Know the Rules: Wall Decorating Alternatives for Your 1 Bed Apartment

Posted by Jenna Redman

January 09, 2018

removing wallpaper-83163700.jpgLiving in a place you have rented can have its ups and its downs. The upside is you don’t have to pay for the all the repairs that are needed while you live there. The downside is that when you want to redecorate your apartment it’s not as simple as asking yourself if you like this shade of blue or that shade of red.

Renting a 1 bed apartment can come with a list of do’s and a list of don’ts. Things that your complex would love if you did, like separate your trash from your recyclables. While other things they would love if you didn’t do or at least check with them before doing it, like painting. It’s a pretty general rule that painting is frowned upon and massive holes in the wall will end up being charged to your account. If you have any questions about the specific rules for your complex, contact your manager!

We understand that no one enjoys not receiving any of their depsoit back or having to pay extra fees once you move out, so we are here to help. Here is a list of four things that are great decorating alternatives for your 1 bed apartment that don’t require painting or putting little (or big) holes in your wall.

1. Washi Tape

If you’ve never heard of washi tape then you are missing out! Washi tape is just the thing you need in order to put some style on your walls. It’s tape (much like scotch tape) that comes in all colors and patterns. You can use it to spell out words or frame a photo! The best part about washi tape is that it doesn’t damage your walls when you take it off!

2. Removable Wallpaper

Did you know that you can purchase any number of peel and stick wallpapers that you can use to express yourself? They have anything from a jungle safari theme to modern day fans of shiplap to nature landscapes. They even have solid colors making it the best alternative for painting. When it comes time to remove the wallpaper it will leave little to no residue, which equals no damage your wall!

3. Command Strips

Say goodbye to all those little holes in your wall. Command strips allow you to safely attach an item to your wall for however long you want it there. Then when you are done with it, the command strip can be peeled off the wall without leaving any damage! You can choose from hooks, Velcro, clips, and more!  

4. Tapestry and Curtains 

There are so many different kinds of tapestries or curtains that can be used to bring color to your wall. The best part is that they can be easily applied to your walls via command strips! All you have to do is find the tapestry or curtain that best fits your personality and style!

All of these options are great decorating alternatives to doing any remodeling of the painting or large hole variety in your 1 bed apartment. Remember that when you move out that your complex manager will go through your apartment with a checklist and will mark anything that requires fixing. Therefore, make sure when you move out everything is the same as when you walked in!

Still trying to figure out the layout of your living room? Download our Guide to Apartment Living to get tips on the best way to go about decorating or redecorating your living quarters!

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