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    25 Things For Renters Looking To Make Their Home Their Own, Temporarily

    The best part, you can take everything with you when you move. 😏

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    1. A curved curtain rod that'll push out your shower curtain giving you a little more room in your shower to move around which is vital for your shower concerts.

    the curved curtain rod in silver

    Promising review: "Helped to elevate a dark brown bathroom and give it some new life along with a bright white shower curtain. This is a great option if you are renting or even if you own. You won't feel like you settled with a temporary solution as this is sturdy and looks amazing. I highly recommend this product." —LisaG

    Get it from Amazon for $44.38.

    2. A fun shower curtain to add a little personality to your bathroom, and elevate your mood after you've dragged yourself out of your nest. Taking a glance at your shower curtain should make for a cheerier morning.

    a reviewer photo of the abstract shower curtain that has fun shapes and squiggles in different colors and an abstract drawing of a face

    Promising review: "I purchased this shower curtain for my new apartment and I am in love with it. I think my plans for this bathroom were all over the place. I wanted minimalist and boho chic, but also wanted to incorporate enough color. I think this is a great balance. I will say that it looks way more pink in the photo but it’s actually a pale peach color. It paired well with my light wooden shelves and sink cabinet. I paired it with pink bath mats for the soft boho aesthetic. It’s water resistant and it’s not see through (sheerness). The material appears to be thick enough for a shower curtain and looks like really good quality. I ordered a few boho prints for the bathroom and can’t wait to see the final look." —Ines

    Get it from Amazon for $15.99+ (available in four sizes).

    3. A new welcome mat that'll kickstart your new vibe at the door. There's no better way to do that than with this colorful handwoven mat. You'll be beaming upon entry.

    the welcome mat that reads looking sharp and has different cactuses on it
    Ritzy Blitz Doormats / Etsy

    Ritzy Blitz Doormats is an online shop based in Ohio that creates fun and trendy handwoven doormats to bring a little happiness to each person who steps in and out of your home.

    Promising review: "Beautiful! Vibrant colors. The fun message makes me smile." —Sarah Raider

    Get it from Ritzy Blitz Doormats on Etsy for $49.

    4. An entry way organizer to clear up the "throw pile" where all your day-to-day belongings live and give you an extra place to add some new decor.

    a reviewer photo of their entry way organizer with shoes on the bottom a couple of purses hanging from the hooks at the top and a plant and decorative letter M sitting on the shelf

    Promising review: "Love this thing! It fit perfectly with my decor. I always get compliments from people. So convenient for keys and jackets and purses and shoes. Just a nice entrance thing. Right now it's filled with BS but it's nicer when it's organized LOL." —Kasandra R.

    Get it from Amazon for $67.99+ (available in five colors).

    5. A digital picture frame that lets you and your loved ones upload pictures via the cloud so you can stay updated on all of your friends' and families' fun adventures. It's a little piece of home to add to your new home.

    the digital picture frame

    Promising review: "This is a wonderful gift for a new parent or grandparent. Pictures are easily loadable through your wireless network and smartphone app. It holds an infinite number of pictures and has features like automatic turn on/off at designated times and picture duration that are simple to set. I received mine as a gift and immediately bought another one for my girlfriend. We both claimed it was the best present we've ever received!" —stevem

    Get it from Amazon for $129.99+ (available in two colors).

    6. A Philips smart light complete with five natural sounds and an FM radio. This smart light simulates sunlight to ease your wakeup, and simulates sunset for smooth transition to sleep. Especially nice for bedrooms that don't give you that flood of natural light you love.

    the smart lamp

    The smart light has 20 personalized brightness settings letting mom create their own unique wake/sleep routine.

    Promising review: "My husband loves this thing. It might take a couple mornings to get it just right. As your set alarm time approaches, the light starts out with a dim amber light and gradually brightens to a soft white light. At your alarm time, a tune is played to gently tell you it’s time to rise out of bed. If you wake up to the dimmer light before the alarm, then adjust the end brightness. The lamp also needs to be on a very nearby nightstand, about top of bed height and facing the sleeper. If you share a bed with someone with a different wake time, this could be inconvenient for one or the other." —Julie Peterson

    Get it from Amazon for $99.99.

