You know the deal to be a tenant. Well, unless you were born elite and owned the world’s biggest company or dominated major parts of natural resources.
When you rent some living place, be it an apartment or a house, the limitations of what you can do to make it your version of comfortable seem endless. You can neither paint the walls nor hang some artwork. When your status is a renter, you must obey some do’s and don’ts, especially in the living room.
Well, not all landlords think alike, though. Some give their renters the freedom to decorate or even remodel the space. Yet, whichever your landlords are, here are 12 renter-friendly living room upgrade choices. As always, Simphome curates the list for you.
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12. How to Reface the Existing Coffee Table in No Time
A round coffee table spells boredom if you don’t know how to spice it up. Fortunately, you can easily make yours appear different with half dowels. Ones made of pine are recommended in terms of price if a budget-friendly DIY project is what you pursue.
Besides dowels, you’ll also need a fir board, saw, nail gun, orbital sander, sandpaper, liquid nails, and L brackets. Wood conditioner and wood stain are optionally required for this project.
First, cut and sand your half dowels. Next, condition and stain the dowels, but skip this step if you prefer a raw-look coffee table. Lastly, you only need to assemble the parts by sticking the half dowels around the coffee table’s lower part and connecting the table top using L-brackets.
11. Jazz up the Corner with a DIY slat wall
Slat walls are on trend nowadays. Many bloggers and Instagrammers have one to boost their content aesthetically. You’ll need plywood sheets, saws, orbital sander, matte polyurethane, foam paint brush, arrow pneumatic brad nailer, brad nails, and wood fillers to create a slat wall.
Cut down the plywood sheets into slats before sanding them using an orbital sander or sandpaper. Then, wipe all the surfaces to get rid of any sawdust. Remember to wear a mask when sanding and wiping. After that, seal the wood to get a matte or glossy finish. Attaching the slats will come next before finalizing by filling nail holes on the slats.
10. A Renter-Friendly Wood Wall Art Idea
It’s friendly for you and renters, and cheap, too! Square dowels, birch plywood, wood filler, wood glue, sawtooth hangers, stain, brad nails, brad nailer, miter saw, and orbital sander is the required materials to work on this project.
To do this renter-friendly wall art, you need to keep this in mind: sand and stain every piece before assembling anything, apply 0 and 45-degree angles in cutting the frame pieces and the rest of the dowels, and lastly, come up with a geometric form in any design you like.
9. No Fuss Vertical Indoor Garden Idea
Not sure what to do with your walls without damaging them? Try this idea! The deal is to make an indoor vertical garden with no fuss. In this case, you will need faux vines, nylon string, small nails, measuring tape, a hammer, and floral wire.
To create the trellis, use the nails to make an outline, grab the nylon string, and attach the string to the nails. Then, attach the faux vines to the trellis.
8. A Side Table with Storage Solutions
To adopt this DIY side-table look, the tools and supplies you’ll need are a miter saw, pocket hole jig, square, orbit sander, paintbrush, wood glue, pocket hole screws, drill, wood screws, wood filler, stain or paint, and boards.
7. How to Fix A Saggy Cushion in under an hour?
Have you ever had a couch with its cushions attached? Then, this problem was probably yours once! Or maybe it is what you are dealing with right now?
Attached cushions hardly fluff and easily sag whatever business the people atop of it do.
Luckily, there’s an easy way to fix sagging couch cushions. You only need to refill the cushions. Mostly, cushion-attached couches are made with hidden zippers at the bottom. You will only need 20 minutes to fix it, and your cushions will look robustly comfy as if they were new.
6. The DIY curtain rod idea with an extra shelf
You can save this concept and put it to the test if you want to add a new shelf to the window frame where you can display some adorable decorations and some plants. Needed materials include three 2x4s, some anchors, and closet brackets.
- Step 1: Cut the three 2x4s to width;
- Step 2: Use the Kreg jig to drill pocket holes in the wood, allowing you to join the pieces together to form a single shelf.
How much you need will vary, depending on your shelf size.
- Anchors for the brackets will need to be hung to get your shelf up and to run.
- After the brackets are in place, position the shelf and secure it using the two holes in the front.
Remember to drill two holes in the back for the bracket hooks that will hold up the curtain rod.
5. An inspiring shelving idea from Emyludesign
Obtain the wood filler to complete your work, and then install the hanging rod or a floating open shelf like the one in the video. Visit the link provided by simphome for additional information, along with a complete narration covering the project’s entirety from beginning to end.
4. Bring in the Bookshelf
This Bookshelf will boost up your modern living room with a touch of eclecticism. No more than five steps are needed to get the work done. But first, gather lumber, wood glue, pocket hole jig, pocket hole screws, power drill, miter saw, and your preferred stain or paint.
Begin with making the cuts required and sanding the boards. Then, make the pocket holes and assemble the first and second sides. Lastly, add the back, and it’s ready to use!
3. A Multipurpose Storage Ottoman Project Idea
Multifunction furniture is just perfect for practicality and compactness. If you think the same, this ottoman-plus-storage is a great idea to execute!
If you want to create this ottoman, you will need lumber, a staple gun, staples, batting, fabric, foam, table leg plates, bun feet, spray adhesive, power drill, table or circular saw, Kreg Jig, pocket holes screws, brad nailer, finish nails, and edge banding.
Step one is to make cuts and pocket holes. After that, attach the plywood to build the box. The next step is upholstering time—both the box and the top need to be upholstered. Then, build the tray and connect it to the top. The last step will be adding the feet and finishing.
2. How to Lay the Ideal Area Rug
An area rug is essential, too. Besides providing soft comfort underfoot, it also defines the living room space. Yet, you can’t just lay whatever on your living room floor. Pay attention to the size first. The standards are 6 x 9 feet, 8 x 10 feet, 8 x 12 feet, and 10 x 14 feet. If necessary, have them customized. It’s always an option. However, be it store-bought or custom, make sure there’ll be a 4 to 8 inches gap on each side between the rug edge and the border of the living room.
Is it patterned or plain? The answer is up to the whole living room vibe. Pick a patterned one if your room has neutral walls and furnishings. It’s an impeccable move to bring excitement and add interest.
For the color, choose a pattern with darker color due to its ability to camouflage any spills and dirt. Meanwhile, a neutral and solid-colored one can blend perfectly with an eclectic theme. Otherwise, if your living room is already colorful, pick an area rug with one or two colors from the existing hues.
And the last to consider would be the material. While wool adds softness and warmth, sisal and jute give your feet a cool and smooth feeling. Cotton offers a casual ambiance, but synthetic is easy to maintain and clean. Viscose can imitate those of wools or silks in a cheaper version. Hides are durable and require low maintenance, but pick acrylic with a similar sensation as hides in terms of budget.
1. How to choose the best Color Block to Accent your Wall?
When you feel something’s missing on your crisp white walls, recognize it as a sign to throw some colors on them. Don’t worry. If painting the walls is on your landlord’s list of don’ts, you can buy color block vinyl stickers. However, bear the price because it’s triple the painting price.
With vinyl stickers, you only need to ensure that the surface of the walls is clean and even, without bumps whatsoever. Then, paste carefully following your desired design.
Meanwhile, you need to do the steps with paint after preparing 3 to 4 paint colors of your preference, mini roller frame and mini rollers, tape, and paint tray and liners. Step 1 is to draw the base color after shaping the outline with tape. Then, paint, let dry, and make another outline for the following sections.
After you’re satisfied with the designs, remove the tapes, and it’s done.
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