Want to decorate your apartment but are scared to lose your security deposit?
In this guide, we’ll share some quick advice on how to decorate an apartment without damaging the walls.
1. Avoid Heavy Items
Avoid mounting excessively heavy items like large mirrors, frames, and televisions on the walls because they may need additional support – causing bigger holes. Typically, you are only permitted a reasonable number of small nail-size holes.
2. Avoid Adhesives
If possible, avoid using adhesives on the walls as they may damage paint. Instead, consider adhesive materials meant to peel, stick and remove from walls such as removable wall stickers and decals.
3. Use Damage-Free Tape and Nails
Where possible, use damage-free tape and small nails to avoid excessive damage to the walls.
4. Consider Leaning Objects Against a Wall
Instead of hanging anything, consider leaning against a wall or using floor-mounted items.
5. Use Cork, Metal or Grid Wire Boards
Cork, metal and grid wire boards can be used as an alternative. You can hang photos, paintings and much more without having to do anything to the walls in your rental apartment.
6. Use Floor Lamps for Extra Light
Consider using floor lamps and floor fans for extra light and ventilation in your house. They can make the space look warmer and more inviting, and avoid damage to the walls.
7. Spruce Up the Apartment with Decorative Items
Decorative fixtures like area rugs and ornaments can also help spruce up the space without damaging the walls.
Use these ideas to decorate your apartment without having to worry about your security deposit. Always be sure to read the directions of products to ensure proper mounting strength is applied and seek professional installation help as needed.
As long as you are making a small number of normal nail-size holes for basic picture hanging, these should be permitted under the lease. Any doubts? Check with your landlord.