs

An easy way to brighten up a room is with a new light fixture. When replacing a ceiling fixture, there are plenty of easy-installation options to choose from. You can also choose a floor or desk lamp, which come in a wide variety of styles and colors.

Along with the fixture, the light bulbs you choose can impact the ambiance of a room. They can give off light in a range of warm and cool temperatures, so choose one that is cohesive with the style and feel of your space.


The most popular thing to get for your windows are curtains, and rightly so – they are great for controlling the natural light and mood of a room. Like rugs, they come in a variety of colors, textures and sizes and are easily installed.

Window-tinting film is not as common, but still effective. Not only are there different colors, there are frosted and reflective films, some of which contain patterns. Similar to vinyl, window film is simple to remove. If you are looking for a unique way to update your space, tinting your windows may be your best bet.

Frosted window film is an especially popular alternative to blinds or curtains in bathrooms or other areas where you need privacy but still want sunlight. As an added bonus, some tinting films have UV filters, which can help protect your furniture and artwork from fading.

Decorative fans

Although they are functional pieces of equipment, fans can also be fun embellishments for your rooms. They come in a variety of sizes, materials and designs. Whether you decide on a basic, traditional design or a fan-shaped like a flamingo (yes, that’s a thing!), you are bound to find something that captures the charm of your space.

Easily-changeable hardware

Especially if you are in an older rental, something as simple as changing out the knobs on cabinets can make a huge difference – and all you need is a screwdriver. Shower heads are one of the easiest things to switch out if you have the proper tools, and they are something you can enjoy every day!


The flooring in a rental can be a little difficult to take care of, especially if it is stained or worn. Luckily, rugs can help solve the problem. They are appropriate in any room and come in all shapes, sizes, textures and colors.

Although not quite as satisfying as fixing the floor itself, throwing a rug down takes much less time and gives the room a more personal feel. If you live somewhere cold, rugs can act as an insulator, which will help keep your place warm.

Just because you are renting doesn’t mean you have to settle for a boring space. Use the temporary apartment upgrades mentioned above or find other ways (there are lots more!) to dress up your rental. You can make a place your own, even if it’s only for a short time.

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