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    32 Ways To Upgrade Your Rental Bedroom Without Losing Your Deposit

    These temporary upgrades will permanently impress.

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    1. Attach a plug-in wall sconce next to your bed so you can have the function of a sconce without needing to hire an electrician to install it.

    2. Not enough closet space? Literally double it with an adjustable closet rod. So many apartments, especially those in big cities, have very little closet space. Use this to miraculously give you a second rod below the built-in one.

    reviewer's closet with pants hung on the top and bottom of the adjustable closet rod

    3. Create a wall of art with a gallery wall kit that'll help you hang all your favorite photos and art without fail. Each kit comes with an easy-to-hang template with multiple layout options, so you won't end up putting a bunch of holes in your wall only to realize that one frame needs to move over just a little bit.

    4. Then, utilize this picture-hanging tool to make sure everything is level. It comes equipped with a tape measure, a level, and two sliding points so you can easily mark the exact spots you'll need to hammer in the nails.

    Six photos showing the progression of using the tool to easily hang frames evenly

    5. Add some gilded glamour to your walls with a beautiful bronze switch plate cover. Just chuck the old plates into a shoe box you store under your sink so that when it's time to move out you can swap 'em back in again.

    a before photo of a buzzfeeder's plain white switch plate and then an after of an ornate brass switch plate
    Chelsea Stuart / BuzzFeed

    Promising review: "These are absolutely beautiful! If I ever move, I'm taking them with me. You may think they're a little pricey, but they're REALLY heavy and far nicer than the stuff you find at the local hardware store. I bought the switch plate, outlet plates, and even a blank plate to cover an old electrical box left behind by DIRECTV." —Karebow

    Get it from Amazon for $15+ (available in seven finishes). 

    6. Turn your bedroom into outer space with a galaxy projector. It'll have you floating through the cosmos while you drift off to sleep.

    the blue and grey version of the galaxy light over a bed

    7. Make sure you store your things in style with these cool wooden milk crates. See that stack of Amazon shipping boxes in the corner that's been "temporarily" storing your stuff for way too long? Yeah, we're done with that.

    A set of maple wood milk crates are shown storing things in a bedroom

    8. Touch up your bedroom's walls, doors, trim, and more with a bottle of multi-surface touch up paint. The 12 colors available are the most common paint colors you'll find in rentals, and you can use the brand's free color matching tool to determine which of the colors match your walls.

    If you're unsure of what color to get, I highly suggest you use the brand's free color chart tool to help you determine which is the right match for your walls.

    Promising review: "I decided to try this to cover up some of the chips of missing paint in my kitchen. It works perfectly. The bottle is a little bigger than a tube of Wite-Out, but it's going to last me a long time. The paint went on smoothly and dried quickly. I am very happy with this product." —JMar

    Get it from Soto on Amazon for $15.95 (available in 12 colors).

    9. If you're in an apartment with vertical blinds that you can't remove, use these curtain brackets that attach directly to the existing blind headrail so you can hang your own curtains.

    10. Using those brackets, hang up some gorgeous blackout velvet curtains (there are 18 colors to choose from!) that are as pretty as they are functional.

    reviewer's blue velvet blackout curtains

    11. Need some privacy but don't want to invest in heavy and expensive window treatments? Add some prismatic window film to your window to create privacy and the most awesome rainbow effect. It clings to the glass without any glues or chemicals, and can be easily removed and reused multiple times.

    12. Use a set of floating bookshelves to show off your favorite books without needing to assemble yet another bookshelf. Now your most beloved literature will be your room's focal point.

    13. Stick on a USB-powered LED light strip to the back of your television so you can have a theater-like experience every time you settle in for the latest episode of The Real Housewives. The ambient light it puts out will also help you find your bottle of wine in time for a refill without fumbling around in the dark.

    14. Keep your favorite and most worn T-shirts behind the door or inside a closet using a hanging organizer. Now you won't need to waste any more time sorting through your drawers looking for that one perfect black shirt.

    The organizer holding rolled up T-shirts

    15. Use some Edison bulbs to give your bedroom a warm glow, because good lighting is key to creating ambiance. Not only will your whole room have the nicest, most cozy light, but the bulbs look cool too.

    16. Use a sunset lamp to cast a warm glow on any wall, any time, regardless of if the ~real~ sun is out. 

    the orange light concentrated on a bedroom wall
    warm orange and pink light cast on walls in a living room

    The distance determines how wide and intense the light is — position it farther away for a softer diffused light, or closer up to focus the colorful beam on a specific spot.

    See one in action in this TikTok from @soft.milky.latte!

    Promising review: "This lamp really exceeded my expectations. I bought it on a whim and honestly wasn't expecting that much, but I'm really happy with it. Feels like it's made of durable, quality material and emits a strong light, but it's not too bright — I use it in the evenings when I'm trying to wind down before bed and it's bright enough to light up my room without feeling like it's going to mess up my sleep cycle. Highly recommend — really does feel like you're watching a lovely sunset :)" —amazon customer

    Get it from Amazon for $15.99 (available in two styles).

