If you want to love apartment living but need to stay on a realistic budget, you need to make your existing apartment into a home you love even more.
Most folks don’t realize that DIY projects aren’t just for homeowners; a bit of that can-do Do It Yourself attitude, a few pennies here and there, and a good helping of elbow grease can breathe new life into most any apartment.
Here are a few ideas to kick start your own DIY home improvement projects.
1. ADD SOME WINDOW DRESSING
You can really change the vibe of a room with some simple window updates. Find some pretty sheer white drapes that let in the light, and frame those with elegant curtains hung from hardware that matches your décor aesthetic.
If you want to improve a bad view, consider adding some potted plants or flowers in the window.
2. EMBRACE THE EXISTING SPACE
If your apartment lacks adequate closet space, don’t try to force the closets to work overtime. Build exposed shelves, get bins and baskets, and let storage be part of the overall design. The Container Store and Ikea are great resources for this project.
3. HARDWARE DOES WONDERS
You’ll be pleasantly surprised what swapping out the knobs and handles on drawers and cabinets can do to transform your kitchen, bathroom, and more. Make sure you get your landlords written permission before changing out hardware.
4. MINIMIZE BATHROOM CLUTTER
Few things about a home are worse than a cluttered, dirty bathroom. If you’re tight for storage space, minimize what you keep in there, and move other items into a different, less cramped part of the apartment.
You can designate a basket to come with you at shower or makeup time and leave only necessities in the bathroom, like your toothbrush, soap, and toilet paper.
5. BRIGHTEN THINGS UP
If it’s dreary outside, it doesn’t mean you have to have a dreary vibe indoors too. Make sure you have light bulbs that put off bright light that mimics the sun’s natural spectrum. These bulbs can help bolster your mood and energy levels and keep you on a healthy rest/waking schedule.
6. PUT YOUR FURNITURE TO WORK
When you’re limited on space, it makes sense to choose furniture with double, or even triple, uses. Myriad ottomans have great storage space and you can get coffee tables with drawers and shelves for additional storage.
If you need to raise your bed to put drawers under it, there are blocks you can install underneath it. You might even consider a loft bed with a desk underneath or a standing desk to maximize storage and fitness at the same time.
7. RETHINK YOUR ROOMS
The only two rooms in your home that are defined are the kitchen and bathroom. From there, you can decide which rooms serve which purpose.
If you cherish a home office more than a large bedroom, put your bed in the smaller one and set up your desk in the master suite. It’s all about making your space meet your personal needs.
8. SECURE YOUR SPACE
Your apartment should be a safe place and you can help keep it that way with a security system. There are easy-to-install alarm systems on the market that are made for apartments, many of which are DIY. You can customize the system to best fit the needs of your apartment, so it gives you optimal security.
Best of all, there are wireless security systems, so you won’t have to drill holes in the wall to install it (this means a happy landlord) and you can take the system with you if you move.
Try out some of these DIY home improvement projects to help make your apartment a space you can relax in and enjoy.