    7. A simple runner because sometimes you don't know exactly what to do in a hallway. A carpet runner can make a big design impact even in a small narrow space.

    a reviewer photo of the carpet runner in a hallway in a neutral beige with a dark colored pattern

    Promising review: "Absolutely lovvvvvve this rug! It fits in with my farmhouse decor perfect! I just replaced my flooring and my dogs were sliding all over this place. This rug doesn’t move an inch when they are running laps over it. I will be buying the area rug once my puppy is trained." —Kenneth Z.

    Get it from Amazon for $13.48+ (available in six sizes).

    8. Or a bold area rug that'll make the entire room feel new. It's ideal for renters who can't choose the floor of the space they move into. At least this rug will take up a good amount of floor space.

    the bold area rug with colors that include blue green yellow black and pink in an abstract design

    Promising review: "When I saw this rug, I knew I had to have it! It The online images I've seen on Amazon and a couple of other sites appeared to show a beautifully colorful rug. But, would the real thing be as nice as what I see the pictures? The answer is a resounding YES! This rug is absolutely fantastic. The colors are incredibly vivid. The pile is nice and thick. I was not sure if this rug would be as good as my Well Woven rugs from the Ruby collection. But this Safavieh is very comparable to those high-quality rugs. The rug is made in Turkey, which has established itself as a manufacturing center of high-quality home furnishings (like the Well Woven). So, if you like vivid geometric designs, and want that in an area rug, this one is THE one to get! You won't regret it!" —Jeffrey Ornstein

    Get it from Amazon for $41.91+ (available in 13 sizes).

    9. A roll of removable wallpaper to give your room an instant style statement while creating the illusion of texture.

    the geometric removable wallpaper that is cream with bronze shapes on top

    Promising review: "Gorgeous wallpaper that is easy to install. This is my fourth stock wallpaper project and by far the easiest." —daleeper

    Get it from Anthropologie for $138.

    10. A unique wall vase for a modern way to display your favorite flowers, real or fake.

    the wall vase that looks like a macaroni noodle with flowers inside
    Holistic Habitat

    Holistic Habitat is a woman-owned business that specializes in home decor that's ethical, while donating a portion of proceeds to help children in Guatemala attend private education.

    Get it from Holistic Habitat for $47.

    11. A set of velvet curtains that'll not only add a little instant fancy, but will help to regulate temperatures too thanks to their thermal insulation. Quick tip: hanging them high and wide will make your windows look larger.

    the velvet curtains hanging in a room in blue

    Promising review: "I am beyond thrilled with these curtains. They are very soft and solid material (think heavyweight upholstery). LOVE THEM!!! They do keep the light out and help keep the room noticeably cooler. The windows get full sun all day; this room gets hot in summer and the curtains make it so much nicer. I'd give these curtains a 10 if I could." —Angelia Olson

    Get them from Amazon for $21.99+ (available in four lengths and six colors).

    12. A removable tile backsplash you can stick in your bathroom behind the sink or along the wall in your kitchen to give your room that renovated look and feel.,

    Promising review: "I’m a huge fan of these tiles! Used them in my kitchen as a placeholder while I save up for real tiles. I will say, I don’t feel the urgency to get real tiles since these fool people pretty good. No one realizes they are sticky tiles until I tell them. Basically, peeling the sticker off of the back was the hardest part of the whole process. I had to remove some tiles that had been installed a year ago and it came off without taking up the wall just make sure to heat it up real good with a blow dryer. Perfect for renters or if you just want an easy/affordable DIY to update your space." —Jessasmall

    Get 10 from Amazon for $31.99 (available in six colors).

    13. A set of under cabinet lights to accentuate your newly added backsplash or bring new light to your original backsplash. You can also use them under wall shelves to illuminate your books, plants, and other treasures.


    These under the cabinet lights are battery powered and come with a remote that will allow you to power them on and off, change their intensity, and set them to be motion activated.

    Promising review: "I just remodeled my kitchen and wanted lights under my cabinets to give it a cozy feel. I wanted something easy to install but effective. These lights are great! You can adjust the brightness and can even put them on a timer so they turn off on their own after 15, 30, or 60 minutes. They come with a sticky tape to attach to cabinets but I also added sticky back Velcro and they have stayed on perfectly. The company sent me an email offering any assistance if I should need it. I absolutely LOVE them and would recommend." —Lisa Corey

    Get six from Amazon for $34.98.

    14. A pack of smart light bulbs that can replace the super harsh white lights that came with the apartment and that really just kill your vibe. These'll give the illusion of natural light for homes with dark interiors and can be controlled with your smart hub.

    the light bulbs in the color spectrum option that allows you to adjust the dim of the light and also change the color to green red or any other color you choose

    Promising review: "Screw in the bulb, download the app, and you're all set! It's that easy!!! And so fun to play with!!! Turning it on and off with voice command and dimming the light up and down as well. Love it!!!" —Gretchen

    Get it from Amazon for $19.98+ (available in three options).

    15. A light cord kit that'll allow you to have that pendant light you've always wanted without running electricity through the walls. They're great for setting the scene indoors or outdoors and allow you to get really creative with your space.,

    This kit doesn't come with a lightbulb, but they are compatible with standard E26 E27 light/LED/CFL bulbs.

    Promising review: "I just received this light cord kit, and I’m very impressed with the quality. It came in neatly packaged and with instructions. I used it to create a pendant light for my bedroom. I'm very pleased with this purchase!" —Gisela

    Get it from Amazon for $13.99+ (available in two lengths).

    16. A ventilated cable box because there aren't enough plugs in your space so you have to plug everything in that one socket. Now, you can hide the chaos and keep the cords away from your pets, too.

    Promising review: "Keeps the power strip and all the connected power cables out of sight, neat, and organized. I no longer found myself stepping on or kicking the power cords on the floor. This keeps them nice and neat and out of the way." —Mitchell Bell

    Get it from Amazon for $19.97.

    17. A nifty outlet shelf that'll allow you to have your smart hub, bluetooth speaker, or phone plugged in without taking up additional counter space...because your rental did not come with nearly enough counter space. It also just looks really cool, too.

    a reviewer photo of the alexa dot on top of the outlet shelf

    Promising review: "Such an awesome product. I am a big Sonos user and while the speakers are attractive, they need to be located near an outlet. And there isn't always a good solution to have them sit on something. This is the perfect solution for me. It easily holds a Sonos Play 1 and looks awesome! I've also got one that I use for my Google Wi-Fi spots. Once you find the ideal place for each spot, hook this to the outlet and you now have your hotspot out of the way and in the perfect location. Definitely will be picking up more of these!" —thais0n

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99.

    18. A velvet headboard so you can feel as luxurious as Blanche Devereaux when she arrives home after a lovely evening with one of her special friends.

    a reviewer photo of their velvet headboard in a deep green that has text written over it that reads mildly obsessed with this new headboard

    Promising review: "You know how you hate buying something online because you're not sure if it's going to be crap. Well let me tell you, this is one of the best purchases I've made. It's excellent quality. The foam is nice and plush and you can't feel the board. If you ever need to move, the whole thing folds in half and the legs and all the part fit in a zipper compartment in the back for easy transport. Would be perfect for some one who stages homes because of how portable it is but the quality is A+" —T. Sayer

    Get it from Amazon for $214.25 (available in two sizes and seven colors).

