7 Effortless (and Landlord-Approved) Ways to Upgrade Your Rental

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Easy ways to customize your digs.

Upgrading up your home without forfeiting your deposit? It seems like a pipe dream, but it's totally doable. These quick contemporary touches will allow you to score the style you crave, while keeping that landlord off your back.

Personalized Legs and Knobs

We've got 7 easy ways to upgrade your rental (and still get your security deposit back)—switching out the knobs on doors, kitchen cabinets, bathroom vanities and wardrobes for a trendier option, such as leather pulls, is another simple (and affordable!) way to update your digs in a snap.

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Switching out the knobs on doors, kitchen cabinets, bathroom vanities and wardrobes for an of-the-moment option, such as leather pulls, is another easy way to update your digs in a snap.

Faux Finishes

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Apartment dwellers, rejoice! You can have the kitchen of your dreams without all the hassle— or the budget—of a full-blown reno, with details such as stick-on subway tiles or custom fronts for classic Ikea pieces from Superfront. They're relatively easy to apply on your own—no heavy-duty tools or fine-tuned skills needed. Just check with your landlord first before embarking on this kind of project.If you're lucky, they may knock a few extra bucks off rent or chip in if they like the end product.

Wallpaper

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Removable wallpaper is gaining traction with homeowners and renters alike—not only does it offer a pain-free way to try something new, but it ensures that your decor experiment won't leave any evidence behind, which could help secure your landlord's stamp of approval.

Luxe Lighting

We've got 7 easy ways to upgrade your rental (and still get your security deposit back)—often times, landlords miss the mark and choose outdated lighting options that provide too much or too little light. Swapping out fixtures is one of the easiest updates you can make. Just don't forget to reinstall the original fixture before moving out.

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The right lighting can make a world of difference in how a space looks and feels, but often times, landlords miss the mark and choose outdated options that provide too much or too little light. Swapping out fixtures is one of the easiest updates you can make. Just don't forget to reinstall the original fixture before moving out.

Refined Radiators

We've got 7 easy ways to upgrade your rental (and still get your security deposit back)—don't let an unsightly radiator keep you from renting a place you love. It's becoming increasingly easier to find chic radiator covers that not only elevate a room's aesthetics, but provide additional storage as well—a real win-win.

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Don't let an unsightly radiator keep you from renting a place you love. It's becoming increasingly easier to find chic radiator covers that not only elevate a room's aesthetics, but provide additional storage as well—a real win-win. Since these are typically custom pieces, they're a good option if you intend to stay in one spot for a while or have an open-minded landlord who won't mind chipping in to cover the cost.

Souped-Up Showerheads

We've got 7 easy ways to upgrade your rental (and still get your security deposit back)—installing a new shower head can drastically improve your daily stint in the shower, whether you're simply looking to upgrade to a more attractive unit, save water or limit chemical exposure.

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Installing a new showerhead can drastically improve your daily stint in the shower, whether you're simply looking to upgrade to a more attractive unit, save water or limit chemical exposure. When you're ready to move, reattach the old fixture and take your swanky showerhead along with you.

Layered Carpets

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It's never a bad idea to have carpeting professionally cleaned when moving into a new apartment, especially if you have allergies. But if after cleaning they're still looking worse for the wear (or they're just downright ugly), enlist the help of area rugs to cover up less-than-ideal floor coverings and give your abode an updated look that feels totally you.

Room Dividers

We've got 7 easy ways to upgrade your rental (and still get your security deposit back)—separate the “dining room" from the living room or create a home office by using unique shelving, plants or a classic screen to give your small space or studio a whole new feel.

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If your landlord has vetoed putting nails in the wall, it's unlikely that he or she is going to allow make structural changes to the apartment's layout. But that's where a room divider comes in handy. Delineate the “dining room" from the living room or create a home office by using unique shelving, plants or a classic screen to give your home a whole new feel.