    17. Take up one less electrical outlet with a wooden digital alarm clock that also wirelessly charges your phone. I don't know why, but it seems like bedrooms — especially in rentals — never have enough outlets, and they're always so far away from where you need them! 

    Reviewer image of white wooden clock with time and temperature displayed, product on top of side table
    Product with  smartphone charging on top

    Promising review: "When I first ordered this I was worried it wouldn’t charge my phone through my thick case, but surprisingly it did! Not only that, but it is very user friendly and fairly easy to set up! I like the different settings with the light and the volume. Very pleased!" —random girl

    Get it from Amazon for $29.98 (available in four colors).

    18. Maximize your shoe storage using Shoe Slotz, which cleverly stacks one shoe on top of another. You'll have just as many shoes as before, but you'll use half the amount of space.

    A before and after photo of a organized shoe collection and an organized one

    19. Stop letting cold air in with a door draft stopper that blends in with the door. Yes I know those draft stopper long pillow things exist, but if you're looking for something a little more seamless, this is what you need. Reviewers swear it's so easy to install, too. You just peel the tape off the back of the rubber and adhere it to the bottom of your door.

    20. Hide scratches and cuts on your built-in furniture with a set of wood repair markers. The most common wood colors are all included, and the pens are for surface scratches and the crayons are for filling in deep cuts.

    21. Jazz up an otherwise boring wall with temporary peel-and-stick wallpaper. This is an involved DIY project, but if you want to avoid the permanence of traditional wallpaper it's worth the effort.

    the same print wallpaper in teal on a bedroom wall

    22. Get a light strip that illuminates the area under your bed so you feel like you're staying in a swanky hotel every time you hit the hay.

    person on bed with light shining faintly out from underneath it

    23. Fill unsightly holes in your walls with some drywall repair putty. All you do is apply in a circular motion, wait for it to dry, dust off the excess with your hand or a cloth, and then paint over it. When it's time to move out, your landlord will never know about that time you decided to create a 20-piece gallery wall. 

    A series of photos showing how to apply the drywall repair putty
    Amazon

    Promising review: "Does exactly what it says. Rather than getting spackle, waiting for it to dry, sanding it down, and tweaking as needed — this cuts the time/effort down! Just rub over the place in need of patching and wipe off the excess. The hardest part is not accidentally getting the product on parts of the wall that don’t need it, but that’s easy to clean up, so it’s not a problem. I used this to patch holes in the wall from a former Wi-Fi router and modem, other than the color difference from the patch to the paint, you’d never know it was patched. Great price, easy to use." —Amanda

    Get it from Amazon for $11.89.

    24. Use a handmade hanging plant shelf for your window if you simply don't have any more floor space for plants. Besides, when the inevitable happens and you accidentally overwater one of your plants, you don't have to worry about the water discreetly pooling under the pot, only to find the permanent water stain on your floor right before it's time to move out.

    The hanging shelf with potted plants on it is shown in front of a window

    25. Use peel-and-stick removable wallpaper to create a realistic wood accent wall minus the price tag (and labor) of real wood. All you do is cut the paper to your wall's size and stick on, and when it's time to move out just peel it off. It's really that easy.

    Reviewer's bedroom shows the faux wood wallpaper on the wall

    26. Use these handmade terrazzo coasters to protect your hardwood flooring and furniture from water marks. These give major coastal grandma vibes because they're made up of crushed seashells mixed into a light blue composite.

    27. But if you already did leave what you thought was a permanent water or heat mark, make it disappear with a reusable watermark-removing cloth. From wet towels on the floor to icy drinks that were left on a window sill for too long, this tool will make sure whatever mark was left behind is gone without a trace.

    28. Achieve the look of a 5-star hotel without the price tag of one, thanks to this upholstered wall panel headboard set. These mount directly onto your wall and will give your bedroom a sleek look. These are sold per panel, so you can keep it simple and just do the width of your mattress, or go big and do a much wider portion of your wall — you've got options.

    29. Hang a back-of-door mirrored jewelry cabinet if you collect jewelry like it's your job but have no place to store it all. Not only will it hold all your hardware, but it has five shelves and two drawers! And when it's closed, it's a fabulous full-length mirror. What's not to love?

    30. If your bedroom lacks a closet entirely, pick up a freestanding garment rack — it has a sturdy bar for hanging clothes and shelves you can place storage boxes on to keep things looking tidy.

    31. Make sure you have the best air quality with an ozone-free Levoit air filter. This little baby has a three-stage filtration system and the ability to circulate air over four times per hour.

    Black and white cat sitting next to white air purifier

    32. And wake up gradually and more naturally thanks to a sunrise alarm clock. This will make waking up so much better if your room is devoid of any eastern exposure.

    reviewer photo showing sunrise alarm clock "lit up"

    You to your landlord when you move out and have no damages to pay for: