A new apartment for a lot of us mean a new environment that you can completely make your own. However, the temporary nature of rentals has caused a lot of renters to feel like decorating or personalizing their space is not worth it. Studies have shown that how you decorate your space has a significant impact on your mood and emotion. Rental or not, putting in the effort to personalizing your space is definitely beneficial to your well-being and just makes your home a lot more enjoyable. It’s time for you to stop daydreaming about living in the Urban Outfitters Home catalog and make your apartment the happy and cute space that you’ve always wanted it to be!
These easy and budget-friendly DIY ideas are the perfect excuse for you to finally make your apartment feel like it’s truly yours:
1. TRIANGLE SHELVES
These triangle shelves are not only a creative and tasteful form of storage, but also insanely easy to make. Putting up shelves is a great way to add a bit of character to your walls. Add some plants, books, and a few of your favorite trinkets to give your home the “you” feel that it might have been missing.
Quick word of advice to consider: ASK YOUR LANDLORD BEFORE YOU START DRILLING SHIT INTO YOUR WALL. Your security deposit and landlord will greatly thank you.
2. METALLIC PENDANT SCONCE
Via Little Design Corner
This super simple IKEA hack is the perfect because who the hell doesn’t like IKEA or copper!? Plus, the leftover spray paint from this project can be perfect for adding a little metallic love to the rest of your house.
3. MODERN YARN HANGINGS
Via Homey, Oh My
This DIY is a great alternative to those complex and confusing Macrame wall hangings that we all wish we could make. The incorporation of gold rings and shaggy yarn gives the perfect balance of modern and bohemian to your environment.
4. UPHOLSTERED BENCH
Via Home Polish
Putting a bench in your entryway adds the right amount of comfort, style, and practicality. You will find yourself thanking yourself for building this beautiful piece of butt heaven when you’re struggling to take off your shoes at the end of the day.
5. POM POM PILLOW
Via Almost Makes Perfect
By simply adding these fresh pom pom pillows, you can spruce up your couch without breaking the bank. Swap out the white color scheme for a more food-friendly option if you eat all of your meals in front of the TV instead of at the table like a normal human that we all like to pretend that we are.
6. GEOMETRIC HANGING PLANTER
Via Vintage Revivals
This DIY planter gives you an excuse to get in touch with your inner plant parent self. By placing your favorite plant in this geometric hanger, you can take your plant game to another level.
7. CLAY RING DISH
Via I Spy DIY
These adorable personalized jewelry dishes are the perfect small space solution for never misplacing your jewelry again. If these lil bb sized dishes are too bb for you, make a larger one to keep track of all of your favorite jewels.
8. INDIGO CURTAINS
Via Brit + Co
The Indigo Blue Textile Kit from Yellow Owl workshop makes your life a lot easier by including all the necessities for your project. Get creative and make some awesome indigo window or shower curtains to give your space a tasteful pop of color.
9. MARBLE MOON PHASE WALL HANGING
Via Almost Makes Perfect
This unique wall hanging is the ultimate celestial addition to any room. It is also a great excuse to play with clay again.
10. MID-CENTURY MODERN NIGHTSTAND
This nightstand is a great alternative to overpriced Mid-century furniture. Easy to build and nice to look at, this table is a simple way to try out your builder skills.
Slider Images by Claire Esparros