When renting a house, you are often limited to what you can do in terms of decorating and making changes to it. This doesn’t mean you can’t make it feel like your own though and put some personal touches to it. You will have your contents insurance and your landlord will have insurance such as CIA Landlord Insurance but by making your rental property your own using temporary measures, no one needs to worry.

Wall decor

Your landlord may allow you to wallpaper or paint your walls as long as you return to the original state before you vacate. Depending on how long you are planning on staying, this may be worth it but if you aren’t sure whether you will be living there after 6 months, it would be a waste of money. Instead, use removable wall stickers to add a splash of colour and some of your personality. You could also use pictures instead, if you don’t want to hammer anything into the wall, you could try the Command hooks and double sided tape to hang up. Command also do their own shelves too which look very clever.

Window decor

Curtains can make a huge difference to a room. You can add pattern and colour in a room with curtains and coordinating accessories in any room. If they don’t fit the windows in your next rental, you can sell them and put the money towards a new pair. If you are wanting blinds but the expense is too much, I have seen people using blinds tape which sticks directly on your window. It means no nails, little expense but the privacy you want. There is also the one way mirror reflective tape if you wanted complete privacy when the curtains are open.

Versatile furniture

Rather than having shelves, you can display your trinkets, ladders, ornaments and photos on a bookcase, freestanding bar cart or shoe bench! These can all be moved to your next rental too. For sofa’s think about getting a modular sofa where it can go left or right handed, it can be made bigger or smaller by taking pieces out. If you are lucky enough to have space for a dining table, you could get an extendable one, where you can make it smaller when it’s not needed and larger for eating or entertaining.


You don’t want to be completely changing the light fittings but it may be easy enough to change the light shades or add a lamp or two, whether they are small table lamps or larger floor lamps.


You most probably aren’t going to be paying for the house to be fully recarpeted so use rugs to your advantage. Cover up a carpet you don’t like, add a bit of colour or warm up a laminate floor.


How to make a rented house feel like your own



12 Comments on How to make a rented house feel like your own

  1. These are really great ideas! I used to live in an apartment a long time ago in another life, and I always tried to find little ways of making it feel more like my own.

  2. These are some really good tips for making a rented home feel like your own. I have a friend who recently rented a place and I think she would find this very useful. I will be sure to share it with her.

  3. These are all great ways to make a place feel like home. My friend is actually renting out her second home, and she is concerned that they are making modifications that are too drastic/permanent. These would be good pointers for them.

  4. I live in an appartment given from work. It had been a year but still it does not feel like home. May be because I stay alone. But I can try out your ideas.

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