    19. An over-the-toilet organizer that'll hold all of your bathroom essentials and leave room for candles, plants, and extra rolls of toilet paper. One major downside of renting = not enough built-ins in the bathroom.

    reviewer before and after photo of the over the brown toilet organizer

    Promising review: "I LOVE this piece of furniture. My bathroom is ridiculously small so I have always felt like I couldn’t decorate in there but this shelf is a game changer. I absolutely adore my bathroom now!! Assembly was a piece of cake, directions were super easy to follow. The shelf comes with anchors, so this thing is going nowhere, very sturdy. The bamboo itself seems to be pretty decent also, this is my first piece of bamboo furniture, I love it." —Kristen

    Get it from Amazon for $69.99 (also available in gray).

    20. A roll of marble wallpaper to elevate your WFH desk, bathroom counters, dressers, and more. The cover is removable, which makes this a renter's best friend when it comes to making your space your own even if it isn't yours.,

    Promising review: "Works great, sticks great, looks great, and feels nice and smooth. My kitchen's older and I can’t stand the almond colored countertops (renting). I’m able to wipe down with cleaner just fine. It’s easy to apply, you just need to pull the liner back correctly when applying. I used a sock to smooth it out as I pulled the paper back section by section (horizontally). All you need is a ruler/measuring tape and razor/box cutter. Won’t damage your countertops either." —Lyn

    Get it from Amazon for $5.99+ (available in four sizes).

    21. A bamboo cutting board that'll not only provide you with a place to chop those onions, but can also cover your burners thereby creating additional counter space.

    Jennifer Tonti / BuzzFeed

    "OK so I just bought this for my own tiny apartment (pictured above) and OMG you guys. Life = changed. Food = chopped. Counter space = doubled. I mean the math is all there." —Jennifer Tonti, BuzzFeed writer

    Get it from Amazon for $27.95 (available in three styles).

    22. A toilet tissue dispenser complete with both a chic design and storage that's especially great if you have a small bathroom. It stores toilet paper inside and holds your plants and your phone that you took with you to the restroom to watch TikTok videos while you...handle your business.


    Promising review: "Really love it. I'm living in a shoebox in New York and this takes up so little space, fits perfectly between the toilet bowl and the wall, and is very functional. I hate having to go to the bodega to get a couple of rolls of toilet paper at a time. Now I can get 12 rolls at a time." —Ken H

    Get it from Amazon for $74.32.

    23. A set of magnetic decorative hinges for that garage door carriage look. And, even better, no tools required. All you gotta do is stick them on.

    A customer review before and after photo showing garage door with and without the hinges

    Promising review: "The only thing I don’t like is that kids think they are real and walk up and try to hang on the handles, which obviously just come right off. I have to admit it’s hysterical, it does teach the kids to quit messing around with things they shouldn’t because they think they break’s downright comical. Other than that, you would never know they are magnetic. They stay on; you can pull them off easily to wash the doors and then just put right back on. Heavy rains and they didn’t come off. It’s -20 degrees outside now, and they're still stuck on with no problems. I got three sets — one double door and one single door, looks perfect." —Rummy3

    Get it from Amazon for $17.99+ (available in five styles/combos).

    24. A library cabinet with glass doors so you can showcase all of your precious knickknacks that you wouldn't dare leave out to get all dusty.,

    Promising review: “What a great looking little storage unit. It fit in the space I needed perfectly, and I love the red color. The hinges are the kind you can adjust until they meet properly. It's not cheap looking even though it wasn't an expensive unit. I highly recommend the company and the cabinet!" —Claudia Frace

    Get it from Amazon for $136.37.

    25. A unique bookshelf you can use to display all of the books you want people to think you actually have time to read or your favorite DVD box sets.

    a walnut colored shelf with slanted shelves throughout

    Promising review: "What a gorgeous piece of practical and artistic furniture. I always seem to need bookshelves for my growing home library but didn’t want to just put a boxy bookcase against the limited wall space I have. This book tree is a fantastic solution. It allows me to display books in a unique manner I can easily find the book I need. It was not difficult to assemble and it took less than 20 minutes to have it installed." —Sunshine Mel

    Get it from Amazon for $95.99.

    The reviews for this post have been edited for length and clarity.

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